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Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con July 2015
Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival July 2015
Japanese Refresher Course for Teachers 2015
Japanese from Scratch: All About Bento! new
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015

Japan Foundation at London Anime & Gaming Con July 2015   org

The Japan Foundation will be at London Anime & Gaming Con on 4th and 5th July 2015.

Visit our stand for information about studying Japanese, freebies and the chance to enter our quiz and win some great prizes!

What's more, we will be giving a short Japanese taster session and a presentation on the resources and support available for Japanese language learners at 2:30 on the Saturday, and again at 2:00 on the Sunday. 

Booking details and more information about the convention, which is organised by Anime League, can be found on the official website, www.londonanimecon.com


Date: 4 July 2015 - 5 July 2015
Venue:

London Metropolitan University, N7 8DB

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Japan Foundation at Hyper Japan Festival July 2015   org

The Japan Foundation are once again delighted to be exhibiting this July at HYPER JAPAN- the UK’s biggest J-Culture event.

Come and visit our stand to learn how the Japan Foundation can help you learn about Japanese language and culture, get Japanese language started at your school, or simply get involved in events and activities related to Japan.

We’ll also be giving away some exclusive free gifts, as well as holding a Japan Quiz with some fantastic prizes!

For more information and to buy a ticket, please click here to visit the official Hyper Japan website. Tickets on sale now!


Date: 10 July 2015 - 12 July 2015
Venue:

The O2, London

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Japanese Refresher Course for Teachers 2015   org

This is a free, intensive language course for teachers who want to improve their Japanese language teaching skills, as well as their own language ability.

The theme for the 2015 course is 「日本の最新事情」- "The Latest from Japan." The aim of the course will be to update your knowledge about Japanese society and culture, while at the same time brushing up your own Japanese language ability. We will also explore various classroom activities and ideas for teaching Japanese.

This course will be held at two levels: Intermediate (approx. JLPT N3) and Advanced (approx. JLPT N2 & N1), which will both be held simultaneously in the same classroom, divided into two groups. If you have never passed the JLPT for N3 or above, you will need to take an online placement test within 1 week applying in order to determine which group will be best suited for you; those who cannot take the test online will have the opportunity to take it on the first day of the course before the lessons start.

  • When: 28th, 29th & 30th July 2015, 10:30 - 16:00, with a lunch break between 12:45 - 13:45
  • Where: River Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London. WC2R 2LS
  • Participation Fee: This course is free, but participants must cover their own travel, accommodation and lunch costs.
  • Open to: This course is for non-native speaking teachers of approximately JLPT N3 level (or JF Standard B1 level) Japanese and above, as well as teachers and PGCE students who have the chance to offer Japanese in future. All the lectures and discussions will be held in Japanese. Please note that spaces are limited. Priority will be given to teachers based at UK schools.

Feedback from last year's participants:

“Very useful practice. Excellent tips from JF staff, especially on grammar and very resourceful participants.” (Olga Saburova, Rochester Grammar School)

“Very good balance of activities: song/dance/manga/grammar etc, targeting a wide range of age groups and abilities.” (Forum Mithani, Westminster Kingsway College)

“Overall, this was an excellent course. I would recommend it to all teachers of Japanese.”
(Robert Fox, Aston University)

>>> Click here to apply <<<


Date: 28 July 2015 - 30 July 2015 from 10.30am
Venue:

River Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London. WC2R 2LS

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Japanese from Scratch: All About Bento!   org

Japanese from Scratch workshops are held by the Japan Foundation for those who are interested in learning Japanese but haven't started yet, or those who have just started learning Japanese. In September’s workshop, you can get a taste of the Japanese language while discovering the fascinating culture of bento – Japanese boxed meals!

The culture of making meals in bento boxes has existed for centuries in Japan, and continues to be popular in modern society. In recent years, bento have attracted worldwide attention for their practicality, creativity and attractive nature.

In this workshop, you will have the chance to learn:

  • All about Japan’s culture of bento and the characteristics of a typical bento meal

  • How to talk about your favourite food in Japanese  

  • Essential Japanese language skills for dining in Japan

We hope this event will give participants a taste for studying more Japanese language, and a craving to visit Japan themselves!

When: 8th or 9th September 2015 (Content is the same each day),  19:00 – 20:30   

Participation Fee: £5.00

Click here to register your place


Date: 8 September 2015 - 9 September 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 


Photo credits: gamene (centre, bottom right), Keiichi Yas (top right), Melanie M (bottom left), via Flickr.com

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J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015   org

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 (depending on stage) 

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 as 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!”

