Chukyo University:

Workshop on World Englishes in the Classroom

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2003 Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Speaker: Braj B. Kachru (University of Illinois), Paroo Nihalani (University of Brunei), Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois), more

The concept of World Englishes has been growing, largely thanks to the work of Doctor Braj B. Kachru, professor emeritus of the University of Illinois, who is known for conceiving of the 'three circles of English' design, in which the 'inner circle' represents the traditional countries where English is spoken as a native language, the 'outer' or 'extended' circle where English has some official role and is spoken as a common second language, and the 'outer' or 'expanding' circle representing countries where English serves primarily an international--as opposed to intranational--role. World Englishes recognizes the development and legitimacy of many new standardized or 'standardizing' varieties of English, and emphasizes the 'WE' rather than 'us versus them' attitude toward the ownership of English. Chukyo University's Department of World Englishes is hosting this workshop as an opportunity for academics and teachers in Japan to see the relevance of World Englishes to the language classroom in Japan. Here's the program:

  • 9:30 - Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:10 Opening Ceremony: Prof. Sanzo Sakai (Dean, College of World Englishes, Chukyo University)
  • 10:10 - 11:10 Keynote Speech: Dr. Braj B. Kachru (Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois)
    "World Englishes in the Classroom: The Japanese Context"
  • 11:10 - 12:00 Guest Lecture: Dr. Paroo Nihalani (University of Brunei)
    "Speech as a Social Mode of Interaction"
  • 12.00 - 13:10 Lunch Break
  • 13:10 - 14:00 Guest Lecture: Dr. Yamuna Kachru (Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois)
    "Context, Competence and Curriculum in World Englishes"
  • 14:00 - 14:30 Guest Lecture: Mr. Larry Smith ( International Association of World Englishes)
    "English Across Cultures: The Problem of Intelligibility"
  • 14:30 - 15:20 Guest Lecture: Professor Takao Suzuki (Professor Emeritus, Keio University)
    "English to Know America, English to Part from America" (to be delivered in Japanese)
  • 15:20 - 15:40 Coffee Break
  • 15:40 - 17:30 Symposium:
    "What aspects of World Englishes Are Most Important for Japanese Learners of English?"
    Moderator: Professor Hiroshi Yoshikawa (Chukyo University)
    Professor Nobuyuki Honna: "English as a Japanese Language" (Aoyama Gakuin University)
    Professor Nobuyuki Hino: "Teaching EIL in Japan" (Osaka University)
    Professor Sanzo Sakai: "World Englishes in Practice: Chukyo University"
    Respondents: Dr. B. B. Kachru, Dr. Y. Kachru, Dr. P. Nihalani.
  • 17:30 Closing Ceremony
  • 18:00 - 20:00 Reception

Organization: Chukyo University

Cost: free

Venue: Room 431, Chukyo University (101-2 Yagoto Honmachi, Showa-ku, Nagoya)

Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan


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