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The Twelfth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2016
Primary Japanese Resource Sharing workshop
Dartford Grammar School - Japanese Networking Event for Head Teachers

Using Drama to Enrich Japanese Language Education   org

An event for teachers of Japanese to show how to use play-readings within language lessons.

The first half will be a workshop about play-readings and a talk by the Japanese playwright, Toshinobu Kojo. This will be followed by a discussion about how teachers could use these kind of readings in their own classes.

As this event is co-organised by the Japan Foundation London, we will look at excerpts from PIGHEAD Inspired by William Golding's "The Lord of the Flies" by Toshinobu Kojo. This will be a exciting opportunity to be directed by Toshinobu Kojo himself in this play reading workshop. We welcome advanced learners of Japanese who are interested in theatre to join this section.

The second half of the event will be about how teachers can use drama to enrich their Japanese language classes. Participants will be able to use their experiences from the previous workshop and work out how they could use this in their own Japanese language classes. This section will be led by Suzuko Anai from Oxford Brookes University.

If you’d like to find out more about staged readings and the performance of PIGHEAD there is further information on the Japan Foundation website here.

The event is aimed at teachers of Japanese as well as advanced learners of Japanese who are interested in theatre. It is possible to only attend the first half of the event.

Cost: £5 (for both BATJ members and non-members)
Speakers: The playwright, Toshinobu Kojo  and Suzuko Anai from Oxford Brookes University. 

Date: 6 November 2016 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm

SOAS, University of London, Brunei Gallery B111 click here for directions

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The Twelfth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 12th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is open for applications!

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 4th March 2017 at King’s College London.

:: Contest Aims
The main purpose of the event is to improve the speaking and presentation skills of students studying Japanese as a foreign language. Through this event, we hope to promote Japanese language learning at higher education level in the UK and Ireland. The contest is organised by the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (BATJ) and the Japan Foundation, London.

:: Who can apply?
The contest is aimed at undergraduate students who are currently studying Japanese as a foreign language at a university in the UK or Ireland. Postgraduate students are not eligible. Candidates with Japanese parents are welcome to apply. Please see our websites for full eligibility criteria. Please note that First Prize winners from previous years will not be able to enter the same category again this year. There are three different categories:

1. Speech Category: Students take part in this category as individuals, and are free to choose their speech topic. The Speech Category is for those who are studying Japanese as either a degree or non-degree course at a including an elective, optional or other university-based language course.
Application Deadline: Thursday 10th November 2016

2. Individual Presentation Category: Students take part in this category as individuals. The Individual Presentation Category is aimed at those studying Japanese at post beginner level. Participants will give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: Thursday 24th November 2016

3. Group Presentation Category: Aimed at those studying Japanese at beginner level. Participants will take part in groups of two to four students and give a PowerPoint presentation using Japanese.
Application Deadline: Thursday 1st December 2016

Please see the files below for contest poster, FAQ and application forms for each category.

Date: 31 August 2016 - 1 December 2016
Download ApplicationForm-Speech_Category(12)
Download ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category(12)
Download ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category(12)
Download FAQ(12)
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download 12thSpeechContest

“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.”
- Dennis Sung, 1st Prize, Individual Presentation Category (11thSpeech Contest Finals Day, 2016)

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Japanese Taster for Schools Programme Volunteer Training Day 2016   org

We are delighted to announce that the next Training Day for existing and prospective volunteers of our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place this November!

About the JTS Programme

Can you speak Japanese? Are you keen to promote the language to young people around the UK? If so, the Japan Foundation needs YOU!

JTS volunteers carry out school visits across the UK to introduce students at any level to the Japanese language. One of the main purposes of JTS is to give schools that do not teach Japanese the opportunity to find out what it is like to learn the language and to provide them with further information should they wish to start offering Japanese.

By joining the JTS Programme you will be a member of a UK-wide network of over 300 Japanese speakers who are keen to visit schools on a one-shot basis to carry out Japanese language tasters. JTS is as big a time commitment as you want it to be. If you are have time to spare, are keen and enthusiastic, it is a great opportunity to get some teaching experience. You can find out more about the JTS Programme here

JTS Volunteer Training Day

Our JTS Volunteer Training Days are a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, get teaching ideas, and ask any questions you may have. Those who are not yet members of JTS but are interested in joining are also welcome to sign up for the training day. You can read about our last Training Day, held in November 2015, here.

Additionally, this Training Day will include an exclusive discussion session on supporting Japanese as a home language, especially for parents and teachers at Japanese supplementary schools and language groups who would like hints and tips on teaching Japanese to their children.

