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Japanese Language Education Seminar with UNSW (May 2022)


Where are the former-Keisho-go kids now?



This seminar will be conducted in Japanese.


For our ninth Japanese education seminar with UNSW exploring the theme of raising Japanese-speaking children in Australia, we will hold a panel discussion with four young adults who grew up with Japanese as community language.


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 Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language】

For children growing up with Keishogo, there are various ways they relate to Japanese language.  Some speak Japanese a lot at home, whereas some do not.  Some go to community language school, and some prefer playing sports instead.  Some kids love anime, whereas some have grown weary of Japanese language.  For this seminar, we have invited young adults, or experienced Sempai, to share their experience, as well as their thoughts about their current and future life. This will lead us to consider the situation of children who are now growing with Keishogo.



【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

Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language (ANJCL)

ANJCL has been conducting surveys in Australia since 2019 on the Japanese language learning environment for speakers of Japanese as Community Language, with support from The Japan Foundation Sydney.  ANJLC consists of 8 branches, one in in every state/territory. The Network aims to increase and improve support given to KEISHOGO-speaking children in Australia, as well as connect with parents and teachers who watch over children’s development.




Please register your details in English ONLY.


**The registration is available from 9am AEST on April 14, 2022  till 4pm AEST on May 9, 2022. こちらの登録は2022年4月14日9am AESTから2022年5月9日4pm AESTまでとなっております。**

Seminar Zoom link will be sent to your registered email on May 13, 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5月13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。


May 14, 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


April 14, 2022 (Thursday) at 9am AEST


May 9, 2022 (Monday) at 4pm AEST


(02) 8239 0055

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