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Paulo Freire

The Global Legacy

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Edited By Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley

This collection is the first book devoted to Paulo Freire’s ongoing global legacy to provide an analysis of the continuing relevance and significance of Freire’s work and the impact of his global legacy. The book contains essays by some of the world’s foremost Freire scholars – McLaren, Darder, Roberts, and others – as well as chapters by scholars and activists, including the Maori scholars Graham Hingangaroa Smith and Russell Bishop, who detail their work with the indigenous people of Aotearoa-New Zealand. The book contains a foreword by Nita Freire as well as chapters from scholars around the world including Latin America, Asia, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. With a challenging introduction from the editors, Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley, this much-awaited addition to the Freire archive is highly recommended reading for all students and scholars interested in Freire, global emancipatory politics, and the question of social justice in education.
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Chapter Twenty-One: Teaching English for Academic Purposes in a Japanese Setting: Problematizing and Dialogizing Essentialist Constructions of Language Pedagogy, Culture, and Identity

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CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

Teaching English for Academic Purposes in a Japanese Setting: Problematizing and Dialogizing Essentialist Constructions of Language Pedagogy, Culture, and Identity

GLENN TOH

INTRODUCTION

This chapter is about opening up space for critical pedagogical practices in a Japanese EAP (English for Academic Purposes) setting. In recent years, universities in Japan have been actively seeking to have a steadily increasing number of their academic content courses delivered in English instead of Japanese. This is in response to the pressing need for Japanese universities to globalize amid calls for reform and reinvention, given a moribund curriculum (Goodman & Phillips, 2003), not least because many universities are also facing the pressure of falling enrollments due to a low birth rate and gradually imploding population (Burgess, 2010). Along with this new development has come an increased demand for courses in EAP.

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