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Japanese Plus Special: Friend or Foe? Understanding Japanese Thought and Culture through Yōkai
The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students
JF-BATJ Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Assessing Japanese with JF Standard - with Mayumi Mitsuya
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers
J-Basic Online for Teachers
NOW OPEN! The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15
The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 1

Japanese Plus Special: Friend or Foe? Understanding Japanese Thought and Culture through Yōkai   org

This autumn, step into the world of yōkai – Japanese ghosts and ghouls!

This two-day Special Japanese Plus will enable you to:

  • Learn more about the nature of yōkai
  • Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture and thought through studying their ghosts and ghouls
  • Gain confidence and broaden your knowledge of Japanese language and society.

Led by Mio Tsunematsu, Assistant Japanese Language Advisor at the Japan Foundation London, participants can enjoy learning Japanese through a wide range of activities, tasks and group discussions about yōkai in Japanese.

Essential Course Details:

Date and Time:  You can choose either the Tuesday Course (4th and 11th November) or the Wednesday Course (5th and 12th November). Course content is the same.

Payment details: The participation fee for this course is £10.00, which includes both sessions and all class hand-outs. Full payment must be made in person at the first session attended, and cash only will be accepted.  We regret that we cannot refund your fee once payment has been made and the course has begun, except in cases where Japan Foundation cancels the course.

Course Level:  This course will be held in Japanese.  It is for non-native Japanese language learners with an advanced level of Japanese (JLPT N2/level 2 and upwards). Learners will be encouraged to engage in lively discussions in Japanese with fellow course participants, and practice interpreting techniques within the class itself. If you are unsure whether or not the course level is suitable for you, please complete a Self-Assessment Test here. Please mark the level test yourself using the answers here

How to Register
To register, please click here to use our online application form.

*The registration form uses Google Forms and is subject to Google's standard terms and conditions of use. Alternatively, you may register by downloading and printing the PDF application form below, completing it by hand and sending it to the Japan Foundation. Your registration will not be considered complete until you have paid the £10.00 course fee in cash on the first day you attend the course.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE!

About Japanese Plus

Japanese Plus is designed for adult learners of Japanese interested in updating and refreshing their knowledge about Japan whilst practising their Japanese language skills in a series of evening classes at the Japan Foundation London. The course is aimed at non-native Japanese language learners with a Japanese level of approx.  JLPT Level 2/N2 and above. For more information and to read about past Japanese Plus courses, please click here.


Date: 4 November 2014 - 12 November 2014 from 6.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation London

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The Tenth Japanese Speech Contest for University Students   org

We are delighted to announce that the 10th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students is now open for applications!

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.

:: 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 the files below 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:

  • 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.
  • 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. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan.
  • 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. The aim of the presentation is to introduce a particular theme to the audience, for example a region, event, custom, etc. from the UK or another country outside Japan. All groups which are selected to present during the finals day will be given a special award.

:: 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

:: Application Deadlines:

Speech Category: 11th November 2014

Individual and Group Presentation Categories: 25th November 2014

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

(If you are a university teacher or student and you would like the Japan Foundation to send you paper copies of the flyers to your university, please contact us).

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・Mitsubishi Electronic B.V.・Regent's University, London・Ricoh UK Ltd・Toshiba of Europe Ltd 


Date: 25 September 2014 - 25 November 2014
Venue:

Regent's University London

Download 2014_ApplicationForm-Speech_Category
Download 2014_ApplicationForm-Individual_Presentation_Category
Download 2014_ApplicationForm-Group_Presentation_Category
Download 2014_FAQ
Download Rules and guidance - Speech Category
Download SpC10-Flyer
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JF-BATJ Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Assessing Japanese with JF Standard - with Mayumi Mitsuya   org

[日本語]

A seminar for Japanese language teachers to learn more about using JF Standard for Japanese Language Education to enhance their teaching skills, organised by the Japan Foundation London and the British Association for Teaching Japanese as a foreign language (BATJ).

Part 1 (14:00-15:00): Lecture
JF Standard places emphasis on promoting competence in accomplishing tasks. But what is the best way to measure this? In this lecture, we will look at different tests for assessing competence in accomplishing tasks and examine what we should assess and by what criteria.  
  Part 1 of this seminar will be broadcast live on Ustream  www.ustream.tv/channel/japan-foundation-london-language
Part 2 (15:20-17:00): Workshop: 
Using JF standard, we will consider simple exam questions for measuring competence in accomplishing tasks and create a rubric to assess them. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss what kinds of assessment can be used in their own classes and what form this assessment can take.

Part 1 (14:00-15:00): Lecture
JF Standard places emphasis on promoting competence in accomplishing tasks. But what is the best way to measure this? In this lecture, we will look at different tests for assessing competence in accomplishing tasks and examine what we should assess and by what criteria. Part 1 of this seminar will be broadcast live on Japan Foundation's Ustream channel

Part 2 (15:20-17:00): Workshop
Using JF standard, we will consider simple exam questions for measuring competence in accomplishing tasks and create a rubric to assess them. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss what kinds of assessment can be used in their own classes and what form this assessment can take.

