From the President, Winter 2018

Welcome to Term 3 and the JLTAV Winter Newsletter. Term 2 is always a busy time of the year with report writing, and I hope this has been successful for everyone and you have enjoyed a well-deserved holiday break.

Thank you to the schools who supported our ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum held on Thursday 31 May. In 2019 we will work on redesigning our ‘Why Learn Japanese?’ Student Forum and offer something different in 2020. In recent years we have seen a decline in student numbers and it is becoming increasingly challenging to find volunteer speakers who will attend the forum and speak for a short time. I have put together a short survey here to obtain some feedback from our members to inform the future direction of a language promotion event we offer to students.

Our first student event for Term 3 is the ‘Year 12 Morning’. This year we are again running the event in two locations: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University Clayton (Sunday 22 July) and Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 29 July). We are pleased to be able to support our colleagues in regional areas by offering the seminar in Ballarat. We wish all Year 12 students success as preparations for their end-of-year exams intensify in Term 3.

Later in Term 3, on Sunday 26 August, we will be holding the Junior Speech Contest at Presentation College Windsor. Details of this competition have been included in this newsletter and on the JLTAV website. We extend our best wishes to all participants in this competition and congratulate them all for their participation.

On Wednesday 5 September Jarrod Hoare will be running rakugo, kyogen and improvised storytelling workshops at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne. Details about these workshops are included in this newsletter.

Our highly successful calligraphy competition will again be held during term 3. Details of this competition will be launched shortly. We will hold our JLTAV Idol Competition again this year and show the winning entry at our 2019 Annual Conference.

Members of our committee have been involved in the Shuwa Project, an initiative to teach Japanese through sign language. The resources created for this project will be shared during professional learning sessions in Term 3. Details of these sessions are outlined in this newsletter.

In late Term 3, from September 7 to 9, we will again hold our hugely successful Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend at the Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs. This is the perfect opportunity to practise and develop your Japanese skills with native speaker mentors. The weekend is open to all language level abilities and details of this professional learning activity can be found in this newsletter. Sincere thanks to our 2018 native speaker mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols.

Towards the end of the year we intend to offer a networking dinner and guest speaker at a CBD location. Details of this event will be released shortly. This will be a great way to celebrate the end of the year.

The JLTAV is committed to supporting our colleagues in rural areas. We are pleased to offer a regional support scheme. Details of this are available on the JLTAV website under the ‘support’ tab.

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.

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 2018 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3.

Nathan Lane

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