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Public Seminar: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan new
The 11th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
JAPAN NOW
Japanese Noir - Author Fuminori Nakamura in conversation new
Japan Conference for schools 2016 new
Bite-sized Bunraku: A Little Flavour of Japanese Traditional Puppetry new
Design for living with kids - talk by Shu Hagiwara new
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live Scotland
The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016
Nihongo Cup – The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students in the UK
J-Basic - Last Chance EVER to enrol!
Deadline Extended! Ask me anything in Japanese with director Yuki Tanada
Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) - Term 2
Creation from Catastrophe – how Architecture rebuilds Communities
Primary Japanese Up-skilling Course – Level 1: 5 March 2016

Public Seminar: Female Entrepreneurship in Japan   org

The Japan Foundation, in collaboration with Kobe University, is delighted to present this special seminar exploring the rise of female entrepreneurship in Japan.

As part of recent economic revitalisation measures, the Japanese government has hoped to encourage business and career aspirations of women through a series of policies including promoting leadership roles for women in traditional business models, and also offering funding and support to nurture young female entrepreneurs.

Despite this, some reports indicate that the number of female entrepreneurs in Japan is still less than half that of men, and the 2015 Female Entrepreneur Index, which assesses  favourable conditions for women entrepreneurs, ranks Japan in forty-fourth place, substantially lower than other comparable economies. Why so low?

To explore the challenges facing emerging female entrepreneurs in Japan the seminar will feature a diverse panel including Professor Kazufumi Yugami (Kobe University)  a specialist in  labour economics who will explore contemporary  employment and management practices and policies to explain why growing numbers of women may be more attracted to advancing their careers outwith the typical  corporate environment; sociologist Professor Itsuko Kamoto (Kyoto Women’s University) who will explore the impact of changing family structure in Japan on the social advancement of women; and Mr Tatsuya Imoto, a representative of  Ladies’ Entrepreneur Discussions (LED) Kansai, a new government led network which supports and promotes emerging female entrepreneurs.

Drawing from their extensive range of expertise the panel will explore how Japanese culture, society, and economy has encouraged - or discouraged - the growth of female entrepreneurship, and consider how best emerging female entrepreneurs can be supported in future to maximise their potential.

Joining the discussion will be Professor Ute Stephan, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School who will offer some comparative comments from a UK/European perspective; and chairing the seminar will be sociologist Professor Kiyomitsu Yui, Executive Director of the Centre for EU Studies at Kobe University.


Date: 22 February 2016 from 6.30pm
Venue:

Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD (Close to Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations)


Booking: This event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please send an email to event@jpf.org.uk 


Followed by a drinks reception


Image (left): takayuki/Shutterstock.com 

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The 11th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY   org

Come along and listen to what university students studying Japanese in the UK have to say! The finalists will give their speeches and presentations in Japanese to an audience of fellow students, teachers, parents, key figures from the UK-Japan world and a panel of judges. 

This event is free to attend, and no booking is required.

This event is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation London in joint partnership. The event provides an opportunity for students from the UK and Ireland to demonstrate their Japanese speaking skills.

For more information, including a map to the venue, please download the flier below


Date: 27 February 2016 from 1.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue:

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London. WC1H 0XG

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This event is supported by

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JAPAN NOW   org

Japan Now is a day of talks and debate presenting literature, politics and wider culture of contemporary Japan and featuring writers and critics including Ian Buruma, Kyoko Yoshida, Takashi Hiraide, Fuminori Nakamura and Richard Lloyd Parry.  

From the nation’s response to the Tsunami to writers’ fascination with crime and mystery, Japan Now will take the pulse of the contemporary nation, exploring its recent past and immediate future.

The Japan Foundation forms partnership with Modern Culture for the contemporary literature strand as part of the event.


Date: 27 February 2016 from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Venue:

British Library, Conference Centre
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB


For more information, please click here.
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Japanese Noir - Author Fuminori Nakamura in conversation   org

Japan’s rich literary history may be traced back to the 11th century with the masterpiece The Tale of Genji, a story considered to be the world’s earliest full-length novel. Ever since, many high calibre authors, such as Yukio Mishima, Junichiro Tanizaki, Yasunari Kawabata and most recently Haruki Murakami, have helped increase the presence of Japanese literature in the world. Amidst the success of such literary greats, a new, younger generation of Japanese of authors is also starting to gain international recognition and award-winning author Fuminori Nakamura is without doubt at the front of this movement.

