2021-4 Spring Newsletter

2021 Spring newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & future event information
  3. Student event details
  4. Event reports
  5. Committee members 2020-2021
  6. Latest life member of the JLTAV, Julie Devine
  7. JLTAV Year 12 Japanese Second Language Practice Exam Order Forms
  8. JLTAV corporate members

1. From the President

Please see the update from the President, Nathan Lane, here.

2. Dates for your diary & future event information

Upcoming events and future events for teachers are visible on our Events page.

3. Student event details

Upcoming students events/competitions are visible on our Events page.

Entries/Registrations are open for:

We encourage teachers to take these opportunities to help students engage with Japanese language and culture positively.

4. Event reports

Reports for the following events are available on our Events page:

5. Committee members 2020-2021

We are proud to present the Committee for 2020-2021. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

6. Introducing our latest Life Member of the JLTAV, Julie Devine

Throughout 2021, the JLTAV Committee has discussed and voted on our latest life member of the Association. The criteria for awarding life membership of the JLTAV is outlined on the JLTAV website.

We are very pleased to announce that Julie Devine, Japanese Teacher and Head of Languages at Shelford Girls’ Grammar, has been awarded life membership of the Association.

Throughout her teaching career, Julie has made an outstanding contribution to Japanese Language Education in Victoria and further afield. Julie’s significant contributions include:

  • Past Committee member
  • Longest standing presenter of the Year 12 Morning, an event for students where the external examinations for VCE Japanese Second Language are explained
  • Editor of the Year 12 Morning booklet and materials for students
  • Regular presenter at the JLTAV Annual Conference
  • Past presenter at the National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE)
  • Created the website ‘Japanese Grammar Made Easy’ including video tutorials and workbooks for students and teachers
  • Co-author of the ‘Hiragana in 48 Minutes’ workbook
  • Active assessor for the VCE examinations for Japanese Second Language

Unfortunately, restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic have meant we have been unable to acknowledge Julie’s Life Membership of the JLTAV at our annual conference. We hope to run our conference face-to-face in 2022 and celebrate Julie’s significant achievement at this event.

In the meantime, we would like to acknowledge Julie’s Life Membership in our Spring Newsletter. The Japanese teaching community in Victoria, and indeed Australia, is very fortunate to have passionate and dedicated professionals such as Julie who dedicate their time to improve Japanese Language Education. Julie joins the list of lifetime members of the JLTAV on the JLTAV website (https://www.jltav.org.au/about-us/).

7. JLTAV Year 12 Japanese second language practice exam order forms

To further support VCE teachers we have developed a practice exam. This is available for purchase by JLTAV members and non-JLTAV members. The exam package costs $100 (JLTAV member) and $170 (non-JLTAV member) and includes:

  • An electronic copy of the practice exam
  • An answer key with suggested marks for each question (electronic copy)
  • Listening tracks sent via email

Please note that the practice exam materials produced by the JLTAV have not been endorsed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Click on the link below to place an order for this exam:


The exam will be ready for distribution mid-term 3.

Additionally, practice exams we have developed in 2020 can be purchased from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

8. JLTAV Corporate members

A list of corporate members are available from the Links page of the JLTAV website.

In this edition, we have included advertisements form the following corporate members: