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Japanese Language Education Seminar with UNSW (July 2022)


Messages from the national interview study: Where to from here?



This seminar will be conducted in Japanese.


For our tenth Japanese-education seminar with The University of New South Wales (UNSW) exploring the theme of raising Japanese-speaking children in Australia, we will begin with a brief report on the results of the national interview study conducted in 2021-2022.   We will then share messages from former Keishogo kids and their parents.  This will be followed by participants being invited to discuss what we can do for current Keishogo kids and their parents.

ニューサウスウェールズ大学と共催のもと「オーストラリアで日本語を使う子どもを育てる」というテーマでセミナーを行っています。 第10回目となる今回は、まず、2021年度に全豪で実施した繁生語関係者へのインタビュー調査の結果報告を行います。さらに、繋生語話者として育った若者や、彼らを育ててきた保護者からのメッセージを共有し、今、私たちに何ができるかを話し合います。

What is KEISHOGO (繋生語)?

Keishogo is defined as the language that is born from connections with parents, family, and friends, and that creates further connections, generates new meanings, and passes these connections on to the next generation.



【Message from the presenter】

Join us in the tenth seminar of our series, which has been running since early 2020. Throughout the series, by way of three surveys, we have explored various aspects of Keishogo, and we believe that the circle of people involved in Keishogo has been expanding. We would like to discuss how we can further expand this circle, as well as what more we can do for the welfare of children. We look forward to your participation.



【Heritage Language Information】

  • JPF Sydney “Japanese as Community Language” (including past seminars VOD) HERE
  • 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


  • 国際交流基金シドニー日本文化センター「Japanese as Community Language」(過去実施済みセミナーVODを含む)はこちら
  • 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. Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson

Professor UNSW

Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson is an internationally recognised educator and researcher of the Japanese language as well as a mother. She has served as President of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (2009-2011) and the Chair of the Board of the Global Network of Japanese Language Education (2007–2009 and 2012–2016). Chihiro joined UNSW in 1993 where she teaches Japanese language and supervises postgraduate students in applied linguistics, pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Her research involves Australian learners of Japanese, including those with Japanese heritage, their characteristics, their language acquisition processes, their learning environments, as well as how we can best support their learning. She has received a number of awards including, a Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2016) and the Society for Teachers of Japanese as a Foreign Language award (2019). Chihiro has been President of Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language since 2020.

トムソン木下 千尋(とむそんきのした ちひろ)博士

ニューサウスウェールズ大学 教授


Please register your details in English ONLY.


**The registration deadline is July 4, 2022 4pm AEST. 登録〆切は2022年7月4日 4pm AESTとなっております。**

Seminar Zoom link will be sent to your registered email on July 8, 2022 (Friday) at 3pm AEST (the day before the seminar date).
If you have not received this email by then, please contact us immediately.

セミナー前日の2022年7月8日(金)午後3時 AESTにご登録いただきましたメールアドレスにZOOMリンクをお送りいたします。


July 9, 2022 (Saturday)
4pm-6pm AEST
(Check time zone here)

*Online conference room opens at 3:30pm AEST


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


Free: Registrations essential


June 10, 2022 (Friday) at 9am AEST


July 4, 2022 (Monday) at 4pm AEST


(02) 8239 0055

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