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Prem PHYAK

Assistant Professor
B.Ed., M.Ed. (Tribhuvan University); MA TESOL (University College London IOE), Ph.D. (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Tel 3943 5719
Email p.phyak@cuhk.edu.hk
Office Fung King Hey 307

Administrative Post:
Board Secretary; College Coordinator (United)

Research Interests
Language ideology, language policy, sociolinguistics of multilingualism, multiliteracy, multilingual education, translanguaging, politics of English, English as medium of instruction (EMI), spatiality of language, second language acquisition (identity/affect/motivation), indigenous/minority language education, language and wellbeing, qualitative research, teacher education (agency and identity)
 
Selected Publications
Books
2021
(with E. Carm, B. Luitel, L. Ogrim & M. Johannesen). Innovative technologies and pedagogical shifts in Nepalese higher education. Brill/Sense.
2017
(with Kathryn A. Davis). Engaged language policy and practices. Routledge.
Book Chapters
2020
(with B. Sharma). Functionality of English in Language Education Policies and Practices in Nepal. In R. A. Giri, A. Sharma and J. D’Angelo (eds.) Functional Variations in English: Theoretical Considerations and Practical Challenges (pp. 321-335). Springer.
Forthcoming
(with H. Rawal & P. I. Costa). Dialogue as a decolonial effort: Nepali youth transforming monolingual ideologies and reclaiming multilingual citizenship. In K. Heugh, C. Stroud, K. Taylor-Keech, & P. I. De Costa (Eds). A Sociolinguistics of the South. Routledge.
2020
Neoliberal placemaking and ideological constructions of standardized tests in Nepal's linguistic landscape. In Morhesseini, S. & De Costa, P. (eds.), The sociopolitics of English language testing (pp. 208–230). Bloomsbury
2019
Transformation from the bottom up: Ideological analysis with indigenous youth and language policy justice in Nepal. In T. L. McCarty, S. E. Nicholas, & G. Wigglesworth (Eds.), World of Indigenous Languages: Politics, Pedagogies and Prospects for Language (pp. 194-213). Multilingual Matters.‏
2019
Language education policy and inequalities of multilingualism in Nepal: Ideologies, histories and updates. In Kirkpatrick A. and Liddicoat, A. (eds.). The Routledge International Handbook of Language Education Policy in Asia (pp. 314-354). Routledge.
2017
Translanguaging as resource in English language teaching: A response to unplanned language education policies in Nepal. In H. Kuchah, & F. Shamim (eds.). International Perspectives in Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances (pp. 49-70). Palgrave McMillan.
2016
Local-global tension in the ideological construction of English language education policy in Nepal. In R. Kirkpatrick (ed.), English language education policy in Asia (pp. 199-217). Springer.

Journal articles
Journal articles (selected)
Forthcoming
(with P. I. De Costa) Special Issue: Indigenous Language Education within a Neoliberal Regime: Identities, Ideologies and Activism. Journal of Language, Identity and Education.
2021
Epistemicide, deficit language ideology, and (de)coloniality in language education policy. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 2021 (267-268), 219-233. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2020-0104
2020
(with B. K. Sharma) Regimes of linguistic entrepreneurship: neoliberalism, the entanglement of language ideologies and affective regime in language education policy. Multilingua, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2020-0031
2017
(with B. K. Sharma). Criticality as ideological becoming: Developing English teachers for critical pedagogy in Nepal. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 14(2-3), 210-238.
2017
Neoliberalism, linguistic commodification and ethnolinguistic identity in multilingual Nepal. Language in Society, 46(2), 231-256.
2015
English language education policies and monolingual ideology in Nepal. Journal of TESON, 2(1), 39-52.
2015
(with Kathryn A. Davis). In the face of neoliberal adversity: Engaged language policies and practices (with Kathryn A. Davis). L2 Journal, 7(3), 146-166.
2015
(En)countering language ideologies in Facebook language policing. Language Policy, 14(4), 377-395.
2014
(with T. N. Bui). Youth engaging language policy and planning: ideologies and transformations from within. Language Policy, 13(2):101–119.
2014
Twenty first century indigenous language plans in Nepal: Ethnography of two multilingual schools. Journal of Indigenous Nationalities, 13(5), 126-152.
2013
Language ideologies and local languages as the medium-of-instruction policy: a critical ethnography of a multilingual school in Nepal. Current Issues in Language Planning, 14(1), 127-143.
2012
(with K. A. Davis & T. N. Bui). Multicultural education as community engagement: Policies and planning in a transnational era. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 14(3), 1-19.
2011
Beyond the façade of language planning for Nepalese primary education: monolingual hangover, elitism and displacement of local languages? Current Issues in Language Planning, 12 (2), 265-287.
2011
The role of English. Voices, Issue 222, The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), UK.
2010
Teaching English in large multicultural classes: a narrative enquiry. In T. Pattison (ed.), IATEFL 2010 Harrogate Conference Selections. IATEFL, UK.

