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ERIC Number: EJ880847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
An Alien from Their Own Language: The Case of Japanese in New South Wales
Oguro, Susan; Moloney, Robyn
Babel, v44 n2 p22-31 Feb 2010
In late 2008, the Australian Government announced funding for a national collaborative project to develop a curriculum framework for courses of study in Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean for "heritage speakers" of these languages at the senior secondary school level. This article examines some of the issues surrounding this development, investigating one of these languages (Japanese) as a case study. Drawing on previous research, it explores who might be considered a "heritage" speaker/learner in the Australian secondary school context, how extensive this subgroup of learners of Japanese is in the community of New South Wales, and what courses of language study these students are currently undertaking at the senior secondary level. The project collected data through interviews with schoolteachers experienced in teaching "heritage" speakers of Japanese. These teachers' voices provide informed perceptions of how appropriate the current offering of language courses at senior secondary level for "heritage" language learners is. The article concludes with a discussion of some of the challenges which lie ahead in the teaching of heritage language courses. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia