From the President, Spring 2021

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 stay 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.

 

Year 12 Morning – Online Resources

Thank you to the 71 schools who registered to access this year’s materials. The materials included:

  • Videos explaining the oral and written exams for Japanese Second Language
  • Good and bad mock oral example videos
  • 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

We asked teachers to indicate on the registration form the number of students they have in their Year 12 class this year, and it is pleasing to note that these resources will be accessed by 632 students. In using these materials, we ask teachers to note the following:

  • The option to download the video files has been disabled. This is because the material may change next year, and we do not want to confuse anyone.
  • Teachers are able to download the Year 12 Morning booklet and tertiary presentation, and share these files with their students.
  • We ask teachers not to send requests for the Google Drive folder to be shared with their students. Access to the shared Google Drive folder will only be available to teachers. Please download the Year 12 Morning booklet and tertiary presentation files and share them with your students.

Access to all the files will remain available throughout Term 4 to enable teachers to show the videos to their students, and to ensure students are well supported as they prepare for the external exams for Japanese Second Language. 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.

If you are yet to register to access these resources, please click on the link below as well as email nlane@mackillopsh.vic.edu.au and I will add you to the shared Google Drive folder of resources.

 

https://forms.gle/hrZRp8bhgr5Nz4a6A

 

Please register your school once only. Materials will be made available to JLTAV members only. We extend our best wishes to all the students who will complete their oral and written exams for Japanese Second Language in Term 4.

We also invite colleagues to share their feedback on these resources through the short survey in the link below:

 

https://forms.gle/rhTnWnVSRbaLJfeu9

 

2021 JLTAV Practice Exam

To further support VCE teachers we have developed a practice exam. This is available for purchase by JLTAV members and non-JLTAV members. The exam package costs $100 (JLTAV member) and $170 (non-JLTAV member) and includes:

  • An electronic copy of the practice exam
  • An answer key with suggested marks for each question (electronic copy)
  • Listening tracks sent via email

 

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

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

 

https://forms.gle/2GzMFkyo6bXgQ7nr9

 

Teacher Event – Language Immersion Weekend

Unfortunately, due to the continuing restrictions in Victoria, we have to postpone our planned Language Immersion Weekend. We look forward to offering this professional learning event in the future.

 

Student Events – Calligraphy and Junior Speech Competitions – Due date for entries extended

We will extend the due date for entries to our Calligraphy and Junior Speech Competitions to Term 4. When we receive confirmation of the return date to onsite learning, we will communicate the new due date for these competitions. For the Junior Speech Competition we are asking teachers to send the recorded entries from their school to jltavcommittee@gmail.com and a panel will judge the entries shortly after the closing date. Details on how to send entries is outlined on the JLTAV website.

 

2021 JLTAV Survey on Games in Japanese Language Learning

We would like to get some feedback from teachers on games used to support the learning and teaching of Japanese. We plan to write an article on this topic and include it in our next newsletter. We ask colleagues to spend a few minutes completing the questions in the survey in the link below:

 

https://forms.gle/Z6DXTp3GbMG5Nx6PA

 

Congratulations to Hiroshi Honda, President of the Japanese Language Speech Contest Victoria Inc. and life member of the JLTAV, and his committee for organising this year’s Japanese Language Speech Contest online on Sunday 5 September. For further information on this competition, please go to: https://japanspeechcontest.org.au/.

As an Association, we promote the sharing of teaching ideas, and in this newsletter we have included some activity pages. If you have a resource(s) you would like to share, please email it to nlane@mackillopsh.vic.edu.au. Perhaps you have some great resources you leave for CRTs, especially non-Japanese speaking CRTs.

The JLTAV Committee continue to work hard to organise events throughout the year and I thank them for all their hard work, generosity and commitment to the Association. Contact details of the 2021 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 4 and thank you for your support of the JLTAV Inc. Take care and stay safe in this current environment.

Nathan Lane

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