First Conference of Japanese Language Education in East Africa

June 14, 2013

First Conference of Japanese Language Education in East Africa

“Input from East Africa to the world: Rethinking of Japanese Language Education in countries far from Japan”

Date: 12h (Fri) / 13th (Sat) / 14th (Sun) July 2013
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Kenya
Organized by Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya (Jaltak) in conjunction with Embassy of Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Theme: Input from East Africa to the world: Rethinking of Japanese Language Education in countries far from Japan

There are over 1700 people who are learning Japanese in Kenya today. Kenya is a very important country for Japanese language education in East Africa and it is also only country that hosts Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Last year, we hosted the First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya, which was the first of the sort in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the theme, “Organizing Course: From Course Design to Evaluation,” and it attracted participants from Madagascar, Ethiopia and Uganda as well. Following the last year’s first Kenyan conference, we decided to hold the first regional conference this time.

Kenya and East African countries are remote from Japan not only geographically but also psychologically, and Japanese language education in the region therefore faces challenges that are different from those in Japan, Asian and European countries. Most of the learners in the region, for example, have never been to Japan, and they rarely have opportunities to talk in Japanese in real life. On the other hand, there are technological developments such as communication tools in the internet and multi-media resource that the learners can explore in order to have more exposure to Japan.

Having the unique situation in our mind, the question that crosses our mind is, what could be the best way forward for Japanese language education in East Africa in the context of fast-developing globalization? In a pursuit for the answer to the question, we have invited Prof Katsuhiko Sakuma from University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, who will give a keynote lecture, “Japanese language education in countries far from Japan.” We will also further explore the issue of Japanese language education in East Africa vis-à-vis that of the world in the panel discussion, etc. during the conference.

Furthermore, there will be workshops including a special workshop facilitated by Prof. Seiichi Makino, Honorary Professor of Princeton University, all of which would be very practical and useful in our classrooms. There will be also a number of presentations of research and reports by Japanese language experts from East Africa and beyond.

The conference is entitled as the regional, but participants from outside East Africa are also most welcome. I came up with the theme, “The input from East Africa to the world,” with a hope that the region’s Japanese language education would change its passive attitude and begin contributing to Japanese language education in the world. It is also our hope that we would be able to share our experiences and thoughts with people in Japan and other countries.

Please find the attached documents for more details on application for presentation of research / report and for facilitator of workshop.

Lastly it is my sincere wish that this conference would contribute to the growth of Japanese language education in East Africa and the rest of the world.

Arisue Jun
Chair, Organizing Committee
First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya

Call for Participants of First Conference of Japanese Language Education in East Africa

Date: 12h (Fri) / 13th (Sat) / 14th (Sun) July 2013
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Kenya
Organizers: Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya / Embassy of Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Theme: Input from East Africa to the world: Rethinking of Japanese Language Education in countries far from Japan

Fees
1) Participation Fee
Jaltak member: Free of charge
Japanese language teachers and others who work in Japanese language education in East Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa: Free of charge
Others: 800 ksh (or 10 U.S. dollars). Please pay at the reception during the conference.
2) Accommodation: Not paid. If you need assistance on information, please feel free to contact us. It is advisable that you make reservation early since it is a peak season.
3) Transport / air ticket : Not paid
4) Meals: Not paid

Application
Those who would like to participate in the conference should send an email to ea.japanese.2013[at]gmail.com by June 30 2013 with the following details: Your name (Japanese / Roman alphabet), institution / occupation (Japanese / Roman alphabet), country of residence, email address, and telephone number. Write title of the mail as “registration_YOUR_NAME.”

Enquiry:
Please feel free to send any inquiries to ea.japanese.2013[at]gmail.com with title, “information_YOUR_NAME.”

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