Language, Literacy and Culture Faculty, Students to Present at Conference in Japan

Faculty and students from the College of Education’s language, literacy and culture (LLC) concentration have been selected to present their research at the International Society for Language Study Conference in Akita, Japan, June 13-15. The conference theme is “A Critical Examination of Language and Society.”

Shinji Kawamitsu, a doctoral student, will be presenting his research on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and its impact on the particular language approaches introduced at the university level in Japan. The title of his paper is “‘Policy Borrowing’ and Compatibility: Critical Discourse Analysis on the CEFR, CEFR-J, and JF Standard.” Drawing on Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis including intertextuality, his paper raises issues for educational policy practices and national development of language ideology.

Doctoral candidate Keiko Konoeda will be presenting on her research on digital storytelling in language classroom. The title of her paper is “Multimodal Storytelling as Multiliterate Practice: Critical Analysis of Digital Storytelling in World Language Classroom.” The paper problematizes the simplistic view of digital project work in language classroom as technical linguistic practice outside of cultural context, and analyzes the learners’ reflective narratives from poststructural feminist perspectives that view a project work as a design with purposes of the designers with resources from their many literacy practices.

Theresa Austin, professor in the department of teacher education and curriculum studies, will be presenting on her research on critical telecollaborative teacher education in language and literacy assessment. The title of her paper is “Working Toward Decolonizing Transnational Telecollaboration for Teacher Development.” Critical self reflective analysis was used to examine opportunities created for graduate (U.S.) and undergraduate (Canada) students to exchange and transform both local and transnational knowledge in culturally responsive literacy instruction and alternative assessment for use within their contexts.

LLC graduates Reiko Kato and Yuri Kumagai will present their research on a “telecollaboration project” co-implemented two college classrooms in the U.S. and Japan.