Whose Karate? Language and Cultural Learning in a Multilingual Karate Club in London

Date: Feb.26, 2021

Time: 8 pm (China time)/7 am (EST)/12pm (UK time)

Zoom Meeting ID: 988 6817 2079

This talk aims to explore language learning as a process of cultural translation and translanguaging. The empirical base of the argument draws upon a sociolinguistic ethnography of translanguaging practices in a karate club in east London, UK.  Through examining whose karate and how cultural traditions, values and practices are translated and why, I broaden the concept of language and regard it as a multifaceted sense- and meaning-making resource and explore the theoretical implications of taking language teaching and learning as a process of cultural translation.

About the speaker

Zhu Hua is Chair of Educational Linguistics in School of Education, University of Birmingham and Director of MOSAIC Group for Research in Multilingualism. She is Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences, the UK. Her main research interests span across multilingual and intercultural communication and child language. Among her recent publications are Exploring Intercultural Communication: Language in Action (2019 Routledge, 2nd edition), Crossing Boundaries and Weaving Intercultural Work, Life, and Scholarship in Globalizing Universities (2016, Routledge, with Adam Komisarof) and Research Methods in Intercultural Communication (2016, Blackwell). She is book series co-editor for Routledge Studies in Language and Intercultural Communication, Cambridge Key Topics in Applied Linguistics and Cambridge Elements in Applied Linguistics.

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