1st Edition

English Language Teaching during Japan's Post-war Occupation
Politics and Pedagogy





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ISBN 9780367589394
August 13, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

In 1945 Japan had to adjust very rapidly to sudden defeat, to the arrival of the American Occupation and to the encounter with the English language, together with a different outlook on many aspects of society and government. This scholarly book is based on in-depth interviews with people, now aged, who were school students at the time of the Occupation and who experienced first-hand this immense cultural change. The book considers the nature of the changing outlook, including democratization, the new role for the Japanese Emperor and all this represented for the place of tradition in Japanese life and the growing emphasis on individualism away from collectivism. It discusses the changing system of education itself, including new structures and new textbooks, and relates the feelings of the participants as they came to terms with defeat and the language and culture of the former enemy. Overall, the book provides a fascinating insight into a key period of Japanese history.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures



Abbreviations



PART 1: Context



Chapter 1 The Scope of this Book



Chapter 2 Setting the Scene



PART 2: Historical Background



Chapter 3 History of Foreign Language Education in Japan



Chapter 4 Exploring the Historical Literature (1)



Chapter 5 Exploring the Historical Literature (2)



Chapter 6 Data Sources, Collection and Analysis



PART 3: Interviews and Their Implications



Chapter 7 The Interviews: What We Learned



Chapter 8 Concluding Thoughts



Appendix A Examples of Publications



Appendix B School Systems



Appendix C Lists of Japanese Names Translated into English



Appendix D The Locations of the Middle Level Schools Attended by Participants (Except for Yoko) as well as Other Places Referred in the Book.



Appendix E Summary of Warfare Between the Manchurian Incident and the Pacific War



Appendix F Political Occurrences and the Periods of the Participants’ Middle-level Schooling



Appendix G The Numbers of English Majors in Hiroshima Arts and Sciences University and Hiroshima Higher Normal School



Appendix H Employment of Foreign Teachers



Appendix I Information on the Participants (Age Order)



Appendix J Sample Interview Questions



Appendix K The Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan



Glossary



Bibliography



Index







 

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Author(s)

Biography

Mayumi Ohara obtained her doctorate at the University of Technology Sydney.



 



John Buchanan is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Technology Sydney.