Fukuoka JALT:

Essentializing Cross-cultural Communication Competencies in English Language Teaching

Date: Saturday, February 15th, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Aaron Hahn, Chris Haswell

Most teachers of English in Japan would likely agree that English is valuable in part, if not in whole, because it is the language most commonly used for international communication. However, what this can or should entail for our actual classroom practices is in significantly greater dispute--how does this belief in the value of being able to use English manifest in the choices made in English language teaching? This question is complicated by the fact that researchers working most closely on the matter have a wide variety of terms, stances, and principles (linguistic, pedagogical, ethical, among others), not all of which are prima facie? compatible with one another.

The intent behind our research projects has been to bring together the theoretical and practical elements of various approaches to this field of linguistics. In furtherance of this goal, our presentation will lay out some of the concepts and sub-fields in linguistics that are linked to the internationalization of English. We will explore the differences between the fields of and terminology used in World Englishes, English as an International English, Lingua Franca English, and others, to assist teachers in navigating the often discordant waters of these areas of study. We will discuss examples of how researchers have attempted to apply these ideas in the classroom, and where we see these fields progressing in the future. In the second half of the presentation, we will extend the discussion to the issue of linguistic modeling, including a brief history and an analysis of the problems implicit in many prior models of English. Then, we will present our Global Model of English, which we believe addresses the major flaws in prior models. Finally, we will discuss our current and planned future work on taking the lessons of the Global Model and applying them to classroom practice.


Aaron Hahn is a Lecturer at Fukuoka University. He researches how to integrate international English into English language teaching. In addition, he investigates the professional discourse of teachers through the lens of Critical Discourse Analysis.

Christopher Haswell is an Associate Professor at Kyushu University. He has investigated various fields of university internationalization, including student, teacher, and teaching assistant attitudes and experiences at universities throughout Asia.

Doors open at 6 PM; you're welcome to arrive early, have some complimentary refreshments, and mingle before the presentation starts.

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

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

Venue: Tenjin, Fukuoka City: Kurume University Satellite Campus (ELGALA building, next to Daimaru, room 601-2 map

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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