From the President, Summer 2018

Welcome to Term 1 and the JLTAV Summer Newsletter. I hope you have all had an enjoyable holiday break and are refreshed and energised to start the new school year.

Another year begins and we are pleased to continue to offer teachers and students a range of events and activities throughout 2018. Details of these events are included in this newsletter.

Please encourage your students to submit an entry for our inaugural ‘JLTAV Idol Contest’. Details of this competition are included in this newsletter along with details of our conference book cover competition. We thank you for your support of these competitions.

Our first professional learning offering for 2018 will be for primary teachers on Saturday 24 March at Gardenvale Primary School.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s JLTAV Annual Conference on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. Our annual conference keeps going from strength to strength and we have again been able to put together an exciting program. Many thanks to our colleagues who will be presenting this year. Further details on the conference program are available in this newsletter. Our Annual General Meeting will again be held at this year’s conference on Friday 20 April from 4.30 to 5.00. We encourage members to nominate themselves to join the JLTAV committee for 2018. One gains a lot of satisfaction from being involved in the Association and ensuring Japanese Language Education continues to flourish in Victoria.

In 2017 we launched the JLTAV Award, however, we are yet to award this to one of our member teachers. Details of the nomination process for this award are outlined in this newsletter. We extend our thanks to the MLTAV for allowing us to adapt and use their wording.

Sincere thanks to the Department of Education and Training (DET) for their great support and for providing a yearly grant to enable us to organise student events and professional learning for teachers. We look forward to the ongoing support from the DET in 2018.

On behalf of the committee I thank you all for your support of the JLTAV. I wish everyone all the best for the start of the 2018 school year.

Nathan Lane

President

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