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April 2019

  

30 Years of Talk: Research into Discourse Across Lifespans

Closed workshop: 23 July 2019, 10:00-17:00

Researchers and research students are invited to join the workshop on longitudinal studies of individuals’ discourse. In this workshop, six researchers from the collaborative 30 Years of Talk project (ARCDP170102598) will present and discuss their work-in-progress, joined by two eminent sociolinguists in the field of language variation and change as discussants. This workshop follows public lectures on the afternoon of Monday 22 July 2019, where the two invited speakers will speak on language and identity across lifespan(s). The 30 Years of Talk project team will also give a short presentation on their project. This will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to engage with an as yet underexplored aspect of sociolinguistics — shifts and changes in language at the discourse level over lifespans. The lectures and workshop will also be of interest to those who are working in the field of Japanese linguistics.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Up to 10 places are available to researchers working in the following fields: language variation and change, language and identity, discourse analysis and pragmatics, Japanese language and identity, language and gender. Participants in the closed workshop will give a 10-minute talk/presentation on their work.
To reserve a place in the closed workshop, please contact 
 with:
• current affiliation
• a brief bio
• a list of your relevant research projects/interests
• a description of how your research fits with the aims of the workshop
• a 200-250 word abstract for your presentation

There is no registration fee, and lunch is provided. Unfortunately, no funding support is available. Visa applications are the responsibility of the applicant.

Application closes on 1 May 2019.

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Call for Proposals: Canadian Association for Japanese Language 2019 Conference

6-7th August, 2019
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia

The CAJLE 2019 Annual Conference will take place at The University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. More information will be posted on CAJLE website (
http://www.cajle.info/) and twitter (@CAJLE_ACELJ).

Theme: “Hyōgen” Literacy: Exploring Japanese Language Education in a Diversifying Society from the Perspective of Communication

This year again, we are pleased to announce that we are instituting the Abstract Awards for graduate students. This award rewards $300 for the best abstract submitted by a graduate student for a paper or poster presentation at the Annual Conference, and $200 for the second place. In addition to the awards, the conference registration fee will be exempted for both recipients. Every student who submits an abstract for the Annual Conference is automatically considered for this award; no nominations are required. 

Please submit your proposal via the Online Proposal Submission form in the CAJLE member-only website.

To access to the member-only site, please sign in from here.
1) Paper title (in both Japanese and English or in both Japanese and French)
2) Abstract: 700 letters in Japanese or 350 words in English/French. Please do not include any type of information that can identify the applicant.
3) Area of your study/research (Japanese pedagogy, Linguistics, Heritage Language Education, Others)
4) Name(s) of the presenter(s) (in both Japanese and English, or in both Japanese and French; list all co-presenters),
5) Affiliation (in both Japanese and English, or in both Japanese and French; list each copresenter’s information),
6) Preference for presentation type
7) E-mail address (of all presenters)

Deadline for abstracts 8 April, 2019
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Japan Foundation: Student Mobility Roundtable Report

On March 26, The Japan Foundation, Sydney released a report on Japan and Asia-related student mobility, titled Asia-Informed Student Mobility in the Indo-Pacific Era: Case Studies on Japan

The report presents an analysis of a cross-sector roundtable discussion on international education experiences, organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and held at the ASAA conference last year. Japan is one of the most popular destinations for New Colombo Plan scholars, and the report focusses on case studies of student mobility between Japan and Australia, highlighting their relevance for mobility between Australia and its regional neighbours more broadly.

See the report>> 

The discussion indicated that while government, universities and students themselves perceive value in student mobility experiences, these perceptions may not be shared by employers. Among its recommendations, the report calls for increased cross-sector collaboration at a national level to boost recognition of student mobility’s value among employers and increase opportunities for returnee students.

Read more via the Media Release>>

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National Library of Australia: 2020 Fellowships

The library has an astounding and diverse collection that supports, inspires and transforms research. Fellowships allow researchers to embark on a period of intensive research into the collections in a supportive, intellectual and creative environment.

Who can apply? 
Fellowships are open to researchers from Australia and overseas undertaking advanced research projects. Nine funded fellowships will be awarded for research areas where the Library’s collections have the depth and breadth to support the desired outcomes.

What do Fellows receive? 
·       an honorarium of AUD1,000 per week for 12 weeks
·       travel and accommodation support*
·       privileged access to the Library's collections, staff and resources
·       uninterrupted time for research

Applications close 30 April 2019
Read the guidelines and apply

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Call for applicants open: The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo (Komaba campus) has just opened a full-time lecturer position teaching Japanese as a second language due to the increase in numbers of international students.

Please see the link below if interested.

http://www.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/info/news/employment/20190329094638.html

We aim to be a comfortable and rewarding workplace.

Applications close 20 May, 2019.

 
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Proposed Japanese Language Education Law

<日本語教育推進法案関連のご報告>

  昨年秋には、この法案の原案に「日本にルーツを持ちながら海外に永住していく子供たちの日本語教育を政府支援の対象に」という要請運動が当部会を基点にして行われ、各地の賛同者のご尽力で2000名を超える署名が集まり、国会に上程される法案に要望が盛り込まれたことは、皆様にご報告した通りです。また、その次の段階として、この法案を本年春の国会で無事に成立させるために、日本語教育学会を中心とする国内の先生方や支援者と連携すべく、新しい署名活動への参加をお願いしたことも、暮から新年のメールでお知らせした通りです。

  以下はその後のご報告ですが、上記の日本語教育学会を基盤とする運動を主宰された神吉宇一先生からのお知らせによると、新たな署名運動の結果、オンラインと紙の署名を合わせて、2月1日時点で13,726筆が集まったとのことで、集計の上で与野党の関連の議員に届けられました。日本語法案に対する国内一般の関心は高いとはいえない現実の中で、主要な新聞社への働きかけなどもされ、法案成立の盛り上げに尽力されたとのことです。海外から新たにご賛同下さった皆様への感謝も込めてご報告とさせて頂きます。

  肝心のその法案の国会通過の見通しですが、3月末の時点で東京の関係者から伺った情報を集めると、日本語法案のような議員立法の場合には、通常、内閣が上程する法案の後回しにされるケースが多い中で、この法案については、4月からの改正入国管理法の施行を踏まえて日本語教育の重要性が次第に認識されるようになり、国会上程が早い順序で行われる可能性が増し、近く上程から成立への可能性が出てきているとのことです。特に議員立法の場合には、与党のみならず、すべての野党の合意も得るという「根回し」が必要とされる中、与党に関しては馳浩議員(自民党)が、野党に関しては中川正春議員(立憲民主党)が各党の政務調査会に働きかけるなどの尽力をされ、大方の合意に漕ぎ着けられたということです。とはいえ、ゴールデンウィークを挟んで元号の変わる時期でもあり、また夏には大型の選挙も控えている中で、予断は禁物という声もありますが、とりあえず良いニュースとして皆様に中間報告をお送りします。

  本件については、これからも新しい情報が入り次第お伝えしますが、皆様からも耳寄りな情報があれば、どうぞお知らせください。
 

  なお、この法案関連のニュースは、昨年の秋以来、海外から署名運動にご参加下さったすべての皆様に一斉メールでお知らせしたいと思いながら、2000名を超えるご賛同者への一斉送信にはテクニカルな問題が付きまとって、果たせずにいます。この日本語法案に関するお知らせは転送ご自由ですので、部会の皆様から、ご支援を下さった世界中の賛同者にどうぞお送りになって下さい。

皆様からのリスポンスもお待ちしています。
 

MHB海外継承日本語部会(代表)

カルダー淑子

For any comments please contact Professor Chihiro Thomson

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JSAA Member Publishing Round-Up!

Yes, we are coming up to it again! If you or a member you know has published a new book or chapter in the last six months please send us the details so that we can gather together and celebrate the publishing achievements of our members. We will be publishing the special newsletter near the end of the year

Please send the details to Laura Clark at 
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