Invited Talks, Colloquia, Workshops and Conference Papers
2020 (July 25)
Becoming a qualitative researcher: Focus on critical perspectives. Research colloquium organized by Far-Western University Teachers' Association (FWUTA) Central Campus, Far-Western University, Nepal
2020 (July 6)
Researching critical and social justice issues in education. Research methodology workshop (online) organized by Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID), Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
2019
International models and practices of L2 teaching. Invited talk by Curriculum Development Center (CDC) and Ministry of Education, Early Grade Reading Program (EGRP). Kathmandu.
2019
The role of medium of instruction in the early grades. Invited talk for the representative of local government, teachers and journalists organized by Education Journalists Group (EJG), Kathmandu.
2019
Teacher agency and English language teaching in difficult circumstances. A panel organized with Harry Kuchah at IATEFL conference 2019, Liverpool.
2019
Indigenous language education in a neoliberal regime: Identity, ideologies and activism. A colloquium organized with Peter De Costa at American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) in Atlanta.
2019
Doing and writing qualitative educational research (invited 4-day workshops). Organized by Janata Multiple Campus, Itahari and Siddha Jyoti Campus, Sindhuli, Nepal.
2018
Transformation from the bottom up: Ideological analysis with indigenous youth and language policy justice in Nepal. Paper Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 (June 27-30), Auckland.
2018
Linking assessment with quality learning [an invited talk]. In a seminar organized by Tribhuvan University, Nepal (April 26)
2018
Multilingualism in Education: Unraveling Ideology, Power and Pedagogy (colloquium). In annual conference of Martin Choutari, Nepal (April 22)
2018
Recognizing multilingualism in education [an invited talk]. In a seminar organized by the Language Commission on the occasion of the Mother Language Day in Kathmandu (February 21).
2018
Does social justice matter in education? Scales of (in)justice, neoliberalism and diversity in education [an invited talk]. Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID), Tribhuvan University, Nepal (17 January)
2017
Multilingual education: Policies, Misconceptions and Pedagogies [an invited talk]. In an interaction program on Language Policy and its Way Forward organized by National Foundations for Development of Indigenous Nationalities, Lalitpur, Nepal. (8/11/2017)
2017
Dialogue as a decolonial effort: Nepali youth transforming monolingual ideologies (with Rawal, H., & De Costa, P. I). Language Policy Research Network (LPREN) colloquium paper presented at The International Association of Applied Linguistics 2017 Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2017
Multimodality in language pedagogies (an invited paper). In a two-day seminar on Issues in English Language Teaching in Nepal organized by Department of English Education, Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. (8/10/2017)
2017
Criteria for determining official languages in the changed political context of Nepal (With C.M. Bandhu and D. R. Regmi). An invited paper for Language Commission (Government of Nepal), July 12, Kathmandu.
2017
Neoliberalism, language education and multilingualism in Nepal [an invited talk]. In Martin Choutari Research Series, June 25, Kathmandu.
2016
What counts as multilingualism? Language ideologies in mother-tongue-based multilingual education in Asia. Colloquium organizer, AAAL Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2016.
2016
From linguistic nationalism to linguistic neoliberalism: Impacts of language ideologies on multilingual education policies and practices in Nepal. AAAL Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2016.
2015
It’s not just a funeral: Indigenous youth countering dominant language ideologies in Nepal. 115th AAA Conference, Denver, November 16-20. Paper at Colloquium “Portraits of Engaged Ethnography” (Organizer, Kathryn A. Davis)
2014
Bilingual education. Invited presentation (with Kathryn A. Davis) at the Board of Education Meeting, Hawaii, Baldwin High School (Library), Maui, October 16.
2014
Critical Villagers: Language Policies ‘for’, ‘by’ and ‘with’ the Indigenous People. 113th annual meeting of American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C, USA, December 3-7.
2014
Engaged and engaging indigenous youth in language policy. Annual conference of American Association for Applied Linguistics, Portland.
2013
What counts as language? Whose language counts? Language ideologies in language policy (Colloquium Chair and Organizer: Council on Anthropology & Education, 112th annual meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Chicago, USA, November 20-24.
2013
What counts as a language and whose language is counted? Ideologies of multilingual education in Nepal. A paper presented at the 12th annual meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA), Chicago, USA, November, 20-24.
2013
Appropriating globalization in language planning: A case of private school in Nepal. Paper presented for the Colloquium ‘Language policy at global perspectives: International, national and local policy in practice’ in the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Dallas Texas, USA, March 16-19.
2013
Indigenous people in the street: Turbulent politics, redefining nationalism and multilingual identity. Paper presented in the Open Society Foundations Spring Conference, New York, USA, March 1-2.
2012
Twenty first century indigenous language plans in Nepal; ethnography of two multilingual schools. Paper presented for the invited colloquium ‘Language policy and planning from within: local ethnographers engaging communities’ in the American Anthropology Association, Sans Francisco, USA, November 14-18.
2011
Language planning: Lesson for social cohesion and disintegration? Paper presented in the 32nd Annual Conference of Linguistic Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, November 26-27.
2011
Does a policy work? Elitism, monolingual hangover and displacement of local language from Nepalese primary school? Paper presented in the 9th International Conference of Language and Development, Language and Social Cohesion, Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 17-19.
2011
Becoming creative and even more creative. A paper presented at the 16th International Conference of Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA), Kathmandu, Nepal, February, 18-20.
2010
Towards local and emic-oriented applied linguistics. Paper presented in the 31st Annual Conference of Linguistic Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, November 26-27.
2010
Variety and Identity of Learners’ English. A paper presented in the conference of Asian English Speech Corpus Project, Kathmandu, November 23.

