Please download the Japanese teacher information pack which contains details of important dates in 2019 for upcoming professional learning, grants and contests, as well as contact details for the Japan Foundation. For further information, please contact the Japan Foundation.
The Japan Foundation is offering the following programs (in Japan) for the 2019-20 Japanese financial year.
Applications are now open until 3 December 2018.
The Japan Foundation will host a seminar for Japanese teachers on the evening of Thursday 1 November 2018.
This event is FREE and all Japanese teachers are invited.
Date: Thursday 1 November 2018.
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Attendance: An RSVP is required – https://jpf.org.au/events/ninjal-seminar/
Professor Mayumi Usami will introduce the Basic Transcription System for Japanese (BTSJ) and the Natural Conversation Resource Bank (NCRB), and explain the benefits to the teaching of Japanese language both in secondary and tertiary levels.
Dr Jun Ohashi will explain the benefit of using naturally occurring data in language teaching from a theoretical point of view and demonstrate some practical examples to assist participants to develop their own teaching materials.
The resources used will be made available for all participants at no cost. The seminar is suitable for Japanese language teachers in tertiary and secondary education institutions and undergraduate/graduate students who are interested in Japanese language teaching.
Applications for The Japan Foundation’s January 2019 intensive seminar, to be held in Sydney, have been extended to Monday 22 October 2018.
This intensive seminar delivers 19 hours of NESA-registered professional development.
The seminar enables teachers to develop their language skills, gain confidence using Japanese, and to develop language teaching strategies and skills which they can apply in the language classroom.
Specific focuses include the Australian Curriculum, and ICT-based learning. Participants will be immersed in a Japanese language environment suited to their level and will have ample opportunity for networking.
New in 2018:
- teachers who have attended the intensive seminar in previous years are now also eligible to apply
- teachers who are Japanese native speakers can now attend on Day 2 (there will be no registered hours, however, a certificate for 6 hours participation will be issued).
Japan Foundation, Sydney
Monday 14 January to Thursday 17 January 2019
1. secondary teachers in Australia and New Zealand currently teaching Japanese (conditions apply)
2. preservice teachers (currently studying or recently graduated as a Japanese teacher in Australia – conditions apply).
Note: Teachers of other year groups may also apply as spaces in the course are still available.
Successful teachers from NZ can receive travel support (return flights and travel insurance only) from ILEP.
Participation in this event is FREE.
Online applications for the seminar close on Monday 22 October 2018.
Please note: The Japan Foundation Travel Grant for Professional Development Event is no longer available. All travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the participant.
Enquiries can be directed to the Japan Foundation via email, or on (02) 9239 0055. Further information about the application process is available on the Japan Foundation website.
Registration for the symposium dinner has been extended until 21 October 2018.
Sake Seminar at Symposium Dinner
Date: Friday 2 November
Venue: L'Aqua, Cockle Bay Wharf
Cost: $100 (inc GST) per person
The dinner is the social highlight of the symposium, providing a great opportunity to network with Japanese language educators and other stakeholders in a relaxed environment.
Chase Kojima, one of Australia's most influential Japanese chefs, has been invited to speak at the dinner. The dinner will also feature a Sake seminar led by certified Sake specialist Yukino Ochiai, Director of Deja vu Sake Company, Sake Samurai, WSET Level 3 Japanese sake education and Kikizakeshi.
Registration for the symposium remains open until Sunday 14 October 2018.
NSJLE Registrations: http://nsjle.org.au/registration/
If you have any further questions, please contact Maki Russel-Smith at the Japan Foundation, Sydney.
The high school comedy Oremonogatari (My Love Story!) will be screened for school groups in Sydney as part of the 2018 Japanese Film Festival.
Date: 23 November 2018
Venue: Event Cinemas, George Street
The screening will include a fun Japan quiz before the start of the film, and a unit of work on the film is available for teachers. Teachers are invited to bring classes along for a Term 4 excursion.
The previous cap of 50 tickets per school has been lifted, so you can now bring larger groups. Tickets are $10 per student, and can be purchased online by credit card or invoice.
For more details please see the attached flyer or visit the Japan Foundation website.
The Japan Foundation, Sydney offers free workshops for school students through the Centre Visit program.
Their goal is to bring Japanese to life outside the classroom and encourage students to learn more about Japanese language and culture. The workshops are run by an experienced Japan Foundation language consultant, Michie Akahane.
Teachers can choose from a wide range of lesson topics and activities. Alternatively, the Japan Foundation can work with you to create a program relevant to your students’ interests and proficiency level.
The Centre Visit program is free of charge, but bookings are essential. Bookings are open for every school day of the year, but make sure you book early, as dates fill up fast. The booking application form is attached.
You can find more information on the Japan Foundation website.
If you have further enquiries, please email the Japan Foundation, or call on 02 8239 0055.
The NSW Japanese Language Speech Contest will be held on Sunday 2 September 2018 at the University of NSW.
Applications to participate in the speech contest remain open until Thursday 23 August 2018.
The application form and contest guidelines are attached below.
All applications must be emailed to:
Nagisa Fukui at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Japanese Studies, School of Humanities and Languages)
For further information please contact Tomoko Koyama
The Japan Foundation has announced the film for the Japanese Film Festival – school screening.
The comedy, MY love STORY!! (俺物語 Ore Monogatari) is directed by Hayato Kawai and will be screened during Term 4 in Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. Screening dates and the film trailer are available on the Japan Foundation website.
Please join The Japan Foundation’s mailing list to receive further updates.
The biennial 4th National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE) will be held on 2-3 November 2018 at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The theme for 2018 is Bigger, Broader, Better!
The 2018 keynote speakers have now been announced and are as follows:
- 2 November 2018: Ms Kumi Taguchi – Host, ABC TV
- 3 November 2018: Mr Yo Azama – Japanese language teacher based in California, USA.
For further information on the speakers as well as information on registration for the symposium, please see the flyer attached or visit the NSJLE website. Further enquiries can be directed to The Japan Foundation.
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