Annual Conference 2016

Event report

The JLTAV Annual Conference was held on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 April for the second time in the city, this year at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf.

The two day event was well supported with — teachers and 51 presenters from metropolitan and regional Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent schools, as well as a number of presenters from interstate, in attendance.

The keynote addresses on both days set the scene for some exciting professional learning. On Friday we were privileged to listen to renowned and respected educational consultant and expert on assessment, Glen Pearsall, and on Saturday Maria Dikaiou from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) provided an update on languages in the new Victorian Curriculum. After Maria’s presentation we were entertained by comedian and ventriloquist, Showko.

This year the format for the two days was different and we offered extended workshops on both days to enable participants to engage with the content presented. We also offered site visits to the Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium. A range of workshops were offered which showcased contemporary approaches to teaching Japanese. Altogether we had 44 breakout workshops. We extend our sincere thanks to all the presenters who generously gave their time to prepare inspirational and informative presentations. With your support we were able to put together a varied program of professional learning for the two days.

The breaks throughout the day gave teachers the opportunity to network and to peruse the many exhibitors set up in the conference venue. As always our exhibitors were very generous and contributed many prizes that we awarded to delegates on both days. We greatly appreciate their generosity and support of the JLTAV.

This year the Annual General Meeting for the JLTAV was again held at the Conference at the conclusion of Friday’s workshop program. We were pleased that a number of delegates stayed for the AGM, enjoying the drinks, finger food and opportunity to network with colleagues.

The success of the conference is attributed to the hardworking JLTAV committee members. Many thanks are extended to the committee who work tirelessly in ensuring the success of all the JLTAV events. In particular, thanks are extended to Kathleen Duquemin, conference co-convenor, for organizing the comprehensive conference handbook, a valuable resource for teachers every year, and for doing a lot of work ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure the event ran smoothly. Special thanks also to Yoshiko Glenton in the JLTAV office who spent a great number of hours completing administrative tasks for the event. We greatly appreciate Yoshiko’s support and thank her very much.

It was pleasing to see so many teachers, both new and experienced, in attendance at this year’s conference. We hope the event inspired everyone with new ideas for a great year of teaching Japanese in 2016. Plans are already underway for next year’s conference and we look forward to presenting another exciting conference in 2017.

Nathan Lane
Kathleen Duquemin
2016 JLTAV Conference Convenors
JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)