Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson is Professor of Japanese studies at UNSW Sydney.

She is one of the world leaders in Japanese language education, and the recipient of a number of awards, including the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the Nihongo Kyooiku Gakkai, the peak body in her field (2020), Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation (2016), and Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Government (2012).

She has been an active member of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia, and served as the president (2009-11). Her research into Japanese language education based on the sociocultural approach to learning is well known. She articulated her theory and practices in publications such as her edited monographs, “Foreign language learning communities of practice, mechanisms for participatory learning” (2017) and “Japanese language education: Connecting people and connected to the world” (2016).

More recently she has engaged in research into Japanese as community language and Japanese language learning of children with Japanese background in Australia. She has formed the Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language in 2020, and has been leading a research team to conduct Australia-wide studies. She will share some of the findings of the studies in this conference.

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