[GFD] Diversity Cafe Vol.11 Translanguaging in Japan for Linguistic Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

April 9, 2024


Type Lecture
Intended for Enrolled students / International students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) April 22, 2024 18:00 — 19:30
Location Komaba Area Campus,In-person and online
Venue Hybrid: KIBER 313

Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required

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Registration Period April 8, 2024 — April 22, 2024

Translanguaging in Japan for Linguistic Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

Date: Friday, April 22, 18:00-19:30
Language: English & Japanese
Speaker: Blake Turnbull
Organized by: Global Faculty Development & Diversity Cafe


Translanguaging is commonly misunderstood to be simply switching between two or more languages. However, it actually encompasses the dynamic interplay between the different named languages in a speaker’s linguistic repertoire and the unique way in which individuals leverage these resources in their daily interactions. Languages transcend mere communication tools; they serve as a means through which to make meaning, to express ourselves, and to learn. To only utilize part of one’s linguistic competence, then, is not only an act of linguistic oppression but one that can hamper effective communication across diverse contexts. In this presentation, I will delve into translanguaging as a comprehensive language theory, tracing its conceptual roots and exploring its practical application within Japanese university settings. A particular focus will be placed on the importance of recognizing the intricate relationships among languages and leveraging this understanding to support students’ learning, communication, identity formation, and social justice overall.

Speaker Bio

Blake Turnbull holds a PhD in Foreign Language Acquisition and Education from Kyoto University, and is currently a lecturer in the Department of Intercultural Studies at Otani University. His research focuses on the promotion of translanguaging and emergent bilingualism in foreign language education, particularly within a Japanese EFL context.

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