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‘It’s a pity that they have to choose between French and English’: Language ideologies at a Japanese overseas school in Belgium

Mogi, Y; (2017) ‘It’s a pity that they have to choose between French and English’: Language ideologies at a Japanese overseas school in Belgium. Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature , 10 (2) pp. 59-76. 10.5565/rev/jtl3.735. Green open access

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Abstract

This article is based on my doctoral research, a qualitative study of a nihonjingakkō in Belgium where students choose either English or French after primary 3rd year. Nihonjingakkō is a full-time day school for children of Japanese sojourners. The study investigates the complex language ideologies circulating in the school. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the school principal and language teachers, and were supplemented by other datasets such as questionnaires and analysis of teaching materials. Drawing on the conceptual framework of imagined communities (Anderson 1991; Kanno & Norton, 2003), this paper attempts to illuminate the fact that English receives higher language status than French. However, this article will mainly focus on English. To conclude, Japan’s school and university entrance examination system can be seen to make students lose interest in learning foreign languages other than English.

Type: Article
Title: ‘It’s a pity that they have to choose between French and English’: Language ideologies at a Japanese overseas school in Belgium
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5565/rev/jtl3.735
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/jtl3.735
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright (c) 2017 Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Keywords: Belgium, English, French, Japan’s Overseas School Education, language ideologies
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109424
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