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Title: Reconceptualizing ‘Global Jinzai’ from a (B)ELF Perspective
Other Titles: (B)ELF視点からのグローバル人材養成コンセプトの再考
Authors: Yujobo, Yuri Jody
Keywords: ELF
Global human resources
Education reforms
Issue Date: 2019-04-01
Abstract: The cultivation of ‘global jinzai’ has been the main Japanese agenda across multifaceted disciplines and is a pressing national issue for businesses, government, and global education policy reforms. The term ‘global jinzai’ equates to global leaders or global human resources. In a definition by The Global Human Resource Development Committee of the Industry-Academia (2010), it describes people who possess three elements: (1) active and responsible membership in society; (2) a high proficiency in foreign language (English); and (3) holds a deep appreciation in intercultural understanding. First, this paper will review the major roadblocks in higher education in the path to develop these leaders including: low self-esteem, lack of sustainability of inbound and outbound mobility programs, and the paradox of goal-setting to native English speaker (NES) norms. Second, this paper will reconceptualize these issues by taking on an English as a lingua franca (ELF) and English as a business lingua franca (BELF) perspective to raise awareness on the changing use of English in social and business contexts among non-native English speakers (NNES). Finally, this paper will suggest teaching practices for an ELF and BELF-informed curriculum to provide students with opportunities to take ownership of their multilingual strengths for developing their own communicative capabilities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11078/1360
ISSN: 2189-0471
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