2017 Malaysia Japanese Language Education Seminar


SEMINAR: 「グローバル時代の日本語教育」Japanese Language Education in the Global Age

WORKSHOP: 「21世紀のスキル開発を目指す日本語教育の教室活動と評価」 Instruction and Assessment of 21st Century Skills in the Japanese Language Classroom

Many progressive curriculums around the world call for the development of 21st century skills to be incorporated in schools, and Japanese language education is no exception. Such an approach to capacity-building requires a shift from a ‘teacher-centred’ to a ‘student-focused’ environment whereby pupils independently learn by expanding their knowledge, conveying their ideas and relating to the world outside the classroom. Unfortunately however, this change is no easy task.

At this seminar, we shall look at what should be the philosophy, mission and goals of Japanese language education in today’s globalised society.

This will be followed by a workshop on how language activities can adopt a modern outlook and subsequently new methods of aptitude evaluation.

Both the seminar and workshop will be fully conducted in Japanese.

Date & Time:
4 March, 2017 @ 2.00 p.m.–5.30 p.m.
5 March, 2017 @ 9.00 a.m.–12.30 p.m.

Venue: Dewan Angsana, Faculty of Language and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur
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Open to Japanese language teachers and those interested in teaching the language.

Interested parties may register online here:

Those who are unable to register online may fax their intent to 03 2287 5689 with their full name, email address, organisation, dates of participation and reason for inability to register online.

Registration closes 17 February, 2017. Now extended to 23 February, 2017!


We seek your kind understanding and cooperation for the following:

Lunch will not be provided during the 2-day seminar. Tea/coffee may or may not be served during breaks.

Travel Expense of the Participants
JFKL’s subsidy for travel expenses by participants of its seminars and conferences has been discontinued.

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Speaker Profile

Prof. Dr. TOHSAKU Yasuhiko
School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego

In addition to penning several publications including the Yookoso! Contemporary Japanese series—the first communicative-oriented Japanese language textbooks published in the United States—Prof. Tohsaku has authored numerous papers on his fields of interest, namely second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, and language testing.

He was involved in the development of the National Standards for Learning Foreign Languages in the US and is currently the Japanese language representative to the Executive Board of National Standards Collaborative Project. He is also now the president of Computer-Assisted System of Teaching and Learning Japanese and the project director of Japanese Global Articulation Project (J-Gap).

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