Annual Conference 2017





Conference report

The JLTAV Annual Conference was held on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April for the second time at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf.

The two day event was well supported with 295 teachers and 50 presenters from metropolitan and regional Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent schools, as well as a number of presenters from interstate and overseas, in attendance.

The keynote addresses on both days set the scene for some exciting professional learning. On Friday we were privileged to listen to Lee Watanabe Crockett, President of the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, and on Saturday Joe Dale from the United Kingdom shared his wealth of ICT knowledge.

This year the format for the two days was again different, with extended workshop sessions on both days as well as a site visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. In support of the new Victorian Institute of Teachers (VIT) requirement for teachers to undertake professional learning in special needs, we included sessions in the program focusing on this area. A range of workshops were offered which showcased contemporary approaches to teaching Japanese. Altogether we had 50 breakout workshops. The Japanese teaching community in Victoria and Australia is fortunate to have such amazing teachers willing to share their knowledge. Sincere thanks to our colleagues who generously gave their time and graciously responded to our calls to present a workshop. With their 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.

At the conclusion of the AGM we held the 45th Anniversary Cocktail Party for the JLTAV. The evening opened with the following reflection on 45 years as a Single Language Association.

The JLTAV has a proud and rich history in providing support to teachers and students of Japanese in Victorian primary and secondary schools, as well as the tertiary sector. 45 years is a significant achievement for a Single Language Association in Victoria. Our significant achievements and the growth of the Association over 45 years is attributed to the hardworking teachers who have volunteered their time throughout the years to work for the Association as a committee member and to organize events for teachers and students. As a community of Japanese teachers we have all played a significant role in the success of the Association. As a strong and supportive network of colleagues we are passionate, committed and dedicated to the continued growth of Japanese Language Education in schools in Victoria. We are all to be commended for the work we do to advocate for and to instil a love of Japan and the Japanese language within our young learners. Tonight we join together to celebrate all the great work that we do. I would now like to propose a toast to 45 years of the JLTAV.

At the cocktail party we were entertained by a traditional Japanese comedic performance presented by Mr Jarrod Hoare. The Melbourne Koto Ladies, which is a group of koto lovers in Melbourne, presented a cultural music performance and we were also entertained by the shakuhachi. Sincere thanks to these performers for providing such a wonderful start to the evening.

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 book, 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. Thank you to William Blakeley for setting up the online registration process.

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 2017. Plans are already underway for next year’s conference and we look forward to presenting another exciting conference in 2018.

Nathan Lane

Kathleen Duquemin

2017 JLTAV Conference Convenors

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)


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Procedure for payment through school

For those paying through their school, here is the usual procedure:

  1. Login and fill in the form below. Be sure to indicate all the sessions that all attendees wish to attend.
  2. You will be emailed a tax invoice. Forward that to the Business Manager (or whoever pays for PD).
  3. They will pay for the event tickets.
  4. Once the JLTAV confirms your purchase, you will be sent another email stating that your booking is confirmed.
  5. Attend the conference!


Please check the conference schedule and select sessions before starting to book your tickets.

Ticket typePrice
1. Early Bird Rate, Attending one day JLTAV Member Early Bird Rate available until 17 March$187
2. Early Bird Rate, Attending two days JLTAV Member Early bird rate available until 17 March 2017$330
3. Attending one day JLTAV Member full rate After 17 March$220
4. Attending two days JLTAV Member full rate After 17 March$363
5. Attending one day Non JLTAV Member No Early Bird rate available for non-members$242
6. Attending two days Non JLTAV Member No Early Bird rate available for non-members$429
7. Attending one day, Presenter Attending only on the day of presentation$0
8. Attending one day as Presenter, one day as Participant Attending on two days, presenting on one day$187
9. Attending two days Presenter Presenting on both Friday and Saturday$0

Accommodation Subsidy for JLTAV Members from Regional Areas

An accommodation subsidy is available for JLTAV regional teachers living 100km or further from the conference venue (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre). Please use Google Maps to check if you are eligible for the accommodation subsidy.

The subsidies offered are:

  • with a 1 day conference registration: 1 night subsidy of $50 (either Thursday or Friday night)
  • with a 2 day conference registration: 2 nights subsidy of $100 (Thursday and Friday nights)

Regional JLTAV members will be able to apply for the accommodation subsidy through the JLTAV website after the conference. Please make sure you obtain a receipt for your accommodation in order to claim this. Based on feedback from last year we have organised a special rate for JLTAV Members with the Travelodge Hotel Docklands of $155 per room, per night (room only, no breakfast). To access this special rate:

  • Go to
  • On the right side click on ‘Book Direct and Save’
  • Under Choose a City, select Melbourne
  • Under Choose a Neighbourhood, select Melbourne City
  • Under Choose a Hotel, select Travelodge Melbourne Docklands
  • Enter dates (Thursday 27 April and/or Friday 28 April)
  • Click on Special Codes and enter: JLTAV2017
  • The discounted rates will appear and you will be able to book and pay online

JLTAV Annual General Meeting 

The JLTAV Annual General Meeting (AGM) will again be held at the conference on Friday 28 April from 4.30pm to 5.00pm. All members are welcome to attend and we encourage teachers to consider joining the JLTAV committee in 2017. Information on how to join the JLTAV committee is available in the Summer Newsletter.

JLTAV 45th Anniversary Cocktail Party

On Friday 28th April from 5.30pm to 7.30pm a cocktail party will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate 45 years as a Single Language Association. The JLTAV is subsidising this party and it is available to the first 50 JLTAV members who register. Entertainment at the cocktail party will be provided by Jarrod Hoare, a performing artist specialising in traditiona Japanese comic theatre.


Thank you for your support of the JLTAV. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s conference.


Bookings are closed for this event.