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The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY
Japan Conference for Schools 2015
Japanese for Juniors: Learn Japanese through Stamp-Making! new
The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening new
J-Basic Online for Teachers 2015
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 2
Dartford Grammar School - GCSE and IB event

The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students FINALS DAY   org

Come along and listen to what young people 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 theUK-Japan world and a panel of judges.

Please come to the Finals Day to give the finalists your support! No booking is required - simply turn up on the day (but please note that seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis)

About the contest

This contest gives students the chance to make their voices heard in Japanese, and win some fantastic prizes including a return air ticket to Japan! Finalists will all perform their speeches on Saturday 28th February 2015 at Regent’s University 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.

:: Prizes
Just some of the fantastic prizes awarded at this contest include a digital camera, a PC, and a return air ticket to Japan plus a Japan Rail Pass! Download the contest flyer below for full details on the prizes

This contest is generously sponsored by:
Baker & McKenzie LLP ・Bloomberg L.P.・Central Japan Railway Company・Eikoku News Digest ・Gendai Travel・ The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation ・Japan Airlines・Japan Centre・JP-Books (JPT Europe) Ltd.・ Oxford Brookes University・ Regent's University, London・Ricoh UK Ltd・Toshiba of Europe Ltd 


Date: 28 February 2015 from 1.00pm
Venue:

Regent's University London. Inner Circle, Regent's Park,London NW1 4NS

Download FinalsDayFlyer
Download 2014_FAQ
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
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Japan Conference for Schools 2015   org

This one-day conference is organised by the Japan Society, the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan. The conference is free to attend, and open to schools or local authorities that are new to Japan work, schools implementing Japanese into the curriculum, those involved with partnerships in Japan and schools looking to enhance or develop an existing programme of Japan-related study. The aim is for people to network and share practical ideas about introducing Japan and Japanese in their schools. It also aims to give experienced schools ideas on taking their Japanese activities further.

To provisionally book your place on the course please click here

Fee: Free (Registration required)
Lunch will be provided on the day

Draft Schedule:
10.00 – 10.30      Arrival, registration and coffee
10.30 – 10.40      Welcome message from the Embassy of Japan
10.40 – 11.30      Key Note Speech: Lorraine Cooper, Deputy Headteacher, Maryland Primary School
11.30 – 11.40      Break- Tea and Coffee
11.40 – 12.30      Workshop 1 (workshops will be practical sessions about Japan/Japanese culture)
12.30 – 13.20      Lunch and Networking - A buffet lunch will be provided
13.20 – 14.10      Workshop 2       
14.15 – 15.05      Group discussion – Session one (each group will discuss a specific topic)
15.10 – 16.00      Group discussion – Session two
16.00 – 16.15      Closing remarks 

Workshops:

  1. Stephen Schwab- who will look at Japan and its place in the curriculum especially Geography (KS2/KS3). 
  2. Kamishibai- Japan Foundation
  3. Flipped Learning, how to help improve GCSE results – Anne Rajakuma
  4. Origami- Japan Society.

Discussions:

  1. Helen Morris (Madley Primary School)- School linking/linking activities and projects
  2. Japan Society, Japan Foundation, Embassy support 
  3. Secndary Japanese Language
    Session 1- Sharing teaching ideas 
    Session 2- Teaching Japanese to dyslexic students
  4. Primary Japanese Language
    Session 1- New primary scheme of work – Makoto Netsu
    Session 2- Sharing teaching ideas

Date: 3 March 2015
Venue:

Venue: The Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly
London W1J 7JT 


To provisionally book your place on the course please click here

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Japanese for Juniors: Learn Japanese through Stamp-Making!   org

Have you or your children ever wanted to study Japanese but were unsure where to start? Why not learn a little Japanese together while learning all about Japanese stamps and having a go at making your own!

Personal seals and stamps (hanko) are an important part of Japanese culture, found everywhere from business to art. In this special hands-on Japan Foundation workshop, you and your children can enjoy learning all about Japanese writing, including how to write your own name. We’ll also look at the culture of hanko in Japan and even show you how you can transform an ordinary eraser into a Japanese stamp using the new Japanese you have learned!

