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Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme Volunteer Training Day November 2016
28/11/2016
 

On November 25th 2015, 32 current and prospective volunteers attended a Training Day for the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme, in which native and fluent Japanese speakers conduct free Japanese taster sessions in UK schools. The Training Day was held at Conway Hall in London.


After an overview for new volunteers about the Japan Foundation and the JTS programme itself, the participants heard reports from volunteers who had held Japanese tasters at schools via the JTS Programme. Aya Kamura Mirto on her visit to Westdene Primary School in Brighton; a taster which led to her being employed there as teacher of their Japanese club. Next, Ceri Edwards talked about her visit to Chaddesley Corbett Primary School in Worcestershire, which also resulted in the school starting a Japanese Club at which Ceri now works.


These reports were followed by workshops held by two of the JTS Programme’s most experienced volunteers. Mihoko Noguchi, who has been volunteering for JTS for over 2 years and has visited 12 schools, presented some of the ways to teach Japanese in Secondary Schools, with a particular focus on numbers and enjoyable ways to teach them. She was followed by Hitomi Ito-Burton, who has been a JTS volunteer for over 4 years and has visited 9 schools, and she presented on teaching activities for Primary School pupils, including song and dance.


Finally, the Training Day ended with a discussion session on ideas for teaching Japanese as a home, heritage and mother-tongue language, led by Japan Foundation London’s Chief Japanese Language Advisor, Makoto Netsu. The discussion enabled participants to exchange tips and tricks on teaching Japanese to their pupils and their own children.


Some of the feedback from participants from the training day included:


「訪問報告についてのセッションがとても勉強になりました。実際の状況の雰囲気を感じることができました。」


(“The reports on school visits by volunteers were really useful. I got a good grasp of volunteering is really like.”)


“I enjoyed the activities for teaching Japanese. By being made to join in the activities, I was able to understand clearly their effectiveness and how fun it can be for both the student and volunteers themselves.”


「色んな意見交換ができて良かったです。日本語を教えるための具体的なアクティビティーは今後役立てていきたいです。」
(“It was good to be able to exchange all sorts of ideas. I now want to put some of the practical ideas for activities for teaching Japanese to use.”)


We would like to thank all participants for coming, especially our guest speakers!


You can view more photos from the event on our Facebook page here. 


If you are interested in taking part in the JTS programme as a volunteer, please click here for more information.



Invitation to Tender 2016-2017
07/11/2016
 

The Japan Foundation London is inviting travel agents based in the UK to submit their offer for the service of coordinating an organised group study tour to Japan in February 2017. The necessarily procedures and specifications can be downloaded from here.


Because of the nature of the tour (i.e. most of the arrangements will occur within Japan), all the information as well as communication concerning this procedure is either provided or conducted only in Japanese.

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Japanese tasters, origami ninjas and “radio exercises” at Language Show Live 2016
21/10/2016


A big thank you to everyone who visited the Japan Foundation’s stand at the Language Show Live on 14th, 15th and 16th October at the Olympia, London.


Held once a year, the Language Show is the UK's biggest event for language learners, teachers, linguists and anyone with a passion for languages.  The Japan Foundation’s stand gave visitors a chance to experience Japanese language and culture, including writing their name in Japanese and making origami ninjas! Visitors also assisted by completing surveys about Japanese. 96% of those surveyed said that they were currently studying, had previously studied or were interested in studying Japanese, which is very encouraging! We also found out that a number of Japan Foundation resources, including the Marugoto textbook series, Erin's Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese and MARUGOTO+, were popular among those surveyed. Throughout the show, visitors could also have a free Japanese taster session with Japan Foundation’s Assistant Japanese Language Advisor, Kanako Ukai.


On Saturday morning, we were very lucky to be joined by Mary-Grace Browning MBE, Chair of Examiners for Edexcel GCSE Japanese. She presented a seminar on learning language through problem-solving via a case study of UK-Japan Young Scientists partnerships, which involve exchanges between school students in the UK and Japan to experience science as a cultural bridge where by working together they learn to value each other’s languages and way of life.


Later in the afternoon, we were joined in the Language Show’s Piazza by representatives of the Japan Sport Council, and Paralympian Gold Medallist (and fluent Japanese speaker) Noel Thatcher, to introduce Japanese “radio exercises” or rajio taisoo. First, Noel told us a little bit about what it means to be a Paralympian and the many ways his Japanese language skills have contributed towards his life. Next, Ukai-sensei from the Japan Foundation taught the audience how to count in Japanese and were then given opportunity to practise their new language skills together with trying rajio taisoo for themselves, led by Noel. You can try out rajio taisoo for yourself by watching the video and viewing more information at our Marugoto Life & Culture Lab website.


We would like to thank Mary-Grace Browning, Japan Sport Council, Noel Thatcher and all our Japanese Taster for Schools volunteers who generously donated their time and expertise for the show.  Domo arigato gozaimashita!


Japan Foundation will also be attending the 2017 Language Show Live in London on October 14th – 16th. We hope to see you there!



Meet the University Speech Contest Winners – Giulia Surace
18/10/2016
 

In this series of mini interviews, we’d like to introduce previous winners of the Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, and catch up on how things have been going with them since winning the contest...


Giulia Surace
Speech Category First Prize Winner, 9th Speech Contest (2014)
University: SOAS University of London
Speech Title: “Political Indifference in Japanese Youth”


What made you decide to enter the Speech Contest?


“My Japanese teacher encouraged me to apply, as I had already taken part in the Group Presentation Category during my first year. I remember watching the Speech Category participants and thinking that it would be amazing to be able to do it someday.”


You got First Prize in the contest, which means you won a free return plane ticket to Japan from JAL! What did you do in Japan?


“My trip to Japan was amazing as expected. As I'd already visited most of Honshu while studying abroad in Tokyo, I decided to visit Kyushu, since I'd never been there. Great experience! I visited Fukuoka, Nagasaki and its beautiful bay with so much history; Kagoshima and Kumamoto, with its incredible castle and Inari shrine! But the best part was definitely my onsen (hot spring) tour, travelling around the Oita prefecture and surround by beautiful natural landscapes.”


