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JPF UNSW Seminar April 2021

Japanese Language Education Seminar with UNSW (Apr 2021)


Read aloud to nurture children’s own language development: From reading a book TO children to reading WITH children

子どもたちの自分のことばを育てるための読み聞かせ: 「子ども読む」から「子ども読む」へ


This seminar will be conducted in Japanese.

※ 本セミナーは日本語で行います。

For our fourth Japanese education seminar with UNSW Sydney exploring the theme of raising Japanese-speaking children in Australia, we have invited Prof. Masako Douglas (California State University, Long Beach) as our guest lecturer.


Message from the presenter

Being read aloud to is an enjoyable activity for children, and one they especially like. Reading aloud has been proven to provide various benefits such as providing children with a sense of security, enabling parents and children to share their feelings, and helping children develop language and cognitive skills. Reading aloud is strongly recommended to Japanese families living overseas to develop their children’s Japanese language ability. It’s an activity widely engaged in by overseas Japanese families and Japanese schools. In this seminar, I will aim to provide tips on how overseas Japanese families and schools can ‘turbo-charge’ children’s favorite activity of reading aloud to develop their Japanese language ability at home and in schools. I hope that seminar participants will experience the difference between ‘reading TO children’ and ‘reading WITH children’. the seminar will also provide a hands-on opportunity for parents to practice reading with children. I very much look forward to meeting you and working together with you in this seminar.




Heritage Language Information

● Access the Facebook group「オーストラリアで日本語を使う子どもを育てる」here

● See JPF Sydney Library’s heritage-language educational book collection here



● Facebook グループ「オーストラリアで日本語を使う子どもを育てる」はこちら

● 国際交流基金シドニー日本文化センター図書館の継承語関連蔵書はこちら

Prof. Masako Douglas

Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Japanese
Japanese Program, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, California State University, Long Beach


Prof Masako Douglas

Prof. Douglas’s connection to Japanese heritage language education can be traced back to the days when she had to think about how to develop her US-born and raised son’s Japanese language ability. With no plans to return to Japan, Prof. Douglas’s major concern was how she could create an enjoyable and sustainable learning environment for him to learn Japanese while being educated in English at an American school. She decided to create and teach a Japanese language program run on Saturdays at the Japanese nursery school her son attended in California. She went on to create Japanese as a heritage language (JHL) classes in university Japanese programs. Prof. Douglas has centred her research and practice around curriculum design, teaching Japanese as a foreign/heritage language (JFL/JHL), and development of JHL literacy. She has conducted many workshops for JFL/JHL teachers and JHL parents. Currently, Prof. Douglas is working on designing instructional activities that assist JHL children to move from early-stage literacy, where they enjoy being read books aloud, to the next stage where they learn to read by themselves. She is also currently heavily involved in the promotion and advocacy of JHL education and heritage language education for other languages, serving as a chair of JHL SIG (Japanese as a Heritage Language Special Interest Group) of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese, a team member of the National Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools, a board member of Bilingual Multilingual Child Network, and a curriculum advisor of Orange Coast Gakuen Japanese School.

ダグラス 昌子(まさこ) 博士

日本語科名誉教授 教育学博士


A selection of papers written by Prof. Masako Douglas related to JHL education of young learners:


“A case study on learning kanji by children of Japanese as a heritage language: Kanji learning strategies, effect of repeated practice, and the acquisition process of sound and meaning of kanji words.” Review of International Education 7: 41-53.

(2006). “Application of project approach to teach combined classes of young learners of Japanese as a heritage language: design and procedures.” Japanese as a Heritage Language Journal 1, 1-66 (in Japanese).
(2006).「年少者のための継承日本語教育におけるプロジェクトアプローチを使った合同授業のデザイン」『Japanese as a Heritage Language Journal』1, 1-66 (日本語で)

“Pedagogical theories and approaches to teach young learners of Japanese as a heritage language.” Heritage Language Journal 3 (1).

“The effects of summer immersion experiences on Japanese language development: A longitudinal case study.” Journal of Canadian Association of Japanese Language Education 7: 39-59.

Registration is FREE but essential.

Registrations open: March 17, 2021 (Wednesday) at 9am AEDT.

Registration Deadline: April 7, 2021 (Wednesday) at 3pm AEST.

Seminar Zoom link will be sent to your registered email on April 16, 2021 (Friday) at 3pm AEST (the day before the seminar date).
If you have not received this email by then, please contact us immediately.



登録受付開始:2021年3月17日(水)午前9時 東部オーストラリア 夏時間

登録受付締切:2021年4月7日(水)午後3時 東部オーストラリア標準時間


Please register your details in English.




Registrations have now closed. こちらの登録受付は終了致しました。


April 17, 2021 (Saturday)
1pm-3pm AEST

*Online conference room opens at 12:30pm AEST.


This event will be held online via Zoom (web conference system).


Free: Registrations essential


March 17, 2021 (Wednesday) at 9am AEDT


April 7, 2021 (Wednesday) at 3pm AEST


(02) 8239 0055

Past Seminars

VOD (Video on Demand) for the previous seminars are available.

1st Seminar (held on October 24, 2020)
Raising Japanese Language Speakers
Professor Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

2nd Seminar (held on December 4, 2020)
Children Crossing Borders (CCB) in Australia
Professor Ikuo Kawakami
The Graduate School of Japanese Applied Linguistics
Waseda University, Japan

3rd Seminar (held on February 27, 2021)
The Language Of Children With Connections To Japan Living In Australia
Ms Sei Miwa
Department of Japanese Studies
The University of Tübingen, Germany



過去のセミナーが VOD(ビデオオンデマンド)にてご視聴頂けます。

トムソン木下 千尋(とむそんきのした ちひろ)教授

川上郁雄(かわかみ いくお)教授

三輪 聖(みわ せい)専任講師

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