Examining language support practices in both formal and nonformal education, ranging from public night school to community-based language classes, this volume encourages the development of systems in Japan that foster equitable and inclusive language policies.
Keiko Hattori is professor of biology-oriented science and technology at Kindai University
Kurie Otachi is professor of organization for educational support and international affairs at Tottori University
Makiko Shinya is professor of international studies at Osaka Sangyo University
Part 1: History of Policies of Immigrants and Language Supports
Chapter 1 Japan's Policies for Accepting Immigrants and the History of Official Japanese Language Education
Chapter 2 Japanese Language Learning Support Activities by Local Residents for Immigrants
Part 2: Practice in Various Fields
Chapter 3 Roles and Practices of Local International Associations: Focusing on Activities Related to the Japanese Language
Chapter 4 People Involved in Language Learning Support in Community-based Japanese Language Classes
Chapter 5 Japanese Language Support for Immigrants in Rural Areas
Chapter 6 Japanese-language Education on Unrecognized “Refugees” in Japan: From the Viewpoint of Participatory Learning
Chapter 7 Japanese Language Learning for Technical Intern Trainees from Vietnam: Considering through the Supporting Experience at the Kawaguchi Catholic Church
Chapter 8 Challenges and Possibilities of Literacy Education for Immigrants: Focusing on ‘Kanji for Everyday Life’ Program
Chapter 9 Japanese Language Education for Young Immigrants Who Are Beyond School Age: The Example of Filipino Students Attend High School After Public Night School
Chapter 10 Literacy Practices Ensuring Education for Resident Koreans in Japan: Centering on the Case Study of a Public Night School
Language education for immigrants and refugees in Japan is key for improving life chances and fostering community development, but research and support for second language education has been scarce and scattered. This excellent book traces how a new immigration and Japanese language teaching regime has emerged and features expert accounts on shifting ideologies, policy developments, and educational practices. The result is engaged but thoughtful, comprehensive but with attention to detail, and critical but optimistic. Language Support for Immigrants in Japan is a must-read for anyone interested in immigration and second language teaching in Japan.
This book is a timely and invaluable addition to the descriptive research on community-based efforts to provide Japanese-language instruction to foreign residents. The contributors, from scholars to on-the-ground actors, lucidly make the case for moving past the ad hoc to a language education policy that is more coherent and immigrant-centered. English readers will have at hand a work with a solid range of detailed, nuanced perspectives that discuss the missteps, challenges, and promises of this key facet of Japan's emergent multiculturalism.
This volume—the outcome of longstanding engaged scholarship—not only critically examines policy but is deeply committed to practice and gives voice to a whole range of actors involved, including immigrants themselves.
Language Support for Immigrants in Japan clearly identifies the major issues and limitations of the current situation in Japan and engages the key question of how immigration, language education, and the local community intersect, interact, and mutually transform each other. This book should be essential reading for people who are interested in immigration policy and language support, especially in Japan.