Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend 2017

A weekend of immersion in the Japanese language, participating in a language maintenance course with three amazing mentors and networking with other Japanese teachers in the beautiful Victorian countryside.

JLTAV Immersion Weekend Report

On the weekend of 8 – 11 October, a dedicated group of teachers travelled to the beautiful Grange Bellinzona in Daylesford for a weekend of intense language study. From Friday evening until midday Sunday, these teachers worked with our incredible mentors – Junko Nichols, Yuichi Deguchi and Takanori Hayakawa – on improving their Japanese language skills. The language skill of the teachers ranged from VCE level to advanced, so each mentor group catered for a different level – from Beginners to Advanced.

Between the intensive language study, fun social activities (including the annual Trivia Contest and the Caption Competition), beautiful food, gorgeous scenery and wonderful mentors, some great friendships were formed.

We would like to thank our mentors for their hard work to prepare some incredible language programs for the participants.

Thank you also to all teachers who travelled to the country with a positive attitude and commitment to improving their language learning.

See you next year!








Cost includes:

  • Accommodation;
  • All meals (Friday dinner until Sunday lunch);
  • organised social activities
  • all course fees

This initiative is funded by the Victorian Government and subsidised by JLTAV.

JLTAV (and interstate) memberstwin share$300
JLTAV (and interstate) memberssingle room$480
Non-memberstwin share$440
Non-memberssingle room$620

Draft schedule

Friday 13th October

  • Arrival – Friday afternoon : Check in and registration, team allocation, drinks in the lounge (optional)
  • Dinner : with Mentor and team – get to know each other, create team name, discuss goals
  • After dinner: Caption competition begins, optional drinks at the bar (at own cost)

Saturday 14th October

  • Before Breakfast: ラジオ体操 (bonus points for team – 1 point per participant – if whole team arrive, double it)
  • Breakfast : Points awarded for successful conversations started at breakfast with a member of own team
  • After breakfast – free time until session 1
  • Session 1 with Mentor
  • Morning Tea : Conversation challenge – discuss the morning tea (food, taste, likes, dislikes – points awarded for successful comments)
  • Session 2 with Mentor
  • Lunch : Conversation cards changed, points awarded for successful conversations at lunch, team games
  • Session 3 with Mentor
  • Afternoon Tea : Participants are allowed to speak English during this break, origami speed race
  • Session 4 with Mentor
  • Free time before dinner
  • Dinner : Conversation cards changed – points awarded for new conversations – double points for including morning phrases
  • After dinner : Trivia competition (optional – movie and sake)

Sunday 15th October

  • Before Breakfast : ラジオ体操 (bonus points for team – 1 point per participant – if whole team arrive, double it)
  • Breakfast : Points awarded for successful conversations started at breakfast with a member of own team
  • After breakfast – free time until session 5
  • Session 5 with Mentor
  • Morning Tea – balloon afloat shiritori
  • Session 6 with Mentor
  • Lunch
  • Closing Celebration
    • Team performances
    • Presentation of certificates
    • Group photos
    • Announcement of the winning team


Yuichi Deguchi

Yuichi has been teaching Japanese at Catholic primary schools in Warrnambool and the district for 20 years. He likes creating new fun activities.

Takanori Hayakawa

Takanori has been teaching Japanese at Rosehill Secondary College in Niddrie for 18 years. He is also a member of The Australian Haiku Society and has participated in haiku activities in Victoria.

Junko Nichols

Junko Nichols has taught Japanese and English as a Foreign Language at pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary levels in Japan, China, England and Australia over the past 20 years. She has taught at a Japanese immersion program at Central Queensland University and has been involved in language teaching and language teacher training at a variety of schools, using a range of methodologies and approaches.

Application procedure

  1. Complete the booking form below.
  2. Organise payment by Thursday 7 September. You may use PayPal or choose “pay offline” to get a tax invoice sent to your email address.
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