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Japanese Language Education Seminar with UNSW (Jun 2023)


The situation and challenges of children in South Korea who are connected to Japan



The seminar will be conducted in Japanese.


For our fifteenth Japanese education seminar with UNSW, exploring the theme of raising Japanese-speaking children in Australia, we have invited for Keiko Sakurai (Inha University), president of Korea Association of Heritage Japanese Language as well as three of her fellow committee members.


【Message from Korea Association of Heritage Japanese Language

South Korea is now transforming into a multicultural society. In the seminar, we will discuss the situation of children with connections to Japan (Keishogo children), practices and initiatives for Japanese education at home and outside home, as well as issues and challenges associated with Japanese education, based on our research.

We have heard that there is a need to develop teaching materials, classroom activity plans and teaching methods suited to local conditions. Hence, our research group joined with self-help groups active in South Korea and formed a project team, compiling a collection of ideas for classroom resources. We would like to introduce them to you and invite you to compare them.

The relationship between Japan and South Korea has not been easy to resolve, and educating children about the history between the two nations is inevitable. It is a factor in forming the identities of these children, who will be a bridge between the two countries. Here, we would like to introduce the teaching method that our research group conducted in both Japan and South Korea on the theme of the Joseon missions to Japan. Australia and South Korea have some differences, but there must be many common issues too. In the seminar, we would like to consider such issues in relation to Keishogo education in these two countries and beyond.



【Heritage Language Information】

  • JPF Sydney “Japanese as Community Language” (including past seminars VOD) HERE
  • Website of  “Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language”  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
  • 「豪州繋生語研究会」ウェブサイトはこちら
  • 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

Korea Association of Heritage Japanese Language

The Association was established in 2013 in the hope of developing Japanese heritage-language education in Korea, aiming at promoting communication between members.  Study meetings, fact-finding surveys, and speech competitions for primary and junior high school students are conducted. The Association has also published a collection of ideas for Japanese heritage-language classroom activities.A map marking Japanese heritage-language educational institutions is shown on the Association’s webpage, to assist people in connecting with each other.

Former Prof Keiko Sakurai (Inha University), president of Korea Association of Heritage Japanese Language
Assoc Prof Yoko Seki (Hanyang University), Committee member
Ms Akiko Iwama (World Language and Culture, Drake University), Committee member
Assoc Prof Hiroe Oikawa (Hongik University), Committee member






Please register your details.


**The registration will open from April 11, 2023 9am AEST till May 30, 2023 9am AEST. 登録期間は2023年4月11日 9am AESTから2023年5月30日 9am AESTとなっております。**

Seminar Zoom link will be sent to your registered email on June 2, 2023 (Friday) at 3pm AEST (the day before the seminar).
If you have not received this email by then, please contact us immediately.

セミナー実施前日の2023年6月2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。


June 3, 2023 (Saturday)
6pm-8pm AEST
(Check time zone here)

*Zoom opens at 5:30pm AEST


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


Free: Registrations essential


April 11, 2023 (Tuesday) at 9am AEST


May 30, 2023 (Tuesday) at 9am AEST


(02) 8239 0055

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