September Training Day for Volunteers

Taken from Japan Foundation website

Friday, September 21st 2012

The Japan Foundation, London

The next Volunteer Training Day for our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place on Friday, September 21st 2012.

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 May 2012, here.

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.  You can find a provisional timetable of the event below.

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. Alternatively, you may register by downloading and printing the PDF application form below, completing it by hand and sending it to the Japan Foundation by email, fax or post. Please note that your application may take slightly longer to process via this method.

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.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 19th. Please note that this is event is free, but prior booking is essential.  Attendees who arrive without booking, including those accompanying attendees who have booked, may be denied entry.

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

Click here to apply for our September 2012 Training Day

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Motto Yomu Chikara: Bridging the gap from GCSE to AS Level Japanese

13 July 2012 from 10.30am

he Japan Foundation, London

“Motto Yomu Chikara” is a brand new resource, funded by the Japan Foundation’sJapanese Language Local Project Support Programme. Designed to complement the Japan Foundation’s successful Chikara resources for GCSE Japanese, the trial version ofMotto Yomu Chikara consists of three units of reading texts and grammar exercises along with cultural information to help students bridge the gap between GCSE and AS level. The trial version of this resource has been completed and over 60 CDs have seen sent out to teachers of AS Japanese. The trial version can now also be downloaded here.

This workshop will open with an introduction to the Japan Foundation’s Chikara resource. The authors of Motto Yomu Chikara will then explain how this new resource works, and how to use it within the classroom. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how best to utilise Motto Yomu Chikara for effective teaching of GCSE and AS Level Japanese.

Speakers (authors of Motto Yomu Chikara):

  • Michiyo Kato Freelance Japanese Teacher
  • Shoko Middleton Japanese Teacher, Greenford High School
  • Sachiko Yamaguchi Japanese Teacher, King Edward VII School

For more information and an event schedule, please click here.

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Developing Intercultural Competence through Language Education

30 June 2012 from 12.00am

Japan Foundation, London

Intercultural competence is embedded into most national language education curricula and into trans-national policies such as the CEFR. However, the role of teachers in facilitating the development of intercultural competence among their students is still evolving, with many areas for further research. In this seminar, we will examine some of the main frameworks of intercultural competence in language education and analyse their usefulness in language education. Next, we will look at links to the CEFR and will introduce the Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters, also produced by the Council of Europe. Finally, we will then hold a discussion on the ways in which teachers can incorporate intercultural learning into their own classroom practice within ever-present time and curriculum constraints.

Entry:     £3.00 for both BATJ members and non-members

 

Speakers:  Lynne Parmenter and Yuichi Tomita  Please note the seminar will be held partly in Japanese, and partly in English.

 

Entry:     £3.00 for both BATJ members and non-members
Speakers:  Lynne Parmenter and Yuichi Tomita
Please note the seminar will be held partly in Japanese, and partly in English.

For further information click here.

Japan Foundation at the 2011 Language Show Live

21 October 2011 – 23 October 2011 from 10.00am

National Hall
Olympia Exhibition Centre
Hammersmith
London
W14 8UK

Come and see the Japan Foundation at the 2011 Language Show Live – the UK’s largest language event.

We welcome all Japanese learners, teachers, and anyone else with an interest in sharing or learning about Japanese language and culture.

The Japan Foundation exhibit will feature:

:: Fun Japanese language games and quizzes, including the chance to win a Japan Foundation goodie bag!
:: A name-writing corner – learn how to write your name in Japanese
:: Origami – learn how to make Japanese kabuto (samurai’s helmet) simply from folding paper
:: The chance to practice Japanese with native Japanese speakers
:: Stacks of information about learning and teaching Japanese language, and advice from Japan Foundation staff

Additionally, we will be holding a FREE Japanese language taster session on Friday October 21st, from 15:00 to 15:30.  Tickets will be issued by Language Show organisers on the day and will be given out based on a first come first served basis, so we recommend that you get to the show early to avoid disappointment. Class tickets are available to collect from the ‘Taster Class Ticket Desk’.

The Japan Foundation will also be sharing the stand with JP-Books, who offer a large range of Japanese language learning materials.

Click here to read about Japan Foundation’s activities at last year’s Language Show.

Register in advance for the language here for FREE entry!  We look forward to meeting you!