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。
Next Online Seminar
Title: Getting Together With Keishogo Kids: Small Group Activities, Study Groups, And Classrooms
Presenter: Ms Toshiko M. Calder, Johns Hopkins University / Heritage Japanese Language Special Interest Group The Japanese Society for Mother Tongue, Heritage Language and Bilingual Education / Princeton Community Japanese Language School, United States
Past Online Seminars
Title: Raising Japanese language speakers: Report from a study of Japanese learners as a heritage language in NSW
Presented by Prof Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
Title: The language of children with connections to Japan living in Australia
Presented by Ms Sei Miwa, University of Tübingen, Germany
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, United States
Title: Supporting Children’s Self-Development: Contemplating The Future Language Of Japanese-Heritage Children
Presented by Prof Kazuko Miyake, Toyo University, Japan
Title: Raising Japanese Language Speakers: Results From The National Study Of Learners Of Japanese As Community Language In Australia
Presented by Prof. Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Title: Watashi-Go Portfolio In Action (Australian Edition)
Presenter: Ms Kaoru Matsuo “Motto Tsunagu (Further Connections)”, Germany
Title: Watashi-Go Portfolio For Creating Connections – How To Make The Most Of The Australian Edition –
Presented by Ms Kaoru Matsuo “Motto Tsunagu (Further Connections)”, Germany
Title: Messages from the national interview study: Where to from here?
Presented by Prof. Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia
Title: Roundtable discussion by Australian parents of children of Japanese background:
Thoughts of mothers and fathers whose native language is not Japanese
Presented by Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language (ANJCL)
An interactive map and list of Japan-related organisations including language schools, preschools, consulates, reading groups, interest groups and more.