Do you have any funny stories to share from your time in Japan?


“There was the time when I accidentally walked into an empty onsen for men, realising it was the wrong one only when a group of naked middle-aged men walked in (with my consequent scream and running away naked)!”


Haha, oh dear! So what are you doing now?


“I'm currently in charge of digital sales for the Asian market at Penguin Random House UK, a book publishing house. Before that I worked as a reporter/assistant correspondent for the London bureau of the Chunichi Shimbun/Tokyo Shimbun. “


Have your Japanese language skills been useful for these jobs?


“I use my Japanese when dealing with Japanese clients and that's extremely helpful. I certainly used it more when I worked at the newspaper since the two journalists were Japanese and spoke little English. Nevertheless, being able to speak Japanese is definitely an advantage even when dealing with Asia in general.”


How has taking part in (and winning!) the Speech Contest helped you in your career?


“Winning the contest frequently came up during job interviews, as it's quite an impressive achievement. It certainly is a proof that I can speak Japanese as a lot of employers are worried that people say they speak a language without actually being able to. It also shows initiative, proactivity and the ability to research and speak in public about a topic, skills that are very valued by employers nowadays. So it definitely helped me in my career. It adds something special to the CV that others are less likely to have, and anything that sets you apart is always good!”


Finally, do you have a message for all those thinking of applying for the contest this year?


“Being able to take part in such a challenging competition was the greatest reward after studying Japanese for four years . When I took part in the contest, many classmates who definitely stood a chance of winning or getting the top prizes did not apply out of fear (and I was almost one of them), so it'd be great if in the future more students feel encouraged to try.”


We’d like to thank Giulia for taking the time to catch up with us, and we wish her the best of luck for all her future plans. 頑張ってください!


You can read a full report from the 9th University Speech Contest here.


Why not try yourself?! Applications for the Twelfth Speech Contest are now open – find out more and apply here


The return flight to Japan was generously provided by Japan Airlines.


       



Meet the University Speech Contest Winners - Ash Leigh Spreadbury
11/10/2016
 

In this series of mini interviews, we’d like to introduce previous winners of the Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, and catch up on how things have been going with them since winning the contest...


Ash Leigh Spreadbury
Speech Category First Prize Winner, 10th Speech Contest (2015)
University: University of Sheffield
Speech Title: “Globalisation and English Curriculum in Japan”


You got First Prize in the contest, which means you won a free return plane ticket to Japan from JAL! What did you do in Japan?


“I made good use of another prize, the Japan Rail Pass from the Japan Centre, and spent most of my time travelling around the country visiting friends. Perhaps most interesting was going to Akita prefecture where I got to go inside one of the old samurai residences (武家屋敷, bukeyashiki) in Kakunodate and visited Lake Tazawa (one of the filming locations for IRIS if you're a K-drama fan!) which was beautiful in autumn.”


 


Photos by taken by Ash Leigh during his trip


What are you doing now with your Japanese?


“I am currently enrolled on a Master's program at Keio University studying linguistics with a MEXT scholarship.


It was through studying the Japanese language (because it is so different to English) that I became interested in linguistics in general and chose to pursue it for my Master's. Furthermore, were it not for having studied Japanese, I would not have been able to enrol on this course as all of the classes and communication with professors is conducted in Japanese.”


How has taking part in (and winning!) the Speech Contest helped you in this path?


“Winning the Speech Contest is something which I made sure to mention in both my MEXT scholarship and Keio entrance applications. I like to think that the Speech Contest provided more practical evidence of my ability to live and study in Japan (in Japanese).”


We’d like to thank Ash Leigh for taking the time to catch up with us, and we wish him the best of luck with his Master’s program. 頑張ってください!


You can read a full report from the 10th University Speech Contest here.


Why not try yourself?! Applications for the Twelfth Speech Contest are now open – find out more and apply here.


The return flight to Japan was generously provided by Japan Airlines and the JR Rail Pass by the Japan Centre.


        



Meet the Japanese Speech Contest Winners – Laura Onciu
04/10/2016
 

In this series of mini interviews, we’d like to introduce previous winners of the Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, and catch up on how things have been going with them since winning the contest...


Laura Onciu
Speech Category First Prize Winner, 11th Speech Contest (2016)
University: Newcastle University
Speech Title: Norms  that create reverse discrimination - Adverse effects of conventional wisdom in Japan.


What did it feel like to take part in the contest and win First Prize?


“This was the second time I took part in the Speech Contest, the first being in 2014 when I won 2nd prize in the Individual Category, so I was much more relaxed about it. I had decided to enjoy it, rather than worry about winning, and to be honest, it never even crossed my mind that I would win First Prize! I believe it is quite easy to tell that from the face I made when my name was called. I was extremely happy when I won however, as this meant I could return to Japan sooner than I had expected.”


Your prizes included a free return plane ticket to Japan from JAL, didn’t it? Have you used it yet?


“I went to Japan in August, almost a year after my exchange there ended. It was great to be able to return and meet all my friends.”


What was it like flying with JAL?


“When I boarded the JAL plane in London, it felt as if I was already in Japan. Impeccable service, plane looked completely new and the cabin assistants were among the nicest I ever flew with. It made my flight experience so much better, and that was very important because it was a long haul flight. In addition to this, I was very excited to find out that the JAL entertainment system had loaded some of the Japanese films I wanted to watch, such as the 20th Conan movie or the 2nd Ansatsu Kyoshitsu one. Not going to the cinema most of the time means 6-8 month wait for the DVDs to be released, so being able to watch them on the plane took my mind off the long flight time. All in all, what I can say is that, if I ever have to fly to Japan again, JAL will be the obvious choice.”


So what did you do in Japan?