Date: Sunday 22nd March 2015, 10:30-12:30 or 14:00-16:00
Venue: Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Fee: £5.00 per child (Accompanying adults are free. Fee includes materials plus a small gift)

When: Sunday 22nd March 2015, 10:30-12:30 or 14:00-16:00
Where: Bertrand Russell Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Fee: £5.00 per child (Accompanying adults are free. Fee includes materials plus a small gift)

This workshop is aimed at adults and children (age 7-12) who have not studied Japanese language. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child!

For more information and to register your place, 

please click here

Please note that spaces are limited to 20 people maximum per session – first come, first served. 

To register your place, please click here

Please note that spaces are limited to 20 people maximum per session – first come, first served. 


Date: 22 March 2015
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The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15 - Award Ceremony and Presentation Evening   org

Come and see the work of the winners of the Japan Foundation’s Japan Webpage Contest for Schools!

Twenty schools in the UK have developed webpages to highlight to highlight the Japan-related work they have been doing, and to share their love and enthusiasm for Japan throughout the world, as participants in the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools. Now, over six months after the contest opened, a panel of judges have selected the winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes, while members of the public have voted on the winners of the Primary and Secondary Public Vote prizes. The winners in alphabetical order are:

We will reveal which schools have won which prizes at the Award Ceremony itself.

We are inviting members of the public to come to the Award Ceremony & Presentation Evening for the contest, to see the winning schools receive their prizes and present their website. You will also have the chance to meet with the teachers and students at the reception after the ceremony.

Click here to book your place

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About the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools

This contest is open to any UK school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that's part of your school's website.

The tentative schedule for the webpage contest is as follows:

  • Deadline to enter the contest January 12th 2015
  • Short-listed schools announced Mid January 2015 
  • Online public voting February 2015
  • Announcement of contest winners Monday 2nd March 2015
  • Presentation Evening and Award Ceremony March 2015

Applications for this contest are now closed. For details on the Public Vote and Award Ceremony, please keep checking the Japan Webpage Contest for Schools website at www.japanwebpagecontest.org.uk


Date: 28 March 2015 from 2.30pm
Venue:

Room 642, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Download JWCS14-Flyer2sides(lowres)

This contest is supported by the Association for Language Learning (ALL), the British Council, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Japan Centre, JP BOOKS and the Japan Society.

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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 2   org

Term 2 is now closed for enrolment. 

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 2 Dates: 15th January 2015 – 19th March 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. Term 2 is now closed for enrolment. 

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


Date: 15 January 2015 - 19 March 2015 from 7.00pm
Venue:

Download JpLangCult 2014-2015
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Dartford Grammar School - GCSE and IB event   JPsupported

There will be a Chinese and Japanese GCSE & IB event at Dartford Grammar School on Friday 27th February 2015. It will be an opportunity for teachers to discuss developments relating to both GCSE and IB; conduct moderation and share good practice. UCL IOE Confucius Institute and The Japan Foundation are both supporting this event and Katharine Carruthers and Tomoki Akazawa will chair discussions on the day regarding the current teaching of Chinese and Japanese.

Sessions will be divided into subject specific groups but there will be opportunities throughout the day for teachers from each language to network.

Teachers have the option to attend either the morning GCSE session or the afternoon IB session, or both.

Schedule for the day:
8.45-9.00: Registration and networking
9.00-9.30am: Welcome and Address from Katharine Carruthers (Director, IOE Confucius Institute for Schools) and Tomoki Akazawa (Deputy Director, The Japan Foundation)
9.30-10.15am: Discussions chaired by Katharine Carruthers and Tomoki Akazawa
10.15-10.30am: Break and coffee
10.30-12.30am: GCSE session (Discussion; moderation of speaking and writing controlled assessments; sharing resources/good practice)
12.30-1.15pm: Lunch
1.00-1.15pm: Registration and networking for afternoon IB session
1.15-2.45pm: Ab Initio (Discussion of new specification; moderation of Written Assignments and Individual Orals; sharing resources/good practice)
2.45-4.15pm: Standard Language B (Discussion of new specification; moderation of Written Assignments and Individual Orals; sharing resources/good practice)

Any school who is not currently teaching Chinese or Japanese but are interested in introducing or developing Chinese or Japanese into their curriculum are welcome to attend.

There is no cost for attendance.

If you would like to attend, please contact Katy Simpson on ksimpson@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk before 30th January 2015.


Date: 27 February 2015 from 8.45am
Venue:

Dartford Grammar School
West Hill,
Dartford,
Kent,
DA1 2HW
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