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)

From the President, Winter 2017

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.

In Term 2 Michael Dalton from the VCAA presented two sessions on analysing VCE results. This was a perfect opportunity for VCE teachers to learn more about interpreting VCE data. We thank Michael for presenting these sessions.

Our first student event for Term 3 is the ‘Year 12 Morning’. This year we are again running the event in two locations: Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 23 July) and the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 30 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 20 August, we will be holding the Junior Speech Contest at Firbank Grammar School in Brighton. 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.

In early Term 4, from October 13 to 15, 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. Details of this professional learning activity can be found here. Sincere thanks to our 2017 native speaker mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols.

The JLTAV is committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas. We are pleased to launch 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 2017 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3.

Nathan Lane

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

MLTAV Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner – Certificates of Merit Recipients

On Friday 5 May 2017 the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV) celebrated 70 years of service to teachers of languages in Victoria and held their Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne. During the evening, Platinum Anniversary Certificates of Merit were awarded to 11 teachers who have shown an exceptional and outstanding contribution to languages teaching in Victoria. Two of the recipients are members of our Japanese teaching community: Kathleen Duquemin and Nathan Lane. Below are the citations that were read out before Kathleen and Nathan received their awards. Thank you to the MLTAV for giving permission to repeat the citations.

Kathleen Duquemin

Kathleen is a dedicated and committed teacher of Japanese who gives generously of her time, expertise and knowledge to support her students as well as the wider Japanese teaching community.

At her school, Gardenvale Primary School, Kathleen involves all children in an engaging and rigorous Japanese program, drawing on research, innovation and technology to enhance the learning experiences of students. She also organises a Japan trip for her senior students.

Kathleen has been an enthusiastic mentor for many beginning teachers of Japanese in the MLTAV Mentoring project. She goes above and beyond to support and connect these teachers into the profession.

Kathleen has been an active member of the JLTAV committee for many years leading a range of Professional Learning programs including co-convening the annual 2-day conference. She has also shared her expertise at languages conferences locally, nationally and internationally.

The Japanese teaching profession is extremely grateful for the generous contribution Kathleen continues to make and the MLTAV is pleased to be able to recognise this by presenting her with an MLTAV Certificate of Merit.

Nathan Lane

Nathan is an experienced and highly capable secondary teacher of Japanese who has used his strong leadership skills to contribute to his school in the role of Director of Pedagogy and Innovation. This position recognises the vision and skills Nathan has applied in his language teaching and it is wonderful that he now has the opportunity to bring these to a wider school context.

Nathan has always been a strong advocate of the importance of quality language learning and has shared the effective strategies he has developed within his own school context with the broader language teaching community.

Nathan has been an active member of the JLTAV committee for many years and President since 2013. His dedication to the profession in the way he has led the JLTAV committee and co-convened the highly successful annual 2-day JLTAV conference is appreciated.

Nathan is thoughtful, inclusive and innovative leader who also supports and encourages others to contribute to the profession.

Nathan gives generously of his time, expertise and knowledge to contribute to the wider Japanese teaching community. He has actively sought to represent language learning and teaching in local, regional, national and international forums. He has presented at state, national and international language conferences and has been involved in resource development and external assessment for students studying Japanese at secondary level.

The Japanese teaching profession is extremely grateful to Nathan for his generous dedication and commitment and the MLTAV is pleased to be able to recognise this by presenting him with a MLTAV Certificate of Merit.

From the President, Autumn 2017

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

In the second week of Term 2 we held our Annual Conference for the second year 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 2017. Details of the 2017 JLTAV committee can be found on the JLTAV website.

In 2017 the JLTAV celebrates 45 years as a Single Language Association. This is a significant achievement for a language association in Victoria. At the conference we hosted a cocktail party to celebrate this milestone. We pay tribute to all our colleagues who have played a role in the rich history of the JLTAV.

