From the President, Spring 2016

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 11 September I had the pleasure of attending the 47th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest Victorian State Final. I was most impressed at the high standard of Japanese and creativity in the speeches the contestants recited. Congratulations to Hiroshi Honda, the President of the JLSCV Inc. and JLTAV committee member, for his fine organization 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 to promote the importance of learning Japanese for our ‘Video Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter. The video competition has been a success previously and we hope to receive more entries next year. The videos are a great way to advocate for Japanese in schools.


For the second year in a row we were pleased to offer a language immersion weekend to support non-native teachers from 26 to 28 August. 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: Masako Kennedy, Junko Nichols and Hatsu Watanabe who generously gave their time to facilitate this weekend and share their wealth of knowledge with us.


Two events for teachers will be held in term 4. A primary and secondary professional learning day will be held on Saturday 15 October at Gippsland Grammar School in Sale. Our ICT professional learning will take the form of two forty-five minute online workshops spread over two weeks in term 4. Sincere thanks to Shingo Gibson-Suzuki for presenting these sessions and for sharing his great knowledge of ICT with us. Details of how to register for these professional learning opportunities are included in this newsletter.


Preparations for our 2017 conference are well underway and we aim to release a draft program for the event towards the end of the year. We are excited to again hold the conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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.


Please note: 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.


Nathan Lane

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

2016 Winter Newsletter

2016 Winter 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. At present, ads are removed, and the members’ only resources are forthcoming. Please forward feedback on to the Secretary, William Blakeley.

Table of Contents

  1. From the President
  2. Dates for your diary & events
  3. Past event reports
  4. Committee members 2016-2017
  5. Practice exam order form
  6. Members only resource

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. Year 12 Morning 2016
  2. Sun 21/8 Junior Speech Competition 2016
  3. Fri 26/8-Sun 28/8 Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend 2016
  4. Thu 8/9 Calligraphy Competition 2016
  5. Sun 11/9 47th Japanese Language Speech Contest – Victorian State Final 2016
  6. Tue 18/4 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. Fri 15/4-Sat 16/4 Annual Confererence 2016
  2. Fri 6/5 Why Learn Japanese? 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. Practice exam order form

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

6. Members only resources

Later in the year, we will launch the member section of our website. With the new member section, you will be able to:

  • View resources made especially for the benefit of our members (similar to the final pages of previous newsletters)
  • View older newsletters from our archives, in full
  • Make bookings online using a new system

From the President, Winter 2016

During Term 1 we were pleased to offer primary and secondary teachers a language methodology refresher Professional Learning Day which included sessions on ICT and curriculum planning using the Victorian Curriculum. The feedback from the day was most positive and sincere thanks go to our presenters Jan Chalmer, Kathleen Duquemin and Masako Kennedy.

In the first week of Term 2 we held our Annual Conference at a new city venue, 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 2016. Details of the 2016 JLTAV committee can be found on the JLTAV website.

In 2015 the committee spent time reviewing our current website and making plans for a new website that will meet our needs and ensure we continue to have a professional presence on the Internet and be a reference point for Japanese Language Education in Victoria. I thank the committee for their work on this project and we were pleased to launch the website on the Friday at the conference.

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 Samantha Ding from Toorak College and all entries were displayed around the conference venue. We are also pleased to announce the winner of the JLTAV mascot competition was Judy Yang from Monmia Primary School. We aim to incorporate the mascot into future JLTAV events. We congratulate all students on their creativity in their entries for both competitions.

The major student event for Term 2 was the ‘Why Learn Japanese’ Forum at the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton, on Friday 6 May. Thank you to Vanessa Shen for convening this event.

In this newsletter you will also find details of the Year 12 Morning in July at Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 17 July) and the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 24 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 JLTAV are committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas. We have asked our colleagues who were our regional representatives in 2015 to continue in these roles in 2016. These colleagues are:

Dianne Collins (Gippsland)
Masako Kenendy (Ballarat)
Peter Sunderland (Wangaratta)

We encourage all teachers to contribute a worksheet for our seasonal newsletter which we aim to include in a dedicated member’s only space on our new website. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

I wish everyone a great Term 3.

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

Languages Victoria article

Dear Sensei-gata,

Our President, Nathan Lane, has written an article included in the Languages Victoria magazine. It is now available on this website here:

Thank you all,

JLTAV Committee

Welcome to the new JLTAV website

Dear all,

This morning, we launched the new JLTAV website. The website is a grand departure from the previous website, with a new structure, more information about our history, clearer information and a new way to find our events. In future, event registration and membership will be available directly through our website, and you will be able to login and see events you are booked for.

In addition, we have just launched the new Facebook page, and are reconnecting with our Twitter account as well. News will be simultaneously posted to all three pages, and sent via email as well.

We would like to thank Agility² for their help in developing the website.

Please feel free to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check this new website in the near future for more information on our events and services.

Thank you!

Kind regards,

William Blakeley