This is a continuing long-term project which examines a variety of issues in Japanese education in the Australian context. Under this project, several articles have been published, which include ‘Curriculum development for introductory course in spoken Japanese’ in Sekai no Nihongo Kyoiku (Journal of the Language Institute of the Japan Foundation) 4 (1996), ‘Japanese education in the Australian context’ in Asia Examined: Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the ASAA (2004), and‘Japanese education and multicultural society of Australia’, Journal of the International Student Center Yokohama National University Vol. 17 (2010).
Currently, the focus is on ‘English as a lingua franca: A case of Japanese courses in Australia’ (with N. Ogi), which will appear in Language alternation, language choice and language encounter in international education in 2012.This study explores the recent trends of Japanese education in Australia, with a special attention to the international students from non-English speaking countries/cultures. A Japanese language course in Australia is interesting in that these international students learn another language and culture through English-medium instructions, while interacting with other students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds. In this sense, it offers an excellent educational setting for exercising internationalization. However, it also creates a situation where international students may encounter difficulties in adapting and adjusting because of the language and cultural differences. This study investigates how international students with non-English-speaking background perceive this unique learning environment within the Australian context.