Japanese as Community Language
The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s reference to ‘Japanese as community language’, as opposed to ‘Japanese as a community language’, is deliberate. As borders and boundaries become increasingly blurred in the 21st century, a trend has emerged to dispose of the idea of ‘language’ as separate and countable components, and instead consider it more a fluid and evolving concept as families become increasingly globalised and multicultural.
As part of JPF Sydney’s support of Japanese language education, we support the Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language and run a series of bimonthly Japanese education seminars with UNSW exploring the theme of raising Japanese-speaking children in Australia. These seminars are conducted in Japanese.
We also provide other useful information on this theme.
国際交流基金シドニー日本文化センターセンターでは、 日本語教育支援の一環として、 豪州繋生語研究会を応援しています。
また、「オーストラリアで日本語を使う子どもを育てる」をテーマに、 ニューサウスウェールズ大学と共催 のもと、セミナーシリーズを展開しています。
Title: Read aloud to nurture children’s own language development: From reading a book TO children to reading WITH children
Presented by Prof Masako Douglas, California State University
Title: Raising Japanese language speakers: Report from a study of Japanese learners as a heritage language in NSW
Presented by Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson, UNSW Sydney
An interactive map and list of Japan-related organisations including language schools, preschools, consulates, reading groups, interest groups and more