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 Jake Vincent from Chaffey Secondary College and all entries were displayed at the conference venue. In the conference satchel we included sheets of stickers from our recent sticker competition and in this newsletter we have included the winning entries. Thank you to Masahiro Yamazaki for organising this competition. We congratulate all students on their creativity in their entries for these competitions.

The major student event for Term 2 is the ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Student Forum at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton, on Friday 12 May. Thank you to Vanessa Shen and Robbie Muljana for their superb organisation of this event. This is a wonderful event to promote the importance of learning Japanese.

In this newsletter you will also find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 23 July) and the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 30 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 2017 Junior Speech Competition will be held on Sunday 20 August at Firbank Grammar in Brighton. Details of the competition are available on the JLTAV website.

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

We congratulate the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV) on their recent 70th Anniversary Platinum Dinner Celebration. 70 years is a significant achievement for a language association and throughout this time the MLTAV has shown great leadership in languages.

The MLTAV should be very proud of their rich history and significant achievements over 70 years. The JLTAV recognises and appreciates the great support we receive from the MLTAV as we both strive to advocate for and promote quality languages programs in Victoria. We wish the MLTAV all the very best for the future.

At the 70th Anniversary Platinum Dinner, Certificates of Merit were awarded to 11 teachers across all languages in Victoria who have shown exceptional and outstanding contribution to languages teaching in Victoria. Congratulations to the JLTAV Vice President, Kathleen Duquemin, and President, Nathan Lane, who each received a Certificate of Merit.

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)

2017 Autumn Newsletter

2017 autumn newsletter

 

Table of contents

 

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & events
  3. Past event reports
  4. Committee members 2016-2017
  5. Year 12 practice exam order form
  6. Regional Support Scheme
  7. MLTAV Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner – Certificates of Merit Recipients
  8. 2017 membership information

 

 

1. From the President

Please see the update from the President, Nathan Lane, here: From the President, Autumn 2017.

 

2. Dates for your diary & events

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

  1. Wed 31/5 (webinar) & Thursday 8/6 (Windsor): A Guide to Analysing Your School’s VCE Results 2017
  2. Sun 23/7 (Ballarat) & Sun 30/7 (Melbourne): Year 12 Morning 2017
  3. Sun 20/8: Junior Speech Competition 2017
  4. Fri 25/8-28/8: Language Immersion Weekend 2017 (event page forthcoming)

 

 

3. Past event reports

Recently, we celebrated the success of the following events. Please see the event pages for their reports.

  1. Fri 17/3 Conference Book Cover Competition 2017
  2. Thu 23/3 Sticker Design Contest 2017 (winners in the link)
  3. Tue 18/4 Video Contest 2016-2017 (winners in the link)
  4. Fri 28-Sat 29/4 Annual Conference 2017 (photos & President’s AGM report in the link)
  5. Fri 12/5 Why Learn Japanese? 2017

 

4. Committee members 2016-2017

We are proud to present the Committee for 2017-2018 (new since the last newsletter). Their names can be found on the About us page.

 

5. Year 12 practice exam order form

If you would like to order a practice exam, please do so with the practice exam order form, now on our Services page (previously Forms).

 

6. Regional Support Scheme

At the 2017 Annual Conference, the JLTAV announced our new Regional Support Scheme.

The Regional Support Scheme provides funding to support Japanese teachers to hold events in regional Victoria. Details and application forms are on our Services page.

 

7. MLTAV Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner – Certificates of Merit Recipients

We are proud to announce that the President and Vice President of the JLTAV, Nathan Lane and Kathleen Duquemin, received Certificates of Merit at the MLTAV Platinum Anniversary Award Celebration Dinner. Details are on our website under News.

 

8. 2017 membership information

Application for membership of the JLTAV in 2017 is now open. Applications are to be completed online. For more information and the registration form, see our membership page.