“I went to Tokyo and spent most of my time there, but thanks to the JR Pass I received, I was able to travel throughout Japan! When I lived in Japan, I did travel, but there were and still are many place I wanted to visit. This time, I went to Nagoya, Ise, Kanazawa, Aomori, Hakodate and Izu. I went to the Ise Jinguu, toured the Ninja Temple in Kanazawa, drank apple cider in Aomori, enjoyed Hakodate’s 1 million dollar night view and drove by the ocean in Izu! It was by far the best trip ever.”


What things did you most enjoy?


“First of all, I loved being back in Japan. The perfect service, the amazing food, the sights, but most importantly my dear friends there.


Something that got my attention this time was a small hostel in Hakodate – Oyado Aozora – which had a sky mural on the ceiling. I love the sky so it was a nice surprise. Plus, the lady in charge was also very nice so I had a great time! Hakodate is definitely at the top of my what-to-visit recommendation list.”


What are you doing now? What plans do you have for the future, and will they involve Japanese?


“Right now, I am back at Newcastle for my last year of bachelors. My plans for the future most certainly include Japan and the use of Japanese. I will hopefully be back in Japan soon, and who knows, maybe watch the Tokyo Olympics live!”


Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for students studying Japanese? And would you encourage other students to enter the contest?


“Work on your practical Japanese skills! Exams are important, but they are useless if you can’t actually use it. Do participate in the speech contest! Thanks to taking part in the Speech Contest, I can now talk in front of people without stressing out (not so much at least!). It is a very useful experience, and working hard to get there improves your Japanese more than studying for a test does. And also, you might win and get to tour Japan! There is literally nobody in the world that has never wished for that!”


We’d like to thank Laura for taking the time to catch up with us, and we wish her the best of luck in her final year at university. 頑張ってください!


You can read a full report from the 10th University Speech Contest here.


Why not try yourself?! Applications for the Twelfth Speech Contest are now open – find out more and apply here.


The return flight to Japan was generously provided by Japan Airlines and the JR Rail Pass by Central Japan Railway Company.


       



New Marugoto Textbook released in October
29/09/2016
 

We’re pleased to announce that the new Marugoto Intermediate B1 textbook will be released on October 1st 2016.


You can get a sneak preview of the contents, sample pages and audio learning materials at the Marugoto series homepage here.


About Marugoto


Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture is a coursebook series that is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, and offers learning in both language and culture.


Marugoto is designed in such a way that Japanese language and culture can be studied together. It aims to increase communicative skill and responds to the needs of learners who desire to become able to speak in Japanese in as short a time as possible. Through useful topics, audio learning materials and full-colour photographs and illustrations that let you get a glimpse of Japanese life and culture, it is possible to rapidly deepen learners' interest in Japan and Japanese language. This book allows learners around the world to feel the joy of using Japanese and steadily increasing what they can do in the language.


Find out more about Marugoto:


  • Marugoto Official Website

  • Marugoto PLUS Supplementary website for learners

  • Information on Marugoto textbooks


  • New JF website: Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese
    23/08/2016
     

    We are delighted to announce the launch of Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese, a Japanese learning website where you can enjoy studying Japanese through learning all about Japan. It is aimed at Japanese language learners with a proficiency level of A1 or A2 (Starter to Elementary) in the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education.


    Free and smartphone-responsive, Hirogaru enables Japanese learners of all kinds to:



    • Personally experience understanding and using basic Japanese

    • Engage with various aspects about Japan and the Japanese language through reading articles and watching movies related to 12 topics about Japan

    • Through user comments, learn more about not only Japan but also your own culture and the culture of places where other learners live.


    Try it now at  hirogaru-nihongo.jp



    New Resource ‘JF Japanese e-Learning Minato’ released!
    29/07/2016


    The Japan Foundation London is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new e-learning platform for Japanese!


    The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai  has released the Japanese language learning platform, JF Japanese e-Learning Minato (https://minato-jf.jp ), in order to provide an opportunity to study Japanese for all those people in the world who may wish to begin learning, but cannot attend an actual Japanese language school.


    The main course of Minato is the Marugoto Japanese Online Course, which we recommend for those who wish to comprehensively learn about the Japanese language and culture. With this course you can have an integrated learning experience by using interactive e-learning materials to study the language skills needed for communication (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).


    Currently only the A1 Marugoto Course is available, but more levels will be released in the future. There are also Hiragana and Katakana self-study courses available.


    Find out more here, and try it for yourself for free!



    Yookoso (Welcome) Ukai-san!
    13/07/2016

    Japan Foundation London are delighted to welcome the newest member of staff, Kanako Ukai, to the Japanese Language team as Assistant Japanese Language Advisor! Here is a message from Ukai-san:


    「はじめまして。国際交流基金ロンドン日本文化センターに日本語教育指導助手として参りました、鵜飼香奈子です。今までアメリカ、タイ、モルドバ、日本で日本語教育に携わってきました。特に興味のあるテーマは社会言語学、多文化共生、教師の成長です。ロンドンは昨年UCL IOEで1年間応用言語学を学んでいたこともあり、2度目となりますがまだまだ知らないことも多く、これからも色々な事を学んでいきたいと思いますので、どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。」


    "My name is Kanako Ukai and I am Assistant Japanese Language Advisor at the Japan Foundation, London. I have taught Japanese in America, Thailand, Moldova and Japan. I am particularly interested in sociolinguistics, multiculturalism and teachers development within Japanese language education. I studied MA Applied linguistics at UCL IOE last year, so I am very happy to come back and be able to work in the UK. Thank you very much." 



    New & improved directory of establishments teaching Japanese in the United Kingdom
    28/06/2016
     

    Japan Foundation London has launched a new directory of establishments teaching Japanese in the UK, based on the basic, public information provided by all establishments that contributed to our Japan Foundation Survey on Japanese Language Education in the UK 2015.


    This directory includes all schools, universities, colleges and other establishments that our records show are teaching Japanese language. Those looking to learn Japanese can use the list to find the right course for them, while teachers of Japanese and other members of Japanese teaching establishments can use the list to build stronger links with this network.


