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Ideology, Agency, and Intercultural Communicative Competence

A Stratified Look into EFL Education in Japan


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Jeremie Bouchard
    Pages 1-18
  3. Jeremie Bouchard
    Pages 19-69
  4. Jeremie Bouchard
    Pages 71-120
  5. Jeremie Bouchard
    Pages 121-157
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 355-368

About this book


Associated with an important epistemological shift from language proficiency to language criticality in applied linguistic research, this book provides a sociological perspective on foreign language education in Japan. By employing ethnographic methods to investigate the relationship between three core analytical elements – foreign language education geared towards the development of learners’ intercultural communicative competence; nihonjinron and native-speakerism as potentially constraining ideological forces; and EFL practices observed at four Japanese junior high schools – the author not only shares valuable insights into how English is taught and learned in a stratum of the Japanese EFL system which has received limited attention from researchers over the years, but also clarifies the fundamental and complex changes currently taking place in the Japanese EFL landscape. 

This multi-faceted book also calls for greater consideration in postmodern ideology critique for the stratified nature of social processes as well as the material conditions and underlying generative mechanisms involved in the production and consumption of (including resistance to) ideological discourse. Accordingly, it outlines several challenges shaping ideology research in educational settings, and responds by developing a realist-oriented theoretical and methodological approach to address these challenges. This book serves as a unique point of reference for the study of parallel nationalist discourses embedded in foreign language education systems around the world.


Nihonjinron Intercultural Communicative Competence Intercultural Citizenship Foreign Language Education Critical Classroom Discourse Analysis Social Realism Stratified Ontology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hokkai Gakuen UniversitySapporoJapan

About the authors

Jeremie Bouchard holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Birmingham, UK and is currently a member of the Faculty of Humanities at Hokkai Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan. His research centres on the sociological aspects of EFL education in Japanese secondary schools, notably how observed educational processes emerge from the complex mediation between cultural, structural and agentive forces.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ideology, Agency, and Intercultural Communicative Competence
  • Book Subtitle A Stratified Look into EFL Education in Japan
  • Authors Jeremie Bouchard
  • Series Title Intercultural Communication and Language Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Intercultural Communication and Language Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-3925-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5000-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-3926-3
  • Series ISSN 2520-1735
  • Series E-ISSN 2520-1743
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIX, 368
  • Number of Illustrations 114 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Sociology of Education
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