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Japan Foundation at Alcon
Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme – September 2014 Training Day for Volunteers
Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education new
Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2014 new
Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2014
Japan Group Tour Programme for UK Headteachers
J-Basic Online for Teachers
NOW OPEN! The Japan Webpage Contest for Schools 2014-15
2014 Refresher Course for Teachers of Japanese

Japan Foundation at Alcon   org

The Japan Foundation will be at Alcon (Leicester's convention for anime, gaming and cosplay) on 6th and 7th September.

Visit our stand for information about studying Japanese, freebies and the chance to enter our quiz and win some great prizes!

What's more, we will be giving a short Japanese taster session and a presentation on the resources and support available for Japanese language learners on Saturday 6th, 15:30 - 16:00.

More information about Alcon, which is organised by Anime League, can be found on the official website, www.alcon.org.uk


Date: 6 September 2014 - 7 September 2014 from 10.00am
Venue:

De Montfort University, Leicester

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Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme – September 2014 Training Day for Volunteers   org

The next Volunteer Training Day for our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place on Friday, September 12th 2014.

Our regular Training Days at our London office are a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, get teaching ideas, and ask any questions you may have.  We ask our volunteers who live within travelling distance to London to attend at least one Training Day before making a school visit), in order to get a full understanding of the JTS Programme.  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 June 2014, here.

Provisional Timetable: The day will begin with an induction for new attendees at 12:30 (registration starts from 12:15). Those who have been to a JTS Training Day before may attend from 13:00. 

How to apply

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

The registration form uses Google Documents and is subject to Google's standard terms and conditions of use. If you would prefer to register in a different way or have difficulty in accessing the form, please email us at info.language@jpf.org.uk and we will send you a Word/ PDF application form.

If you are not yet a member of JTS, please click here for more information about the programme and to complete a membership application form.

Please note that this is event is free, but prior booking for this event is essential for all attendees. 

For more information about the JTS programme, please click here.

Click here to apply for our September 2014 (London) Training Day


Date: 12 September 2014 from 12.30pm
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London

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Japan Foundation/JGap Japanese Language Teachers' Seminar: Self-Expressing Activities and Elementary Japanese Language Education   org

[日本語]

What does it mean to be able to function in Japanese? Up to now, language educators have been focusing on functional language activities such as asking for things or inviting someone to do something. But in addition to this kind of communication for practical purposes, there is also communication for social purposes.  It is through social communication that speakers are able to mutually convey and understand a sense of “self.” If we adopt self-expressing activities as the basis for elementary Japanese language curricula, students will be able to acquire proficiency in practical Japanese language use as well as basic knowledge of Japanese.

In this seminar, we will explore "Self-expression-based elementary Japanese language education," which is based on these ideas, with Prof. Koichi Nishiguchi, Center for International Education and Exchange, Osaka University.

Prof. Koichi Nishiguchi
Center for International Education and Exchange, Osaka University

Prof. Koichi Nishiguchi
Center for International Education and Exchange, Osaka University

Published the textbook NEJ – A New Approach to Elementary Japanese(Kuroshio) in 2012. Other publications include Kiso nihongo bunpou kyouhon (Aruku), Perfect Master Kanji N2 (Boninsha) and its iPhone app (NOW PRODUCTION), Minna no nihongo shokyuu kanji (3A Network), Understanding Basic Grammar (ALC) and Reibun de manabu kanji to kotoba N2 (3A Network). Within the fields of psycholinguistics and second language education, he has also published a large number of books and papers including Daini gengo kyouiku ni okeru bafuchin teki shiten (Kuroshio).

This seminar is part of the Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Europe e.V.'s project, co-organised by the Japan Foundation London, to investigate articulation problems and possible measures within Japanese language education, using the UK as a model.

Click here to book your place


Date: 20 September 2014 from 11.00am
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London

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Japan Foundation at Japan Matsuri 2014   org

The Japan Foundation will be exhibiting at Japan Matsuri 2014, at Trafalgar Square in London. This dynamic annual event brings people together to enjoy Japanese food, music, dance, family activities and much, much more.

Visit our stand for information about studying Japanese, freebies and the chance to enter our quiz and win some great prizes!

For more information about Japan Matsuri, please visit the official Japan Matsuri website at JapanMatsuri.com.


