From the President, Spring 2020

Welcome to Term 4 and the JLTAV Spring Newsletter. Our year continues to be a challenging time for students, parents, families and teachers. We sincerely hope our colleagues and friends in the Japanese teaching community in Victoria and further afield continue to keep safe and well.

Even though we returned to remote learning and teaching in Term 3, as an Association we were still able to support our members in a number of ways. This year the materials prepared for the Year 12 Morning were shared to members via Google Drive. The materials included:

  • Videos explaining the oral and written exams for Japanese Second Language
  • Good and bad mock oral example videos
  • A practice exam with suggested answers
  • Listening texts to accompany the practice exam
  • A booklet outlining information about the oral and written exams
  • A university presentation prepared by Dr Robyn Spence-Brown, the JLTAV Tertiary Liaison from Monash University

Many thanks to Julie Devine who prepared the resources for this event. Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and vast experience to the Year 12 Morning each year and we greatly appreciate Julie’s support.

To further support VCE teachers we have developed two additional practice exams and these are available for purchase by JLTAV and non-JLTAV members. Each exam package costs $100 (JLTAV member) and $170 (non-JLTAV member) and includes:

  • A copy of the practice exam
  • An answer key with suggested marks for each question
  • Sample responses to the writing tasks
  • Listening tracks

Click on the link below to place an order for the first practice exam:

Click on the link below to place an order for the second practice exam:

A file has been included on the JLTAV website and in this newsletter that maps the content across the three exams.

Please note that the VCE materials produced by the JLTAV have not been endorsed by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

As an Association we are committed to the wellbeing of our members during this challenging year. On Wednesday 9 September, Debbie West presented through Google Meet ‘Mindfulness with a Zen Focus’. This was a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind at the start of the evening. Many thanks to Debbie for presenting this session and for sharing her wealth of knowledge. Many thanks also to Kenny Chan from Drawing With Us who kindly recorded a manga drawing class for Japanese teachers. This has been uploaded to the JLTAV YouTube channel and can be found at:

This video will be available until Monday 9 November.

We continue to update the JLTAV Facebook page and throughout this term we have shared interesting links focusing on wellbeing during this pandemic.

2020 JLTAV Calligraphy Competition – Important changes to the due date and submission of entries 

We are pleased to advise that the due date for entries for the 2020 JLTAV Calligraphy Competition has been extended until Thursday 5 November given the onsite return date for students.

Details of this competition can be found on the JLTAV website at:

Given the current situation, we will also accept entries completed with a brush pen if a calligraphy brush is not available. Entries completed with a calligraphy brush will still be accepted.

Due to delays with the mail caused by the recent restrictions, we will accept scanned or photographed entries sent as PDF files only (photo files are too large to email). Please organise a separate file for each student and the file name saved with the name of the student and their school. For example, Monash SC Mary Smith.pdf. Please send the entries to

Entries will still be accepted by post. Please note that all mail will be collected on Thursday 5 November only and late entries will not be accepted. We suggest sending entries via Express Post or email as outlined above.

Shortly we will launch our membership forms for 2021. We are pleased to keep the membership fees the same in 2021. Even though we have been unable to run many of the events we would usually run during the year, we have been able to support members in 2020 through:

  • Short instructional tutorials on the JLTAV YouTube channel for Classkick, Gimkit, Nearpod, PowerPoint, Seesaw and Google Classroom, to support colleagues during remote learning and teaching
  • Year 12 Morning Google Drive folder of materials
  • Two practice exams in addition to the practice exam created for the Year 12 Morning. A total of three practice exams have been created to support students studying Unit 3/4 Japanese Second Language and to prepare them for the new exam format for 2020.
  • ‘Mindfulness with a Zen Focus’ professional learning session presented by Debbie West
  • Manga drawing workshop presented by Kenny Chan from Drawing With Us
  • Calligraphy Competition
  • Organising online exchanges with schools in the Osaka Prefecture through the Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau (OCTB)
  • Posts on the JLTAV Facebook page before the return to face-to-face teaching in Term 4 sharing different teaching ideas and resources

We look forward to 2021 and being able to offer more events and activities for teachers and students.

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 Unit 3/4 Japanese great success in their end of year exams. Take care and stay safe in this current environment.

Nathan Lane

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

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