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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

July 29, 2020 Revised.
As we have reached the maximum number of participants, registration is now closed. Thank you for your participation.

Conference Summary
Dates: Saturday, 8 August 2020 – Sunday, 9 August 2020
Theme: “Language assessment and education for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children”

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


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) 

13:00 Opening Remarks
13:10-14:40 Keynote Speech “The Development of Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Children"

Noboru Takahashi (Osaka Kyoiku University)

14:40-15:20 Recess
15:20 Poster Presentations

Poster Room 1
Materials and Tools that Encourage to Understand Academic Learning for CLD Students: The Case of Language Arts Texts for Elementary Students

Eriko Namekawa (Kyoto Women's University)

Poster Room 2

Maintaining the Heritage Language for Vietnamese Children in Japan: At-home Picture Books Reading for 2-Year-Olds

Pham Phi Hai Yen (Osaka University Graduate School of Education)

Poster Room 3
A Practical Report on Online Learning Support in Local Learning Support Classes for Foreigners: How to Support CLD Youth for the “post Coronavirus World”

Yoshikazu Shiraishi (Takaoka University of Law)
Kaho Mizuta (University of Toyama)
Yuka Aoki (ALECE Takaoka)

Poster Room 4
Assessment of Vocabulary of CLD acquiring Japanese as a JHL: A Pilot Study Using the DLA Vocabulary Cards

Chiemi Yanase (Kyushu University)

16:40-18:10 Special Interest Group (SIG) Activities:

SIG Room 1
Japanese as a Heritage Language SIG

SIG Room 2
International Schools SIG and Diverse and Foreign Language Education SIG

SIG Room 3
Assessment SIG

※Non-SIG members are welcome to participate in SIG meetings.

18:10 Closing

Sunday, 9 August 2020
9:30-10:40 Oral Presentations

Oral Presentation Room 1

9:30 – 10:00
Analysis of Parental Perception of Japanese-English Bilingual Development of Children and Educational Opportunities in Los Angeles

Asako Takakura Hayashi (University of California Los Angeles)
Tetsuo Harada (Waseda University)

10:10 – 10:40
The Japanese Language for Children Who Have Roots in Japan: Focusing on the Children of “the New Second Generation” in New York

Mariko Nakamori (Kansai College of Business and Languages)


Oral Presentation Room 2

9:30 – 10:00
New Efforts at Japanese Language School in Brazilian Nikkei Community: Flexible Development from Heritage Language Education

Eriko Nakazawa (Yokohama City University Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies)

10:10 – 10:40
The Development and Attrition of Expressive Vocabulary in a Japanese-Chinese Bilingual Child

Gao Fei (Nagoya College of Child Welfare, and Care Workers & Business)


Oral Presentation Room 3

9:30 – 10:00
Evaluation of Speaking and Listening Abilities of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children: Developing an Age-based Reference Assessment Framework for JSL

Sayaka Izawa (Osaka University of Economics and Law) 
Yukie Kobayashi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

10:10 – 10:40
An Examination of How Societal Perceptions Shapes a Bicultural Bilingual Child’s Image of Their Ethnic Identity and Heritage Language.

Barry Kavanagh (Tohoku University)

10:50-12:50 Panel and Workshop

(1) Panel:
Acting to Guarantee Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children’s Right to Receive Education: Let’s Include Everyone

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: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)

Presentation 3: Empowering CLDs’ identity through contact with teachers who speak their first languages: The case Hadano City, Kanagawa

Sachie Miyazaki (Sophia University Junior College Division)


(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)

12:50-13:30 Lunch

13:30 General Meeting

14:00-16:30 Oral Presentations

Oral Presentation Room 1

14:00 – 14:30
Development of a Teaching Method Using Language Arts Textbooks to Enhance Writing Skills of Japanese Heritage Language Learners in Germany

Chisaki Toyama-Bialke (Tokyo Keizai University)
Makoto Shibayama (Otsuma Women’s University)

14:40 – 15:10 
Experiences of Heritage Language Education and Japanese Communities: A Case Study on JCS Japanese School in Sydney

Yoshikazu Shiobara (Keio University)
Takeshi Hamano (The University of Kitakyushu)
Miho Kobayashi (Independent Researcher)

15:20 – 15:50
Reflecting on the Future of Japanese Teaching as a Heritage Language in Europe: Based on the Experience in Switzerland

Michiyo Fuchs-Shimizu (Japanische Schule Basel)

16:00 – 16:30
Exploring the Role of a Japanese Supplementary School Learning Experience of Children Living Abroad for Long Term: From an Interview with a University Student Who Grew up in Singapore

Kana Shigematsu (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Shoko Homma (Nihon University)

Oral Presentation Room 2

14:00 – 14:30
The Problems and the Possibilities of the Mother Tongue Education Policy in Japan: From a Survey of University Students’ Attitude Toward the Mother Tongue Education in Japanese Public Schools 

Yuri Sasaoka (Rikkyo University Graduate School of Intercultural Communication)

14:40 – 15:10
Learning Support on the Web for Culturally Linguistically Diverse Children: Supporters’ development

Tomoko Watanabe (Hiroshima University)}
Chiho Sakurai (Hiroshima University)
Yasuko Iwasaka (Hiroshima University)}
Ryota Nagata (Hiroshima University)

15:20 – 15:50
Support for a Tutor Who Engages in Learning Support Classes Specializing in Japanese Language for Non-Native Japanese Speakers in a Junior High School Setting: Analysis of Tutor Logs

Namiko Utsuki (Teikyo University)
Kouko Takanashi (Tokai University)

16:00 – 16:30
Challenges of Citizenship Education for the CLD Young People Living in a Small City of Immigrants

Makiko Matsuda (Kanazawa University)
Yoshikazu Shiraishi (Takaoka University of Law)
Yuka Aoki (ALECE Takaoka)

Oral Presentation Room 3

14:00 – 14:30
Present Situation and Problems of Teaching Materials Used in Russian Mother Tongue and Heritage Language Schools and Clubs in Japan

Savinykh Anna (Hokkaido University Graduate School)

14:40 – 15:10
Campus Asia Program Students’ Multilingual Learning/Life Described by the Students Themselves

Emiko Yukawa (Ritsumeikan University)
Junko Kiyota (Ritsumeikan University)

15:20 – 15:50
Perspectives and "Languaging" in Plurilingual Education: Cases of Trans-Plurilanguaging in a Japanese Elementary School

Mayo Oyama (Ritsumeikan University)

16:00 – 16:30
Novice English Language Teachers’ Professional Development in the First Year in the Japanese Context

Yoshihiko Matsumoto (Tomeikan Junior & Senior High School)

15:30 Closing of the Conference

※ 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.


Participation Fees Payment Methods

July 29, 2020 Revised.
As we have reached the maximum number of participants, registration is now closed. 

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

Guidelines for Registration

All attending the conference must register online in advance.  Registration closes on 31 July 2020.

※ Types of Online participation
      a. Conference + Pre-conference Program
      b. Conference only
      c. Pre-conference Program only

※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 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>

As we have reached the maximum number of participants, registration is now closed. 
※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
※ 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.

                                                      2020 MHB Conference Organizing Committee