From the President, Spring 2018

Welcome to Term 4 and the JLTAV Spring Newsletter. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday break. I know a number of schools go to Japan during the September holidays, and I hope these tours have been successful and most enjoyable.

Our two major student events for Term 3 were the ‘Year 12 Morning’ in July and the ‘Junior Speech Competition’ in August. Reports for these events are included in this newsletter. On Wednesday 5 September, Jarrod Hoare presented rakugo, kyogen and improvised storytelling workshops to students from Mount Ridley P-12 and Korowa Anglican Girls School. Many thanks to the teachers and students for supporting these events. On Sunday 9 September the Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria (JLSCV) was held at the University of Melbourne. Congratulations to Hiroshi Honda, the President of the JLSCV Inc. and JLTAV life member, for his fine organisation of this contest.

In the JLTAV Winter Newsletter I included a short survey to obtain some feedback from our members to inform the future direction of language promotion events we offer to students. I encourage members to complete this survey available here.

In Term 3 we offered a calligraphy competition and congratulate all the students who submitted an entry. Results for this competition will be announced in Term 4.

Please encourage your students to submit an entry for our student competition, the ‘JLTAV Idol Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter.

Our language immersion weekend to support non-native teachers of Japanese was held from 7 to 9 September. The event was again held in the beautiful surroundings of the Bellinzona Grange Hotel in Hepburn Springs. A report on this event is included in this newsletter. Many thanks to Kathleen Duquemin for organising the weekend and to our mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols who generously gave their time to facilitate this weekend and shared their wealth of knowledge with us.

Preparations for our 2019 conference are well underway and we aim to open registrations for the event towards the end of the year. The dates for your diary are Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March.

In 2016 the JLTAV launched the JLTAV Certificate of Merit. We encourage members to read the information about this certificate on the JLTAV website (available here) and to nominate their colleagues for their outstanding contribution to Japanese language teaching in Victoria.

I wish everyone a successful Term 4 and all the best with report writing and assessment as the year draws to an end. I wish all the students studying Year 12 Japanese great success in their end of year exams.

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Sue Hodgson. During her time on the JLTAV Committee Sue did much for the Association, and her work was greatly appreciated. Sue was President of the JLTAV from 2001-2003. Our thoughts are with Sue’s family and friends.

Nathan Lane

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