It was great to see many of you at the 2013 FLAVA Conference in Williamsburg. The next conference, ACTFL, will be held in Orlando, FL. There will be a presentation on 11/22 which describes the achievements of J-GAP in our area. This year's ACTFL convention will require more travel arrangements than last year's, which was held in Philadelphia. I believe the convention is worth the extra travel. I look forward to seeing many of you again there.
1. Job Opening at Mindbloom Preschool
Washington DC preschool is looking for a teacher. They are adding Japanese as well as Spanish, French and Chinese for instruction. Please contact Susan Banks, the director at MindBloom Preschool at firstname.lastname@example.org See the Web site here.
Registration is still open for the AATJ Annual Fall Conference to be held November 22-24 in Orlando, Florida, in conjunction with the annual convention of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). For an updated schedule of Japanese-related sessions, including the annual AATJ Teacher Award Luncheon and a special 50th anniversary reception, and for information on registration, please click here.
Two pre-ACTFL Convention workshops on November 21 will focus on Japanese language education. A full-day workshop for teachers of AP Japanese will be conducted by Yo Azama of North Salinas (CA) High School. A half-day workshop focusing on embedding culture in Japanese language teaching will be taught by Kiyomi Chinen of Cal State Long Beach. Find out more about these workshops here.
The ALLEX Foundation helps universities start and expand Chinese and Japanese language programs by providing institutions with experienced instructors professionally trained by the nation’s top experts in Chinese and Japanese pedagogy. The deadline for requesting instructors through the Foundation is December 1, 2013. Please contact David Patt at email@example.com for more information. Read more about the program here.
J-LEAP seeks K-12 Japanese language instructors to become Lead Teachers to native-speaking assistant teachers who have studied Japanese language pedagogy. In addition to receiving a teaching assistant for two years, selected schools will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to purchase teaching material. The deadline to apply is January 21, 2014. More information is here.
The VDOE is accepting applications for the 2014 Governor's Japanese Academy. Detailed application information can be found by following the link here. Application deadline for students: January 24, 2014 (however it varies depending on schools they go to).
Application deadline for resident assistants and teachers: January 10, 2014
If you have any inquiries about staff positions, please contact Sakamaki sensei at: Sachiko.Sakamaki@VBSchools.com.
The 2014 CLS Japanese Program is now accepting applications. The deadline is November 15, 2013. The U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program is an intensive overseas language program. This is a full scholarship, covering tuition, travel, and daily needs. The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State is the administrator of the 2014 CLS Japan program. For details and online applications please click here.
MAATJ received a grant for the haiku contest again from Japan Foundation. This year's contest will be held early March. Although the deadline and specific items are not ready, the format will be the same, so please have your students ready. One idea is that you have a haiku party in the class. Other language classes may have a holiday party, but you can have a haiku-making party or nengajo-writing party in December. With Japanese food and some holiday spirit, students can enjoy the party and create nengajo and/or haiku.
Youth for Understanding is a world-wide oversee study program for high school students. They normally charge the participant. But there are lots of scholarship available and some of them are full scholarship (Kikkoman and Mazda) Click here for YFU webpage Click here for Scholarship to Japan
Click here for the details *information not updated yet (deadline is normally mid-December)
Click here for more information (domestic program).
We had an invitation from University of Mary Washington for participating in their World Language Day speech contest. In March they have a contest for high school students in various categories in French, German and Spanish, website for World Language Day, click here:
There are two levels, beginners and intermediates, and many formats, rules and other materials are already set. We can make for Japanese or can use some of them. We are not sure how many students will participate in, but MAATJ can support the cost. If you are interested in organizing or helping out, please contact us. Also, please let us know if your students may participate in the contest.
Spartan Fair at West Springfield HS (Fairfax, VA): Yoko Thakur and Koji Otani
JNHS and Japan Club promoted the Japanese culture at the school activity fare. We served curry rice, onigiri, sushi, and chicken teriyaki to have people enjoy the flavor of Japan. For the craft, we showed origami, shuji, go, and kendama. We also had a cartoon drawing contest, too. Although it was a little chilly afternoon, we had a lot of people from the community visiting our table!