On the occasion of the Japan Now, an event focusing on contemporary writing, politics and culture in Japan (the British Library, 27 February 2016) the Japan Foundation is delighted to host this special talk by Nakamura.

In conversation with journalist Paul Blezard, Nakamura will reflect on his rise into the literary world and introduce his work which has led him to be called the new master of ‘Japanese Noir’. Often featuring marginalised protagonists on the fringes of society, Nakamura will discuss his inspirations and process of creation, as well as overview the current situation of Japanese literature.

With now four of his novels translated to English garnering praise internationally, as well as awards and film adaptations, Nakamura looks set to follow in the footsteps of many literary greats and this event will be great opportunity for booklovers to discover a new voice of Japanese literature.


Date: 28 February 2016 from 2.30pm
Venue:

Foyles Bookshop, Level 6
107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT 


Organised in association with Modern Culture

Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve your please place via Eventbrite, please visit: fuminorinakamura.eventbrite.co.uk

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Japan Conference for schools 2016   org

A free one-day conference for networking and sharing ideas about bringing Japan and Japanese into schools. 

The Japan Conference for Schools is open to schools or local authorities that are new to Japan work, schools implementing Japanese into the curriculum and those involved with partnerships in Japan, and schools looking to enhance or develop an existing programme of Japan-related study.

The day will include a series of speeches and workshops on Japan-related topics. This will include a message from Baroness Coussins, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Modern Languages Group in the house of Lords. The day will also include topics ranging from information from Pearson about the new GCSE exams for Japanese, to calligraphy and sushi workshops, and even a demonstration of shamisen music. You can find out more about the schedule here

This conference aims to provide useful CPD for teachers of Japanese in both primary and secondary schools, as well as teachers who are interested in introducing Japan- related studies.

Open to: All teachers and local authority advisors
Fee: There is no charge for attendance, but prior registration is essential
You can sign up for the conference here.
Lunch will also be provided. 

Schedule:

10:00-10:30

Arrival, registration and coffee

10:30-10:40

Welcome message

10:40-10:50

Message  from Baroness Coussins

10:55-11:10

Shamisen demonstration

11:15-12:05

Workshop 1 (practical sessions about Japan/Japanese culture) 

12:10-12:50

Group discussion – Session one (each group will discuss a specific topic)

12:50-13:40

Lunch and Networking- A buffet lunch will be provided

13:40- 14:30

Workshop 2 

14:35-15:15

Group discussion – Session two

15:20-16:00

Talk from Head Teachers about Japanese at their school 

16:00-16:15

Closing remarks 

Workshop 1:
1. Sushi workshop 
2. Origami Workshop 
3. Kamishibai workshop 
4. Changes to the GCSE workshop  
Workshop 2:
1. Primary Resources workshop 
2. Calligraphy 
3. How to make flipped learning videos 
Group Discussion 1:
1. School linking 
2. Clifton Scientific trust and their science exchanges 
3. How to introduce Japanese to your school 
4. Q&A about grants (teachers can sign up for a 10 min grant slot)
Group Discussion 2
1. Sharing resources 
2. ORJAC- Online Resource for Japanese Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 
3. How to prepare for exams 
4. Q&A about grants (teachers can sign up for a 10 min grant slot)

When you sign up, you will need to choose 2 workshops and 2 group discussions. Information about this is available here


Date: 7 March 2016 from 10.00am to 4.15pm
Venue:

The British Council 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN

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Bite-sized Bunraku: A Little Flavour of Japanese Traditional Puppetry   org

Bunraku is widely thought to be the most sophisticated form of puppetry in the world. Originating in the 17th century in Osaka Japan, the complex performance involves the very delicate and intricate movement of puppets exacted by skilled puppeteers, beside the live music of the shamisen-kata (shamisen player), and overseen by the tayu (narrator), who recites the parts of distinct multiple characters. This classical tradition is one of Japan’s main traditional performing art forms alongside Kabuki and Noh, and was designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2003.

Due to the refined arrangement and complex staging of this serious art form, Bunraku is rarely performed in full outside Japan, nonetheless The Japan Foundation has invited Kanjuro Kiritake III, one of the most revered modern Bunraku puppeteers, and a select few professionals from Japan’s Bunraku world performers to present the performance skills that they have spent a lifetime acquiring.

Including two excerpts of well-known Bunraku titles “Hadesugata Onna Maiginu : Sakaya no dan ‘Osono’” and “Honcho Nijushiko : Okuniwa Kitsunebi no dan”, this event will also featuring a complementary talk explaining the three roles in Bunraku plays to give attendees a delicious flavour of this high-level stage art with exquisite dolls. 


Date: 7 March 2016 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio
Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN


Booking:

Tickets for this event are priced at £7 (concessions £5). To book tickets, please click here.

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Design for living with kids - talk by Shu Hagiwara   org

In a modern environment, life with a child necessitates different requirements and results. The nuclear family in contemporary Japan has seen a rise in working mothers and along with the decline of the childbirth rate, it is becoming increasingly important for a shift in perception as to what design and designers can offer in order to accommodate these sociological and localised changes. As such, Japanese product design reveals that designers are creating items not only from the viewpoint of the children that will be the direct users but also from the perspective of families living with the children.

Shu Hagiwara, designer and advocate of design for children has for the past decade been dedicated to the grass-root project “kids, Goods and things” which offers a platform for designers to explore what is needed in busy households. In this special talk, Hagiwara will introduce his long term activities while showcasing the products and ideas that have stemmed from them, including designs which facilitate the development of identity, hand-eye coordination, and the strengthening of relationships with parents, siblings, and other children. This talk will also reflect upon some essential issues in modern design and how designers can be seen to be proactive promoters of social change by creating products that are not only user-friendly but also sustainable and lovable.


Date: 2 March 2016 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4JU


Booking:

This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book your place via Eventbrite, please click here

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Japan Foundation at Language Show Live Scotland   org

Come and see the Japan Foundation at Language Show Live Scotland!

Following the continued success of Europe’s longest running premier language event, hosted in London for the past 27 years, Language Show Live will be opening its doors to Glasgow this 11-12 March for two inspirational days packed with free educational seminars, language classes, live forums and cultural performances in an incredible celebration of languages.

Packed full of information about studying and teaching Japanese in the UK, our Japan Foundation Information Stand   will be staffed with members of Japan Foundation who would be delighted to give you advice on your Japanese language studies. Our stand will also include a prize draw to win our Goody Bag!

Additionally, we’ll be holding a free Japanese Language Taster on Saturday 12th March, 13:30-14:00, giving you the chance to experience Japanese language first hand. Don’t miss it!

For more information and to register for free entry, see the Language Show Live Scotland website here.


Date: 11 March 2016 - 12 March 2016 from 10.00am to 6.00pm
Venue:

 

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC)
Exhibition Way
Finnieston
Glasgow
G3 8YW 

Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Exhibition Way, Finnieston, Glasgow. G3 8YW 

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016   org

IKIRU: The Highs and Lows of Life in Japanese Cinema

Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s iconic 1952 film Ikiru (“To Live”), the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016 will provide an exciting collection of films looking at the way in which Japanese filmmakers have been observing and capturing people’s lives, and how people across the ages persevere, negotiate and reconcile with the environment and situation they live in. This year’s programme is the largest yet and will feature a mixture of classics, animation and contemporary films, catering for all audiences’ tastes!

For full details of the lineup and participating venues, please visit the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website.


Date: 5 February 2016 - 26 March 2016
Venue:

Nationwide


Image, from top: The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (part), Noriben - The Recipe for Fortune (part), The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman (part)

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Nihongo Cup – The Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students in the UK   org

We are delighted to announce that the Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students in the UK is open for applications!

This contest is open to students in the UK studying Japanese language. There are three categories: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4&5 Pre-GCSE, and Key Stage 4&5 Post GCSE. Finalists will be invited to perform their speech at Conway Hall in front of a panel of judges and VIPs from the field of Japanese language education and Japan-UK relations, for the chance to win some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Closing date for entries: 31st March 2016 
Finals Day: 18th June 2016 at Conway Hall, London

Please find files for the application forms, rules and information, and poster for Nihongo Cup below. 


Date: 10 December 2015 - 31 March 2016
Download Nihongo Cup 2016 -Poster
Download Nihongo Cup 2016 - Application Form
Download Nihongo Cup 2016 - Information and Rules

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London.

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J-Basic - Last Chance EVER to enrol!   org

 

J-Basic Online for Teachers will close on 30 June 2016.
Applications for all stages will be accepted until 31 March 2016

J-Basic Online for Teachers, the online course for teachers with a basic level of Japanese will close permanently on 30 June 2016. Applications for all stages will be accepted until 31 March 2016.

