International Education Journal

WCCES 2001 Commission 6 Special Congress Issue: Japanese Education in Transition

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Cultivating Global Literacy Through English as an International Language (EIL) Education in Japan:
A New Paradigm for Global Education


Koji Nakamura
Konan University Institute for Language and Culture, Kobe, Japan
koji@konan-u.ac.jp

 

 

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Abstract

This paper discusses the significance of a five-year empirical study of integrating global human issues into a university-level EFL education in Japan, highlighting the role of English as an International Language (EIL). The study explores the need for raising students' global literacy which includes inter/cross-cultural competence with transcultural and transnational perspectives. It also sees communicative competence in EIL as necessary in order to have a global and peaceful dialogue with people of the world. The following example of integrated global education practiced at Konan University in Kobe, Japan, involving 200 Japanese University students, provides evidence for the merits of the acquisition of cognitive, affective, social and linguistic skills in, and the knowledge leading to, local and global action with global perspectives. The integration of global human issues into EIL education is an invitation to be challenged and enlightened for all language/culture instructors.

globalisation, global literacy, Japan, education, communication

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Nakamura, K. (2002) Cultivating Global Literacy Through English as an International Language (EIL) Education in Japan: A New Paradigm for Global Education. International Education Journal, 3 (5), 64-74.
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