Japanese heritage language learners and the NSW high school curriculum: eligibility and other hurdles

Shimada, Noriko and Moore, Paul (2014). Japanese heritage language learners and the NSW high school curriculum: eligibility and other hurdles. In: Matthew Todd and Elicia O'Reilly, National Symposium of Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future. 1st National Symposium of Japanese Language Education, Melbourne, Australia, (119-128). 1-2 November 2012.

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Author Shimada, Noriko
Moore, Paul
Title of paper Japanese heritage language learners and the NSW high school curriculum: eligibility and other hurdles
Conference name 1st National Symposium of Japanese Language Education
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 1-2 November 2012
Proceedings title National Symposium of Japanese Language Education Proceedings: 2012 Creating the Future
Place of Publication Chippendale, NSW, Australia
Publisher The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISSN 2203-5230
Editor Matthew Todd
Elicia O'Reilly
Start page 119
End page 128
Total pages 10
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract/Summary As parents of Japanese heritage children, we explore issues related to the development and implementation of a heritage Japanese course in the NSW high school curriculum. We first provide a definition of “heritage language learners” and draw on recent case study research (Oguro and Moloney 2010) and local research into heritage learners (Oriyama 2010). The research findings highlight the issues of eligibility criteria as well as the challenges of providing appropriate educational choices to heritage language learners, who are a diverse group of students. We identify major issues related to the use of so called “eligibility criteria” which determine the students’ eligibility or non-eligibility for entry into the various Japanese courses as well as the limited opportunities, both in schools and in the community, for heritage Japanese learners to explore and develop their unique linguistic and cultural skills, awareness and identities. We then provide a historical overview of the development of the NSW courses, including the heritage language courses, followed by the experience and perspective of a heritage language learner. Our paper concludes with suggestions for a balanced approach to establishing eligibility for the various courses, reflecting the diversity of heritage language learners.
Keyword Eligibility criteria
Heritage language learners
Australian curriculum
Heritage language courses
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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