Nahoko Mulvey

Doctoral Researcher

www.birmingham.ac.uk/nahoko-mulvey

NahokoCurrent Status 

Second year, full time PhD

Research Topic 

Exploring the programme of Japanese as a heritage language education in England
 

Research Summary 

My research project investigates Japanese as a heritage language schools in England, weekend Japanese schools for children with Japanese heritage. These schools are voluntary organizations started, without any guidelines from either the British or Japanese governments, by the Japanese community to pass on ‘heritage’ to the next generation. In an era when mobility and social diversification have increased and community structures have changed, ‘heritage’ can be more than connections with the past. Heritage language schools are significant sites, as they are local examples of globalization and its practice. This study employs recent scholarship in linguistic ethnography, which views social action as socially constructed, and uses discourse analysis to focus on the curriculum and the language used for teaching and learning in classrooms. This project aims to shed light on curriculum for Japanese as a heritage language education.

Research Interests 

  • Heritage language education
  • Linguistic Ethnography
  • Superdiversity
  • Bilingualism/multilingualism
  • Second/foreign language education
  • Language policy in education

Research Supervisors

Professor Angela Creese and Dr Eleni Mariou

Funding 

ESRC

Membership of Research and Professional Organisations

  • The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Mother Tongue, Heritage Language and Bilingual Education (MHB) Research Association
  • The British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
  • Japanese Association of Second Language Acquisition (JASLA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Publications and  conference presentations

Mulvey. N. (2016) Constructions of Heritage in Japanese as a Heritage Language Schools in England.  In Papers from the Education Doctoral Research Conference 2015. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, pp. 77-85.  http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/2147/

Historical development of and current issues in Japanese as a Heritage Language Education at East Asian Linguistic Seminar held at Oriental Institute University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 20th January 2015 http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/research/jap-ling/eals15.html 

Development of Japanese language education for Japanese children in Australia, with a focus on South East Queensland: Establishing Japanese as a Heritage Language (JHL) Education, at Half-Day Symposium and Research Development Roundtable, Diaspora as Process: The Japanese Diaspora in Queensland, held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, 26th September 2009 

Australia Queensland shu nantobu ni okeru keishogo to shiteno nihongo kyoiku (Japanese as a Heritage Language Education in Australia, focus on South East Queensland), at Mother Tongue, Heritage Language and Bilingual Education (MHB) Research Association Conference, held at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, 9th August 2009 http://www.mhb.jp/2009/07/2009_2.html 

Japanese as a heritage language education in South East Queensland, Australia, in Mother Tongue, Heritage Language and Bilingual Education (MHB) Conference -The Aim of Multi-literal Training, pp38-43, MHB Research Association, Tokyo, 2009 http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:200759 

Historical Development of Japanese as a Heritage Language Education in Australia, with a focus on South East Queensland, at JSAA-ICJLE 2009 International Conference, held at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 13th–16th July 2009 

Teaching Japanese as a Heritage Language in Brisbane at 2008 MLTAQ Biennial Conference, held at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus, Gold Coast, Australia, 1st and 2nd October 2008 

Chukyu leveru no kaiwano kurasude torikumu supiichi (Giving a speech in an intermediate Japanese conversation class) at the 2006 Annual Conference of The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language held at Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan, June, 2006

Contact details 

Email: nxm340@bham.ac.uk

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