Date: 27 September 2014 from 11.00am
Venue:

Trafalgar Square, London

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test December 2014   org

NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS AT BOTH SITES!

The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on Sunday 7th December 2014. It will be held at SOAS, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh.

  • If you wish to take the test at SOAS in London, please click here to apply via the SOAS website. 
  • If you wish to take the test at the University of Edinburgh, please click here to apply via the University of Edinburgh website. 

Online application will be open from mid August 2014 and the deadline is on Thursday 2nd October 2014, or when the test centre has reached its maximum capacity.

For more information about the JLPT, please click here to visit the official JLPT website.


Date: 2 October 2014
Venue:

SOAS University of London and the University of Edinburgh

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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
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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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2014 Refresher Course for Teachers of Japanese   org

The 2014 Refresher Course for Teachers of Japanese is now open for bookings!

This is a free  intensive language course for teachers who want to improve their Japanese language teaching skills, as well as their own language ability. It is open to non-native speaking teachers of Japanese, as well as teachers and PGCE students who have the chance to offer Japanese in future. 

The theme for the 2014 course is 「学ぼう!教室活動のネタ」- "Tips for class activities." The aim of the course will be to explore various classroom activities and ideas for teaching Japanese, while  at the same time brushing up your own Japanese language ability.

This course will be held at two levels: Intermediate and Advanced. Please note: This year, the Intermediate and Advanced classes will be held simultaneously in two rooms; for this reason, spaces will be limited to 24 participants in the Intermediate class, and 10 in the Advanced class. Additionally, all applicants will be required to complete a brief writing task when they apply, so that we can assign you to the appropriate class level.

Dates: 18 August 2014 - 20 August 2014 (both Intermediate and Advanced will take place on the same day)
Times: 10:30 - 16:00, with a lunch break between 12:45 - 13:45
Venue: The Japan Foundation London
Levels: This course will be held at two levels: Intermediate and Advanced*. Both courses will take place concurrently; you will be assigned to the appropriate level based on your placement test composition. *As the Advanced Group is limited to only 10 participants, some Advanced-level applicants may be assigned to Intermediate.
Open to: All non-native speaking teachers of Japanese, as well as teachers and PGCE students who have the chance to offer Japanese in future. Priority will be given to teachers based at UK schools.
Participation Fee: These courses are free, but participants must cover their own travel, accommodation and lunch costs.
Application Deadline : Monday, August 11th .  As places are limited, we recommend you apply early.
  • Dates: 18 August 2014 - 20 August 2014 (both Intermediate and Advanced will take place on the same day)
  • Times: 10:30 - 16:00, with a lunch break between 12:45 - 13:45
  • Venue: The Japan Foundation London
  • Levels: This course will be held at two levels: Intermediate and Advanced*. Both courses will take place concurrently; you will be assigned to the appropriate level based on your placement test composition. *As the Advanced Group is limited to only 10 participants, some Advanced-level applicants may be assigned to Intermediate.
  • Open to: All non-native speaking teachers of Japanese, as well as teachers and PGCE students who have the chance to offer Japanese in future. Priority will be given to teachers based at UK schools.
  • Participation Fee: These courses are free, but participants must cover their own travel, accommodation and lunch costs.

Feedback from last year's participants:

 

“It was my first Refresher Course and I found it amazing to hear Japanese after a long break...Exactly what I was looking for.”
 – Angela Balaceanu,  Pro Ingenio Private School (Intermediate Course participant)
“Very pleased with the course. The staff were very professional and friendly. The course was quite intensive. I felt that I learnt a great deal in a short time. I hope to attend another course in the future.”
 – Robert Fox, Aston University (Advanced Course participant)

“It was my first Refresher Course and I found it amazing to hear Japanese after a long break...Exactly what I was looking for.” – Angela Balaceanu,  Pro Ingenio Private School (2013 Intermediate Refresher Course participant)

“Very pleased with the course. The staff were very professional and friendly. The course was quite intensive. I felt that I learnt a great deal in a short time. I hope to attend another course in the future.” – Robert Fox, Aston University (2013 Advanced Refresher Course participant)

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY! 

(This booking form uses Google Drive and is subject to Google's Terms & Conditions. Alternatively, you may book a place by downloading and submitting the booking form below)


Date: 18 August 2014 - 20 August 2014 from 10.30am
Venue:

The Japan Foundation, London

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