Annual Conference 2018


Conference Report

The JLTAV Annual Conference was held on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April for the third time at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. Our two-day conference is the Association’s annual flagship event and we are pleased to be able to host this at a city venue to enable ease of access to the venue from colleagues across Victoria and further afield. As an Association we are also proud to offer the largest two day annual conference for Japanese teachers in Australia.

This year’s event was well supported with a record number of attendees 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 Dan Haesler, Director of Cut Through Coaching and Consulting, and on Saturday Gavin Grift, Managing Director for Solution Tree Australia shared his wealth of 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 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 49 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.

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 organising 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.

We acknowledge the support of the Department of Education and Training (DET). We have once again been fortunate to receive a substantial grant, enabling us to provide this professional learning and others at a much lower cost throughout the year. Just as importantly, we acknowledge the close relationship and support that we share with the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education (MCJLE), through Anne de Kretser, the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MLTAV) and The Japan Foundation, based in Sydney. We were also successful in our application for funding through the Sakura Network, an initiative of The Japan Foundation, and used this funding towards the printing of this year’s conference book. Our sincere thanks to the Japan Foundation, Sydney, for their great support and for promoting Japanese Language Education globally.

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 2018. Plans are already underway for next year’s conference and we look forward to presenting another exciting conference in 2019.

Nathan Lane

Kathleen Duquemin

2018 JLTAV Conference Convenors

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)




2018 JLTAV Annual Conference to be held on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf, Please click below to see the sessions we have this year.




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We encourage teachers to take advantage of the early bird registration rate available until Monday 12 March. All registrations for the conference close on Thursday 12 April and strictly no registrations received after this date will be accepted. Should early bird payment not be received by the final day for early bird registration (Monday 12th March) the JLTAV will invoice your school for the non-early bird rate.


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 dayconferenceregistration: 1 night subsidy of $50 (either Thursday or Friday night)
  • with a 2 dayconferenceregistration: 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.

JLTAV Annual General Meeting 

The JLTAV Annual General Meeting (AGM) will again be held at the conference on Friday 20 April from 4.30pm to 5.00pm. All members are welcome to attend and we encourage teachers to consider joining the JLTAV committee in 2018. Information on how to join the JLTAV committee is available in the Summer Newsletter.



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