Participation fee: £5.00 for both BATJ members and non-members.
This seminar will be held in Japanese.

About the presenter - Mayumi Mitsuya, Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japan Foundation Rome

Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012

Click here to apply online via the BATJ website

Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Rome
Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation RomeGraduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.
Mayumi Mitsuya
Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Rome
Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.Mayumi MitsuyaJapanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation RomeGraduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.:
Mayumi Mitsuya
Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Rome
Graduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.Mayumi MitsuyaJapanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation RomeGraduate of the Japanese Language section of the Foreign Language Department of Nanzan University Graduate School. Lectured at University of Marburg in Germany and Western Washington University in the USA and was a Japanese Language Senior Specialist at Japanese Cultural Institute, the Japan Foundation Cologne before assuming her current role in 2012.

Date: 29 November 2014 from 2.00pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London


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Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers   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 head teachers the opportunity to take a study trip to Japan at the end of October 2014 on the Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Head Teachers.

The programme will include Japanese cultural experiences to help deepen your understanding of Japan, as well as a visit to a 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.

*Registration for this programme has now closed.* 

Priority will be given to head teachers based at primary schools that are teaching, or planning to teach, Japanese language within the curriculum.

 

Tentative Itinerary (to be confirmed...)
25th Oct (Saturday)
Afternoon: Pre-departure session over lunch at the Japan Foundation London
Evening: Flight to Tokyo
26th Oct (Sunday)
Arrival in Tokyo – No scheduled events so you can rest and avoid jetlag. 
27th Oct (Monday)
- Introductory session at the Japan Foundation Head Office
- Visit Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
28th Oct (Tuesday)
- Visit Elementary School in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- Visiting British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
29th Oct (Wednesday)
- Go to Kyoto via Shin-kansen (Bullet train) 
- Cultural experience (Visiting old shrines and temples)
- Group Dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant
30th Oct (Thursday)
- Elementary School visit in Kyoto
- Return to Tokyo
31st Oct (Friday)
- Morning: free time
- From 15:00 Wrap-up session at the Japan Foundation
- Farewell reception hosted by the Executive Vice President, Japan Foundation
1st Nov (Saturday)
Flight back to London Heathrow. We will arrive in the afternoon. 

Tentative Itinerary (to be confirmed...)

25th Oct (Saturday)
- 12:00: Pre-departure session over lunch at the Japan Foundation London
- Evening: Flight to Tokyo
26th Oct (Sunday)
- Arrival in Tokyo – No scheduled events so you can rest and avoid jetlag. 
27th Oct (Monday)
- 10:00 Introductory session at the Japan Foundation Head Office
- 14:00 Visit Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
28th Oct (Tuesday)
- 10:00 Visit Elementary School in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- 14:00 Visit British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
29th Oct (Wednesday)
- 8:30 Go to Kyoto via Shin-kansen (Bullet train) 
- Cultural experience (Visiting old shrines and temples)
- Group Dinner at a traditional Japanese restaurant
30th Oct (Thursday)
- Elementary School visit in Kyoto
- Return to Tokyo in the afternoon
31st Oct (Friday)
- Morning: free time
- 15:00 Wrap-up session at the Japan Foundation
- 18:00 Farewell reception hosted by the Executive Vice President, Japan Foundation
1st Nov (Saturday)
- Flight back to London Heathrow. We will arrive in the afternoon. 


Date: 25 October 2014 - 1 November 2014

*Registration for this programme has now closed.* 

   

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J-Basic Online for Teachers   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: approx. £75 - £120 (Depending on language level and exchange rate)

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!”

Remaining 2014-15 Dates 

  • Session 4: 28 July – 19 September
  • Session 5: 21 September – 14 November
  • Holiday Session: 24 November – 23 January 2015.
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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NOW OPEN! The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15   org

The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools will be running again in 2014-15, and is now open for applications!

We know that many schools are teaching Japanese or doing other projects about Japan, and we want to hear more about it.

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

NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS! For details on how to apply please visit the official Japan Webpage Contest for Schools website at www.japanwebpagecontest.org.uk . It's also full of tips, hints and entries from previous contests.

To subscribe for updates about the contest, please submit a “Register Your Interest” form here. By registering your interest, you will be the first to know about all the updates and latest information about the contest. 


Date: 15 May 2014 - 31 March 2015
Download JWCS14-Flyer2sides(lowres)

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

 

                

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The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) - Term 1   org

Our popular Japanese language & culture course returns for 2014-15!

The Japan Foundation & SOAS Language and Culture Course (Beginner Level) is a new kind of course for absolute 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 website. Participants of this course will even be eligible for temporary full membership of the Japan Foundation London Library for the duration of the term they are enrolled in and will be able to borrow resources from its collection of approx. 10,000 Japanese language education textbooks and other learning materials. This course is perfect for absolute beginners of Japanese who would like to use their new language skills in practical situations and really connect with Japanese society.

  • Term 1 Dates: 9th October 2014 – 11th December 2014 (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.


Date: 9 October 2014 - 11 December 2014 from 7.00pm
Venue:

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