Editorial Post
International Journal of the Sociology of Language (starting January 2021)

Grants & Scholarships
2018-2020
Faculty Grants (PI) from the University Grants Commission to investigate teacher Identity Construction in higher education in Nepal.
2018-2020
Research Fellow for the project “State of Social Inclusion in Nepal” (SOSIN), Central Department of Anthropology, TU.
2017-2020
(PI) Enhancing Access Quality and Sustainability of Teacher Training/Education through the Use of ICTs and Distance Delivery Modes (collaborative project between KU, TU and OsloMet University, Norway, funded by NORAD)
2019
British Council South Asia to attend and present a paper Multilingual Education conference in Bangkok, Thailand (Travel Grants)
2019
British Council and Hornby Trust, UK for attending and presenting paper at IATEFL conference, Liverpool (April 2-5, 2019) (Travel Grant)
2018
Scholarship from Sociolinguistics Symposium 22, the University of Auckland, New Zealand (Registration fees)
2014
Open Society Foundations, Civil Society Scholars Award
2014
Open Society Foundations, Civil Society Scholars Award
2013
East West Center Alumni, Travel Grants for Research Fieldwork
2013
Graduate Student Organization, University of Hawaii, Travel Grant
2013
Open Society Foundations, Global Supplementary Grants
2012
Open Society Foundations, Global Supplementary Grants
2012
East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship, East-West Center, USA
2011
Asian Development Bank (ADB), Support for the Implementation of School Sector Reform Program (CONTRACT NO. S74497)
2011
British Council Nepal to present a paper at the 9th International Conference of Language and Development, Language and Social Cohesion, (17-19 October), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2011
British Council Nepal (Travel grant to present a paper at the 44th International Conference of IATEFL (7-11, April), UK. (Travel grant)
2010
Gill Sturtridge First-Time Speaker Award, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
2008
Centenary Scholarship (MA TESOL), UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK.