The Japan Foundation is holding an online talent contest titled What’s your J-Talent? Entries are open until 16 September. The contest is free to enter. There are great prizes on offer including local Japan-related experiences such as Japanese-style accommodation, and restaurant and shopping vouchers.
The contest complements the annual short film contest for students but engages with a broader audience. Contest categories include Japanese language, pop culture, lifestyle, arts and culture.
Entries from individuals, family or small groups are welcome. Please ensure social distancing regulations are adhered to. Further information and entry requirements are available on the Japan Foundation website.
Professional learning – creating reading materials from authentic resources
An online session for senior secondary and tertiary teachers showcasing how to use online news articles to create educational materials tailored to class levels will be held next month. There is a maximum of 60 participants for the session. Registration is now open.
Date: 7 August 2020
Time: 4-5:10pm AEST
Session language: Japanese (simple level)
Presenter: Shunsuke Hirakawa, Language Consultant, The Japan Foundation, Sydney.
Further information and registration links are available on the Japan Foundation website.
Online elementary Japanese course
An elementary level tutor-supported course through the Minato online e-learning platform is being offered. The Marugoto A2-2 course is perfect for those who have studied beginner Japanese and want to take their Japanese to the next level, or those who just want to brush up on their reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills. A level check test is available on the Marugoto website. The course will cover the following topics: Eating outdoors, business trips, staying healthy and celebrations. The course will run from 21 August to 6 December.
For more details on communication objectives and sentence structures covered in each topic, please refer to the A2 can-do checklist. Applications for the course are online via the Minato website.