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Beyond Native-Speakerism

Current Explorations and Future Visions, 1st Edition

By Stephanie Ann Houghton, Damian J. Rivers, Kayoko Hashimoto


264 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Despite unsubstantiated claims of best practice, the division of language-teaching professionals on the basis of their categorization as ‘native-speakers’ or ‘non-native speakers’ continues to cascade throughout the academic literature. It has become normative, under the rhetorical guise of acting to correct prejudice and/or discrimination, to see native-speakerism as having a single beneficiary – the ‘native-speaker’ – and a single victim – the ‘non-native’ speaker. However, this unidirectional perspective fails to deal with the more veiled systems through which those labeled as native-speakers and non-native speakers are both cast as casualties of this questionable bifurcation. This volume documents such complexities and aims to fill the void currently observable within mainstream academic literature in the teaching of both English, and Japanese, foreign language education. By identifying how the construct of Japanese native-speaker mirrors that of the ‘native-speaker’ of English, the volume presents a revealing insight into language teaching in Japan. Further, taking a problem-solving approach, this volume explores possible grounds on which language teachers could be employed if native-speakerism is rejected according to experts in the fields of intercultural communicative competence, English as a Lingua Franca and World Englishes, all of which aim to replace the ‘native-speaker’ model with something new.

Table of Contents


Stephanie Ann Houghton, Damian J. Rivers and Kayoko Hashimoto

Part I: The Native Speaker Criterion: Past Traditions, Current Perspectives and Future Possibilities

1 The Idea of the Native Speaker

Damian J. Rivers

2 The Sociohistorical Foundations of Japan’s Relationship with the Native Speaker of Foreign Languages

Damian J. Rivers

3 "Introverted Psychosis" and the Psychology of Native-Speaker Interaction: Social Representation, Status and Threat Perception

Damian J. Rivers

4 Contemporary English Language Teachers’ Views on Native Speakerism in Context

Damian J. Rivers

Part II: Japanese Native Speakerism: Past, Present and Future

5 The Construction of the Native Speaker of Japanese

Kayoko Hashimoto

6 Japanese Language for Foreigners: Policy on Foreign Nationals and EPA Scheme

Kayoko Hashimoto

7 Japanese Language Teachers’ Views on Native Speakers and "Easy Japanese"

Kayoko Hashimoto

8 Native Speakerism in Japanese Language Teaching for Foreigners and English Language Teaching for Japanese Nationals

Kayoko Hashimoto

Part III: The Post-Native-Speakerist Shift

9 The Post-Native-Speakerist Language Teacher

Stephanie Ann Houghton

10 Shifts Needed in Foreign Language Teacher Education Activities

Stephanie Ann Houghton

11 Shifts Needed in Foreign Language Teacher Attributes

Stephanie Ann Houghton

12 Reconceptualizing Foreign Language Education

Stephanie Ann Houghton


Stephanie Ann Houghton, Damian J. Rivers and Kayoko Hashimoto

About the Authors

Stephanie Ann Houghton is an Associate Professor in Intercultural Communication at Saga University in Japan. She is co-editor, with Melina Porto, of the 'Intercultural Communication and Language Education' book series. She has published multiple academic books and articles in peer-reviewed international journals.

Damian J. Rivers is an Associate Professor in Communication at Future University Hakodate, Japan. He has co-edited several books including, ‘Isms in Language Education: Oppression, Intersectionality and Emancipation’ (2017) and ‘The Sociolinguistics of Hip-Hop as Critical Conscience: Dissatisfaction and Dissent’ (2017).

Kayoko Hashimoto is a Lecturer at the School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland in Australia. Her main research areas are language policies and Japan’s educational policies. She currently serves as the Language and Education Thematic/Review editor for Asian Studies Review.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication

Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication publishes theoretically informed and empirically grounded research monographs and edited volumes that offer state of the art reviews of and debates in this evolving field. Its aim is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and methodological innovations, thereby extending the scope of intercultural communication. Titles in this series also seek to maintain a strong practical and professional interest and inform and influence teaching and learning, business and organizational communication, daily communication, and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Research
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General