CANCELED The Linguistic Landscape Forum

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Event Speaker: 
Dr. Christian Ludwig
Dr. Sender Dovchin
Dr. Hitomi Yoshio
Steven Karl
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1000 yen for non-members, free for Rikkyo Faculty

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, this event  has been canceled. thank you for understanding.    


Join international and Japan-based presenters who will discuss their recent research about and teaching of linguistic landscapes (LL).


Presentation #1: Using (Multilingual) Linguistic Landscapes in the EFL-Classroom — From Theory to Practice

(Multilingual) linguistic landscapes research has great potential for foreign language learning. Research has shown that linguistic landscapes (LLs) can serve as a resource for building students’ vocabulary and grammar knowledge as well as raising their (critical) linguistic and intercultural awareness. This talk discusses the concept of (multilingual) linguistic landscapes in a globalising world; other possible applications of LLs, such as self-access or language centres; and the potential of LLs for developing and maintaining students’ foreign language autonomy. The results of a small-scale study conducted at a German university in which participants were asked to actively engage with multilingual LLs and report on their (prior) learning experiences will be discussed, as well as some (practical) approaches to employing LLs in the classroom and indicating future directions of (practitioner) research.

Dr. Christian Ludwig is currently a Substitute Professor at the University of Education Karlsruhe, Germany, where he pursues his diverse research interests in the field of EFL-Methodology.


Presentation #2: Linguascape, social media and the Fukushima nuclear disaster: The implications in the context of Japanese EFL university students

This study examines the linguistic landscape of social media such as Facebook through the “eyes of Japanese EFL university students”, focusing on the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 in Japan. The main research participants are Japanese EFL students studying at the University of Aizu, Fukushima, Japan, who have personally experienced the disaster in 2011. The presentation will discuss the three main implications of the Kakenhi-supported study, which elaborates how the notion of “linguascape” should be considered seriously compared to terms such as “mono/bi/multilingualism” in the space of social media.


Dr. Sender Dovchin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Language Research, The University of Aizu, Japan. She is a widely published author on the theories and praxis of translingualism, periphery and linguascape.


Presentation #3: LL in practice: Lessons learned from an intensive LL course

This presentation will discuss two instructors’ experiences as they jointly guided university students through an LL project in Tokyo.


Dr. Hitomi Yoshio is an Associate Professor of Japanese Literature in the Global Studies in Japanese Culture Program (JCuIP) in the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University. Her research interests include modern Japanese literature with a focus on women’s writing.   


Steven Karl is the author of two poetry collections, Sister (Noemi Press, 2016) and Dork Swagger, winner of the Joanna Cargill Book Prize for First Book (Coconut Books, 2013). He teaches academic writing at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo. He is also a digital instructor for Florida International University.

Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 14, Room D402
NishiIkebukuro 3-34-1
Toshima, Tokyo
1718501 Japan
Event Theme: 
Linguistic Landscapes (LL)