Tokyo JALT:

Communication in workplaces in Asia: Questioning neoliberal ideology of English

Date: Friday, December 9th, 2016 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia)

Description:
In globalized society, English language teaching has been promoted as a vehicle to enhance individual and national competitiveness, reflecting neoliberal language ideology. To scrutinize the actual role of English in international workplaces especially in non-English-dominant countries, qualitative interviews were conducted on Japanese transnational corporate workersf communicative experiences in Asia. The results revealed multilingual practices, value placed on the ability communicate rather than perfect linguistic competence, and the importance of communicative dispositions. Implications for language teaching will be discussed. RSVP: bit.ly/TJALTrsvp; event Facebook page.

Organization: Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Tokyo JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: New York University, School of Professional Studies, American Language Institute at Shinagawa Intercity Tower A 22F, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan

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