Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend 2018

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.

This weekend is for all teachers – from those who class themselves as ‘beginners’ (VCE or university level or less) to those who have lived in Japan and are ‘advanced’. Teachers are grouped according to ability so everyone has a chance to improve their language skills! Our mentors work with their small group throughout the weekend in an almost totally immersive environment!


Here is what some of last year’s participants said:

The immersion weekend was a great opportunity to meet other Japanese teachers and work together to improve our language skills. It was a great opportunity to collaborate, especially since many language teachers don’t often have the opportunity in school. The mentors were fantastic and really encouraged everyone to contribute, while creating an environment where people felt comfortable speaking in Japanese. It was also nice being able to partake in some more cultural activities such as calligraphy and Shogi.’
‘There was such a positive and supportive vibe throughout the weekend. We had lots of fun and lots of learning!’
‘The Immersion weekend exceeded my expectations – it was extremely well organised and an ideal environment to speak Japanese. It was surprisingly easy to converse comfortably with everyone despite our varied levels of ability, in a very supportive atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. See you next year!’
‘The Japanese Language Immersion weekend was a wonderful experience where we had the opportunity to extend and expand our skills with fantastic mentors. It helped me generate new ideas for teaching and reinvigorated my practice. It was also great to spend time, communicate and exchange ideas with other teachers from across the state. I look forward to participating in the next weekend run by JLTAV.’


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.

Early Bird rate (available until Thursday 12 July)twin share$310
Early Bird rate (available until Thursday 12 July)single room$480
Late Bird ratetwin share$330
Late Bird ratesingle room$500



Registrations are now open. Click here to register.

Registration closes: Thursday 30th August 2018

Draft schedule

Friday 7th September

  • 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 8th September

  • Before Breakfast: ラジオ体操 (bonus points for team)
  • 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 9th September

  • Before Breakfast : ラジオ体操 (bonus points for team)
  • 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

Click here to download the draft schedule

Presenters – TBC