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.http://flavaweb.org/conference/fall-2016-conference/fall-2016-conference-registration/
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 soo
2. MAATJ business meeting/luncheon at FLAVA on Saturday, October 8th 2016
Please attend the MAATJ luncheon & business meeting! Buffet style lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Aiko Kitamura (email@example.com) by October 5th. The cost of lunch is $25. Please pay by check addressed to MAATJ at the door.
Japanese Sessions and Workshop Schedule
See the attached file.
MAATJ Officer Position: co-president
Aiko Kitamura, co-president of MAATJ, will be stepping down on December 31st 2016 after two years of service. She has helped to coordinate the FLAVA conference and attended FLAVA’s board meetings. We thus wish to ask for nominations and self-nominations for the MAATJ’s co-president position.
· Serve for two years
· Represent MAATJ at FLAVA’s Board of Directors meetings
· Provide leadership for MAATJ
· Arrange meetings of the Executive Committee
Please send all nominations and self-nominations to MAATJ co-president, Koji Otani (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline is October 3rd, 2016.
We will vote for this position at the MAATJ business/luncheon meeting at the FLAVA conference on Saturday, October 8th.
3. 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: https://goo.gl/PsSQG5
The same workshop (1.5 hours) will be held at George Mason University on Tuesday, September 20. Seats are available for the first 40 people.
4. Registration if open for the 2016 JLPT until October 3
The 2016 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT; Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken) will be offered at 16 test sites in the United States on Sunday, December 4 (including one new test site this year, in Miami, Florida). Registration is open until October 3.
For American learners of Japanese, the JLPT offers a way to test language skills and evidence of achievement that is comparable with other Japanese learners around the country and the world.
If you live near one of the test sites, please encourage your students to take the JLPT. In particular, if they are interested in attending school or working in Japan in the future, having taken the JLPT will be a credential they can offer to potential employers.
More information, including a list of test sites, a description of the JLPT's five levels, and a link to online registration, is available at http://www.aatj.org/jlpt-us.
5. 2016-17 Japanese Language Grants Are Still Available! JFLA is accepting applications for the following grants:
-Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant (Deadline: 9/15/2016)
-Japanese-Language Education Project Grant (Deadline: 2 months prior to project start dat
6. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry launched a gorgeous website full of photos that are under the “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License”
– Which means you can use them for anything, anytime.
The easiest way to use it: Set this website up on a projector – It automatically cycles through the photos with tourism information about prefectures of Japan.
7. A professional development (PD) series, “Materials Development for Online Language Courses” for online language instructors nationwide
The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) in collaboration with the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) is offering a professional development (PD) series titled “Materials Development for Online Language Courses” for online language instructors nationwide. The purpose of this series is to introduce instructors to principles and best practices for designing or adapting materials for online language classes. The series consists of five sessions covering three main topics:
· Adapting Existing Materials for Online Language Instruction
· Scaffolding to Facilitate Comprehension and Production
· Multimodal Approaches in Online Materials Development: Balancing Language Skills and Facilitating Differentiated Instruction
Sessions take place every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) starting September 28 (the series runs September 28-October 26, 2015). Participants who successfully complete the series by attending webinar sessions and completing associated reflective tasks will earn a digital badge from NFLRC and may be eligible to earn a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards maintaining their professional qualifications. (Teachers from NCVPS are automatically eligible; other educators will need to put NFLRC in contact with the awarding supervisor.)
Please note that this year’s “Materials Development for Online Language Courses” series is distinct from last year’s series on “Designing Interaction for Online Language Learning,” which is archived online.
To participate in this professional development series, please complete the registration form on our webpage:http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/events/view/91/
8. 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. 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 at:
http://www.actfl.org/convention-expo/registration. The complete list of AATJ-sponsored sessions is posted athttp://www.aatj.org/conferences-fall.
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/