Click here to book your place!

Date: 25 November 2016 from 11.15am to 3.40pm

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Download JTS2016-Timetable
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Primary Japanese Resource Sharing workshop   org

In this free workshop, primary school teachers at all levels of Japanese proficiency will share teaching materials and ideas that can inspire their pupils.

Resource Sharing:
This event will bring together primary teachers of Japanese to share their ideas about what went well with their Japanese teaching over the last year. There will be information about how teachers have used the scheme of work, how they improved the resources, what worked best, as well as introduce other useful resources or ideas that they have tried in their classes.

The Japan Foundation Scheme of Work for Primary Schools:
This event will also introduce new resources that can be used alongside the Japan Foundation’s Japanese Scheme of Work for Key Stage 2 – for Year 4 and 5s.  This will help give teachers of Japanese information and ideas to continue teaching Japanese for the second and third years.

The resources follow the Japan Foundation Japanese Scheme of Work for Primary Schools, which is packed full of lesson plans, resources and exciting and fun ideas for teaching primary-level Japanese to Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 pupils. These teaching materials have been created by the Japan Foundation’s Chief Language Advisor Makoto Netsu, and have been tested with two classes of Year 4 pupils at Southfield Primary School. Participants will additionally have access to exclusive draft versions of the resources, and Mr Netsu will give explanations about how he has used them, and how they might be adapted for other primary Japanese classes. The resources themselves include worksheets, plans, activities, games etc.

Book your place today here.

This course is for teachers of any level of Japanese that would like some hints about how to get started and how to use the Japan Foundation Scheme of work for Key Stage 2 Japanese language lessons.

 Spaces on this course are limited. Priority will be given to teachers or trainee teachers employed by a primary school.

Timetable (provisional and subject to change):


10:00 – 10:15  Introduction, greetings
10:15 – 10:45  Helen Morris from Madley Primary School -  Momotaro Play
10:45 – 11:00  Share ideas/ discussion
11:00 – 11:30  Clare Kuroishi – Using kendo, and rajio taiso (teach parts of the body)
11:30 – 11:45  Share ideas / discussion
11:45 – 12:15  Aya Kamura Mirto - Teaching about the weather and making teru teru bozu
12:15 – 12:30  Share ideas / discussion
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch
13:30 – 14:30  Introducing the JF Scheme of Work for Year 4 – Year 5
14:30 – 15:00  Introduction to support from Japan Foundation
15:00 – 15:30  Q&A, Evaluation and extra time to share ideas 

Date: 5 December 2016 from 10.00am to 3.30pm

Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL

Book your place today here.

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Dartford Grammar School - Japanese Networking Event for Head Teachers   JPsupported

In association with the Japan Foundation, Dartford Grammar School for Boys would like to invite Head Teachers, school governors and members of the Senior Management team to a networking event in order to discuss and showcase the significance of the Japanese language as part of the Primary and Secondary curriculum. (Maximum of 2 free places per school)

Japanese was introduced at Dartford Grammar School in 1998 and was immediately popular. Over the next few years it became fully embedded in the curriculum and we now have 370 students throughout the school learning Japanese.  The enjoyment of Japanese learning has had a significant positive impact on the learning and success of other languages.  In 2015 Japanese became a compulsory subject for half of Year 7 (93 pupils) who will continue with Japanese until their GCSE in Year 11.  Therefore by 2020 there will be 450 Key Stage 3 and 4 Japanese learners and approximately 80 Key Stage 5 students studying Japanese at level 3.

It is a subject that is remarkably popular with our students, who are motivated by its fascinating traditions, youth culture and the artistic appeal of writing characters. As a direct result of their interest in, and commitment to Japanese, we have achieved between 96%-100% grade A*-C with our GCSE students over the last 10 years.

We would like to offer the opportunity to talk to a wider network of Head Teachers, Governors and members of senior management of schools who may be interested in taking Japanese up as an extra-curricular subject, introducing it to the curriculum, or further embedding it within the curriculum.  Therefore on the 2nd November we would like to invite you to visit our school and participate in a programme of lesson observations, discussions and sharing of practical ideas about the provision of Japanese at your school.  We will cover implications for the curriculum resources and teacher supply.

If you would like to find out more about the transformational qualities of Japanese learning in a secondary or primary school, please email to register your interest in this event.

Date: 2 November 2016 from 9.30am to 1.30pm

Venue: Dartford Grammar School for Boys
West Hill, Dartford DA1 2HW 

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