From the President, Winter 2020

From the President

Welcome to Term 3 and the JLTAV Winter Newsletter. Term 2 was a disjointed term as we moved from face-to-face teaching and learning to an online environment, and then back to face-to-face classes. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for everyone. We hope our colleagues and friends in the Japanese teaching community in Victoria and further afield continue to keep safe and well.

At the beginning of Term 2, we held our Annual General Meeting online. Many thanks to our members who attended the online AGM and a very warm welcome to the 2020 JLTAV Committee.

Unfortunately due to the current situation, the events we usually hold during Terms 2 and 3 have been postponed. We are still very much committed to the professional learning of our members. For a number of years we have run a successful YouTube channel. To support our colleagues during this time, some of our tech-savvy teachers put together short downloadable videos to help navigate some of our favourite online tools for teaching and learning Japanese. These tools include: Classkick, Gimkit, Nearpod, PowerPoint, Seesaw and Google Classroom. We very much appreciate the expertise, generosity and incredible talent of our colleagues who put these videos together: Jan Chalmer, Shingo Gibson-Suzuki, Irene Ong and Andrew Truong. The JLTAV YouTube channel is available for any languages teacher to access.


At the start of Term 3, we usually run the ‘Year 12 Morning’. This year a new Study Design for Units 3 and 4 languages has commenced. It is important for students studying Units 3 and 4 Japanese that they understand the new requirements for the oral and written exams. As a way to support both teachers and students, the committee decided to make the resources distributed at the Year 12 Morning available to our members for free via Google Drive. This includes a recording of the information that would usually be presented on the day of the event. During Term 3 we will inform teachers when the materials will be ready, how to access them, and for how long access will be available. In order to receive the link to these materials, please complete the form here:

Please register your school once only. Materials will be made available to JLTAV members only.

To further support VCE teachers we have developed a second practice exam. This is available for purchase by JLTAV and non-JLTAV members. The 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
  • A CD of the listening tracks

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:


Thank you to the students at Santa Maria College Northcote for putting together a set of image-based hiragana mnemonic flashcards. The flashcards are available in two pdf files on the JLTAV website. In order to complete the set we are looking for mnemonics for the following hiragana characters: つ、ぬ、ね、る、れ、ろ、ゆ、ま、み、め. If you have students who could create mnemonics for these characters could you please let me know via email: We hope this will be a useful resource for teachers and students.


Over the past few years we have held a highly successful immersion weekend. This is the perfect opportunity for non-native teachers of Japanese to focus on developing and extending their Japanese language skills in an immersive environment. We hope to organise this event later in the year. Given the uncertainty around when international borders will open and travel between Australia and Japan will resume, this weekend will be the perfect opportunity to feel like we are in Japan.


Towards the end of the term on Monday 14 September our second Model UN Conference in Japanese will be held at the Treasury Theatre in East Melbourne. Many thanks to Taryn Young from the Department of Education and Training, and Dr Sally Northfield from the UNAA Victoria for their support in organising this event.


It was difficult to choose a winning entry for the 2020 JLTAV Events Poster Competition so we chose three winning designs. Congratulations to the following students:

Chrysandra Ingles (Year 10) from Santa Maria College

Reegan Davis (Year 8) from Lilydale Heights College

Ashley Jackson (Year 9) from Kambrya College

These posters will be included on the front cover of the 2020 Year 12 Morning booklet and materials to promote the Primary Professional Learning Day and Immersion Weekend.


Our highly successful calligraphy competition will again be held during Term 3. Details of this competition will be launched shortly.


We welcome members to complete our professional learning survey (here). 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 suggestions.


Term 3 is the time when secondary students make decisions regarding their subject choices for the following year. As a way to support teachers during this time, links to advocacy resources have been included on the JLTAV website. We hope you find these resources useful.

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 2020 committee have been included in this newsletter.

I wish everyone a successful Term 3 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)