The 26th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Sunday, May 10, 2020

Princeton University

We regret to inform you that the 26th Princeton Japanese Pedagogy Forum has been canceled due to concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus). If you have already purchased airline tickets or made hotel reservations, please contact the respective agencies as soon as possible to inquire about their refund/cancellation policies. We will not be able to refund any airline tickets purchased. 

Professor Ittoku Tomano, one of our keynote speakers, has kindly agreed to give a video-recorded speech on Saturday, March 9, 2020 at 9 am and followed by a live Q&A session. If you would like to watch the talk, please click the link below and register. 


We will also publish the Forum Proceedings so that everyone will be able to read the various presentations that were originally scheduled for our Forum.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this decision, but your health and safety is of our utmost importance. We look forward to your attendance at future Forums. Thank you very much for your understanding and support.










Power of Language Education: The Role of Language (First, Second, and Foreign Language) in Education

We communicate with others using language. The purpose of communication depends on the situation, but it is not always just exchanging information or sharing our feelings. Communication can also hurt others, exclude minorities, and prioritize majorities. Language educators need to remember that our reality is constructed by communication and that the reality can be changed by the same act of communication.

What is then the role of language in education? Why are we teaching language? Now is the time to share a big vision of language education regardless of minor disagreements among us. In this Forum, we would like to discuss what power language education has and what types of language education we should envision to maximize the power. In order to have a constructive discussion on the theme, we are inviting the following scholars to serve as keynote speakers at the annual Forum in May: Professor Ittoku Tomano (Kumamoto University) and Professor Seiichi Makino (Princeton University).

The Forum calls for presentations on this theme as well as any topic related to language education such as linguistics, heritage language education, or language acquisition.The proposal deadline is January 10, 2020.