Category: Language and Culture


Designing Online Language Courses: Lessons Learned from Teaching Vietnamese Language and Culture for Japanese Learners

This presentation shows the lessons learned after several courses on “Basic Vietnamese language and culture” targeting Japanese university students and adult learners, which have been conducted in 2020. Influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the materials and methods prepared for conventional classroom have been adapted and modified in order to suit the online platform. Although intended


Discourses and Counter-discourses in the Times of the Coronavirus Crisis

The situation of the global coronavirus crisis affects different areas of human life and also influences the use of language. A new kind of discourse is emerging, in which politics, health care, the media and many other actors participate. In our article, we deal with the “coronavirus discourse” from the point of view of right-wing


Translation and Interpreting Activities in ESL to Recharge Sociocultural Awareness in Students

Teaching translation and interpreting techniques obviously contribute to the effective and efficient development of linguistic and communicative skills in students. At the same time, translation and interpreting exercises promote sociocultural critical thinking skills, since the language as a system of communication transfers and reflects cultural concepts and social realias. The ability to perceive and understand


Global Education in Non-native English-speaking Countries, Challenges and Opportunities: A Focus on Indonesian Students at a Selected Japanese University

Research has shown that generation Z is much more eager to include global education in their lives. The experience of studying in another culture, especially in an international context, is seen as a necessity. The most popular study destination for international students has been countries where English is spoken as a native language. In more


Visual Media: Supporting Content Learning and Critical Thinking in the CLIL Classroom

As English-medium content courses become more widespread in Japanese higher education, there is growing interest in multi-modal approaches which can assist student comprehension and discussion of complex issues. This presentation will consider the benefits of using visual media in the CLIL history and social sciences classroom, considering visuals both as a source of content input


Cultural-Communicative Styles: The Case of Indonesia and India

The present study examines, defines and evaluates the cultural-communicative styles of Indonesia and India. The analysis presented in the report is based on Hall’s theory (1959, 1966, 1976, 1983) of high-context (HC) and low-context (LC) cultures and Geert Hofstede’s (1997) cultural dimension of collectivism versus individualism. The report also suggests how potential gaps between members


Cross-cultural Language in Clint Eastwood’s Movie Scripts

This is a study of cross-cultural language use in Clint Eastwood’s movie scripts. Eastwood, the renowned film director, starred and produced numerous movies in a variety of genres. The study focuses on the language of the movie scripts used in Eastwood’s War films and Western. Scripts were downloaded from a website “The Web’s Largest Resource


Conceptual Metaphors in Political Discourse: State is Woman – Woman is Construction

This project aims to analyze the conceptual metaphors through political discourse during the period of 2018 presidential elections in Montenegrin society, as a means of understanding how human action and (un)consciousness both shape and are being shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. The study focuses on revealing cultural constructs through the examination of the


The Picture That Is Worth Ten Thousand Words

Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting, a book by Harvard professor Yukio Lippit, studies one national treasure of Japan: The Gourd and the Catfish, a painting by Taikō Josetsu, a Zen monk who was active during the Muromachi period (1336-1573). Lippit’s book examines the painting’s subject matter, innovative technique, manner of display, and literary


Perceptions and Experiences of Female Emirati Learners’ Engagement in English Language Learning: An Ethnographic Case Study

Over the last forty-eight years, the United Arab Emirates, has striven to include a western discourse curriculum with English as a core subject within its education system. Through the use of an ethnographic case study design, this research is motivated by the ideals of culturally responsive pedagogy which includes the need to give voice to