From the President, Spring 2019

From the President

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.

On Saturday 3 August Professor Nobuaki Minematsu from the Graduate School of Engineering, UTokyo and Project OJAD, presented a professional learning workshop on the OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary).

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 Thursday 22 August we ran our inaugural Model UN Conference in Japanese at the Treasury Theatre in East Melbourne. The topic was achieving gender equality: empowering women and girls. This was a wonderful opportunity for senior students to use their Japanese in an authentic context. Many thanks to the students who participated on the day and to their teachers who helped prepare their students for the event. A number of teachers contributed to writing resources in Japanese in preparation for this event and we extend our grateful thanks to them for their support. Many thanks also to Ms Catherine Hirst, Senior Project Officer in the Languages Unit at the Department of Education and Training, Dr Sally Northfield, Education Program Coordinator for the United Nations of Australia (Victorian Division), and Mr Satoshi Sanada from John Monash Science School who was our amazing Secretary General and facilitator for the day.

On Sunday 8 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 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 competitions: sticker design and hiragana mnemonic. We hope to create some amazing resources to share with JLTAV members.

The 2020 JLTAV Annual Conference is scheduled for Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April in the Melbourne CBD (Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre). We invite expressions of interest from teachers in Victoria and further afield to present a workshop at next year’s conference. We know our Japanese teaching colleagues are doing amazing things in their classrooms and we encourage them to present, especially teachers who have never presented at our conference before. We ask interested teachers to complete the form (here) by Friday 18 October. All submissions will be assessed by a panel and all applicants will by notified regarding the success of their submission early Term 4. We aim to release the conference program and registrations in Term 4. We look forward to another exciting conference in 2020.

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.

Nathan Lane

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