Dr Chisato Danjo

Programme Lead: East Asian Languages & Senior Lecturer in Japanese and Linguistics

School of Languages & Linguistics

E: c.danjo@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876822

Picture of Chisato Danjo smiling with her arms crossed.

PhD (Northumbria, UK), MA (Birmingham, UK), BEd (Osaka Kyoiku, Japan)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I am a Senior Lecturer in Japanese and Linguistics. I teach various levels of Japanese language modules as well as academic modules in linguistics such as Intercultural Communication and Analysing Texts (Critical Discourse Analysis).

I am also acting as Programme Lead in East Asian Languages, looking after the undergraduate students on Japanese and Korean programmes.

My research interests are in the area of sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, and educational linguistics, especially on the topics of multilingualism, language policy and practice, family language planning and maintenance, and language issues relating to culture and identity. I am also interested in language users’ perception and belief of language use, and the ways in which those have an impact on their language practices.

Areas of expertise: multilingualism, language policy and practice, family language planning and maintenance, language issues relating to culture and identity, linguistic ethnography, critical discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics.

Links to Publication 

Further Information

Teaching

I’m teaching Japanese language modules at various levels, such as:

  • BA (level 4): Accelerated Japanese 1 and 2
  • BA (level 6): Japanese Advanced 2
  • BA (level 6): Language Research Project

I also teach linguistics modules, such as:

  • BA (level 4/5): Intercultural Communication
  • BA (level 5): Analysing Texts
  • BA (level 6): Dissertation

Professional Activities

  • Member of Language and Identities in InterAction (LIdIA) research unit, School of Languages and Linguistics, York St John University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • Member, British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)
  • Member, British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ)
  • Project Member of National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics [NINJAL] 国立国語研究所

Research & Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Danjo, C (2018) 'Making sense of family language policy: Japanese-English bilingual children's creative and strategic translingual practices,' International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, doi.org/10.1080/13670050.2018.1460302
Eprint available at Taylor & Francis online (limited availability)

Danjo, C (2017) Reflecting on My Positionality as a Multilingual Researcher. In Jean Conteh (Ed.), Researching Education for Social Justice in Multilingual Settings. London: Bloomsbury (pp. 105-119).

Danjo, C (2014) Complementary Schools in the Global Age: Tackling the Diversification of Students’ Background. In B. O’Rourke, N. Bermingham & S. Brennan (Eds.), Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics: Proceedings of the 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, Heriot-Watt University, 5-7 September 2013 (pp. 127-132). London: Scitsiugnil Press

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND MEDIA:

Danjo (2018, 20 June) “Why it’s okay for bilingual children to mix languages,” The Conversation (UK), available online at https://theconversation.com/why-its-okay-for-bilingual-children-to-mix-languages-97448

This article has been featured at various media such as:

Danjo (2018, 26 June) “Why it’s a sign of creativity when bilingual children mix languages: for multilingual Children, shifting languages can be a strategic social tool,” The Independent, available online at https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/linguistics/creativity-bilingual-language-learning-parenting-a8410246.html

Danjo (2018, 28 June) “Bilingüismo: los idiomas, mejor revueltos,” The Conversation (Español), available online at https://theconversation.com/bilinguismo-los-idiomas-mejor-revueltos-98825

Danjo (2018, 2 July) “Why it's important to encourage children to be bilingual,” Capetalk Radio (567AM): Breakfast with Kieno Kammies (South Africa), available online at http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/309934/why-it-s-important-to-encourage-children-to-be-bilingual

 

Conferences

INVITED TALKS AND PUBLIC LECTURES:

Danjo, C (2020) Interlocutor of the finalist presentations, at The 15th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, at King's College London, University of London, UK

Danjo, C (2019) Open public lecture, “Exploring Englishes in Japan”, co-presented with Sean Foyle (3rd year student at York St John University) In Meddegama, I. et al. (org.) “Exploring Englishes in the World” at York Festival of Ideas 2019, York St John University, UK.

Danjo, C (2019) Interlocutor of the finalist presentations, at The 14th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, at King's College London, University of London, UK

Danjo, C (2018) Invited panel speaker, “The Current Trend of the Curriculum of Japanese Studies Degree Courses” at JF/BAJS/BATJ Spring Symposium on (Re)defining and Promoting Japanese Studies in UK [May 2018], Regent's University London

Danjo, C (2018) Invited lecture, “Making sense of family language policy: Japanese-English Bilingual children’s creative and strategic translingual practices” at Languages and Linguistics Colloquium Series, York St John University, York, UK

Danjo, C (2016) Invited public lecture series, “Children Living in Multilingual Environment: Going beyond the Framework of Japanese vs English” (2 lecture series in Japanese; one for teacher, the other for parents) at North East of England Japanese Saturday School, Tyne and Wear, UK

Danjo, C (2013) Open public lecture, “Learning Mother’s-tongue in Father’s-land: Bilingual Children’s Creative Use of Language,” at Northumbria Summer Speaker Series, The Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Danjo, C (2019) “It might be my ego to teach our children Japanese”: What does language maintenance mean to Minority Language Speaking mothers” at HOLM 2019 Symposium, Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and development, AILA Research Network (ReN), York St John University, UK.

Danjo, C (2018) “Empirical exploration of 'translanguaging': multilingual children's creative language strategies at home” at Translation and Translanguaging: Communication in the Multilingual City, University of Birmingham, UK

Danjo, C (2017) “The Emerging Space of Multilingual and Multicultural Learning and Acceptance in a Japanese Complementary School in the UK: Situated Practices Going Beyond Nationalistic Ideologies” at Oxford Ethnography and Education Conferences, New College, University of Oxford, UK

Danjo, C (2017) “Multilingual parents’ dilemmas in multilingual childrearing: exploring the gap between discourse and social reality” at 50th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics: Opportunities, Challenges, Questions, University of Leeds, UK 

Danjo, C (2015) “Unacknowledged Language Practices in a Global Age: An Analysis of Institutional Policies, and Individual Practices and Perceptions” (presented at the Linguistic Ethnography Forum) at 48th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics: Breaking Theory, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Danjo, C (2014) “Necessity and challenges of multilingual practices for international marriage families: Language policies at home, mainstream school, and complementary school” (Invited at the colloquium, “Spaces where family and institutional language policies meet – Challenges and frictions”), at Sociolinguistic Symposium 20, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Danjo, C (2013) “Complementary Schools in the Global Age: Tackling the Diversification of Students’ Background” at 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics: The Impact of Applied Linguistics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Danjo, C (2013) “Bilingual Children’s Creative Use of Linguistic Resources: Beyond Dichotomic Views” at Language and Super-diversity: Explorations and interrogations, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Danjo, C (2013) “Exploring identity construction process in early childhood: ‘It might be my ego for our children to be bilinguals’” at I-mean 3: Identity and Language Conference, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Danjo, C (2012) “Who am I for my participants?: Participants’ negotiation of a Researcher’s Position” (poster presentation), at Research seminar: Researching language in education in diverse, twenty-first century classrooms, University of Edinburgh, UK

Danjo, C (2012) “Invaluableness of Discursive Data: The Benefits of Ethnographic approach for Understanding Complex Aspects of Identity” (poster presentation) at 4th conference of Explorations in Ethnography, Language and Communication: Analysis and impact in Linguistic Ethnography, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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