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:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Grants and Resources for Teachers

Here are some websites with some good resources and info on grants (including non-Japanese) for educators!  Check them out!

Fund for Teachers
Resource and info for teachers.  In particular, check out the Teacher Resources page for lots of great links to other excellent grants and opportunities.

Travel the World with Grants for Educators
Provides a rundown of grants that allow travel to other parts of the world, such as the Keizai Koho Center Fellowship.

Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators
Blog post with many travel grant and resources.

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources
I think it's a big list of educational grants and resources...

Grants for Teachers
Website with grants searchable by state, subject, grade level, and other. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

US-JF Elgin Heinz Teacher Awards

The United States-Japan Foundation (US-JF) is now currently accepting applications and nominations for the  Elgin Heinz Teacher Awards.  This award is open to K-12 teachers and there are two award categories: humanities and Japanese language.  Candidates generally have at least 10 years of experience, and will have shown commitment to promoting understanding between Japan and the US.  The award includes a certificate of recognition, monetary award of $2,500, and award of $5,000 for project funds.

For more information on eligibility, application/nomination procedures, and more, please visit the below link:

US-JF Elgin Heinz Teacher Awards

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book review: NIPPON 3.0 の処方箋

Last year, TJSC (the Teachers of Japanese in Southern California) invited Dr. Yasuhiko Tohsaku to their fall workshop as a keynote speaker to discuss language education in the 21st century.  I enjoyed his presentation, and later on over the winter vacation, I had the chance to read his book.  To summarize, this book outlines bringing Japan and language education up-to-date for the 21st century.  "Nippon 3.0" refers to upgrading Japan’s education system to be able to respond to the growing diversity and complexity in the world today.  However, the ideas that he writes about are perfectly applicable to any language educator’s work.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Movie Review: "Hafu"

Japan is diversifying.  In Japan, 1 in 49 marriages are international marriages.  If you look further at the data, you can find a significant number of marriages between Japanese and Chinese, Japanese and Filipino(a), Japanese and Korean, and more.  Whatever the roots, the children who come from these international marriages are known as “haafu” (although some prefer the term “double” to emphasize the presence of two different cultures).

This documentary movie follows the lives of several individuals whose parents are of different cultural backgrounds.  They each struggle with their own individual circumstances and come out with their own personal accomplishments, and this is where this movie shines.  The interviewees come alive through their own individual stories.  One cannot help but cheer on David as we see him connecting with his immediate Japanese community to build a school in his mother’s country.  One cannot help feeling for Alex, the older son of the Oi family, who experiences adjustment difficulties at school because of bullying.  These are individuals who we truly can empathize with, and it is likely that one finds oneself relating to one of their stories.