The Writing Center as a Globalized Pedagogy: A Case Study of an Internationalized University in Japan

CJR Lunchtime Lecture Series

Place: Asian Centre 604
Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
Time: 12:30-1:30 pm
Speaker: Tomoyo Okuda (Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Language and Literacy Education)

About the Event:

Due to increased pressures of internationalization, universities around the world are compelled to implement language education models and frameworks with global recognition  (Byram & Parmenter, 2012; Doiz, Lasagabaster, & Sierra, 2012; Imoto & Horiguchi, 2015). Given this trend, I examine how policy borrowing (Steiner-Khamsi, 2010) affects university language policy, planning, and practice. Focusing on a Japanese university that recently implemented a writing center (a common writing support service in North American universities), this multi-layered case study investigates how the educational philosophy, pedagogical rationale, and concepts of a writing center are interpreted by administrators and enacted in pedagogical practice. This study hopes to shed light on discourses of legitimate pedagogical practices of a “world-class university” (Deen, Mok, & Lucas, 2008) and the local literacy realities that challenge (or, are challenged by) them.



Tomoyo Okuda is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


See the poster for the event.