The Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education together with The Japan Foundation, Sydney is pleased to announce the third National Symposium on Japanese Language Education: 2016 – VISIBLE and VALUABLE [NSJLE: 2016] which will be held in Melbourne on November 4 and 5. This symposium is the only national forum for Japanese language educators, it brings together JL educators and presenters from every sector, every level and every state and territory.

The National Symposium on Japanese Language Education: 2016 will be held at the University Of Melbourne Law Building, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.

The theme of the NSJLE 2016 is ‘Visible and Valuable’ with a focus on best practice and advocacy. To maintain the current strong position and build the strength of Japanese language education in Australia, educators must advocate the benefits of learning Japanese and improve Japanese language learning experiences through best practice and innovative programs.

Program Here  

Abstracts and Bios Here

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) cordially invites Japanese language educators to attend the “Japan School Tours Seminar”.

Seminar details

Presentations topics at this year’s symposium will include

  • Advocacy
  • Innovative programs – models for success
  • Australian Curriculum: Languages – Japanese
  • Today’s Japan
  • The Current State of Japanese Language Education

Some presentations will be made in Japanese.
All educators and stakeholders involved or interested in Japanese Language Education are welcome.

Registration closed

Cancellation Policy

Register For The Symposium Here

2016 National Symposium on Japanese Language Education
Travel Grant


Ms Sheereen Kindler – Principal Glen Eira College

Title Languages are valuable – make them visible  

A school  culture that supports the leaning of languages is vital to the success of any language program. Language teachers can sometimes feel isolated and struggle to get the support they need to really promote the enormous value learning a language has to their community.

At Glen Eira College we have worked diligently as a team to embed a culture that values language learning across our community.

Sheereen will speak from her point of view as a Principal as to how best language teachers can engage their principal and their community in the value of language learning for their students.  She will provide practical ideas as to how teachers can make languages more visible in their school and gain the confidence of their leadership team in promoting a culture where languages are valued by students and parents.

Professor John Hajek – Professor of Italian Studies and director of the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-cultural Communication (RUMACCC) at the University of Melbourne

Title “From ‘I love Lucy’ to ‘I love languages’: using popular culture and promotion to make languages visible and valuable”

Language education in Australia and other English-speaking countries has long faced a series of perennial and often intertwined challenges. Amongst the long list of issues,which manifest themselves in schools and society more generally are the following: (a) the low value assigned to multilingualism, and thereby to language learning, (2) anxiety around adequate proficiency in English – also tied inextricably to general literacy or numeracy skills; and (3) misguided ideas about English itself as the world’s lingua franca. While we have developed and engaged a long list of serious responses to address many of these concerns, experience shows they haven’t been particularly effective in shifting attitudes and behaviours. I argue here that while these responses are all valid, it is time also to consider a new tack – that uses popular culture in surprising ways (even turning it on its head) to capture people’s imagination or attention. In this lecture I show how classic examples of Anglo pop culture can be used unexpectedly to reduce resistance to language education and multilingualism. I also show how at a very practical level Japanese and the world it represents including popular culture lend themselves to positive and effective language promotion in our school communities.


Symposium Dinner Guest Speaker Adam Liaw


The Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education together with The Japan Foundation, Sydney
is pleased to announce the wonderful Adam Liaw, one of Australia’s favourite foodie celebrities and former
winner of MasterChef as the NSJLE: 2016 Dinner guest speaker. Adam Liaw is a cook, author, television
presenter and a former lawyer, Adam worked in the corporate in Japan and is fluent in Japanese.
His latest release, THE ZEN KITCHEN, is a beautifully designed cookbook that makes
Japanese meals easy for the family cook to prepare.

Places at the symposium dinner are limited so book for the
symposium and the dinner soon to avoid disappointment.

The National Symposium on Japanese Language Education 2016 Dinner will be held on Friday 4th November 2016,
10th Floor of the University of Melbourne Law Building [same building as the symposium] from 7pm.
Registrations are essential. Register for the dinner on the symposium registration form.


Do you have research, study, or a program you’d love to share with your peers from around Australia?