In this issue:
- Please register for the FLAVA Fall Conference (early bird registration until Sept. 18)
- OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) Workshop at GW (Sept. 18) and GMU (Sept. 20)
- J.LIVE Talk (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement Talk) 2016 (starting Sept. 1)
5. AATJ Annual Fall Conference: Registration Is Open
6. The Japan Foundation launches FREE "JF Japanese e-Learning Minato" website!
7. Japanese Teaching Job Opportunities (JFLA)
- Companies hiring people who speak Japanese (Amanda Rollins)
- A Falls Church High School student was awarded a superior rating (kasaku) in the International Haiku Contest held in Japan (Thakur sensei)
- J-GAPからJ-CANへ (Marken sensei)
- J-CAN Workshop Report (Marken sensei)
If you are taking students to Japan this summer, please consider submitting a report to us.
1. Please register for the FLAVA Fall Conference
The FLAVA Fall 2016 Conference will take place on October 6-8 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Williamsburg, VA! Please register for the conference now! The deadline for early-bird registration is September 18, 2016. The keynote speaker for MAATJ is Dr. Hiroko Kataoka from the University of California at Long Beach. Her workshop entitled “Curriculum Development using Backward Design” will be held on Saturday afternoon.
The MAATJ membership meeting and luncheon will be held on Saturday noon (prior to Dr. Kataoka’s workshop). The menu and fee will be announced soon!
New members of MAATJ (ATJ) and FLAVA are eligible to apply for a modest grant that could be used to defray the cost of your membership fee. Details will be announced soon.
2. OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary) Workshop at GW and GMU
Professor Nobuaki Minematsu of Tokyo University is giving a 3-hour workshop on OJAD at George Washington University on Sunday, September 18, 2016. OJAD can be used to improve students' intonation patterns. Registration is free but limited to the first 20 people. For details, please see the flyer.
The same workshop (1.5-2 hours) will be held at George Mason University on Tuesday, September 20.
3, J.LIVE Talk 2016 starting September 1
The Japanese Program at the George Washington University will seek applications for J.LIVE Talk 2016 starting September 1.
J.LIVE Talk (short for Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement Talk) is a new brand of Japanese language competition for the 21st century, which emphasizes the comprehensive range of presentation skills necessary for achieving communication in today’s increasingly interactive and multimedia world. Therefore, unlike a traditional speech contest, J.LIVE Talk evaluates not only oratory competence, but also the dynamism, vision and level of engagement of each participant's presentation, which can include audio-visual materials, audience interaction, and other enhancement. Please see the website for more details, including the promotional video that shows clips from the last year.
JFLA is accepting applications for the following grants:
- Japanese Language Learners Event Grant previously known as "Speech Contest Grant" (Deadline: 9/1/2016)
- Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant (Deadline: 9/15/2016)
- Japanese-Language Education Project Grant (Deadline: 2 months prior to project start date)
5. AATJ Annual Fall Conference: Registration Is Open
AATJ’s Annual Fall Conference will be held November 18-20 in Boston, MA, in conjunction with the Annual Convention and Expo of ACTFL - the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Registration for the conference is open; Early Bird registration rates are available until July 13. Be sure that your AATJ membership is current, so that you can register as a member of a convention partner organization for a lower rate. The complete list of AATJ-sponsored sessions is posted here.
6. The Japan Foundation launches FREE "JF Japanese e-Learning Minato" website!Minato allows anyone to study the Japanese language any time using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. In order to make Japanese learning more accessible, we are providing a wide range of courses that allow student to select one that will suit their personal interests. The courses offered are the Marugoto course (an integrated class about Japanese language and culture), the Hiragana/Katakana course (focusing on the written characters), and the Anime/Manga Japanese Language Course (fun for visual learners). While they are mainly 'self-study courses' that allow student to learn at their own pace, there are also 'tutor-supported courses' that provide assignment assistance, evaluations, and live lessons with teachers. Further, although online learning can be a lonely pursuit, the online "Community" lets users communicate and interact with their fellow Japanese language students worldwide.
If you are a teacher with questions about the courses, please contact Ms. Umeeda or Mr. Kurihara at email@example.com. General website users should contact firstname.lastname@example.org questions. Media should contact email@example.com.
Minato Website: https://minato-jf.jp/
7. Japanese Teaching Job Opportunities
JFLA updates its Job Openings Page http://www.jflalc.org/jle-jobs.html almost daily, especially in this season. Please share it with anyone who is interested in getting a job teaching Japanese in America. It includes full time, part time, and online teaching jobs from every state and every education level, gathered from Japanese teachers’ association mailing lists across the country.
The Japan Foundation, TORONTO office is searching for a full-time lecturer. See more information at http://jftor.org/job-postings/