English as a Lingua Franca in Japan

Towards Multilingual Practices

  • Mayu Konakahara
  • Keiko Tsuchiya

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. ELF in Japanese Education

  3. ELF in Educational Settings in Japan

  4. ELF in Business and Institutional Settings in Japan

  5. Reflections and Directions of ELF Research

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Keiko Tsuchiya
      Pages 335-354
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 355-358

About this book


"​The perceived superiority of standardized English and native speakers continue to shape people’s beliefs and influence the teaching and learning of English in Japan. This book challenges these enduring ideologies by shedding light on multiple, hybrid, and contingent uses of English as a lingua franca (ELF) from multilingual and translingual perspectives. This unique collection of studies underscores the importance of ELF-oriented dispositions, pedagogies, and policies for genuine communication across difference." --Ryuko Kubota, Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, The University of British Columbia, Canada.
This edited book examines the phenomenon of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in the Japanese context, using multilingualism as a lens through which to explore language practices and attitudes in what is traditionally viewed as a monolingual, monocultural setting. The authors cover a broad spectrum of topics within this theme, including language education policies, the nature of ELF communication in both academic and business settings, users’ and learners’ perceptions of ELF, and the pedagogy to foster ELF-oriented attitudes. Teaching and learning practices are reconsidered from ELF and multilingual perspectives, shifting the focus from the conformity to native-speaker norms to ELF users’ creative use of multilingual resources. This book is a key resource for advancing ELF study and research in Japan, and it will also be of interest to students and scholars studying multilingualism and World Englishes in other global contexts.

Mayu Konakahara is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan.

Keiko Tsuchiya is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and International Studies, Yokohama City University, Japan.


Global Englishes World Englishes business communication health communication pedagogy English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) media discourse small talk English for Academic Purposes (EAP) English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)

Editors and affiliations

  • Mayu Konakahara
    • 1
  • Keiko Tsuchiya
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishKanda University of International StudiesChibaJapan
  2. 2.International College of Arts and SciencesYokohama City UniversityYokohamaJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-33287-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-33288-4
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