Japanese

Information and resources for Japanes teachers including curriculum support, pedagogy, professional development opportunities and online teaching resources.

2020 Japan educational leaders tours

The Japan Foundation Sydney (JPF) and Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) Sydney Office offer principals of Australian schools the opportunity to apply for a tour in Japan.

Two types of tours will be conducted concurrently in February-March 2020 with different itineraries. One will be organised by JPF and the other by JNTO. Both tours will give principals opportunities to visit schools and interesting sights in several cities as well as to experience and learn about Japanese culture.

Japan Foundation tour

Tour dates: 23 February 2020  – 2 March 2020
Cities to be visited: Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto (TBC)
Number of participants: Up to 20
Participation cost: No participation fee is required: flights and all land arrangements in Japan will be paid for by JPF. Participants will be responsible for personal expenses only. (Further details will be given to successful applicants)
Eligibility: Applicant must:

  • be a principal of an Australian school
  • have an existing Japanese language program at their institution or have a plan to start one in the near future
  • be willing to be an advocate of Japanese language education after the tour.

Enquiries: email coordinators@jpf.org.au

Japan National Tourism Organisation tour

Tour dates: 23 February 23 2020 (Sun) – 2 March 2020 (Monday)
Cities to be visited: Tokyo, Kyoto and other cities (TBC)
Number of participants: Up to 10
Participation cost: No participation fee is required: flights and all land arrangements in Japan will be paid for by JNTO. Participants will be responsible for personal expenses only. (Further details will be given to successful applicants).    
Eligibility: Applicant must:

  • be a principal of an Australian school
  • have interest in school trips to Japan (not limited to trips for Japanese language: STEM, music, sports and other curricula also welcomed).

Enquiries: email tradeau@jnto.go.jp

2020 Japanese language maintenance course

This 40-hour face-to-face course will allow Victorian teachers of Japanese to refresh and develop their Japanese language skills in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Concentrating on listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing skills, the course will focus on appropriate historical and contemporary aspects of Japanese culture and language that are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, Languages. All course materials will be provided.

Target audience: Currently employed primary and secondary government school teachers of Japanese with intermediate Japanese skills (equivalent N4-N3 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test). A small number of places will be available to non-government school teachers of Japanese.
Course dates: Term 2 holidays, 29 June – 3 July 2020, 9am – 5pm, daily
Venue: Monash University Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
Cost: The course is funded by the Department however a registration fee of $150 applies to successful participants.
To apply: Complete the application form and language checklist.
Application deadline: 20 March 2020

Further information: Contact Anne de Kretser, The Monash Japanese Language Education Centre, on 9905 2313 or email: anne.dekretser@monash.edu

Curriculum support

Victorian Curriculum Japanese contains information and resources to support implementation of Victorian Curriculum Japanese including the:

  • rationale and aims
  • structure
  • scope and sequence
  • resources which provide links to the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

Pedagogy

Approaches to languages education  – information about the types of languages programs in Victorian schools.

Educational kits

National Gallery of Victoria Bushido: Way of the Samurai- educational kit for junior and middle years students and teachers of Japanese.

National Gallery of Victoria Pictures of the Floating World  – interactive animation for students to create their own stories using the characters and backgrounds of the pictures of the floating world.

National Gallery of Victoria Asian Art - Japan – collection of PDF and multimedia resources about Japanese art.

Online resources

Japanese Classroom resource page - developed by the Japan Foundation, Sydney offering a collection of resources.

JF Japanese e-learning Minato- - developed by Japan Foundation, a new e-learning platform providing a variety of Japanese language courses of different lengths and levels.

Language learning space - web-based platform offering resources and services to support teachers and students in Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese language classrooms.

FUSE - Japanese resources aligned to the Victorian Curriculum.

Language and culture

Artsinspire  – Wadaiko (Japanese drums) shamisen (Japanese three-stringed instrument) workshops and concerts. 

​Key contacts

Contact

For queries relating to Japanese language education, contact: languages.query@edumail.vic.gov.au

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