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The 2021 ONLINE Conference of the Japanese Society
For Mother Tongue, Heritage Language,
and Bilingual Education (MHB)

7-8 August 2021


The 2021 conference of the Japanese Society for Mother Tongue, Heritage Language, and Bilingual Education (MHB) will be held entirely ONLINE. 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. Please visit our website at: for more information.

With the theme of “Family Language Policy and Multilingual Education in the New Era”,  the 2021 conference includes a keynote lecture, an invited panel, 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.

2021 MHB Conference Organizing Committee


Conference Summary

Dates: Saturday 7, August 2021―Sunday 8, August 2021
Theme: “Family Language Policy and Multilingual Education in the New Era”
*All times shown in the program are in Japan Standard Time (JST).
Abstracts of Keynote Speech (English), Invited Panel and Workshops (Japanese only)



★  Presentation in English
❖ Pre-recorded presentation or workshop
◑    Short Presentation (10-minute presentation followed by 20-minute open floor discussion)


Saturday, 7 August 2021

14:30 General Meeting

15:00 Opening Remarks

15:10-16:40 Oral Presentations I 
(1) 15:10 – 15:40  (2) 15:40 – 16:10  (3) 16:10 – 16:40

Room A

(1) What Actions Did Parents Take When They Felt that Their Child's Language Development was Delayed?: Focusing on Parental Beliefs and the Transformation of FLP 

Kana Shigematsu (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Graduate School)

(2) ★Family Language Policy and Goffman’s Footing: A Case Analysis of Meta-pragmatic Discourse on Code-switching in a Chinese-Japanese Family in China

Kanae Obata (Tsinghua University)

(3) How are Different Family Members Involved in the Formation of Their Family Language Policy?:A Narrative Inquiry of the Father, Mother, and Child of the T Family in Thailand

Rina Matsuoka (Center for Japanese Language and Culture, Osaka University)
Shinko Fukazawa (Japanese Mother Tongue and Heritage Language Education and Research Association of Thailand)


Room B

(1) Heritage Language Use of Korean Newcomer Families in Tokyo: The Principles and Practices of Language Education at Home

Shinyoung Kim (Waseda University Graduate School)

(2) Family Language Policy of Russian-speaking Parents in Japan: Expectations and Realities of Children's Language Proficiency and Education through Parents' Perspectives

Anna Savinykh (Hokkaido University Graduate School)

(3) Representation of Heritage Languages and Social Linguistic Diversity in Elementary School Textbooks for German Classes in Germany: Content Analysis of the Textbook Series der-die-das

Yuki Konishi (Kansai University Graduate School)

Room C

(1) Needs Analysis of Chinese Heritage Language Learners in Japanese Universities: An Analysis of the Results from Questionnaires and Interviews

Guangxi Li (Osaka University Graduate School)

(2) Identity and Heritage Language Learning of Chinese-Rooted Students in Japanese University: A Longitudinal Study of Six Students

Noriko Ogawa (Ritsumeikan University)

(3) A Case Analysis of Vocabulary Development of a Japanese-Chinese Bilingual Child

Fei Gao (Nagoya City University)


18:00-20:30 Invited Panel “Research and Practice on Family Language Policy: In Japan and Beyond”

18:00-19:10 Panel Presentations

❖Presentation 1: Children’s Interpretation on FLP and Creative Language Use: The Case of a JHL Family in the UK

Chisato Danjo (York St John University)

❖Presentation 2: Transmission of Japanese as a Heritage Language in a Double Minority Context: The Case of Catalonia

Makiko Fukuda (Autonomous University of Barcelona)

❖Presentation 3: FLP and Language Policy Research in the Context of Japan: A Focus on Non-Anglophone International Families

Kyoko Motobayashi (Ochanomizu University)


19:10-19:45 Break

19:45-20:30 Summary and Open Floor Discussion of the Invited Panel

Discussant: Sachiko Yokoi (Osaka University)

20:30-20:40 Closing of the1st Day of the Conference


Sunday, 8 August 2021

08:40-09:50  ★❖ Keynote Speech

 “Family Language Policy: Growing Pains and New Directions in Post-COVID Times”

Kendall A. King (University of Minnesota)

10:00-10:30 Keynote Speech Question and Answer Session

11:00-12:30 Oral Presentations II

(1) 11:00 – 11:30  (2) 11:30 – 12:00  (3) 12:00 – 12:30


Room A

(1) The Potential and Significance of Education Connected to Community and Resources of Japanese Language Schools for Japanese Descent in Brazil

Keijiro Makino (Colegio Centro Boliviano Japonés Okinawa Uno)

(2) Exploring One’s Own Language and Identity in Plurilingual Settings: Activities in a Japanese Language Class at a High School in Hawaii

Fumi Ozeki (University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College)

(3) An Analysis on the Process of Transforming Attitudes toward Heritage Language: Focusing on the Migration of a Young Second Generation Immigrant to Japan

Mami Ota (Osaka University Graduate School)


