Friday, November 9, 2012

Lecture by Ryuko Kubota on November 30

Foreign Language Education for Border-Crossing Communication: A Case of Japanese Expatriates in China

Ryuko Kubota, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia

Globalization has increased interaction among people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. In global communication, English has been regarded as the international language par excellence indispensable in the neoliberal knowledge economy. This perception has promoted teaching and learning English for career advancement in many non-English-dominant countries like Japan. This trend, however, poses various paradoxes and contradictions. This talk will conceptually and empirically discuss how the neoliberal notion of acquiring English skills as part of human capital contradicts the multilingual reality in the global society and what communicative competencies might actually be required for transnational workers. Qualitative research conducted on Japanese transnational workers’ language use in the workplace revealed perceived importance of the ability to communicate not only in English but also in other languages as well as communicative dispositions, rather than English skills per se. Implications for language education and a neoliberal paradox will be discussed.

Friday, November 30, 2012
18:00 to 20:00
Collaboration Room 3
Fourth Floor, Building 18, Komaba Campus
The University of Tokyo
Cohosted by the Centre for Global Communication Strategies

Poster (PDF)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The 4th KLA Presentation Meeting on Dec. 15

Dear All,

We are delighted to announce that the fourth meeting of Komaba
Language Association (KLA) will be held next month.

Date: December 15, Saturday, 2012
Time: 14:00-16:30
Location: 301 on the third floor of Building 10 (Note this is not the
same place as we had)

This time, we will be holding a workshop where four first-year
master's program students in the Department of Language and
Information Sciences will talk about some tentative plans of their
master's thesis projects, including motives of their studies,
conceptual frameworks, research designs, and methodological issues.

Below are the speakers, the language used in their sessions, and their
general topics (This is not the order of the presentations):

Kimie Yamamura (Japanese) Second language writing
Sayaka Meguro (Japanese) Teaching English to young learners
Masaaki Ogura (Japanese) Lexicography
Yusuke Kaimori (Japanese) Cognitive Linguistics (Cognitive
grammar/Construction grammar)

We are planning to have an end-of-year party (Bonennkai) after the
meeting on the day. Another message will be sent out to you on the party
We are hoping to see many people at the meeting and the party.

If you have any questions, please contact us at For further information, please see

Best regards,