Announcement and Call for Proposals for the 2020 MHB ONLINE Conference

日本語 / English


CALL for Proposals

The 2020 ONLINE Conference of the Japanese Society

for Mother Tongue, Heritage Language,

and Bilingual Education(MHB).

8-9 August 2020


The 2020 conference of the Japanese Society for Mother Tongue, Heritage Language, and Bilingual Education (MHB) will be held entirely ONLINE this year. The aim of MHB is to explore language education methods, theories, and research methods related to how infants, children, students, and other learners in multilingual environments in Japan and abroad can acquire multilingual skills including those of reading and writing. With the theme of “Language assessment and education for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children”, the 2020 conference includes a keynote lecture, workshops, and research presentations. Due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, all programs will be ONLINE. We hope this will facilitate the participation of members and prospective members from inside and outside of Japan.
Please see below for further details. We are looking forward to your participation in this conference.

2020 MHB Conference Organizing Committee

1. Conference Summary
2. Program
3. Participation Fees Payment Methods
4. Guidelines for Registration
5. Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline:
Sunday, 31 May 2020 at 23:59
(Japan Standard Time: UTC+9)

1. Conference Summary (Updated on 6 July 2020)
Dates: Saturday, 8 August 2020 – Sunday, 9 August 2020
Venue: Joetsu University of Education Campus (Yamayashiki-machi, Joetsu-shi Niigata-ken 943-8512)
* Access Map:
* Campus Map:

->All the conference will be Online.

Theme: “Language assessment and education for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children”

Abstracts of Pre-conference Program, Keynote Speech, Panel and Workshop

2. Program (to be updated in July)

Saturday, 8 August 2020

10:00-12:00 Pre-conference Program:
Workshop on the Dialogic Language Assessment for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children (DLA)

Chiho Sakurai (Hiroshima University)
Rie Suganaga (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) 

12:30 Registration Desk Open
13:00 Opening Remarks
13:10 Keynote Speech “The Development of Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Children"

Noboru Takahashi (Osaka Kyoiku University)

14:40 Recess
15:20 Poster Presentations
16:40 Special Interest Group (SIG) Activities:
          1. Japanese as a Heritage Language SIG
          2. International Schools SIG and Diverse and Foreign Language Education SIG
           3. Assessment SIG
         ※Non-SIG members are welcome to participate in SIG meetings.
18:10 Closing

Sunday, 9 August 2020
8:30 Registration Desk Open
9:10 Oral Presentations
10:30-12:30 Panel and Workshop
(1) Panel:
Acting to Guarantee Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children’s Right to Receive Education

Chair: Namiko Utsuki (Teikyo University)

Presentation 1: The challenges of schools in ensuring the educational rights of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children: The case of Joetsu City, Niigata

Mizuho Hara (Joetsu University of Education)
Hirofumi Nakano (Joetsu City Board of Education)
Mutsuko Sato (Joetsu International Network)

Presentation 2: Empowering CLDs’ identity through contact with teachers who speak their first languages: The case Hadano City, Kanagawa

Sachie Miyazaki (Sophia University Junior College Division)

Presentation 3: The practice of multicultural coexistence in public elementary school: The process of collaboration between Japanese teachers and non-Japanese teachers

Kohei Nagata (Sunago elementary school, Kadoma City)
Huixin Tian (Sunago elementary school, Kadoma City)

(2) Workshop: 
Research Methods: Introduction to the Method of Qualitative Research with SCAT

Naoki Yamazaki (Kansai University)
Ikumi Ozawa (International Christian University)
Aiko Sano (Ritsumeikan University)
Emiko Yukawa (Ritsumeikan University)
Yuki Matsuo (Ritsumeikan Middle School and High School)

12:30 Lunch
13:30 General Meeting
14:00 Oral Presentations
15:30 Closing of the Conference (Time may vary depending on the number of oral presentations)

※ Information on Sign Language Interpretation:
If you require sign language interpretation, please inform us at the time of online pre-registration. Although we are unable to provide a sign language interpreter for every presentation, we will provide UD Talk for presentations you wish to participate in.

3. Participation Fees Payment Methods

In order to register, please use the following PEATIX website:
Peatix manual

4. Guidelines for Registration

In order to prepare documents for the conference and SIG meetings we do ask that as much as possible applicants register in advance. Of course, on-site registration is available.

※ Types of participation
     1) a. On-site participation OR b. Online participation
     2) a. Conference + Pre-conference Program
         b. Conference only
         c. Pre-conference Program only

※Conference fees for online and on-site participation are the same.
※The MHB research association accepts new members interested in its research aims at any time. If you wish to participate in the 2020 conference as a member, please become a member by paying
membership dues through the following link before you register for the conference:
※ We have a room available for participants with children. For more information, please feel free to contact the committee.
※ If it becomes impossible to use the venue due to the corona virus pandemic, all the programs will be online.

※ If you need to change the type of participation after registration, please contact the committee.
※ We will send you information about online access to the conference and strive to provide the best service. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that there will be no disruptions related to internet connection problems.
※ Advanced registrations will be closed when participation capacity becomes full.