Room B

(1) Changing Identity and Teacher Beliefs of a Deaf Teacher with Experiences in Auditory and Oral Method Education: A Methodological Experiment of Dialogic Autoethnography

Ayana Tsutsumi (Hokkaido Sapporo School for the Deaf) 
Mizuho Tanaka(Hokkaido Sapporo School for the Deaf)
Aiko Sano (Ritsumeikan University)

(2) Practice of Heritage Language Education at Home and Child’s Motivation: Focusing on Peruvian Pupil Y

Chiaki Yonezawa (Osaka Kyoiku University)

(3) Changing High School Teachers’ Beliefs on Education for CLD Students: Through Biliteracy Assessments of Written Compositions

Yoshimi Kojima (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Chiho Sakurai (Osaka University)
Aiko Sano (Ritsumeikan University)

Room C

(1) Examining Impacts of China's Ethnic Minority Education Policy on the Language Education for Korean Chinese Children in Japan

Guanghua Cai

(2) Language Management among Young Chinese Immigrants: From the Perspective of Identity Management through Passing

Hikari Haku (Waseda University Graduate School)

(3) ◑Japanese College Students' Attitudes toward “Japanese Privilege”:Comparing Culturally and Linguistically Dominant and Subordinated Groups

Sachie Miyazaki (Sophia University Junior College Division)
Rika Tamura (Sophia University)


12:45-15:30 Workshops

12:45-13:50 ❖Workshop 1A “An Introduction of Open Coding to Handle Verbal Data”

Tomoo Hidaka (Fukushima Medical University)

14:00-15:30 Workshop 1B “An Introduction of Open Coding to Handle Verbal Data”

Tomoo Hidaka (Fukushima Medical University)

14:00-15:30 Workshop 2 “Start with Your LINE!: Choosing and Using Digital Tools for Teaching in the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Kiyomi Okamoto (Osaka University)

16:00-17:30 Oral Presentations III

(1) 16:00 – 16:30  (2) 16:30 – 17:00  (3) 17:00 – 17:30


Room A

(1) Characteristics of Development of an Age-based Speaking Abilities of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children

Sayaka Izawa (Osaka University of Economics and Law)

(2) Study on the Correlation between Comprehension in Listening and Reproduction of Keywords of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children: Developing an Age-based Reference Assessment Framework for JSL

Yukie Kobayashi (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)

(3) A School-wide Effort to Introduce Mother Tongue Class Activities: A Practical Report on Thập Cẩm Day, an Event that Promotes Understanding of Mother Tongue Education

Mika Kondo (Osaka University Graduate School)


Room B

(1) ◑Production of "Verb & Noun Collocations" in Chinese: Test Development towards Testing JSL Children in Their First/Heritage Language

Danye Wang (Ochanomizu University Graduate School)
Tomomi Nishikawa (Ochanomizu University)

(2) ◑Teaching a Heritage Language Online: A Case Study of an Essay-writing Class for Chinese Heritage Children in Japan

Mubi Ou (Ochanomizu University Graduate School)
Bi Chin (Ochanomizu University Graduate School)
Tomomi Nishikawa (Ochanomizu University)

(3) ◑Language Education of Kurdish Children in Japan: A Case Study Using the Exchanging Note

Minami Nakamura (Kokugakuin University Graduate School)


Room C

(1) ◑Trajectory Equifinality Approach: As a Polyphonic Model Production Method

Chika Maruyama (Rikkyo University)
Ikumi Ozawa (International Christian University)

(2) ◑Original Picture Books as Dual Language Digital Teaching Materials: Identity Texts of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families

Eriko Namekawa (Kyoto Women’s University)

(3) ◑Proposal for "Watashi-go Portfolio" for Children and Parents to Create Together: Supporting the ‘Me-Language’ of Pluricultural and Plurilingual Kids at Home

Sei Miwa (University of Tübingen)
Wakako Tatsube (Volkshochschule im Norden des Landkreises Muenchen e.V.)
Hikari Tagawa (The Landesspracheninstitut at the Ruhr University Bochum)
Kaoru Matsuo (Japanische Schule Dendenmushi  Duisburg  e.V.)


17:30-17:40 Closing of the Conference


Information on Japanese Sign Language Interpretation:

If you need a sign language interpreter, or wish to be accompanied by a personal sign language interpreter, please inform us when you pre-register online. Japanese sign language interpretation will be provided for the Q & A session of the keynote speech and the open floor discussion of the invited panel. Your personal sign language interpreter can accompany you for the rest of the conference program free of charge.

Participation Fees Payment Methods

In order to register, please use the following website:

Wix manual (Japanese only)


Guidelines for Registration

Online registration is required for all conference participants in advance. Registration closes on 31 July 2021.

The MHB Research Association accepts new members interested in its research aims at any time. If you wish to participate in the 2021 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 disruption related to internet connection problems.

Conference fees

General member/ Student member  2000yen
Associate member/ Non-member    3000yen

WIX accepts payments by credit card and Paypal.

You will receive a message from WIX 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.

2021 MHB Conference Organizing Committee