From the President, Winter 2019

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

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 21 July) and Loreto College Ballarat (Sunday 28 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.

On Thursday 22 August our inaugural Model UN Conference in Japanese will be held at the Treasury Theatre in East Melbourne. Many thanks to Catherine Hirst from the Department of Education and Dr Sally Northfield from the UNAA Victoria for their support in organising this event.

Later in Term 3, on Sunday 25 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.

Our highly successful calligraphy competition will again be held during Term 3. Details of this competition will be launched shortly. We have extended the due date for entries for the Hiragana Mnemonic competition until Friday 20 December. Our aim is to create a useful resource for members.

Thank you to our members who completed the recent professional learning survey. We have analysed the results and the areas teachers identified for professional learning include: engaging games and activities, ICT/digital tools, new VCE Study Design and primary/secondary curriculum planning. As an association we are committed to providing professional learning to our members. Your feedback is valuable in setting the direction for the events we organise in the future and we will take on board your feedback.

On Saturday 3 August, Professor Nobuaki Minematsu will run a professional learning day for teachers focussing on the Online Japanese Accent Dictionary (OJAD). This event will be held at Presentation College Windsor and registration details have been included in this newsletter.

In early Term 4, from Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October, we will again hold our hugely successful Language Maintenance Immersion Weekend at a new venue, the Mantra in Lorne. 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 2019 native speaker mentors: Yuichi Deguchi, Takanori Hayakawa and Junko Nichols.

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 2019 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3 and thank you for your support of the JLTAV Inc. Keep warm and healthy over these winter months!

Nathan Lane

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

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