 

 

2017 Summer Newsletter

2017 summer newsletter

 

Table of contents

 

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & events
  3. Past event reports
  4. Committee members 2016-2017
  5. Year 12 practice exam order form
  6. 2017 Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting
  7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit award information
  8. Regional support proposal
  9. VCE SAC support information
  10. 2017 JLTAV membership information

 

 

 

1. From the President

Please see the update from the President, Nathan Lane, here: From the President, Summer 2017.

 

2. Dates for your diary & events

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

  1. Fri 17/3 Conference Book Cover Competition 2017
  2. Thu 23/3/2017 Sticker Design Contest 2017
  3. Fri 28/4 & Sat 29/4 Annual Conference (held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre) (see item 6 in this newsletter)
  4. Tue 18/4/2017 Video Contest 2016-2017
  5. Fri 12/5/2017 ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum

 

 

 

3. Past event reports

Recently, we celebrated the success of the following events. Please see the event pages for their reports.

  1. Thu 8/9 Calligraphy Competition 2016
  • The event report for this, including the names and artwork of the winning students, is here. Please do not share this information with outsiders.
  1. Sat 15/10 Primary and Secondary PL Day Gippsland 2016
  2. Wed 26/10 & Wed 2/11 ICT Online Workshops 2016

 

4. Committee members 2016-2017

We are proud to present the Committee for 2016-2017. Their names can be found on the About us page.

 

5. Year 12 practice exam order form

If you would like to order a practice exam, please do so with the practice exam order form.

 

6. 2017 Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual Conference will be held on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th 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 and Sticker Design Contest. You may also encourage your students to make a manga poster for display at the conference.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 28th April at 4:30pm. The previous AGM’s minutes are approved, we have reports from the President and Treasurer, and nominate new Committee members. Canapes and cocktails follow the AGM, at 5pm.

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 2016.

 

7. JLTAV Certificate of Merit award information

The JLTAV is now holding a Certificate of Merit award. You may find more information in the details and nomination form.

 

8. Regional support proposal

The JLTAV is considering the launch of a new initiative to grant funding to regional networks of Japanese languages teachers around Victoria. This will allow those regional networks to host their own professional development for teachers, language and culture events and competitions for students and can grant travel and accommodation costs for members.

For more information, see the regional support proposal. If this idea interests you, please read through it and send any feedback to the JLTAV Committee.

 

9. VCE SAC support information

The JLTAV is considering a new project for the JLTAV to support VCE teachers in the creation of high-quality SACs for Units 3 and 4. We need native Japanese speakers and experienced VCE teachers to help in the creation of these SACs, for checking reading SACs, and checking and recording listening SACs.

If you are interested in helping out with the service or finding out more, please fill in the expression of interest form.

 

10. 2017 membership information

Application for membership of the JLTAV in 2017 is now open. Applications are to be completed online. For more information and the registration form, see our membership page.

 

 

From the President, Summer 2017

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.

 

The final school term of 2016 commenced with a most enjoyable professional learning day for primary and secondary Japanese teachers in Sale. Many thanks to our presenters for the day: Jan Chalmer and Kathleen Duquemin, for sharing their extensive knowledge and passion. A report from this professional learning day is included in this newsletter.

 

Thank you to all students who submitted an entry for our 2016 Calligraphy Competition and congratulations to the students who received a prize. The list of winners is available in this newsletter.

 

Please encourage your students to submit an entry for our ‘Video Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter. This competition has been a success in the past and we hope to receive more entries this year. The DVDs are a great way to advocate for Japanese in schools. In this newsletter there are also details of our conference book cover and sticker design competitions. We thank you for your support of these competitions.

 

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April at a new venue, 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. 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 28 April from 4.30 to 5.00. We encourage members to nominate themselves to join the JLTAV committee for 2017. 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 have launched the JLTAV Award. 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 throughout the year. We look forward to the ongoing support from the DET in 2017.

 

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 2017 school year.

 

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc.

