2019-3 Winter Newsletter

2019 Winter newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & future event information
  3. Committee members 2019-2020
  4. Past event reports
  5. Year 12 practice exam order form
  6. JLTAV regional support scheme information

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 and students are visible on our Events page.

Registrations are open for the following teacher events that we are offering:

Registrations/Entries are open for the following student events:

The details for the following student event will be updated to our website in near future:

  • Calligraphy competition

In addition to the JLTAV events, there is also a “Senior” Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria 2019, organised by JLSCV Inc. on 8th September 2019.

For more information, please check their website (https://japanspeechcontest.org.au/).

3. Committee members 2019-2020

We are proud to present the Committee for 2019-2020. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

4. Past event reports

On the Events page of our website, you can now see all past events back to the start of 2016. This will continue to be updated with new event reports as they are made.

Event Report: Wodonga Professional Learning Day
On Saturday 22 June, Nathan Lane and Kathleen Duquemin presented a whole day workshop to eight teachers from the Wodonga region. The content covered during the day included units of work and assessment, technology and the use of PowerPoint, and linking literacy with developing listening skills.

Many thanks to Lana Thorpe from Wodonga Senior Secondary College who assisted in organising the day. Thank you also to the teachers who attended. We hope we can continue to support our regional colleagues by presenting professional learning outside of Melbourne.

5. Year 12 practice exam order form

The past year 12 practice exams are available for order from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

6. Regional support scheme information

The Regional Support Scheme provides funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria.

More information is available from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

From the President, Winter 2019

Welcome to Term 3 and the JLTAV Winter Newsletter. Term 2 is always a busy time of the year with report writing. I hope this has been successful for everyone and you have enjoyed a well-deserved holiday break.

Our first student event for Term 3 is the ‘Year 12 Morning’. This year we are again running the event in two locations: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 21 July) and Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 28 July). We are pleased to be able to support our colleagues in regional areas by offering the seminar in Ballarat. We wish all Year 12 students success as preparations for their end-of-year exams intensify in Term 3.

On Thursday 22 August our inaugural Model UN Conference in Japanese will be held at the Treasury Theatre in East Melbourne. Many thanks to Catherine Hirst from the Department of Education and Dr Sally Northfield from the UNAA Victoria for their support in organising this event.

Later in Term 3, on Sunday 25 August, we will be holding the Junior Speech Contest at Presentation College Windsor. Details of this competition have been included in this newsletter and on the JLTAV website. We extend our best wishes to all participants in this competition and congratulate them all for their participation.

Our highly successful calligraphy competition will again be held during Term 3. Details of this competition will be launched shortly. We have extended the due date for entries for the Hiragana Mnemonic competition until Friday 20 December. Our aim is to create a useful resource for members.

Thank you to our members who completed the recent professional learning survey. We have analysed the results and the areas teachers identified for professional learning include: engaging games and activities, ICT/digital tools, new VCE Study Design and primary/secondary curriculum planning. As an association we are committed to providing professional learning to our members. Your feedback is valuable in setting the direction for the events we organise in the future and we will take on board your feedback.

On Saturday 3 August, Professor Nobuaki Minematsu will run a professional learning day for teachers focussing on the Online Japanese Accent Dictionary (OJAD). This event will be held at Presentation College Windsor and registration details have been included in this newsletter.

In early Term 4, from Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October, we will again hold our hugely successful Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend at a new venue, the Mantra in Lorne. This is the perfect opportunity to practise and develop your Japanese skills with native speaker mentors. The weekend is open to all language level abilities and details of this professional learning activity can be found in this newsletter. Sincere thanks to our 2019 native speaker mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols.

In 2016 the JLTAV launched the JLTAV Certificate of Merit. We encourage members to read the information about this certificate on the JLTAV website (available here) and to nominate their colleagues for their outstanding contribution to Japanese language teaching in Victoria.

The JLTAV Committee continue to work hard to organise events throughout the year and I thank them for all their hard work, generosity and commitment to the Association. Contact details of the 2019 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3 and thank you for your support of the JLTAV Inc. Keep warm and healthy over these winter months!

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

2019-2 Autumn Newsletter

2019 Autumn newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & future event information
  3. Committee members 2019-2020
  4. Past event reports
  5. Year 12 practice exam order form
  6. JLTAV regional support scheme information
  7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit

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 and students are visible on our Events page.

The registrations are now open for:

The details for the following events will be updated to our website in near future

  • Junior speech competition
  • Calligraphy competition
  • Language maintenance immersion weekend

3. Committee members 2019-2020

We are proud to present the Committee for 2019-2020. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

4. Past event reports

On the Events page of our website, you can now see all past events back to the start of 2016. This will continue to be updated with new event reports as they are made.

The event report and photos of the 2019 JLTAV Annual Conference and AGM report are now available.

5. Year 12 practice exam order form

The past year 12 practice exams are available for order from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

6. Regional support scheme information

The Regional Support Scheme provides funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria.

More information is available from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit

The JLTAV is now holding a Certificate of Merit award.

For more information, click here to go to Certificate of Merit page on our website.

From the President, Autumn 2019

Welcome to Term 2 and the JLTAV Autumn Newsletter. I hope everyone had a great Term 1.

At the end of the Term 1 we held our Annual Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. This year’s conference was the largest in the history of the Association. A report from the two days has been included in this newsletter. The Annual General Meeting was held at the conclusion of Friday’s workshop program and I extend a very warm welcome to the new committee for 2019. The report on the Association’s activities for 2018 has been included in this newsletter. Details of the 2019 JLTAV committee can be found on the JLTAV website.

Thank you to those students and schools who supported the competition to design the front cover of this year’s conference book. We received a large number of entries thereby making it difficult to select a winner. The winner was Sophie Bloomer from Kilbreda College. We congratulate all students on the creativity in their entries for this competition.

In this newsletter you will find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 21 July) and at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 28 July). We are pleased to be able to support our colleagues in regional areas by again offering the seminar in Ballarat. The venue at Loreto College holds 144 seats and as soon as this venue becomes full, students and teachers will need to attend the session at the Robert Blackwood Hall in Monash University Clayton. Teachers will be informed of this and we encourage teachers to register early to avoid disappointment. The same content will be presented in both locations. Details on how to register are included in this newsletter.

In 2019 the JLTAV is combining with The United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division) to simulate a session of the UN General Assembly in Japanese. This Model UN Conference will be held on Thursday 22 August. This is an exciting opportunity for senior students to use their Japanese in an authentic context. Students will be provided with support materials in Japanese to use on the day. We hope lots of schools will participate in this new initiative. Further details and registration information can be found here.

The 2019 Junior Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 25 August at Presentation College Windsor. Details of the competition are available on the JLTAV website.

Due to decreasing registrations we have decided not to run the ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum this year. We are using this year to investigate a new format for the event with the aim to relaunch the event in 2020. If you have any suggestions for a new format please email me at nrlane@pcw.vic.edu.au.

The JLTAV is committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas through our regional support scheme. Details of this are available on the JLTAV website under the ‘support’ tab.

I wish everyone a great Term 2.

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

2019-1 Summer Newsletter

2019 Summer newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & future event information
  3. Student competition details
  4. Past event reports
  5. Committee members 2018-2019
  6. Year 12 practice exam order form
  7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit
  8. JLTAV regional support scheme information
  9. 2019 JLTAV membership

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.

Registration for the 2019 JLTAV Annual conference is now open. We encourage teachers to take advantage of the early bird registration rate available until Thursday 14 February.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 29th March 2019 at 4:30pm. The previous AGM’s minutes are approved, we have reports from the President and Treasurer, and nominate new Committee members. Interested teachers are invited to join the Committee if they wish to contribute to our work.
For a detailed agenda, a nomination form and appointment of proxy form, please see the Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Financial Year 2018.

3. Student competition details

Upcoming students events/competitions are visible on our Events page

Entries are open for:

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

4. Past event reports

On the Events page of our website, you can now see all past events back to the start of 2016. This will continue to be updated with new event reports as they are made.

The feedback and comments from the judge (in Japanese and English) for the 2018 Calligraphy Competition are now available.

The event report on the 2019 Primary Professional Learning Day held on 24/1/2019 will be uploaded shortly.

5. Committee members 2018-2019

We are proud to present the Committee for 2018-2019. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

6. Year 12 practice exam order form

The past year 12 practice exams are available for order from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit

The JLTAV is now holding a Certificate of Merit award.

For more information, click here to go to Certificate of Merit page on our website.

8. Regional support scheme information

The Regional Support Scheme provides funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria.

More information is available from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

9. 2019 JLTAV membership

Application for membership of the JLTAV in 2019 is now open.

For further information, please go to our Membership page of the JLTAV website

From the President, Summer 2019

Welcome to Term 1 and the JLTAV Summer Newsletter. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday break and are refreshed and energised to start the new school year.

Another year begins and we are pleased to continue to offer teachers and students a range of events and activities throughout 2019. Details of these events are included in this newsletter.

Please encourage your students to submit entries for our three student competitions: poster, JLTAV idol and Hiragana mnemonic. Details of these competitions are included in this newsletter. We thank you for your support of these competitions.

The United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division) runs full-day model United Nations Conferences which simulate a session of the UN General Assembly. Acting as UN Member State delegates, participating students step into the shoes of country ambassadors and draw on negotiation and diplomacy skills to ensure the views of their country are heard. Students interact with other delegates during the caucus sessions, present their country’s position to the General Assembly and move amendments to a Draft UN Resolution. The Model UN Conference is an opportunity for students to learn about international relations, the UN system and global issues, in an engaging, dynamic environment, while developing collaboration, negotiation and public speaking skills.

Since 2014, the Department of Education and Training- Language Unit (DET-LU) has sponsored UNAA Victoria to conduct language-specific conferences which are conducted entirely in the target language as a language immersion event. They provide an authentic and highly simulating context for VCE students to practice the language they are learning in a real world context. In 2019 a conference will be run in the Japanese language.

The date for this conference is Thursday 22 August. A session introducing the model conference will be run at the conference. This is an exciting opportunity for our senior students to use their language skills in an authentic context. Further information will be released shortly. We hope lots of schools will participate in this new initiative.

Our first professional learning offering for 2019 will be for primary teachers on Thursday 24 January at Gardenvale Primary School. Many thanks to our amazing presenters Jan Chalmer and Kathleen Duquemin. We are offering this professional learning in January to provide primary school teachers with resources to use at the start of the new school year.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s JLTAV Annual Conference on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. Our annual conference keeps going from strength to strength and we have again been able to put together an exciting program with a record number of breakout sessions, 73 in total. Many thanks to our colleagues who will be presenting this year. Our conference is becoming a national event as we are seeing more presenters and delegates from interstate. Further details on the conference program are available in this newsletter. Our Annual General Meeting will again be held at this year’s conference on Friday 29 April from 4.30 to 5.30pm. We encourage members to nominate themselves to join the JLTAV committee for 2019. One gains a lot of satisfaction from being involved in the Association and ensuring Japanese Language Education continues to flourish in Victoria.

In 2017 we launched the JLTAV Award, however, we are yet to award this to one of our member teachers. Details of the nomination process for this award are outlined in this newsletter. We extend our thanks to the MLTAV for allowing us to adapt and use their wording.

Sincere thanks to the Department of Education and Training (DET) for their great support and for providing a yearly grant to enable us to organise student events and professional learning for teachers. We look forward to the ongoing support from the DET in 2019.

In 2019 we see the implementation of the new Study Design for VCE Japanese Second Language. We will be offering sessions on the new Study Design at the conference. We wish all our VCE students great success in their Japanese studies in 2019.

On behalf of the committee I thank you all for your support of the JLTAV. I wish everyone all the best for the start of the 2019 school year.

Nathan Lane

President

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

2018-4 Spring Newsletter

2018 Spring newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & future event information
  3. Committee members 2018-2019
  4. Past event reports
  5. Practice exam order form
  6. JLTAV Certificate of Merit
  7. 2019 JLTAV membership information

1. From the President

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

Vale Sue Hodgson

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Sue Hodgson. During her time on the JLTAV Committee Sue did much for the Association, and her work was greatly appreciated. Sue was President of the JLTAV from 2001-2003. Our thoughts are with Sue’s family and friends.

Pam Spiegel, life member and past President of the JLTAV (2004-2006), wrote the following memorial for Sue.

Susan Hodgson (14.3.1952 – 6.10.2018)
Sue was a valued member, secretary, vice president and president of the JLTAV. During her time with the JLTAV Sue was responsible for many innovations in professional development for members and non-members of the Japanese teaching profession. When you attend the Statewide Conference next year please remember her as this was Sue’s brainchild in 2003. Sue was always generous with time and resources, happily sharing them with other teachers.

Along with being an amazing mother, friend and teacher Sue was an inspiration to her teaching colleagues and students. Sue started her Japanese teaching career at Glen Waverley South Primary School, although she had been teaching in Victoria for many years before she retrained as a Japanese teacher. At GWSPS she often mentored student teachers and Japanese native interns, one of whom is now the Japanese teacher at that school. During her time at GWSPS Sue organised several trips to Japan for her students. The other teachers at her school believed the students gained so much from those trips. Sue loved Japanese culture and food. For a number of years, she was a member of Waidaiko drumming group with Ann Eagles and several other Japanese teachers.

Sue, I hope if you are reading this that the grammar and spelling is correct I know how you hate bad grammar.

Sue, you died too young and you will be greatly missed by your friends and colleagues in the JLTAV.

On behalf of the Japanese Teachers’ Association of Victoria we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to her partner Tony and her children, Russell, Alex, Jo & Greg their partners and grandchildren.

2. Dates for your diary & future event information

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

Registration is open for 2018-2019 JLTAV Idol Competition. Application is closing on Thursday 21/3/2019

2019 JLTAV Annual conference will be held on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March

3. Committee members 2018-2019

We are proud to present the Committee for 2018-2019. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

4. Past event reports

On the Events page of our website, you can now see all past events back to the start of 2016. This will continue to be updated with new event reports as they are made.

For this edition, event reports have been added to the following events:

5. Practice exam order form

The past year 12 practice exams are available for order from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

6. JLTAV Certificate of Merit

The JLTAV is now holding a Certificate of Merit award.

For more information, click here to go to Certificate of Merit page on our website.

7. 2019 JLTAV membership information

Membership registration for 2019 will be opening soon.

DO NOT register with the 2018 membership form unless you would like to become a member for 2018 (until 31 December 2018).

For further information, please go to our Membership page of the JLTAV website

From the President, Spring 2018

Welcome to Term 4 and the JLTAV Spring Newsletter. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday break. I know a number of schools go to Japan during the September holidays, and I hope these tours have been successful and most enjoyable.

Our two major student events for Term 3 were the ‘Year 12 Morning’ in July and the ‘Junior Speech Competition’ in August. Reports for these events are included in this newsletter. On Wednesday 5 September, Jarrod Hoare presented rakugo, kyogen and improvised storytelling workshops to students from Mount Ridley P-12 and Korowa Anglican Girls School. Many thanks to the teachers and students for supporting these events. On Sunday 9 September the Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria (JLSCV) was held at the University of Melbourne. Congratulations to Hiroshi Honda, the President of the JLSCV Inc. and JLTAV life member, for his fine organisation of this contest.

In the JLTAV Winter Newsletter I included a short survey to obtain some feedback from our members to inform the future direction of language promotion events we offer to students. I encourage members to complete this survey available here.

In Term 3 we offered a calligraphy competition and congratulate all the students who submitted an entry. Results for this competition will be announced in Term 4.

Please encourage your students to submit an entry for our student competition, the ‘JLTAV Idol Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter.

Our language immersion weekend to support non-native teachers of Japanese was held from 7 to 9 September. The event was again held in the beautiful surroundings of the Bellinzona Grange Hotel in Hepburn Springs. A report on this event is included in this newsletter. Many thanks to Kathleen Duquemin for organising the weekend and to our mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols who generously gave their time to facilitate this weekend and shared their wealth of knowledge with us.

Preparations for our 2019 conference are well underway and we aim to open registrations for the event towards the end of the year. The dates for your diary are Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March.

In 2016 the JLTAV launched the JLTAV Certificate of Merit. We encourage members to read the information about this certificate on the JLTAV website (available here) and to nominate their colleagues for their outstanding contribution to Japanese language teaching in Victoria.

I wish everyone a successful Term 4 and all the best with report writing and assessment as the year draws to an end. I wish all the students studying Year 12 Japanese great success in their end of year exams.

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Sue Hodgson. During her time on the JLTAV Committee Sue did much for the Association, and her work was greatly appreciated. Sue was President of the JLTAV from 2001-2003. Our thoughts are with Sue’s family and friends.

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

2018 Winter Newsletter

2018 Winter newsletter

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & future event information
  3. Committee members 2018-2019
  4. Past event reports
  5. Practice exam order form
  6. Regional support information

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 are visible on our Events page.

Registrations are now closed for the following events. We look forward to having you and/or your students for the events:

  1. Sat 11/8: Shuwa Workshops.
  2. Sun 26/8: Junior Speech Competition 2018.
  3. Wed 5/9: Rakugo, Kyogen and Improvised Storytelling Workshops.