 2015 Dates 

  • Term 1 February 2 March 27
    Term 2 May 4 June 26
    Term 3 August 3 September 25
    Term 4 19 October December 11
    Term 1 February 2 - March 27
  • Term 2 May 4- June 26
  • Term 3 August 3 - September 25
  • Term 4 19 October - December 11
Session 1: 3 February – 28 March 2014
Session 2: 31 March – 23 May 2014
Session 3: 26 May – 18 July 2014
Session 4: 21 July – 12 September 2014
Session 5: 15 September– 7 November 2014

Session 6: 24 November 2014 -23 January 2015

 

 For more information and to enrol, please go to http://www.jpf.org.au/jbasic


Date: 3 February 2014 - 23 January 2015
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The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 3   org

Term 3 now closed for further applications

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for beginners (JF Standard for Japanese Language Education A1 Breakthrough) of Japanese. It is based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, rather than traditional methods of language education that focus on grammar and sentence structure. The aim of the course will be to use Japanese language skills to get to know people, visit restaurants and take part in many other Japan-related events. At the end of every lesson, participants will be able to perform specific, practical tasks in Japanese.

The course will not focus on language alone; learning Japanese culture will also be an important element in the lessons. The course will incorporate videos, games and media that will help you to learn about Japan and to give you the opportunity to use your new Japanese skills outside of the classroom. You will also have access to the supplementary MARUGOTO+ Japanese Learning websiteThis course is perfect for beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations and really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 3 Dates: 23rd April 2015 – 23rd June 2015 (every Thursday)19:00 - 21:00
  • Course Leader: Mr Shinichiro Okajima, SOAS Language Centre
  • Venue: SOAS, University of London 
  • Course Fee: £330 per term, including course textbook and materials 

I liked the pace of the course and was surprised we learned hiragana and katakana [Japanese writing] so quickly. As it was an introductory course, I felt the balance was right for people who were complete beginners  and self-studying students like myself who had a little bit of language under my belt already. I certainly feel, after learning about ordering food, that I would be able to do this in Japan.” - JP Rutter, former course participant.

For more information to book your place please click here to visit the SOAS website. 

For full information about the course timetable, future term dates etc. please download the flier below.

Other Japanese courses organised by SOAS can be found here.


Date: 23 April 2015 - 23 June 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
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Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015   org


As part of the Japan Foundation’s Primary Japanese Campaign to support and encourage primary schools teaching Japanese language, we will be giving 20 primary head teachers the opportunity to take a study trip to Japan from Saturday 24th October to Saturday 31st October on the Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers 2015. 

The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as visits to Japanese school to observe the Japanese education system first-hand. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with teachers in Japan, as well as with other head teachers in the UK whose schools are enthusiastic about Japanese. The Japan Foundation will cover all travel, accommodation and meal expenses. You can see a report about last year’s tour here and you can see photos of the tour here.

We are looking for sign-ups from headteachers in primary schools that fit any one of the criteria below (1-3.) If your school’s head teacher is unable to join us on this tour, we can accept applications to send deputy headteachers in their place.  However, please ask your headteacher to fill in the application for you as we will only accept applications through headteachers. The Japan Foundation reserves the right to choose which schools will participate in this programme.

  1. Primary schools that are interested in introducing Japanese onto their main curriculum. 
  2. Primary schools that are interesting in providing extracurricular activities (Japanese clubs)
  3. Primary schools that already teach Japanese that would like to share their ideas with other schools in their area and spread the teaching of Japanese to other schools.  

We are now taking applications for this programme. Please click here to register your interest. Deadline for applications is 15th July 2015.

The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as visits to Japanese school to observe the Japanese education system first-hand. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to network with teachers in Japan, as well as with other head teachers in the UK whose schools are enthusiastic about Japanese. The Japan Foundation will cover all travel, accommodation and meal expenses. You can see a report about last year’s tour here (http://www.jpf.org.uk/news.view.php?id=352) and you can see photos of the tour here (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.692724727489464.1073741833.269104933184781&type=3).
We are looking for sign-ups from headteachers in primary schools that fit any one of the criteria below (1-3.) If your school’s head teacher is unable to join us on this tour, we can accept applications to send deputy headteachers in their place.  However, please ask your headteacher to fill in the application for you as we will only accept applications through headteachers. The Japan Foundation reserves the right to choose which schools will participate in this programme.
1. Primary schools that are interested in introducing Japanese onto their main curriculum. 
2. Primary schools that are interesting in providing extracurricular activities (Japanese clubs)
3. Primary schools that already teach Japanese that would like to share their ideas with other schools in their area and spread the teaching of Japanese to other schools. 

 


Date: 24 October 2015 - 31 October 2015

Please click here to register your interest. Deadline for applications is 15th July 2015.

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