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“Would you like to dance with me, Miwa?”: gender roles and the EFL Text

Pihlaja, Stephen (2008). “Would you like to dance with me, Miwa?”: gender roles and the EFL Text. The School House, 16(1) pp. 2–9.

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Abstract

This article is an evaluation of gender roles in the Planet Blue Japanese high school textbook. Using criteria built on biases found by Jane Sunderland, it evaluates the textbook on basis of exclusion, subordination and distortion, and degradation. On the whole, the textbook appears to have made significant improvement in these three criteria, especially in the presentation of career roles for woman. The roles of men and women in romantic relationships presented in the text, however, are still presented in stereotypical terms. The article presents these remaining biases as opportunities for EFL instructors to provoke discussions regarding gender roles in Japanese culture as well as English-speaking cultures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Stephen Pihlaja
ISSN: 1881-0713
Keywords: gender roles; high school; textbooks; Japan
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 32243
Depositing User: Stephen Pihlaja
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2012 15:03
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2014 23:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/32243
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