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The 11th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
Japan Conference for schools 2016 new
Japan Foundation at Language Show Live Scotland
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
Primary Japanese Up-skilling Course – Level 1: 5 March 2016

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 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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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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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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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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