About J-Basic

This online course is for teachers with a basic level of Japanese who would like to build up their language skills. Through the course, you will develop a basic working knowledge of Japanese grammatical structures and build up your confidence and skills in using Japanese effectively in your classroom.  This course is provided by the Japan Foundation Sydney.

Course fee:  A$130 - A$190 

Who can sign up?
Any teacher residing in the UK, Australia or New Zealand who has a basic knowledge of Japanese, and can read hiragana and katakana.

What level of Japanese is it suitable for?
Four stages are available. We recommend you take the “level check test” to make sure you choose the best level for you. Stage 1 (the easiest) is suitable for those who know hiragana and katakana.  Stage 4 (the hardest) is about the same level at N5 (old Level 4) of the JLPT.

How does the course work?
Every week a new unit is uploaded. You will work through the unit at your own pace, and then complete your homework by the end of each week. Your homework will be marked and returned to you with helpful advice and comments from our Japanese Language Advisor. 

Feedback from previous participants:

“I have really enjoyed it, the course content is useful as covers all areas of the Japanese language i.e. speaking, listening, reading, writing – lots of writing practice which is a challenge but good practice!”

“I really, really like the Production task, especially as you get some prompt feedback from the Language Advisor. Brilliant!”

There are no "terms" for this year's course, you can enrol any time, but please remember that enrolment on this course will close indefinitely on March 31st, so don't miss this one final chance to join.

Click here for more information and to enrol


Date: 21 January 2016 - 31 March 2016
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Deadline Extended! Ask me anything in Japanese with director Yuki Tanada   org

An exclusive opportunity for Japanese language learners to use their language skills to talk with Yuki Tanada, considered one of Japan’s most talented filmmakers!

One of the highlights of the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme 2016 will be the screening The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, Yuki Tanada’s 2012 movie that boldly reveals the inner lives, hardships and cooped-up feelings of individuals in modern day Japan. As part of her UK tour, Tanada herself will be hosting a very special evening for students of intermediate and advanced level Japanese, where they will be given the opportunity to ask her in Japanese about her life, her work and her feelings about Japanese society.

To help them express their ideas and feelings, participants will be supported by the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Language Advisors. Additionally, the fee will include complimentary tickets to view a screening of The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (on Feb 9th, Cert. 18) prior to the event.

This really is a once in a lifetime chance for Japanese language learners to speak with a highly respected member of the Japanese film industry
– do not miss out!  

  • Fee: £10.00, including complimentary tickets to a screening of Tanada’s The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky on Feb. 9th
  • Open to: Speakers of Japanese aged 18+ whose language ability is intermediate or advanced (approximately JLPT N3 level/JF Nihongo Standard B1 or above). 
  • Deadline to book: Extended! Tuesday 9th February 9:30am

Click here to book your place

Images: The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, dir. Yuki Tanada, 2012

Yuki Tanada, Director

After studying filmmaking at the Image Forum in Tokyo, Tanada wrote, directed, and starred in Moru, an independently produced film which won the grand prize at the Pia Film Festival in 2011. Tanada followed with a documentary on the folk singer Wataru Takada in 2003 before directing the erotic comic drama Moon and Cherry in 2004. Her recent films include One Million Yen Girl (2008) which was honoured with the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award and was screened as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme in 2011, Ain’t No Tomorrows (2008), The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (2012), screening as part of this year’s programme, the Mourning Recipe (2013) and Romance (2015). Tanada has written scripts for many of her films as well as contributed the script to Mika Ninagawa’s Sakuran (2007).
“With her films manifesting a unique wit and a genuine warmth and affection for her characters, [Tanada] is one of the most exciting arrivals on the scene” Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye
“There are only a handful of filmmakers like Tanada in Japan today, those whose work so keenly and unsentimentally examines the inner lives of everyday Japanese.” Chris MaGee, J Film Pow Wow

After studying filmmaking at the Image Forum in Tokyo, Tanada wrote, directed, and starred in Moru, an independently produced film which won the grand prize at the Pia Film Festival in 2011. Tanada followed with a documentary on the folk singer Wataru Takada in 2003 before directing the erotic comic drama Moon and Cherry in 2004. Her recent films include One Million Yen Girl (2008) which was honoured with the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award and was screened as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme in 2011, Ain’t No Tomorrows (2008), The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (2012), screening as part of this year’s programme, The Mourning Recipe (2013) and Romance (2015). Tanada has written scripts for many of her films as well as contributing the script to Mika Ninagawa’s Sakuran (2007).

“With her films manifesting a unique wit and a genuine warmth and affection for her characters, [Tanada] is one of the most exciting arrivals on the scene” Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye

“There are only a handful of filmmakers like Tanada in Japan today, those whose work so keenly and unsentimentally examines the inner lives of everyday Japanese.” Chris MaGee, J Film Pow Wow

Click here to book your place
Deadline to book: EXTENDED! Tuesday 9th February 9:30am


Date: 10 February 2016 from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Venue:

ICA London, The Mall, London. SW1Y 5AH 


Screening of The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky supported by:

     

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Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course (Starter A1 Level) - Term 2   org

The Marugoto Japanese Language & Culture Course A1 (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for absolute beginners in Japanese. It is equivalent to A1 Breakthrough of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).*

The course is based on new communicative approaches to learning, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus purely on grammar and sentence structure. It uses the Marugoto Coursebooks for Activities, new textbooks published by the Japan Foundation.

This course runs from October 2015 to June 2016 and is suitable for those who may wish to learn basic Japanese conversation without mastering Japanese scripts, such as those going to Japan on holiday or for business purposes.

The aim of this course is to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, order in Japanese restaurants and gain knowledge about Japanese customs. During the course, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese. The course will not focus on language alone: learning about Japanese culture will also be an important element. Additionally, participants will be given special access to the book loan service of the Japan Foundation London Library for the duration of the term for which they are enrolled, as well as access to the supplementary MARUGOTO Plus Japanese Learning website.

This course is perfect for beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations, and to really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 2 Dates: 12th  January – 15th  March 2016 (every Tuesday; course content is the same each week ), 19:00 - 21:00
  • Venue: [TBC] SOAS Language Centre, 22 Russell Square, London. WC1H 0XG
  • Course Fee: £330 per term, including course textbook and materials 

For more information please click here. To register your place, please email japanese@soas.ac.uk to arrange assessments. 


Date: 12 January 2016 - 15 March 2016 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Download JpLangCult 2015-2016 Flyer

* This course takes the measure of language competence on the Japan Foundation Standard for Japanese Language Education which is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A1 Breakthrough Level is the first and most basic level of the Japan Foundation Standard. 

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Creation from Catastrophe – how Architecture rebuilds Communities   JPsupported

Destruction and devastation present unique opportunities to radically rethink our environment. This exhibition explores the varying ways that cities and communities have been re-imagined in the aftermath of natural or man-made exhibitions. Among the exhibition’s case studies, a number of Japanese architects and movements will be represented including the Metabolism movement showcasing works by Arata Isozaki, Kenzo Tange and Kisho Kurokawa, as well as 21st century solutions, such as the Homes-For-All project instigated by Toyo Ito and Shigeru Ban’s Nepal project from 2015.


Date: 27 January 2016 - 24 April 2016
Venue:

The Architecture Gallery, RIBA
66 Portland Pl, Marylebone, London W1B 1AD


For more information, please click here

Image: Photomural - Reruined Hiroshima, project by Arata Isozaki © MOMA

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Primary Japanese Up-skilling Course – Level 1: 5 March 2016   JPsupported

Network for Learning at Bath Spa University is running a Japanese language course for primary teachers. This Japanese Up-skilling course is a fun and interactive way of increasing your knowledge of Japanese vocabulary and confidence in pronouncing words correctly whilst, at the same time, learning practical games and activities that can be used in the classroom the very next day.

You will consider how you can introduce cultural awareness into your teaching of Japanese and consider elements which would make up a successful Japanese cross-curricular day in a primary school.

The course focuses on:-

  • confidence in simple conversational Japanese;
  • pronunciation;
  • speaking and listening skills;
  • writing Japanese characters;
  • cultural awareness;
  • cross-curricular themes;
  • teaching resources currently available.

You will leave with course certification to show future employers.
No previous knowledge required.
This course is funded by the Japan Foundation and is free of charge to delegates

The course will run at Bath Spa University from 9.00-15.00: lunch and other refreshments will be provided. Further information and course booking here.


Date: 5 March 2016 from 9.00am to 3.00pm
Venue:

Bath Spa University


For more information, please click here.
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