2016 Annual Conference: Program


July 7th, 2016 (Updated on August 27th, 2016)


The conference has finished. Thank you very much for your participation.


2016 Annual Conference of Mother Tongue, Heritage Language, and Bilingual Education (MHB) Research Association

Supported by Applied Japanese Linguistics,Graduate School of Humanities and Science, Ochanomizu University

母語・継承語・バイリンガル教育(MHB)研究会 2016年度研究大会


“Heritage Language Education and Super-diversity”



Date: Mon. August 8th – Tu. August 9th, 2016

Venue: Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan     http://www.ocha.ac.jp/en/access/index.html

You can download "Campus map" and "Lunch map" (both are written in Japanese text only). Please have your lunch in the university dining hall since eating is prohibited in classrooms. due to the university regulations.

WiFi is available.  For more detail, please refer to this(written in Japanese text only.)

Fee: 3,000 yen (payment at the reception desk), Students discount Fee: 2,000 yen with student ID card.

For Registration:click here


Day 1  Monday, August 8th, 2016

10:00-12:00    Preliminary session [Registratio starts at 9:30 am At Bunkyo 1Gokan 1st Floor]

“A Longitudinal Study on the Bilingual Competence of the Culturally Linguistically Diverse Children at Japanese Public Schools: In quest of Japanese Language Education without subtracting their L1 competence” by  Prof. Junko Majima (Osaka University)

*The program is available here (in Japanese text only).

12:00-13:00  Lunch time,  International School SIG meeting

12:30     Registration [at Bunkyo 1 Gokan, 1st Floor]

13:00     Opening Ceremony

Emiko Yukawa (MHB Research Association President, Ritsumeikan University)

13:05-14:45  Keynote Speech-1

“Heritage Language Education: Looking Back and Looking Forward”

Prof. Kazuko Nakajima(Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto)

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:00  Concurrent Sessions    15:00-15:30  15:30-16:00


①The Chinese acquisition in Tokyo Chinese School

Fumiko Ito

 ②Analyzing the writing process of Chinese students in Japan who learned through translanguaging pedagogy: With the aim of improving their competence both in Japanese and Chinese

Jin-Feng Lin



①Heritage language Learners as Lifelong Learning in Brazil : With the Focus on the Life Story of Brazilian Nikkei

Eriko Nakazawa

②Japanese Language Education in Multilingual Classroom: ‘Language Portfolio’ Activity at a Japanese Language High School Class in Hawaii

Fumi Ozeki

16:10-18:00 Japanese Heritage Language  SIG Meeting


Day 2   Tuesday August 9th, 2016

9:00    Registration [at Bunkyo 1 Gokan, 1st Floor]

9:30-10:30    Keynote Speech-2

“Addressing super-diversity: Identifying various needs of our heritage language learners”  [summary and reference list is available here .(PDF; Japanese text only)]

Prof. Mitsuyo Sakamoto (Sophia University, Tokyo)

10:40   Life Story of Heritage Language Speakers

Mr. Albert H. Diaz

He came to Japan from the Philippines when he was 10 years old. Now he is working at a company using his multilingual ability.

Ms. Paola Yamane

She is a 4th generation of Japanese Brazilian, came to Japan when she was 5 years old. She is working at a company as a Japanese, Portuguese, and English trilingual.

11:40  Report on Practice

“Heritage Language education at Brooklyn Nihongo Gakuen, New York”

Ms. Tomoko Nakano(President, Brooklyn Nihongo Gakuen)

12:40  Lunch time

12:40 – 13:40  Bilingual Writing SIG Meeting

13:10 – 14:00  Assessment SIG Meeting

13:40 – 14:40  Poster Session 1

(1) Multilingual Interactions during the Language Workshop for Multilingual Children in Japan

Kanako Yamashita, Jiawen Han, Oanh Nguyen, Tomomi Nishikawa, Naomi Kano, and Kyoko Motobayashi

(2) Colloquial Korean Instruction in Heritage Language Immersion Education in Japan

Misa Ryu

(3) Development of “Kids Can Do Portfolio” for Families: Recapturing Children´s Competences from the Viewpoint of Plurilingualism and Pluriculturalism

Sei Miwa, Minako Okumura, Midori Satsutani, and Kaoru Matsuo

(4) Practice report of heritage language and cultural activities in Multicultural Center of Korea: A case of “Training project for Children’s multicultural instructors”-

Satoko Tanabe, and Hiroe Oikawa

(5) Implementation of Japanese language tests for youths: The Trial results of SPOT and Kanji tests in a part-time Japanese school in the U.S.

Takako Sakai, and Hideko Shimizu

14:40 – 15:40  Poster Session 2 & Demonstration 1,2, 3

Poster Session 2

(1) Projeto Construir ARTEL ― one portuguese iniciative of heritage language

Luzia Miya Tanaka

(2) Factors in heritage language education and maintenance for ethnic Korean newcomer children: A case study on a Korean language school in Osaka 

Eunsuk Lee

(3) Japanese culture and language in Canadian-ness:The influence of Canadian multiculturalism on identity construction

Yasuko Senoo

Demonstration 1

MHB Heritage Language Database, Version 2016

Kazuko Nakajima, Jun-ya Morishita, Junko Tanaka, Takashi Yamamoto, and Misa Fukukawa

Demonstration 2

Development of Japanese curriculum for German School in Japan:Comparing of Writing education between Germany and Japan

Chisaki Toyama-Bialke

Demonstration 3

Content Based Japanese Language Instruction for First/Heritage Speakers at University Level: Issues in Its Curriculum Design and Course Management

Ikumi Ozawa, and Tomoko Takeda

15:50-16:50  Concurrent Sessions  15:50-16:20  16:20-16:50

Room 1

Narrative Structure of Japanese-German bilingual students: Analyzing the characteristics of their narratives

Mika Akagi

A pilot Study on Heritage Language Learners’ Acquisition of Kanji in China: Cases of Sino-Japanese  Children residing in Beijing

Chiemi Yanase


Room 2

A Perspective on the Role of Heritage Language Education in Dealing with Language Varieties in the Context of “Super-Diversity”

Yasuhiro Nakagawa

A Study on Acquisition of Japanese Sign Language and Japanese Language in the case of a Young Deaf Child and Her Hearing Mother

Mizuho Tanaka

17:00 Closing

Book Sale by “Bonjinsha”(10 % off) and “Kuroshio Shuppan” , 10:00 to 16:00

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