    You can read more about this directory and download it yourself here



    Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2016
    20/06/2016


    The ideal school, Japanese food and Japanese literature were some of the topics explored in the outstanding speeches given by the finalists of the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students 2016, which was held on 18th June at Conway Hall in London.


    The 18 finalists, who had been selected from 147 applicants from 20 different schools across the UK, all demonstrated great creativity, thoughtfulness and incredible ability in Japanese in performing their speeches – not to mention extraordinary courage to present their ideas in a foreign language to an audience of over 100 people!


    Between each of the three categories of speeches, the audience had the opportunity to watch a performance of a Japanese story featuring music and song by some very talented school students, and have a go at “radio taisō” exercises!


    Due to the extremely high level of Japanese and the thought-provoking content of the speeches delivered by all finalists, the judges had extremely difficult decisions to make when choosing the final winners of the 2015 Nihongo Cup. In the end, Shanara Atukorala of Greenford High School came first in the Key Stage 4 and 5 Post-GCSE for her review of the Japanese story “Ooi, Detekooi ,” winning the top prize of a trip to Japan courtesy of JOBA’s Japanese Speech Awards! In the pre-GCSE category, Taranpreet Kalra (also from Greenford High School) won first prize for her speech about racial discrimination, while Krishanth Dilrukshan came first in the Key Stage 3 category.


    Many congratulations and a big thank-you to everyone who came together to make the day such a success. The full results of the contest are as follows:


    Key Stage 4 and 5 Post-GCSE Category
    Winner: 
    Shanara Atukorala (Greenford High School, Year 13) Speech title: “Ooi, Detekooi  Review”
    2nd Prize:  Amy Watson (Wolfreton School and Sixth form College, Year 12) Speech title: “Literature and Women”
    3rd Prize:  Alex Wang (Eton College, Year 12) Speech title:  “Nattō”


    Runners-up:
    Cameron Thater (Aquinas College, Year 13)  Speech title:  “The Importance of Language”
    Hei Tung Cheng   (Wolverhampton Girls' High School , Year 12) Speech title:  “Proverbs”
    Joy Chu (Wycliffe College , Year 13) Speech title: “Hidden Secrets in Films”


    Key Stage 4 and 5 Pre-GCSE Category
    Winner:
    Taranpreet Kalra (Greenford High School, Year 11 )  Speech title:  “Is There Racial Discrimination?”
    2nd Prize:  Joseph Wang (Eton College, Year 11) Speech title: “The Differences in Societies Between Japan and the West”
    3rd Prize: Joseph Barber (Whitgift School, Year 10) Speech title: “Japanese Packed Lunch”


    Runners-up:
    Tahsin Ali (Tile Hill Wood School, Year 10)  Speech title: “My Country and Religion”
    Anastaseia Talalakina (St Helen’s School, Year 11)  Speech title: “My Exchange School”
    Da-Young Kim (St Helen’s School,  Year 11) Speech title: “My Favourite Video Game”


    Key Stage 3 Category (Speech theme: “My Ideal School”)
    Winner: 
    Krishanth Dilrukshan (Dartford Grammar School, Year 9)
    2nd Prize: Alex Quinlan (Campion School, Year 9)
    3rd Prize: Oliver Tolson Boxall (Aylesbury Grammar School, Year 8)


    Runners-up: 
    Maryam Jaama (Greenford High School , Year 9)
    Theo Hall (Hockerill Anglo-European College, Year 9)  
    Olivia Boutell (Hockerill Anglo-European College, Year 8)


    The event was organised by the Japanese Language Committee of the Association for Language Learning, in association with the Japan Foundation London.


    We are very grateful to Japan Centre, JOBA, JP Books, LinguaLift, Oxford Brookes University, Ricoh UK and Toshiba of Europe Limited donating prizes, to the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Sumisho Computer Systems for their generous sponsorship, and to the Embassy of Japan for their support.


    More photos from the contest can be viewed on our Facebook page here.


    You can download the event programme with details of all the speeches and judges below.

    Download Attachment



    Invitation to Tender 2016
    08/06/2016

    The Japan Foundation London is inviting travel agents based in the UK to submit their offer for the service of coordinating an organised group tour to Japan in this autumn. The necessarily procedures and specifications can be downloaded below.


    Because of the nature of the tour (i.e. most of the arrangements will occur within Japan), all the information as well as communication concerning this procedure is either provided or conducted only in Japanese.

    Download Attachment



    New Japan Foundation website: "Listen Together : The Songs of Japan" 「みんなで聞こう 日本の歌」
    02/06/2016
     

    We are very excited to announce the release of a brand new online resource for learners and teachers of Japanese!


    "Listen Together : The Songs of Japan" 「みんなで聞こう 日本の歌」 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. Aimed at students of Japanese language and people from around the world who are interested in Japanese songs, language, and culture, this website features a collection of Japanese songs catalogued according to genre, theme, level of Japanese language difficulty, title, view ranking, and so forth.


    The videos include lyrics that can be displayed in hiragana, katakana, or romaji. You can also download printable lyric sheets. The site is fully compatible with smartphones and tablets as well as standard desktop browsers.


    The songs featured on “Listen Together” are traditional or independently produced.


    We hope teachers and learners alike will enjoy using this resource! If you have any feedback, or even videos of you or your students singing these songs, please do share them with us! Take a look for yourself at http://nihon-no-uta.jp/.


    A Japanese press release for “Listen Together: The Songs of Japan” can be found here.



    Japanese for Juniors – All About Japanese Dolls!
    31/05/2016
     

    On May 28th 2016, more than 40 children and grown-ups came along to the “Japanese for Juniors” workshop held at Conway Hall by the Japan Foundation London, in which they learned a little Japanese language and culture while making origami Japanese dolls!


    The workshop instructor, Mio Tsunematsu, introduced the meanings of different kinds of traditional Japanese dolls, and explained the culture associated with them. She also taught words in Japanese for describing dolls and toys, such as kawaii (cute) and kakkoii (cool), in addition to words and expressions that would help the participants when making origami, like different colours in Japanese.


    Tsunematsu-sensei then explained how to make three types of Japanese doll through origami – hina ningyou, daruma and kokeshi. She explained this in Japanese with English interpretation, allowing participants to hear native Japanese language spoken naturally. Towards the end, all participants enjoyed watching a video to see how wooden kokeshi dolls are hand-crafted in Japan.


    Although it was quite a challenge to make origami dolls, the children (and their accompanying grown-ups!) worked very hard and everyone did a fantastic job of making beautiful, kawaii dolls to take home with them. Many children were delighted with their achievements and said “yatta!” and “dekita!” (“I did it!”), Japanese words which they had just learned!


    Some of the participants’ feedback included:


    “Very well organised, staffed and resourced. Knowledgeable and kind (and patient!) staff who were excellent with the children. A lovely way to bring language and culture together.”
    “Very, very good! My boys had fun and learned some Japanese. I could practise some Japanese too!”
    “It was amazing to learn about Japanese culture through doll making!”


    We would like to thank everyone who came to our workshop – ARIGATOU GOZAIMASHITA!


    You can view photos from this event at the Japan Foundation Facebook page here.



    Marugoto Teacher survey
    19/05/2016


    JFロンドンでは、JFスタンダード準拠教材『まるごと 日本のことばと文化』を使っている英国の先生方に対するサポートを企画しています。現在使用されている、または使用を検討している先生方は、かんたんなアンケートへのご協力をお願いいたします。 


    なお、『まるごと』についての詳細はこちらの書籍紹介ページをご覧ください。


    If you teach Japanese using Marugoto text books with your students OR if you are considering using Marugoto in the future we would love to hear from you. We are thinking about setting up more support for teachers in the UK, so we'd like to find out who actually uses these textbooks, and what kind of support you might need.


    If you teach using Marugoto please fill in our short questionnaire here.


    If you would like to find out more about Marugoto, please take a look at the Marugoto Introduction page



    Japanese Show and Tell - Online Resource Workshop
    29/04/2016


    On the 26th and 28th of April 2016 two groups of independent learners of Japanese joined Mio Tsunematsu, the assistant Japanese language advisor at the Japan Foundation London, to find out more about online resources available for Japanese language learning.


    The event took place in King’s College London’s Language Resource Centre, so each attendee had access to a computer and the chance to try out resources for themselves. The workshop included an in-depth explanation of Marugoto Plus A2, a free website created by the Japan Foundation designed to help people study Japanese in their own time. Participants also had the chance to try out some of their new Japanese language skills in conversations with each other. The event finished with time for people to exchange ideas and tips about supporting Japanese language learning.


    One participant commented, “I was aware of the website but it was interesting to be shown how to use it effectively.” Another told us the following: “The event looked very well organised with professional, enthusiastic and warm people helping out, which is very much appreciated when you are a complete starter like myself. I felt welcomed from the moment I walked in. Arigatou.”


    We'd like to thank all the participants, and of course all the staff at King's College London, for making this event such a success!


    We hope all participants will be able to continue Japanese with the resources introduced during these events. 



    Japan Conference for Schools 2016
    07/04/2016


    On March 7th 2016 nearly 100 participants joined the Japan Conference for Schools, held at the British Council in London.  Co-organised by the British Council, the Japan Foundation and the Japan Society, the event was an opportunity for teachers to network and share practical ideas about projects for introducing Japanese into their schools or to enhance their existing Japan-related activities.


    The event started with a welcome message from Mr Mark Herbert, the Head of Schools at the British Council and Minister Motohiko Kato, Minister Plenipotentiary from the Embassy of Japan. Next Baroness Jean Coussins, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages in the House of Lords spoke about language education in the UK and how important it is to maintain less-widely taught languages like Japanese. Alan Greaves, from the Wavell School mentioned that it was “fascinating to hear insight into the workings of government by Baroness Coussins.” Participants were then transported to Japan with a performance from Hibiki Shamisen, who can visit schools to show off the beautiful sound of their Tsugaru shamisen.


    This was followed by a full day of workshops and group discussions. There were cultural-related workshops teaching sushi, origami, kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), and calligraphy. In addition to this teachers could hear from Pearson about the new Japanese GCSEs, or learn about flipped learning resources or resources for primary level Japanese. Severine Mizeret from Gunton Academy told us the “calligraphy and sushi were fantastic workshops.” Mary-Grace Browning from County Upper School said that the “flipped learning was excellent- Just what I need!”


    There were also group discussions on a wide range of topics from school linking and science exchanges to how to introduce Japanese into schools, how to prepare students for speaking exams, and an introduction to Online Resource for Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (ORJAC). There was lots of good feedback for each session.  One teacher commented , “This was a really great event. As someone who knows a little (and not a lot!) of Japanese, I feel much more confident to teach the language.”


    This year the conference had a fantastic turnout and included diverse mix of both primary and secondary schools, and was also a mix of schools that teach Japanese already, schools that are hoping to start as well as schools that run Japan related activities as clubs or as cross-curricular activities. Thank you to all the participants, speakers and the other organisers for making the conference such a success. We hope to see you again next year!

    *Handouts from the conference are available to download below.*
    **Photos supplied by the Japan Foundation London. More are available on our facebook page here

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    Japan Foundation at the Language Show Live Scotland 2016
    18/03/2016
     

    A big thank you to everyone who visited the Japan Foundation’s stand at the Language Show Live Scotland on March 10th and 11th at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).


    The Japan Foundation’s stand gave visitors a chance to experience Japanese language and culture, including having a go at origami and contributing to our research into Japanese language education in the UK by taking part in our survey.


    On Saturday, we were very lucky to be joined by Mihoko Pooley, Japanese language teacher at the University of Edinburgh, who held a Japanese Language Taster session. It was one of the most popular language tasters at the show, attended by enthusiastic language learners of all ages who learned some basic Japanese including greetings, self introductions and the writing system.


    We would like to thank Pooley-sensei  and all visitors for sharing in our Language Show experience.  Doumo arigatou gozaimashita!


    Japan Foundation will also be attending the 2016 Language Show Live in London on October 14th – 16th. We hope to see you there!



    The Eleventh Japanese Speech Contest for University Students Finals Day
    08/03/2016
     

    Chinese culture and society, gender roles in Japan and the drinking culture of Britain were some of the fascinating topics explored by finalists in the Eleventh Japanese Speech Contest for University Students, which was held on February 27th 2016 at SOAS University of London.


    The day began with the Individual Presentation category finalists, all of whom are studying Japanese at post-beginner level. The presentations were all of a very high standard and it was very difficult for the judges to decide the winner. However, the first prize eventually went to Dennis Sun, a 1st year student from SOAS, for his powerful and enlightening presentation on “The Internet in China.” In second place was Danny Wray, a 2nd year student at the University of Bristol, for his highly entertaining and animated presentation entitled “Guinness: Ireland's National Drink.”


    Speaking about his success, Dennis said, “I decided to enter the contest to give myself a challenge. Having been to Japan on exchange visits, I’d become more or less comfortable speaking Japanese casually among friends, so I wanted to take that a step further and practice my formal public speaking skills...On the day I was impressed not just by everyone’s level of Japanese but also by the genuinely fascinating contents of their various speeches and presentations.”


    The Individual Presentation Category was followed by the Speech Category. All six finalists demonstrated not only exceptional Japanese ability, but also a great degree of insight and knowledge of their chosen subjects. After much deliberation, first prize was awarded to Laura Onciu, a 3rd  year student at Newcastle University who was a finalist in the Individual Presentation Category at the Ninth Japanese Speech Contest, for her thought-provoking speech on “"Norms" that create reverse discrimination - Adverse effects of conventional wisdom in Japan.” Laura's prizes included prize money, a Japan rail pass and a plane ticket to Japan! The second prize was awarded to Joseph McElhill, a 3rd year at the University of Leeds, for his engaging speech on the theme of “The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication when learning Languages”. The third prize was awarded to Wanming Ding, who gave a fascinating insight into “Japanese anime: the reasons for its success and problems with further development.”


    On explaining why she decided to enter the contest, one of the finalists in the Speech Category, Rosanna Jackson, commented, “There aren't many opportunities to have an audience of Japanese speakers who you can directly tell how you feel about an aspect of their society or your own society. It's an opportunity to start dialogue, no matter how small and that's why I entered the contest.”


    This year’s Group Presentation Category gave beginner-level students the chance to give presentations on a topic of their choice. The four outstanding groups that made it through to Saturday’s finals were chosen from an initial 17 groups that applied, and represented University College London, SOAS University of London, Aston University and Imperial College London. They gave talks on “Traditional Chinese Festivals,” “Anime in our countries,” “Differences between England and China” and “South Kensington's Museum.” These groups were not placed individually, but instead received special prizes based on their chosen topics.


    We would like to thank all participants, their teachers and supporters, the judges, audience members and BATJ for making the contest such a success. In addition, special thanks must go to the generous sponsors: Baker & McKenzie LLP, Bloomberg L.P., Central Japan Railway Company, Gendai Travel Limited, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Airlines, Japan Centre, Job Tessio Inc., JP BOOKS, NHK World, Nikkei Europe Ltd., Oxford Brookes University, Ricoh UK Ltd, SOAS University of London, and Toshiba of Europe Ltd.



    We would like to encourage as many undergraduate students of Japanese language as possible to apply for next year’s contest! Finally, students still at school may be interesting in applying for the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools, the deadline for which is March 31st 2016.


    You can download the full results of the contest below.


    All photos from the contest can be viewed at our Facebook page here.

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    Japanese Tasters for Schools (JTS) Sessions in 2016
    02/03/2016
    JTS taster at Hunton Church of England Primary School JTS taster at Hunton Church of England Primary School
     

    These are some of the Japanese taster sessions that our volunteers in the Japanese Tasters for Schools (JTS) Programme have held in schools around the UK this year so far. We would like to thank all the volunteers for their extremely hard work on the programme!


    If you would like to arrange a Japanese Taster Session at your school, or if you speak good Japanese and you would like to become a JTS volunteer yourself, click here to find out more about the JTS Programme.


    St Matthias Church of England Primary School, 22 November 2016
    Primary academy in Worcestershire
    Aims of taster: Part of a Japan Day. Additionally, the school’s Head Teacher took part in the Japan Foundations’ Group Tour Programme for Head Teachers in Japan.
    Activities in taster: Introduction to Japan, Japanese greetings, numbers in Japanese, origami, introduction to Japanese kanji characters
    Feedback: "We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The children had the opportunity to learn different greetings  - and how to count to 10. The volunteer was fabulous and showed classes a powerpoint all about Japan. I think the day will be very memorable to all." (Mrs Davies, Headteacher)
    After the taster... The school is interested in starting Japanese lessons.


    St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Whitstable, 18 November 2016
    Primary academy in Kent
    Aims of taster: School has links with Japanese student exchange programme in Canterbury
    Activities in taster: Introduction to Japan, quiz about Japan, introducing Japanese numbers, making origami
    Feedback: " The 2 volunteers were absolutely fantastic. They were enthusiastic and professional and all the children were incredibly engaged" (Mrs Underhill, MFL Coordinator)
    After the taster... The school would like to explore the possibility of opening a Japanese club.


