Monday, August 12, 2019

Japanese Teacher Workshop on Oct. 6th In Georgia!

There is a great workshop event for GATJ (Georgia Association of Teachers of Japanese)
and non GATJ members. The workshop is free and it's on Sunday, October 6th at 10AM to 1PM (lunch will be served). Further information is on listed website:

The Eventbrite link to register for the workshop is:

We hope teachers are able to participate in this workshop!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Real Advocacy Stories!

I hope 2018 school year was great for our amazing Japanese teachers and we wish that everyone has a nice 2019-2020 school year!

Since we are almost into a new school year, we wanted to find out lesson plans and ideas that worked for 2018! Please let us know via our survey below! We would like to share and learn more about what worked and encouraged the students to want to learn more Japanese. よろしくお願いします!

The link to the survey is here:

Look forward to hearing wonderful stories!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Language Immersive Soccer Camp!

There was a great idea that was shared on Arizona Language Association's newsletter regarding a German soccer camp that integrated language and sports! It is such a great way for students to get their bodies moving as well as stimulating their minds with new material! Hopefully these types of activities will be possible with Japanese and if there are Japanese sports camps over the summer, please let us know! We would love to hear more about these types of immersive experiences.

Please follow this link for further information about the German camp!:

CJLEA Fall Assembly 2019

We wanted to let the readers know of an interesting workshop that is open for teachers and students to attend! For further information regarding registration for the workshop, please register through: and for further information regarding CJLEA, please check their website at: 

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wa-Shokuiku Online Course Launch

We recently heard about a wonderful online course and wanted to share! This unique online program is starting from September 2019 and it helps students, teachers, and Japanese language teachers re-consider sustainable food choices in local and global contexts. The word Wa-shokuiku combines washoku: Japanese food and Shokuiku: food education. Currently, they are looking for 10 teachers that would be interested in a limited free trial and provide feedback regarding the course. Deadline is end of August and for further information, please check out the website:

Friday, February 9, 2018

Upcoming Conferences

Here are a couple of conferences that will be held next month!

The Spring Conference of the AATJ - American Association of Teachers of Japanese will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).

2018 Annual CLTA CONFERENCE from March 8-11, 2018 at the Double Tree & Convention Center near Ontario Airport! CLTA - California Language Teachers' Association

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

African American Youth Program

Here is a great opportunity to share!

The African American Youth Program is a program that gives young African American freshmen in high school who are from a low-income background the opportunity to go to Japan on a week-long summer program.

It is so important to give our youth more opportunities so they can open up greater possibilities for their future.  Deadline is March 1, 2018.  Eligibility includes: 1) African American freshman in high school 2) Low Income 3) Never traveled abroad and/or struggling academically.

See the following links for more information:

Please spread this around!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Learn business manners through manga!

This is a fun way to learn/teach Japanese business manners!  Through this book, “マンガで体験!にっぽんのカイシャ ~ビジネス日本語を実践する~,” edited and published by the Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation (which also administers the Business Japanese Proficiency Test in addition to the Kanji Kentei), you can learn/teach about different commonplace scenarios in the Japanese workplace through manga.

How would you work in a Japanese work environment?
What kind of Japanese do you use in the workplace?
What are some differences with your own culture?

The presentation of these materials is very easy-to-follow.  There are 30 chapters that present a situation, then a way to work it out and apply to the real world while teaching you the appropriate Japanese along the way.

More info about the book can be found here (Japanese):

Check it out!

Tadoku/Extensive Reading Resources

多読, or extensive reading, is a way to read Japanese books by reading a wide selection of books that are personally enjoyable at a comfortable level.  Many students are eager to read in Japanese, so tadoku has been gaining in popularity.  Here are some links to get you started!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Why Learn Japanese? Videos Adocating for Learning Another Language

Here are some videos with great reasons to learn another language (both Japanese and non-Japanese specific).

4 reasons to learn a new language | John McWhorter
“To go into a culture and to only ever process people through that kind of scrim curtain is to never truly get that culture…  One reason to learn [languages] is that they are tickets to being able to participate in the culture of the people who speak them.”

Leads with Japanese: Megan, Student
*Don’t forget to check out the Lead with Languages website!

9 Reasons to Learn Japanese

Why Students Should Learn a Second Language

ACTFL Keynote Presentation: Rick Stevens (2015 Speaker)
“When we travel we humanize [the locals] and they humanize us.”
“When we think of how we’re going to grapple with this globalized society, we know we need to be globally competent.  And it is important to have our language efficiency and it is important to have our global outlook.  And when we put that together, I believe we are really creating a younger generation more able to deal with the exciting future that we’re facing.”

Who’s Hiring: Jobs that Use Japanese (1/26/2018)

A sample of job postings that use the Japanese language, posted every week.  Please share with any who may be interested!

New and updated postings for language teachers on our website: