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)

2018 Autumn Newsletter

2018 Autumn 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. Travel to Japan Wiki
  7. Regional support information
  8. JLTAV Certificate of Merit
  9. AIM Conference

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 furute are visible on our Events page.
Registrations are open for the following events that we are offering:

  1. Sun 22/7Year 12 Morning 2018 (Melbourne).
  2. Sun 29/7Year 12 Morning 2018 (Ballarat).
  3. Sun 26/8Junior Speech Competition 2018.
  4. Wed 5/9: Rakugo, Kyogen and Improvised Storytelling Workshops.

Further details for the following evnets will be updated on our website shortly:

  1. Calligraphy Competition (Date: TBC)
  2. Fri 12/10 – Sun 14/10: Immersion Weekend

3. Committee members 2018-2019

We are proud to present the Committee for 2017-2018. 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. Travel to Japan Wiki

This fabulous site was created by Jan Chalmer. There are over 100 members sharing their experiences.
You can find information such as:

  • Attractions and Activities
  • Restaurants and Places to Eat
  • Mobile Phones and WiFi
  • Hotels and Ryokans
  • Itenaries
  • Tour Companies
  • Transport and Airport Transfers
  • Guided Tours
  • Documents
  • What to Take
  • Handy Hints

How to Join?

7. 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.

8. 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 2018

From the President

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

At the end of the first week of term 2 we held our Annual Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. 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 2018. Details of the 2018 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 Matthew Duffy from St Patrick’s College Ballarat and all entries were displayed at the conference venue. We congratulate all students on their creativity in their entries for this competition.

The major student event for Term 2 is the ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Student Forum at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton, on Thursday 31 May. Due to the availability of the Robert Blackwood Hall we have had to hold this event later in May. This is a wonderful event to promote the importance of learning Japanese with a variety of guest speakers and cultural performances.

In this newsletter you will also find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 22 July) and at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 29 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.

The 2018 Junior Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 26 August at Presentation College Windsor. Details of the competition are available on the JLTAV website.

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.

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 great Term 2.

Nathan Lane

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

2018 Summer Newsletter

2018 Summer Newsletter
Table of Contents
  1. From the President
  2. Dates for Your Diary & Events
  3. Committee Members 2017-2018
  4. Past Event Report
  5. New Services Section of JLTAV Website
  6. 2018 Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting
  7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit Award Information
  8. 2018 JLTAV Membership Information
1. From the President

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

2. Dates for your diary & events

Upcoming events are visible on our Events page.
In the immediate future, we are offering:

Teacher Events:

  1. Sat 24/3 Primary Professional Learning Day Regional Focus – Melbourne
  2. Fri 20/4 & Sat 21/4 2018 JLTAV Annual Conference (held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) (see item 6 in this newsletter)

Student Events/Competitions:

  1. Tue 17/4: JLTAV Idol Contest 2017-2018
  2. Fri 16/3 Conference Book Cover Competition
3. Committee members 2017-2018

We are proud to present the Committee for 2017-2018. Their names can be found on the About Uspage.

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:

  • ICT Online Workshops
5. New services section of JLTAV website
The Services page of the JLTAV website contains three items:

  • Past year 12 practice exams available for order
  • The Regional Support Scheme, providing funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria

Please visit the page to check it out.

Furthermore, we are currently preparing to implement JLTAV Listening Task Recording Service
The JLTAV would like to commence a listening task recording service to support VCE teachers record listening tasks with native speaker voices. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please complete the form here. Further details of this service will be communicated to members when a bank of teachers has been created.

6. 2018 Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting
The 2018 Annual Conference will be held on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. More details, and an application form, will be on our website soon and announced on Nihongo Victoria, and our Facebook page, Twitter feed and our website.
Before our conference, don’t forget to have your students enter the Conference Book Cover Competition.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 20th April 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 2017.
7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit award information

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. 2018 JLTAV Membership Information
Membership registration for 2018 is now open.
For further information, please go to our Membership page of the JLTAV website

From the President, Summer 2018

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 2018. Details of these events are included in this newsletter.

Please encourage your students to submit an entry for our inaugural ‘JLTAV Idol Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter along with details of our conference book cover competition. We thank you for your support of these competitions.

Our first professional learning offering for 2018 will be for primary teachers on Saturday 24 March at Gardenvale Primary School.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s JLTAV Annual Conference on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April 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. Many thanks to our colleagues who will be presenting this year. 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 20 April from 4.30 to 5.00. We encourage members to nominate themselves to join the JLTAV committee for 2018. 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 2018.

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 2018 school year.

Nathan Lane

President

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

2017 Spring Newsletter

2017 spring newsletter

 

Table of Contents

 

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & events
  3. Past event reports
  4. Committee members 2017-2018
  5. New services section of JLTAV website
  6. Travel to Japan Wiki
  7. 2018 JLTAV Membership Information

 

1. From the President

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

 

2. Dates for your diary & events

Upcoming events are visible on our Events page.
In the immediate future, we are offering:

  1. Tue 17/4: JLTAV Idol Contest 2017-2018

 

3. 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:

  • Year 12 Morning Ballarat and Melbourne
  • Junior speech competition
  • Immersion weekent
  • Calligraphy competition (judge’s report)

 

4. Committee members 2017-2018

We are proud to present the Committee for 2017-2018. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

 

5. New services section of JLTAV website

The Services page of the JLTAV website contains three items:

  • Past year 12 practice exams available for order
  • The Regional Support Scheme, providing funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria

Please visit the page to check it out.

Furthermore, we are currently preparing to implement JLTAV Listening Tas Recording Service
The JLTAV would like to commence a listening task recording service to support VCE teachers record listening tasks with native speaker voices. If you are interested in supporting this initiative, please complete the form here. Further details of this service will be communicated to members when a bank of teachers has been created.

 

6. Travel to Japan Wiki

This fabulous site was created by Jan Chalmer. There are over 100 members sharing their experiences.
You can find information such as:

  • Attractions and Activities
  • Restaurants and Places to Eat
  • Mobile Phones and WiFi
  • Hotels and Ryokans
  • Itenaries
  • Tour Companies
  • Transport and Airport Transfers
  • Guided Tours
  • Documents
  • What to Take
  • Handy Hints

How to Join?

 

7. 2018 JLTAV Membership Information

Membership registration for 2018 will be opening soon.

DO NOT register with the 2017 membership form unless you would like to become a member for 2017 (until 31 December 2017).

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

From the President, Spring 2017

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. Many thanks to the teachers and students for supporting these events. On Sunday 10 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.

We also congratulate all the students who submitted an entry for the calligraphy competition. Results for this competition will be announced in term 4.

Please encourage your students to submit an entry for our new 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 13 to 15 October. 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 share their wealth of knowledge with us.

In term 4 our professional learning will focus on ICT and will take the form of two forty-five minute online workshops spread over two weeks in November. Sincere thanks to Shingo Gibson-Suzuki, Japanese Teacher and eLearning Leading Teacher at Taylors Lakes Secondary College, and Vanessa Crouch, Education Officer: eLearning for Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, for presenting these sessions and for sharing their great knowledge of ICT with us. Details of how to register for these professional learning opportunities are included in this newsletter.

Preparations for our 2018 conference are well underway and we aim to release a draft program for the event towards the end of the year. The dates for your diary are Friday 20 April and Saturday 21 April.

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.

Nathan Lane

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