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Multilingualism and Local-Global Identities: Japanese Language Education in Rural Australia

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posted on 2023-05-17, 23:40 authored by Barbara HartleyBarbara Hartley
The purpose of this article is to examine the value accruing to a regional area in Australia from the location of an undergraduate Japanese language education program in a university in that area. The focus is on the manner is which the inclusion of such a program enhances the sustainability of the area. Sustainability is here defined as the resilience demonstrated by social subjects in the absence of the full range of services available in more densely populated and resource advantaged areas. Such resilience implies an ongoing capacity on the pan of subjects to contribute productively to social and economic networks in the area. The discussion includes two cases of graduates of the program under review. On the basis of these cases, the argument is advanced that local regional and rural area access to a tertiary sector second language program offers a unique and valuable strategic dimension to the personal and professional development of social agents in regional areas and to the sustainability of these areas generally.


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Education in Rural Australia








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Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia

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Copyright 2004 Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia

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Teacher and instructor development

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