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Japanese for Juniors: All About Japanese Dolls!
Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference: Teaching Japanese with Technology Within and Beyond the Classroom
Japanese Plus Special: Performance of “Wakamiya-maru” kamishibai-style story telling via skype new
Kamishibai performance of “Wakamiya-maru” story via skype new
Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools 2016 Finals Day
MFL Progress TeachMeet at Howes Primary in Coventry

Japanese for Juniors: All About Japanese Dolls!   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 dolls...and even make dolls of your own!

From simple wooden kokeshi to elaborate and beautiful hina-ningyō, Japanese dolls have been celebrated worldwide since ancient times as cute toys and as works of art.

In this workshop especially for children, you can learn all about the many different kinds of Japanese dolls, and what they all mean to Japanese people. You can also learn some useful Japanese language to help you talk about dolls and other things you might see in Japan. Finally, you will have the chance to make your own origami dolls yourself!    

This workshop is aimed at adults and children (age 6-12) who have not studied Japanese language. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all adults must be accompanied by a child! The exception applies to school teachers - if you are a teacher at a UK primary or secondary school, you will be able to attend without any children accompanying you.

Date: Saturday 28th May 2016, 10:30-12:30 or 14:00-16:00
Fee: £5.00 per child (Accompanying adults are free!)

Click here to book your place 


Date: 28 May 2016 from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Venue:

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

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Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference: Teaching Japanese with Technology Within and Beyond the Classroom   org

The next Japan Foundation/BATJ Early Summer Conference on the utilisation of ICT, blended learning and language pedagogy is taking place on 4th June. Online booking is now open.

The speaker will be Mr Mourad Diouri, University of Edinburgh. Mr Mourad Diouri is an author and e-learning programme organiser in Arabic language studies at the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Dpt at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is also a teacher-trainer and staff developer in technology-enhanced language teaching. He runs regular training workshops and courses within the UK and worldwide to help teachers maximise their use of existing and emerging technologies to create engaging language learning resources and interactive classroom experiences.

He is also the author of (1) Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms, (2) Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabulary and (3) Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script. In 2011, he was awarded the e-Assessment Innovation Award and the Formative e-Assessment Award (Highly Commended) by the Scottish e-Assessment Association.He is also the author of (1) Teach Yourself: Essential Arabic Vocabulary: A Handbook of Core Terms, (2) Internet Arabic: Essential Middle Eastern Vocabulary and (3) Teach Yourself: Read & Write Arabic Script. In 2011, he was awarded the e-Assessment Innovation Award and the Formative e-Assessment Award (Highly Commended) by the Scottish e-Assessment Association.

Click here for more information and to book online


Date: 4 June 2016 from 9.00am to 5.00pm
Venue:

King's College London (directions here)


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Japanese Plus Special: Performance of “Wakamiya-maru” kamishibai-style story telling via skype   org

Study Japanese through history and watch a kamishibai performance by Children from Ishinomaki!

During the Edo period when Japan was closed to the outside world, a group of Japanese sailors accidently took a trip around the world after being blown off course by a terrible storm. The ship they travelled in was called the Wakamiya-maru. The survivors visited Falmouth in 1803 on their journey back to Japan. If you would like to read more about their incredible journey in English, please see the third link on this webpage.

As the Wakamiya-maru departed from Ishinomaki, (Miyagi prefecture in the North East of Japan) the Children of the Ishinomaki Children’s newspaper have decided to make a kamishibai story about these historical adventures. The children plan to give a kamishibai performance at many of the locations around the world visited by the Wakamiya-maru’s crew, and London will be the second destination after a few similar events in Russia. This event will include a kamishibai performance of their story via skype. In the workshop you will learn how to discuss historical topics, ask thoughtful questions, and practice reading in Japanese. After the performance you will also have the chance to use your Japanese to interact with the children of Ishinomaki.

This event will be in two parts. The Japanese workshop will be on Wednesday and the performance on Sunday morning.

Workshop:
We will read through the kamishibai script to make sure attendees understand it. We will also learn about ways to question the children, and also prepare information about what the UK was like back in 1803.
Performance:

On the day of the performance you will be able to take part in a question and answer session with the children. We hope you’ll be able to tell them about the UK and have a deep cultural exchange. Lastly we will finish with a discussion about the event.

Participation fee:  £5.00 (includes the Japanese language workshop and all course handouts.)
There is no participation fee for the performance, but workshop attendees will be prioritised.
Course Level:  This course will be held in Japanese. It is for non-native Japanese language learners with an upper-intermdiate -advanced level of Japanese (B2 level of the JF Standard or JLPT N2/level 2 and upwards). 
When:
Lesson:
Wednesday 8th June 18:30 – 20:30
Performance: Sunday 12th June 8:45 – 11:30
To sign up: Please fill in an application here.  


Date: 8 June 2016 - 12 June 2016
Venue:

Kings College, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS


Click here to sign up!

