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"My language, my way" -- Making use of children's foreign country connections and their language acquisition

2014-9-23 (Tue) 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

In an education environment fraught with various problems, we greatly broaden children's potential in relation to how much flexibility we give to their differences.

Let's think about language development in children with foreign country roots, living in a language environment of two or more languages.

Venue: Multipurpose Hall, 2nd Floor, Kobe Labor Hall (5-1-2 Kumoidori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0096)

Admission is free.

Jointly sponsored by: World Kids Community, Kansai Mother Tongue Support Group, Comunidade Brasileira de Kansai (CBK), Hyogo Latin Community, Vietnam Dream Kobe, Kobe Korea Language & Education Center, Takatori Community Center, GLOCOL (Osaka University)

Sponsors: Hyogo Board of Education, Kobe City Board of Education, Hyogo International Association (HIA), Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication

Sponsor: The Toyota Foundation

Implementation & Planning: Bilingual Proposal Project -- "My Language, My Way" Implementation Committee


  1. Keynote Speech -- "Japanese isn't the only language in the world!" -- Sunny Francis, Associate Professor (Radio personality & DJ)
  2. Panel Talk -- Young People Talk "My language, my way"
    Panel: SHIGEI Amanda, MC Nam, Zu Yàn, MATSUBARA AKIZUKI Ruma Yuri
    Moderator: KOBAYASHI Meri, Director, Hamamatsu NPO Network Office
    Commentator: Sunny Francis; MATSUDA Yoko, University of Hyogo
  3. Showing of Movies "Mother Tongue -- Thinking about Bilingual Education"
    (1) A documentary by 3rd Generation Brazilian-Japanese film-maker, MATSUBARA AKIZUKI Ruma Yuri
    (2) Introduction to Japanese-English bilingual education at a charter school in Michigan, USA -- Hinoki International School
  4. Introduction to education taking place in Hyogo Prefecture -- Public calling attention to educators in Kobe and the greater Kobe area in promoting mother tongues such as Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and more.
  5. Exchange of idea on this topic by related organizations
    Chairperson: YOSHITOMI Shizuyo (World Kids Community & GLOCOL, Osaka University)

For more information or questions, please contact:

World Kids Community
Tel: 078-736-3012

Date: 2014-9-23 (Tue) 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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