top of page

Organized by:

Special Interest Group for Education for CLD Children in Japan, MHB (The Japanese Society for Mother Tongue, Heritage Language, and Bilingual Education)

Center for Intercultural Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies 

Multilingual DLA Workshop

Devoted towards pursuing education that cultivates the full potential of your students? Join us at our Multilingual DLA Workshop!


Co-organized by: The Osaka University Study Group on Children with Foreign Roots

Saturday, 12 February 2022, 10:30-16:30 (Japan time) Online (Zoom)

​The registration for the English workshop is now closed as it reached the maximum capacity. Thank you for your interest!
Registration fee: Free  

Spaces available: Max. 50 participants per language (registration closes on February 5)

​The ZOOM link and handouts will be sent 3 days before the event.

  Join us at our workshop to practice “Dialogic Language Assessment: DLA” (MEXT, 2014) in 8 languages (Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese, Russian, English, and Japanese). DLA was originally designed to assess children's abilities not only in Japanese but also in multiple languages. Students designated as “Japanese Language Learners” are those who come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Observing students' abilities through a multilingual lens enables us to see the true potential of these children - the potential which might have remained hidden if looked at only from a monolingual perspective. 

  This workshop will walk you through each step of the DLA, and invite you to think about the roles of bi/multi-lingual supporters in schools. Learn about Multilingual DLA with active practitioners in 8 different languages!



Opening remarks

Yoshimi Kojima (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Chair of the Planning and Organizing Committee of the MHB SIG: Education for CLD Children in Japan


Lecture 1: "What do we mean by bi/multilingual assessment ?"

Chiho Sakurai (Osaka University)


Break (with lunch talk*)


Language Specific DLA Workshops

DLA in Chinese: Tian Huixin (Sunago Elementary School, Kadoma City)

DLA in Portuguese: Marcia Ikeda (Japanese Assistant Instructor, Toyota Municipal Board of Education)

DLA in Spanish: Aki Kanebako (Aichi Prefectural Owari Education Office)

DLA in Filipino: Kimi Yamoto (Osaka University)

DLA in Vietnamese: Mika Kondo (Osaka University)

DLA in Russian: Sachiko Yokoi (Osaka University),  Anna Savinykh (Sapporo Russian School)

DLA in English: Aiko Sano (Ritsumeikan University)

DLA in Japanese: Chiho Sakurai (Osaka University)


Lecture 2: "Turning your classroom into a ‘Translanguaging Classroom’: Making use of any languages available"

Aiko Sano (Ritsumeikan University)


Free talk time (grouped by language groups)



*Lunch talk is a presentation session that reports practices of education with CLD children from across the country. 
Planning and Organising Committee of the MHB SIG: Education for CLD Children in Japan
This workshop is supported by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) 21H00538 "Construction of a reference frame for generic language skills for the education of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children".
bottom of page