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.

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Kamishibai performance of “Wakamiya-maru” story via skype   org

During the Edo period when Japan was closed to the outside world, a group of Japanese sailors accidently took a trip around the world after being blown off course by a terrible storm. The ship they travelled in was called the Wakamiya-maru. The survivors visited Falmouth in 1803 on their journey back to Japan. If you would like to read more about their incredible journey in English, please see the third link on this webpage.

As the Wakamiya-maru departed from Ishinomaki, (Miyagi prefecture in the North East of Japan) the Children of the Ishinomaki Children’s newspaper have decided to make a kamishibai story about these historical adventures. The children plan to give a kamishibai performance at many of the locations around the world visited by the Wakamiya-maru’s crew, and London will be the second destination after a few similar events in Russia.

This event is in two parts. Any speaker of Japanese is welcome to join us for the performance on Sunday morning. However there is also a Japanese language workshop on Wednesday for upper-intermediate learners of Japanese. Please click here if you are also interested in the Japanese language workshop.

Performance:
You will have the chance to watch a kamishibai performance of their story via skype. After the performance you will also observe the interactions of the children of Ishinomaki and participants in our Japanese Plus course. Lastly, after the children have logged off, we will finish with a discussion about the event in Japanese.
Participation fee:  Free
Course Level:  This performance will be in Japanese. Both native and non-native speakers of Japanese are welcome to attend. 
Please note that spaces are limited to 50 people – first come, first served.  
Click here to sign up! 


Date: 12 June 2016 from 8.45am to 10.30am
Venue:

Kings College, Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS


Click here to sign up! 

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Nihongo Cup Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary Schools 2016 Finals Day   org

Come and see the UK’s most talented young students of Japanese language at the Finals Day of the Nihongo Cup – the Japanese Speech Contest for Secondary School Students!

Students from all levels of secondary education – Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 – will showcase their amazing talent and hard work in their Japanese language studies while competing for some fantastic prizes – including a trip to Japan!

Don’t miss out this chance to see the UK’s biggest Japanese speech contest for secondary school students. The contest will be followed by a reception, giving you a chance to meet the students.

Free entry, no booking required (seating first come, first served).

Provisional schedule: Audience will be admitted from 12:00. The event will begin promptly at 12:30.


Date: 18 June 2016 from 12.30pm
Venue:

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


        

Nihongo Cup is organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and the Japan Foundation London with support from the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

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MFL Progress TeachMeet at Howes Primary in Coventry   JPsupported

 

As part of the Department for Education funded MFL Progress progamme, Howes Primary School will be hosting a TeachMeet on 21st June 2016.
Main Programme
4:00 PM 
Arrivals
Resources Fair
Refreshments
Come along and chat to the suppliers at the resources fair and see what they have on offer!
4:30 PM
Teach Meet Presentations
Japanese Foundation - Introducing Japanese
Goethe-Instut - German resources for Primary MFL
ICT resources for MFL
6:00 PM
Networking
Resources Fair
Refreshments
Takeaways
There will be some takwaways prepared for you from Linguascope and Language Nut.

As part of the Department for Education funded MFL Progress progamme, Howes Primary School will be hosting a TeachMeet on 21st June 2016. The Japan Foundation London will be helping with their Japanese Language enrichment event:

Japanese Language Enrichment Event
1:15 - 3:00 PM (Drop-ins welcome)
Come along and observe the caurosel of Japanese activities which will be run by: the Japanese intern at Howes Primary School, the staff from the Japan Foundation; staff and students from Tile Hill Wood School and Language College, and Japanese trainee teachers from Warwick University.
This event will be suitable for teachers who are considering adding Japanese into their curriculum or for those looking for ideas to enrich their language provision.
Interested in this event as well? That's great! Remember to reserve a ticket. If you are planning on dropping, let us know your aproximate time of arrival.

Japanese Language Enrichment Event
1:15 - 3:00 PM (Drop-ins welcome)
Come along and observe the caurosel of Japanese activities which will be run by: the Japanese intern at Howes Primary School, the staff from the Japan Foundation; staff and students from Tile Hill Wood School and Language College, and Japanese trainee teachers from Warwick University.This event will be suitable for teachers who are considering adding Japanese into their curriculum or for those looking for ideas to enrich their language provision.

Main Programme for the rest of the TeachMeet:
4:00 PM 
Arrivals, Resources Fair, Refreshments
Come along and chat to the suppliers at the resources fair and see what they have on offer!
4:30 PM
Teach Meet Presentations
Japan Foundation - Introducing Japanese
Goethe-Instut - German resources for Primary MFL
ICT resources for MFL
6:00 PM
Networking
Resources Fair
Refreshments

For further information about both the Japanese language enrichment event and the TeachMeet, please click here. 


Date: 21 June 2016
Venue:

Howes Primary School, Coventry


For more information and to sign up for this event, click here. 

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