In today’s world where diversifying values and increasing interpersonal contacts intersect via complex real/virtual communication media, communication through language is becoming more and more crucial to our lives. In view of the global-scale communication “flood”, we are responsible for offering opportunities to learn how to “swim appropriately” to the present and future generations so that they will inherit wisdom through education on the ways to correctly avoid inter-lingual and inter-cultural stumbling blocks that interfere with their collaborative peace-making efforts.
In the coming presentation, I would like to focus on the three aspects of language education that I believe are important to fulfill the above-mentioned educational responsibility we owe to the world. They are as follows:
- Government-level language planning
- Global-scale language education
- Educational innovation
Suzuko Nishihara is Executive Director of the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute. She specializes in Japanese Language Education. She taught Japanese in USA, Indonesia, and Australia, before receiving research and teaching positions at the National Language Institute and Tokyo Woman’s Christian University consecutively. She has served on several government-related commissions, e.g., the chair of the Council for Cultural Affairs, in the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Suzuko Nishihara, Executive Director, Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute (PhD, Linguistics, 1970, U-M)