From the President, Autumn 2021

Welcome to Term 2 and the JLTAV Autumn Newsletter. I hope everyone had a great start to the new school year and a most relaxing Easter holiday break.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and changes to restrictions, we have moved our 2021 Annual Conference to an online format. The online conference was held from Saturday 1 May to Saturday 8 May. This enabled us to avoid screen fatigue and flexibility for teachers to attend sessions around their other commitments. Moving the conference to an online format also enabled our colleagues from interstate and further afield to participate. We have been able to put together an exciting program for the event including two keynote presentations, 40 breakout sessions and 42 presenters. Many thanks to our colleagues for their generosity in putting their presentations together and for sharing their wealth of knowledge with us.

In 2022, the JLTAV celebrates 50 years as a Single Language Association. We intend to return to a face-to-face conference in 2022 and organise different events throughout the year to celebrate this significant milestone for the Association.

We held our 2021 Annual General Meeting online on Friday 26 March and I extend a very warm welcome to our 2021 committee. Many thanks to our committee who generously give up their time to support the Association. The 2021 committee member details can be found on the JLTAV website under ‘About Us’. We also acknowledge and thank our regional contacts for disseminating information on JLTAV events: Jan Chalmer (Gippsland), Keiko Sanderink (North-East region) and Rudi Valent (Geelong), and to Dr Robyn Spence-Brown from Monash University for being our tertiary representative. Each year at the Year 12 Morning Robyn’s presentation on tertiary options for studying Japanese is always informative.

As an Association we are committed to supporting our colleagues and ensuring Japanese Language Education continues to flourish in Victoria. Throughout this year we intend to continue to organise a range of events, even if restrictions mean the format of the event may look a little different. We are planning to offer:

  • Year 12 Morning
  • Model UN in Japanese
  • Junior Speech Competition
  • Calligraphy competition
  • A range of professional learning sessions for primary and secondary teachers in addition to our annual conference

As we continue our plans for these events we will share registration information via the JLTAV website, JLTAV membership email list, the Nihongo Victoria email group and the JLTAV and Japanese Language Teachers of Australia Facebook pages.

I would like to acknowledge our corporate members of the JLTAV for 2021. In these very challenging times we are pleased to be able to support our corporate members and include their advertisements in this newsletter.

Many thanks to the schools who supported our 2021 Events Poster Competition. We received a large number of entries which made it challenging to select an overall winner. We selected five winners and will use each poster in the resources we create for JLTAV events this year. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Cassie Warren from Sunbury College
  • Hanh Lu and Mifa Mai from Mount Waverley Secondary College
  • Melissa Wu from Strathmore Secondary College
  • Sumaidha Samiha from Dandenong High School

Please find here the winning artworks.

I wish everyone all the best for Term 2.

Nathan Lane

President, JLTAV Inc. (Reg. No. A0024691U)

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