April Event Canceled

Due to travel restrictions, this event has been canceled.

Language education in context: Bilingual experiences from Melbourne, Australia

  • Speaker: Dr. Naomi Wilks-Smith, RMIT University
  • Date: Thursday, April 9 (6:30 – 7:30)
  • Location: KUT, Eikokuji Campus (Room TBA0

Japanese is amongst a plethora of languages taught in schools and spoken in the community in Melbourne, Australia. This presentation explores the provision of Japanese in Melbourne, both as an additional language in schools, and as a home language in the community. It outlines the wide range of programs available and the practical strategies that families are using to raise children with Japanese in Melbourne. This presentation responds to the JALT Bilingualism SIG publication ‘Raising Bilingual and Bicultural Children in Japan: Essays from the Inaka’ (2018), in which stories were shared from families raising children with English in Japan, by sharing reverse stories of raising children with Japanese in the English-dominant context of Melbourne, Australia. It is anticipated that the understanding of bilingualism is further enhanced through the sharing of these context-specific stories and that teachers and families can expand their repertoire of strategies by learning from each other. 

Dr Naomi Wilks-Smith is a Lecturer in the School of Education at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Naomi’s teaching focuses on Languages and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, following many years as a teacher of Japanese in bilingual schools. Her research interests include second language acquisition, bilingual education and second language teaching approaches.

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