Registrations are open for the following events that we are offering:

  1. Fri 7/9 – Sun 9/9: Immersion Weekend
  2. Calligraphy Competition: Application closing on Tuesday 4/9
  3. 2018-2019 JLTAV Idol Competition: Application closing on Thursday 4/4/2019

In addition to the above events, there is a “Senior” Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria 2018, organised by: JLSCV Inc., The Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne & The University of Melbourne. Details are as follows:
Dear Teachers of Years 11 & 12 Japanese, please encourage your students to enter.

Applications opened: Tuesday 24 July

Applications close: Friday 10 August

Date: Sunday 9 September

Venue: University of Melbourne

Programs: 

  • High School Senior Division (Years 11 & 12 students): 8:30am Registration, 9:00am Start
  • Background Speaker*, Open Beginner and Open Divisions: Detailed timetable to be announced on our website after the applications closed.

*Years 11 & 12 students who are background speakers are eligible to enter the Background Speaker Division.

For more details please see

Contest Guide 2018 (http://japanspeechcontest.org.au/)

Enquiries: jpsespeechcontest@gmail.com

3. Committee members 2018-2019

We are proud to present the Committee for 2018-2019. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

4. Past event reports

On the Events page of our website, you can now see all past events back to the start of 2016. This will continue to be updated with new event reports as they are made.

For this edition, event reports have been added to the following event:

5. Practice exam order form

The past year 12 practice exams are available for order from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

6. Regional support information

The Regional Support Scheme provides funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria.

More information is available from the Services page of the JLTAV website.

From the President, Winter 2018

Welcome to Term 3 and the JLTAV Winter Newsletter. Term 2 is always a busy time of the year with report writing, and I hope this has been successful for everyone and you have enjoyed a well-deserved holiday break.

Thank you to the schools who supported our ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum held on Thursday 31 May. In 2019 we will work on redesigning our ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum and offer something different in 2020. In recent years we have seen a decline in student numbers and it is becoming increasingly challenging to find volunteer speakers who will attend the forum and speak for a short time. I have put together a short survey here to obtain some feedback from our members to inform the future direction of a language promotion event we offer to students.

Our first student event for Term 3 is the ‘Year 12 Morning’. This year we are again running the event in two locations: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 22 July) and Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 29 July). We are pleased to be able to support our colleagues in regional areas by offering the seminar in Ballarat. We wish all Year 12 students success as preparations for their end-of-year exams intensify in Term 3.

Later in Term 3, on Sunday 26 August, we will be holding the Junior Speech Contest at Presentation College Windsor. Details of this competition have been included in this newsletter and on the JLTAV website. We extend our best wishes to all participants in this competition and congratulate them all for their participation.

On Wednesday 5 September Jarrod Hoare will be running rakugo, kyogen and improvised storytelling workshops at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne. Details about these workshops are included in this newsletter.

Our highly successful calligraphy competition will again be held during term 3. Details of this competition will be launched shortly. We will hold our JLTAV Idol Competition again this year and show the winning entry at our 2019 Annual Conference.

Members of our committee have been involved in the Shuwa Project, an initiative to teach Japanese through sign language. The resources created for this project will be shared during professional learning sessions in Term 3. Details of these sessions are outlined in this newsletter.

In late Term 3, from September 7 to 9, we will again hold our hugely successful Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend at the Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs. This is the perfect opportunity to practise and develop your Japanese skills with native speaker mentors. The weekend is open to all language level abilities and details of this professional learning activity can be found in this newsletter. Sincere thanks to our 2018 native speaker mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols.

Towards the end of the year we intend to offer a networking dinner and guest speaker at a CBD location. Details of this event will be released shortly. This will be a great way to celebrate the end of the year.

The JLTAV is committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas. We are pleased to offer a regional support scheme. Details of this are available on the JLTAV website under the ‘support’ tab.

In 2016 the JLTAV launched the JLTAV Certificate of Merit. We encourage members to read the information about this certificate on the JLTAV website (available here) and to nominate their colleagues for their outstanding contribution to Japanese language teaching in Victoria.

The JLTAV Committee continue to work hard to organise events throughout the year and I thank them for all their hard work, generosity and commitment to the Association. Contact details of the 2018 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3.

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)