(1)Conference fees
<Advance Registration 2020/4/6〜2020/7/31>
※The strict deadline for advance registration is 31 July 2020 at 23:59 (Japan Standard Time: UTC +9).
      General member / Student member  2000yen
      Associate member / Non-member    3000yen
      Pre-conference program DLA workshop ONLY 1000yen
※ Participation in the conference includes participation in the pre-conference program at no additional charge. Please press “Add Pre-conference program (free)” on the screen. Please note that you must register for the pre-program in PEATIX if you are planning to participate in it.
※ PEATIX accepts payments by credit card, Paypal, bank transfer, and convenience store ATM.
※ You will receive a message from PEATIX after your payment is processed and the message will be your receipt of payment. If you need a paper receipt from MHB, please contact the Conference Organizing Committee.
※Once paid, we regretfully cannot refund any payment.

<On-site registration>
     General member / Student member 3000yen
     Associate member / Non-member 4000yen

->NO on-site registration is available this year.

5. Call for Proposals
This is a call for proposals for oral presentations and poster presentations. Please read the application requirements and submit your proposal.

【Application Requirements】
1.Content of proposals:
  *Unpublished content related to the field of the MHB research society
  *For the aims and target area of the MHB research society, please follow this link:

2.Languages for the presentations:
  Japanese; English; Japanese Sign Language. (However, for the purpose of giving examples, words from other languages may be included. If you plan to present your paper in Japanese sign language, please contact the 2020 MHB Conference Organizing Committee at

     Sunday, 31 May 2020 at 23:59 (Japan Standard Time: UTC+9)

4.Where to Submit:

5.Requirements for applicants:
     Applications are limited to MHB members. This applies not only to main presenters but also to co-presenters as well. Please refer to the following link on details of how to apply for membership:
※One MHB member cannot be the main presenter for more than one presentation.
※All co-presenters are required to attend the convention.
※It is not possible to choose the day of your oral presentation, poster presentation or demonstration.

6.Presentation categories:
     1. Oral Presentation (research presentation / practice report)
     2. Online oral Presentation (research presentation / practice report)
     3. Online poster Presentation (research presentation / practice report)
  If we need to cancel all the on-site programs due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, oral presentations and poster presentations will be changed into online presentations.

7.Presentation format:
(1) Time
■Oral presentations should be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions and answers (total: 30 minutes). Poster presentations should be 60 minutes long.
(2) Format
Oral Presentations: The first twenty minutes should be unilateral – from the presenter to the listener. Following this, there should be ten minutes for questions from the audience. The audience can participate either on-site or online.
■Online Oral Presentations: The first twenty minutes should be unilateral – from the presenter to the listener by Zoom. Following this, there should be ten minutes for questions from the audience. The audience can participate either by viewing the screen on-site or online.
■Poster Presentation:Presenters should answer questions from the audience on-site about the content of the poster. (Poster size is A0 size <84 cm × 119 cm> or within one sheet with a size similar to that). If you wish to display teaching materials other than posters, please confirm with the conference committee beforehand.

-> Presenters should submit the PDF poster to the conference organizing committee beforehand. Posters will be uploaded to the cloud for viewing by participants in advance. Participants can go to the room of the presentation they want to hear after viewing the poster. Presenters will present their posters through the Zoom screen sharing function and will be able to ask and answer questions as well as exchange opinions with the participants online.

8.Application procedure
(1) Please send your personal information as an attachment to the e-mail.
※Please download and use the “Applicants Personal Information” form.
(2) Please send the title of the proposal as well as a summary as an e-mail attachment in accordance with the following instructions:
※All submissions, regardless of category, should be B5 size (182mm x 257mm), with 37 characters and 31 lines over 2 pages. Please download the “Template and Guidelines for manuscript preparation.”
※ You can download “Applicants Personal Information” form to submit and “Template and Guidelines for manuscript preparation” at the time of application from here.
• Applicants Personal Information form [pdf] [word]
• Template and Guidelines

9.Points on which proposals will be judged
■Oral Presentations
1) Is the theme appropriate for the MHB research association?
2) Does the research contribute to the improvement of practice and research on the Mother Tongue, Heritage Language and Bilingual Education?
3) In the case of research presentations, are the research motives, a summary of previous research and a research position stated? In the case of practice reports, is the significance of the research practice specified along with the research subject and research method? Have the results and considerations been included?
4) Are the presentation contents unique, creative, and meaningful compared with previous research?
■Poster Presentations
1) Is the theme appropriate for the MHB research association?
2) Compared to existing research, teaching practice and teaching materials, is it distinctive, original and meaningful?

10.Notification of Acceptance
Readings of proposals will be carried out by several referees without knowledge of the applicants’ names. Applicants will be notified of the results by Sunday, 21 June 2020. Those who have been asked to revise their application summary will be required to submit a revised manuscript by Monday, 6 July 2020.
                                                      2020 MHB Conference Organizing Committee