Prof Zhu Hua
Whose Karate? Language and cultural learning in a multilingual karate club in London
25 October 2018 13:30 - 14:30
Lu Sin Lecture Theatre (D0309), 3/F, Block D, Jockey Club Campus, OUHK
This talk aims to explore language learning as a process of translanguaging and of cultural translation. The empirical base of the argument draws upon a sociolinguistic ethnography of translanguaging practices in a karate club in east London, UK. Ethnically and linguistically highly diverse members of the local community are brought together in this club to learn what is presented to them as a Japanese martial art. Language forms and physical movements are taught as cultural practices. Whilst this kind of teaching and learning may be variably seen as ‘incidental’ or ‘formulaic’, its socio-cultural impact on the individuals concerned is particularly significant. The talk investigates the impact through a detailed and systematic analysis of the teaching and learning process whereby cultural traditions, values and practices are being translated, and consequently subjectivities and self-images of the participants transformed. In doing so, 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.
Language choice and learning at home 家庭中的語言選擇與學習
1130 - 1300
E0311, 3/F, Block E, Jockey Club Campus, OUHK