Annual Conference 2019



2019 JLTAV Annual Conference Event Report

The JLTAV Annual Conference was held on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March for the fourth 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. We are pleased to see the number of attendees at the conference increasing each year.

The keynote addresses on both days set the scene for some exciting professional learning. On Friday we were privileged to listen to Dr Tim Kitchen, Senior Education Specialist at Adobe who spoke about creativity in education. On Saturday Dr Michael Nagel from the University of the Sunshine Coast talked about understanding the developing brain.

This year the format for the two days was again different with site visits to Kimono House, the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. A range of workshops were offered which showcased contemporary approaches to teaching Japanese. Altogether we had a record number of 73 breakout sessions. 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 20 exhibitor stalls 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. A list of our 2019 corporate members can be found on the links section of the JLTAV website.

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 JLTAV members 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 Monash Japanese Language Education Centre (MJLEC), 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 2019. Plans are already underway for next year’s conference and we look forward to presenting another exciting conference in 2020.

Nathan Lane

Kathleen Duquemin

2019 JLTAV Conference Convenors

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)





2019 JLTAV Annual Conference to be held on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Convention Place, South Wharf). Our conference is becoming a national event, and in 2019 we have two keynote speakers, 73 breakout sessions as well as presenters from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.


Please click below to see the sessions we have this year. Please read the session information carefully before making your preferences. In 2019 we have organised the program into eight streams: Contemporary Pedagogy/Innovation, VCE, Secondary, Primary, General, ICT, Curriculum/Assessment and Culture/Craft.



Registration is now open. Click below to complete your registration.



We encourage teachers to take advantage of the early bird registration rate available until 14 February. All registrations for the conference close on Thursday 21 March 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 (Thursday 14 February) 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 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.

JLTAV Annual General Meeting 

The JLTAV Annual General Meeting (AGM) will again be held at the conference on Friday 29 March from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. All members are welcome to attend and we encourage teachers to consider joining the JLTAV committee in 2019. 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 our 2019 Annual conference.



Nathan Lane and Kathleen Duquemin

2019 JLTAV Annual Conference Convenors

JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

The 2019 JLTAV Annual Conference is supported by the Victorian Government