Primary and Secondary PL Day Gippsland 2016

Event report

On Saturday 15 October, the JLTAV held an inaugural professional learning day to support primary and secondary teachers of Japanese in the Gippsland Region. The event was held at Gippsland Grammar in Sale and was well supported with 9 teachers in attendance.


Separate workshops were held throughout the day for primary and secondary teachers. Both groups joined together for a workshop on teaching Japanese through ICT.


The Victorian Japanese teaching community is very fortunate to have such passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers who are willing to share their vast experience, knowledge and resources. Sincere thanks go to the presenters on the day: Jan Chalmer and Kathleen Duquemin. Thank you also to Jan Sensei for arranging the venue at Gippsland Grammar.


We also thank all the teachers who enthusiastically participated throughout the day. Di Collins and Deborah Gatti each provided a reflection on the day.


Despite the fact that it was a rare warm, sunny and calm Saturday which would have been delightful to spend outside, I was excited to arrive at the Japanese PD in Sale and my enthusiasm was more than justified. Jan Chalmer (thanks for letting us spend the day in your beautiful Japanese classroom), Kathie Duquemin and Nathan Lane put on an inspiring day of PD. The day covered the Victorian Curriculum and strategies for engaging students, maximizing their learning and assessing them using ICT and other activities and games. It was a fantastic opportunity to network and we are so grateful to the JLTAV for providing this PD in regional areas, as it is rare for us not to have to travel a long way to PD. We all left with our heads buzzing with new ideas, feeling that it was a Saturday well spent.

Di Collins

Sale Primary School


On the 15th of October I attended a Professional Learning Day at Gippsland Grammar in Sale. The workshops were split into two groups to cater for both primary and secondary teachers of Japanese. Nathan Lane presented the Secondary Teachers’ Workshop which was brilliant. His first session gave us an understanding of the difference between the Victorian and Australian Curriculum, and then we were shown the Language Learning Space website.

Both groups then combined so that Jan Chalmer and Kathleen Duquemin could show us the wonderful IT tools such as Go Formative, Kahootz, Socrative and Quizlet Live. These activities were very valuable and I have since tried them in my classes. I have found that the students are really engaged when they play these games.


After our magnificent lunch, Nathan showed us some wonderful resources that he has collected over time. With his creative talents, he equipped us with lots of fun ways to present our lessons.


The day was definitely a worthwhile event where everyone was able to walk away with lots of inspirational ideas for our lessons. Thank you to all the presenters.

Deborah Gatti

St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School


As an Association we are committed to providing professional learning to our colleagues in regional areas and were pleased we could arrange this day in Sale. We hope to continue offering professional learning days in regional areas in 2017.


Nathan Lane


JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)


Event details

Who is eligible: Primary and Secondary Japanese language teachers

Cost: $50 for JLTAV members, $60 for non-JLTAV members (includes GST, morning tea, lunch, resources)

What to bring: Computer or tablet fully charged

AITSL Standards :1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Presenters: Primary: Jan Chalmer, Kathleen Duquemin; Secondary: Nathan Lane

Registrations: Close Tuesday 11 October. Use the following online application form to register.

Workshop outline

8.30Registration and coffee
9.00Victorian Curriculum overview
Mapping what we already do to the new curriculum documents
9.30Curriculum focus
Primary – using a text as a focus for learning
Secondary – beyond the text book
All participants will receive resources to support the curriculum focus as a part of this workshop
10.45Morning tea
11.15Formative Assessment ICT (Kahoot, Quizlet Live, Socrative) Google Apps
12.30Summative Assessment
Primary – simple assessments for large numbers of students
Secondary – using rubrics, etc to focus learning and provide students with a guide to success
2.00Games for learning
2.45Resource development and sharing

Presenter information

Jan Chalmer

Jan is a passionate and dedicated teacher of Japanese, with experience from Kindergarten to Year 12. She is constantly searching for and trialling ways of improving her teaching and student outcomes. To this end, in more recent years, she has started using ICT to engage students through her use of the Interactive Whiteboard, iPods, iPads, audio gadgets and more. Jan started taking primary school students to Japan in 2005 and she has a wiki page called JapanExcursion, for teachers to share in her experiences and also share their own!

Kathleen Duquemin

Kathleen holds an MA in Applied Linguistics, and Graduate Degrees in both Japanese Language and Primary Education. She has been involved in curriculum development for second language education, and as a writer and curator in the development of digital resources for Japanese language learning. A passionate learner and teacher of languages, her focus in the classroom is to use technology as a tool for teaching as well as learning.

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane has been teaching Japanese in Victorian Government and Catholic secondary schools for the past sixteen years. Currently he is the Domain Leader for Languages and Japanese teacher at St Columba’s College. Nathan has presented at state, national and international language conferences and has been involved in resource development and external assessment for students studying Japanese at secondary level. He is the current President of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc. (JLTAV).