    St Margaret's School, 17 November 2016
    Independent School in Camden
    Aims of taster: School interested in exploring the possibilities of extra-curricular Japanese
    Activities in taster: Japanese greetings including bowing,  making origami cats and dogs, learning Japanese numbers
    Feedback: "A perfect blend of culture and language" (Mr Webster, Principal)
    After the taster... The school and the pupils would like to continue their Japanese studies


    Newman Catholic College, 18th October 2016
    Voluntary Aided Secondary School in Brent
    Aims of taster: Part of celebrating languages initiative at school.
    Activities in taster: Japan quiz, Japanese greetings, introduction to Japanese writing, Japanese numbers and practising with “bingo” game
    Feedback: " "The sessions were planned well with variety of opportunities to learn about the culture, language, facts and all had an aspect of fun and competition which really help engage our learners.” (Mrs Pattel Burke, Head of MFL)
    After the taster... The school has said that they would love to start Japanese lessons


    Westdene Primary School, 13th October 2016
    Community Primary School in Brighton
    Aims of taster: The Head Teacher visited Japan in Autumn with the aim of developing links and introducing Japanese into the school
    Activities in taster: Japanese greetings, Japanese self-introductions, making origami kabuto (samurai helmets), making origami book marks
    After the taster... The school has been awarded funding through our Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme to help them launch Japanese classes.


    St Vincent's Catholic Primary School, 5th October 2016
    Voluntary Aided Primary School in Barnet
    Aims of taster: School interested in setting up a Japanese learning for KS1 group of SEN children.
    Activities in taster: Japanese greetings, Japan quiz, Japanese numbers, Japanese janken (rock, scissors, paper) game, making origami dogs
    Feedback: "Was really well planned, delivered at a really good pace." (Mrs Yatagai, Class teacher and Interventions Manager)
    After the taster...The school are considering launching a Gifted and Talented group for Japanese


    St Michael's Primary School, 28 September 2016
    Community Primary School in Reading
    Aims of taster: Year 6 learning all about Japan as their theme
    Activities in taster: Introduction to Japan, quiz about school life in Japan, Japanese numbers, Japanese writing, writing names in Japanese, learning to use chopsticks.
    Feedback: "The pupils really enjoyed learning to write their names in Japanese, and continued practicing them. Some students are now able to write their Japanese names from memory."


    Avenue House School, 23rd September 2016
    Independent Primary School in Ealing
    Aims of taster: Part of “Asia Day”
    Activities in taster: Japanese greetings, Japanese numbers 1-10, Japan quiz, telling Japanese story of “Tanabata,” making origami.
    Feedback: "The volunteers were very organised, full of energy and enthusiasm. They targeted the different age groups very well. The children were full engaged throughout the lessons. A wonderful experience for the children - learning the language ,learning about the culture and participating in hands-on activities with the Origami activity." (Mrs Monteforte, Geography Co-ordinator)
    After the taster...The school looked into the possibility of starting a Japanese club


    Castle Hill High School, July 21st 2016
    Community Special Secondary School in Stockport
    Aims of taster: The school librarian who organised the taster is learning Japanese herself and wanted to introduce it to the pupils
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese (with bowing), Japanese numbers 1-10, introduction to Japanese writing
    Feedback: "[The volunteer]was fantastic with our students and I was amazed at how quickly some of them picked up words and expressions as well as writing their own names!"
    After the taster...The school plans to offer extra-curricular Japanese to all pupils


    Longsands Academy, July 15th 2016
    Secondary Academy Converter in Cambridgeshire
    Aims of taster: Part of the school Arts Week with a focus on Internationalism
    Activities in taster: Japanese numbers, Japanese greetings, writing names in Japanese
    Feedback: "[The volunteer] was extremely helpful on the day and interacted really well with our students. We are very grateful to her for coming to deliver such a varied session covering aspects of Japanese language and culture which engaged our students."
    After the taster...The school has been awarded funding through our Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme to help them launch Japanese classes.


    Heaton St Barnabas' CofE Aided Primary School, July 14th 2016
    Voluntary Aided Primary School in Bradford
    Aims of taster: Part of International Week at school
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, numbers 1-10 in Japanese, Japanese bingo game, learning other useful Japanese expressions
    Feedback: "It was a great session, very well-pitched and paced. [The volunteer] delivered the session with enthusiasm and made it very interactive.. .it capped off a great week studying Japan for our Year 6s."


    Chaddesley Corbett Endowed Primary School, July 14th 2016
    Voluntary Aided Primary School in Worcestershire
    Aims of taster: The school intends  to replace French with Japanese throughout Key Stage 2.
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, learning about Japanese school life, “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in Japanese, making origami cats, learning Japanese numbers
    Feedback: "Today's lessons were excellent. They were very well planned and included a lot of practical activity which really got the children engaged. [The volunteer] taught them interesting aspects of Japanese life and showed relevant photographs and props. The children were really interested and behaved very well. The quality of the questions they asked..showed the level of their interest. [The volunteer] was extremely positive and engaging. We were all really impressed."
    After the taster...The school has been awarded funding through our Japanese Language Local Project Support Programme to help them launch Japanese classes. The Headteacher will be visiting Japan in the autumn.


    The visit was also reported in the school newsletter, which said:


    “Last Thursday, to fit in with our Japanese theme and Japanese language lessons next year, we had a Japanese language taster day. We were very fortunate to have a Japanese language specialist, Ceri Edwards, a volunteer from the Japan Foundation London, visit us for the day. Ceri taught KS2 lots of vocabulary including counting and doing mathematics in Japanese. We found out all about school life in Japan. In the pictures Year 3 were singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Japanese! It was a very informative day and the children had a great time learning new skills which will be great foundation for our theme next year."



    St Michael's Catholic College, July 4th 2016
    Secondary Academy in Southwark
    Aims of taster: In view of offering Japanese to the next Year 7
    Activities in taster: Presentation about Japan, self-introductions in Japanese, describing likes in Japanese
    Feedback: "The students really enjoyed learning about school in Japan." (Ms Vallade, Head of Faculty)
    After the taster...Continue to be interested in starting Japanese classes


    All Hallows Catholic School, July 12th 2016
    Voluntary Aided Secondary School in Surrey
    Aims of taster: Part of a cultural activities week
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, Japanese numbers, name writing in Japanese, introducing about Japan
    Feedback: "All students enjoyed it and particularly enjoyed writing their name in Japanese" (Mrs Sarrazin, 2nd i/c of MFL department)


    St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, June 24th 2016
    Voluntary Aided Primary School in Southwark
    Aims of taster: The class is learning about Japan for a whole half-term as a cross-curricular project.
    Activities in taster: Greetings with bowing, learning about the Tanabata “Star Festival” and making Tanabata wishes, learning Japanese numbers, self-introductions in Japanese
    Feedback: "I would like to sincerely thank Kyoko for a wonderful session- the children loved it and learned so much! She was a fantastic teacher who had the children engaged and interested throughout. The children were all asking whether she would be coming back to teach them next week!”
    After the taster... The taster was featured on the class blog here.



    Ilford County High School March 21st 2016


    Community Secondary School in Redbridge
    Aims of taster: To promote language learning and exposure to different cultures, preceding the school’s international day celebrations later in the year.
    Activities in taster: Greetings, self-introductions,  numbers 1-100 in Japanese with kanji characters, saying age in Japanese, colours in Japanese, making bookmarks, introduction to Japanese writing
    Feedback: "It was an insightful experience for the students and they enjoyed every aspect of it." (Mr Ababio, Head of Department)


    Laureate Community Primary School and Nursery  March 21st 2016
    Community Primary School in Suffolk
    Aims of taster: Part of the school’s 'Japan Day', following on from having read the book Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo throughout the term.
    Activities in taster: Greetings, classroom expressions and self-introductions in Japanese, numbers 1-10 in Japanese with kanji characters, practising words from Kensuke’s Kingdom.
    Feedback: "An excellent, fun and enjoyable morning" (Mr Wayland, Class Teacher)
    After the taster...The school has enquired about resources for teaching primary Japanese.


    Abbey Court Community Special School   March 9th 2016
    Community Special School in Medway
    Aims of taster: Part of the school’s Japan Day for Key Stage 3 students
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, counting numbers 1-10, singing a Japanese song, introduction to kanji.
    Feedback: " I would very much like to commend the Japan Foundation on what they aim to do. It was an amazing experience you facilitated to allow our special pupils the opportunity to learn some basic Japanese in their own safe and fun environment. [The volunteer] was brilliant and settled very well to delivering each session that fit our pupils perfectly." (Mrs Bright, Class Teacher)
    After the taster...The visit was featured in the school newsletter, which you can download here (visit report with photos on p.9). You can view more photos from the visit here.



    Hunton Church of England Primary School   February 26th 2016
    Voluntary Aided Primary School in Kent
    Aims of taster: Part of the school’s “International Day” and to support the school’s newly-launched Japanese classes
    Activities in taster: Introduction to Japan, Japan Quiz, learning greetings in Japanese to the tune of “Frere Jacques,” learning Japanese numbers, origami
    Feedback: "Very well planned, exciting, interesting, fun and most importantly appropriate for the ages and the ability of the children taught. The children now excited to learn more about the language and the culture." (Mrs Gibbs-Naguar, Headteacher)
    A report, including photos and a videos, from the visit can be found on the school’s website here.
    After the taster...This school now teaches Japanese lessons, funded by the Japan Foundation’s Local Project Support Programme.


    Baylis Court School  February 4th 2016
    Secondary Academy in Slough
    Aims of taster: Part of the school’s PSHE day which involved learning about the wider community, combining Geography with MFL  to get students to think about the importance of learning a language.
    Activities in taster: Self introduction in Japanese (including bowing and Japanese sign language), learning the numbers 1-10 in Japanese, introduction to the Japanese film “My Neighbour Totoro”
    Feedback: " "Fantastic, very fun and enthusiastic and interesting"


    After the taster...The school is interested in finding a teacher to run Japanese classes.


    The Wyvern School (Buxford)   January 29th 2016
    Foundation Special Secondary School in Kent
    Aims of taster: Part of an art project looking at Japanese ceramics
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, Japanese numbers, singing a Japanese song, writing Japanese characters
    Feedback: "Very well planned and appropriate for the ages and the ability of the children taught. The children were very excited and talked about it for a long time after. It added an extra dimension to our topic on Japan." (Mrs Copeland, Art Teacher)


    Riverside School, January 22nd 2016
    Secondary Free School in Barking
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, quiz about Japan, numbers 1-100 in Japanese, learning names in Japanese katakana characters
    Feedback: "The students loved the taster. The delivery was very professional and the volunteers exceptional." (Miss Moseley, Head of Languages)
    After the taster...The school now wants to set up an extra-curricular Japanese club


    Carden Primary School   January 22nd 2016
    Community Primary School in Brighton
    Aims of taster: Part of a “Japan Day.” The school was also interested in teaching Japanese.
    Activities in taster: Self-introductions in Japanese, making origami samurai helmets, writing names in Japanese
    Feedback: "Both [volunteers] delivered a lovely activity that all that engaged all the children.”  (Mr McEwen, Head of KS2)
    After the taster...The volunteer who ran the JTS taster now teaches a regular Japanese club at the school


    Maria Fidelis Roman Catholic Convent School FCJ   January 11th 2016
    Voluntary Aided Secondary School in Camden
    Aims of taster: To explore the possibility of launching extra-curricular Japanese classes
    Activities in taster: Introduction to Japan, introducing numbers 1-10 in Japanese, Japanese kanji characters, Japanese self-introductions with bowing, telling the Japanese story of Tanabata.
    Feedback: "The lesson was very well received and as a result, [the volunteer] has come back to deliver more lessons for our pupils.”  (Mr Anthony, Deputy Headteacher)
    After the taster...The volunteer who ran the JTS taster now teaches a regular Japanese club at the school


    Husborne Crawley Lower School   January 6th 2016
    Community Primary School in Central Bedfordshire
    Aims of taster: The school are interested in all things Japanese, and are interested in teaching Japanese
    Activities in taster: Greetings in Japanese, Japanese numbers, singing a Japanese song, writing Japanese characters
    Feedback: "Very well planned and appropriate for the ages and the ability of the children taught. The children now want to learn Japanese and find out more about Japan" (Mrs Isaacs, Headteacher)
    After the taster...The school has since expressed an interested in offering Japanese language classes.



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