Japanese language education: Serving citizenship

Year: 2002

Author: Ramzan, Yuko

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

The purpose of this study is to articulate the need for citizenship education in the Australian primary school, and to examine the possibility of Japanese language teaching as one of the tools to serve citizenship education in Australia.

A draft framework for LOTE K-10 was published by the Board of Studies NSW in 2001. The framework shows an emphasis on intercultural competence as objective. This emphasis fits in well with the major trends in education which give consideration to the multiple diversity in the multicultural society. Also, questions of nationalism and civic responsibility are increasingly significant themes in discussions of education and cultural practice, although citizenship education is not yet an established component within the Australian school curriculum.

This study will present actual process of teaching intercultural consciousness, and discusses capability of applying Japanese language learning experience to citizenship education in Australian primary schools. An action research has been conducted in grade 5 primary school classrooms.

Results of the study indicate ways for teachers to help students to develop a delicate balance of cultural, national, and global identifications through Japanese language learning experience.