- 2016-2017 Sakura Grant (deadline; June 30)
- Mazda Foundation Grants
- FLAVA Fall Conference Registration Open (early bird registration until Sept. 18)
- International Japanese Essay Contest on Sosek Natsume for JFL Learners (deadline; Aug. 10)
- J.LIVE Talk (Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement Talk) 2016 (starting Sept. 1)
- AATJ Annual Fall Conference: Registration Is Open (Early Bird registration available till July 13)
- New Website “みんなで聞こう 日本の歌”
- Financial assistance to participate in a 2016 Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) (deadline; June 28)
1. 2016-2017 Sakura Grant Program.
The purpose of the Sakura Grant Program is to support public, private, and charter/magnet schools that provide Japanese language and/or Japanese cultural education to students at the K-12 level in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Virginia.
Grants will range between $500 and $3,000 per school, per school year.
To apply for a Sakura Grant, please read the attached grant description carefully and complete the grant application on the GOOGLE form here.
Applications must be received at the JCAW Foundation office no later than June 30, 2016. Please note that schools that have received the grant three times in the past are NOT eligible to apply for the 2016-2017 Sakura Grant Program. The Sakura Grant information will also be available on JCAWF website.
If you have any questions, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Mazda Foundation Grants
The Mazda Foundation is providing grants to non-profit organizations!
They are accepting applications right now, and the deadline is July 1st.
The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting:
- Education and literacy
- Environmental conservation
- Cross-cultural understanding
- Social welfare
- Scientific research
3. FLAVA Fall Conference Registration Open
FLAVA's Fall 2016 Conference will be held October 6 - 8, 2016 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Williamsburg, VA. Registration for the conference is now open. The deadline for early bird registration is September 18, 2016. To register visit here.
4. International Japanese Essay Contest for JFL Learners
On the 100th anniversary of the death of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), The Asahi Shimbun and three other organizations will jointly hold an international Japanese essay contest on the influential Japanese author.
First prize (1 winner), Second prize (2 winners), Honorable mention (5 winners)
First and second prize winners will be invited to a symposium in Tokyo titled, “How does the world read Soseki?” held on December 10, 2016
All 8 prize winners will receive a set of 27 pocket-sized books of Soseki’s work (in a special box). First and second prize winners will receive an additional set of 3 books with a special binding.
DEADLINE: August 10, 2016
English: Entries sought from foreigners for essay contest on Soseki
Please address any questions to: email@example.com
5. 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 (http://jlivetalk.com/) for more details, including the promotional video that shows clips from the last year.
Please also refer to: https://youtu.be/ynX8gY1d0HE (promotional video)
6. 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. Information on registration is online here. The complete list of AATJ-sponsored sessions is posted here.
7. New Website “みんなで聞こう 日本の歌”
The Japan Foundation, Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai launched a new website named “みんなで聞こう 日本の歌”.
The site is made for Japanese learners or anyone who is interested in Japanese songs, language and culture all over the world.
"Listen Together : The Songs of Japan" is a site where you can search for and listen to Japanese songs that suit your interests and the level of your Japanese language ability.
·Students of Japanese language who wish to experience the language and culture of Japan through Japanese songs.
·People from around the world who are interested in Japanese songs, language, and culture.
·Japanese songs can be searched for using various methods such as genre, theme, level of Japanese language difficulty, title, view ranking, and so forth.
·Pages can be browsed and music videos played using not only PC's but also tablets or smartphones. You can listen to Japanese songs anywhere, anytime.
·Lyrics subtitles are available on the pages where songs are played, and can be displayed in hiragana, katakana, or romaji. Even people who find Japanese kanji and the written characters difficult can still enjoy Japanese songs. Also, lyrics cards are available for download.
Any questions should be addressed to the Kansai Center: http://www.jfkc.jp/index_en.html
8. Financial assistance to participate in a 2016 Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI)The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® is offering financial assistance to participate in a 2016 Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) for AP® Japanese Language and Culture teachers. This financial assistance is possible through a generous grant from the Japan Foundation Los Angeles. There are three APSIs scheduled for the summer: June 21 – 24 at California State University – Monterey Bay, CA; June 27 – 30 at Montgomery College in Gaithersburg, MD.
For more information see the following or click here. For online registration information click here.
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9. 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/