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

Certificate of Merit

Dear all,

The JLTAV is now holding a Certificate of Merit award. The nomination form can be found here:

Details are as follows:

Discussed and approved at JLTAV committee meeting April 2016
To be reviewed annually

This award is for a current teacher who has demonstrated exemplary teaching practices in the Japanese language classroom for a minimum of five years. A truly committed and professional educator will be recognised as a continuing advocate for Japanese language education in Victoria.

Criteria

  • Outstanding contribution to Japanese language teaching in Victoria over an extended period (minimum of five years), that has significantly influenced the pattern and/or quality of Japanese language teaching and learning in Victoria in some beneficial way AND
  • Active involvement in the work of the JLTAV.

Nomination and selection process

  1. Nominations open at the start of the new school year. The President of the JLTAV Inc. will make an announcement via email to members. Nominations close at the end of Term 1.
  2. Nominations may only be made by a current JLTAV member and must be seconded by a member of the JLTAV Committee.
  3. Nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form (below) and be accepted in writing by the nominee. The nomination must contain the following information: the full name, address and telephone number of the nominee, the reasons that justify the award, an outline of the nominee’s career with particular reference to contributions relevant to the criteria, and a proposed citation with the words specified on the nomination form plus no more than 300 additional words.
  4. Nominations to be submitted to jltav@jltav.org.au.
  5. The JLTAV committee will consider all the nominations and make decisions against the published criteria. A unanimous decision must be reached for an award to be approved. The selection panel will choose one winner and this decision will be final.
  6. The award recipient will be notified by the JLTAV President, who will also provide the recipient with a copy of the draft citation for approval, and details of the presentation arrangements at the Annual General Meeting.
    NB Confidentiality to be observed throughout the process.

Presentation of awards

The awards will be presented by the JLTAV President at the Annual General Meeting of the JLTAV at the annual JLTAV Conference.

The JLTAV Certificate of Merit will be a framed certificate.

2016 Spring Newsletter

2016 Spring Newsletter

 

Editor’s note: We are trialling a new format for the newsletter, based on feedback from members, including a previous survey. This new format simplifies the newsletter, providing the information you want in links. It should hopefully be easier to access the information you want. You will see in this edition the inclusion of advertisements from our valued corporate members. Each advertisement is hyperlinked and when clicked you will be directed to the company website.
Please direct feedback to the JLTAV Committee.

 

Table of Contents

 

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & events
  3. Past event reports
  4. Committee members 2016-2017
  5. Year 12 practice exam order form
  6. Regional support proposal
  7. VCE SAC support 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. Sat 15/10 Primary and Secondary PL Day Gippsland 2016
  2. ICT Online Workshops 2016
  3. Tue 18/4/2017 Video Contest 2016-2017

 

 

3. Past event reports

Recently, we celebrated the success of the following events. Please see the event pages for their reports.

  1. Sun 17/7 & 24/7 Year 12 Morning 2016 (this report is for both Melbourne & Ballarat events)
  2. Sun 21/8 Junior Speech Competition 2016 (also includes prize winners)
  3. Fri 26 – Sun 28/8 Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend 2016

 

 

4. Committee members 2016-2017

We are proud to present the new Committee for 2016-2017. Their names can be found on the About Us page.

 

 

5. Year 12 practice exam order form

If you would like to order a practice exam, please do so with this form.

 

 

6. Regional support proposal

The JLTAV is considering the launch of a new initiative to grant funding to regional networks of Japanese languages teachers around Victoria. This will allow those regional networks to host their own professional development for teachers, language and culture events and competitions for students and can grant travel and accommodation costs for members.

We have put together a proposal, available online here. If this idea interests you, please read through it and send any feedback to the JLTAV Committee.

 

7. VCE SAC support information

The JLTAV is considering a new project for the JLTAV to support VCE teachers in the creation of high-quality SACs for Units 3 and 4. We need native Japanese speakers and experienced VCE teachers to help in the creation of these SACs, for checking reading SACs, and checking and recording listening SACs.

If you are interested in helping out with the service or finding out more, please fill in the form here.