- Date: November 2-3, 2018
- Venue: The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
- Address: Level 3, Building 6, 702－730 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007
- Ends on October 14, 2018
2018 theme: Bigger, Broader, Better!
Japanese language education has been a success story since the 1980s when there was a boom in the teaching and learning of Japanese. It remains one of if not the most widely taught languages other than English to be taught at all levels of education in Australian schools. However, its position is becoming vulnerable. Japanese teachers are known for their passion for and commitment to bringing the Japanese language and culture that they have embraced to their students, and so perhaps they do not attach so much importance to foregrounding themselves and their successes. This symposium hopes: to empower teachers and give them the tools to promote Japanese language education and to ensure it thrives in the near and distant future by increasing the number of students studying Japanese (Bigger); to become more diverse and innovative in the types of programs offered (Broader); and to continue to develop and promote the professionalism of teachers, improve structures within the education system to support learning of Japanese language and effectively advocate the importance of learning Japanese (Better).
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The Japan Foundation, Sydney
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The National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE) is a biennial two-day conference for Japanese language educators at all levels and sectors from all Australian states and territories. It is organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education.
NSJLE aims to provide a platform for teachers and stakeholders to discuss issues of national interest and network with their peers from around the country to encourage a stronger national network of Japanese language educators.
This symposium is a direct response to a recommendation in the 2010 report, The Current State of Japanese Language in Australian Schools and to the need for Japanese language educators to engage with important developments in language education policy under way at national and state levels, including the development of the Australian Curriculum – Languages.
NSJLE covers a wide range of topics related to Japanese language education, including sharing best practice, advances in classroom ICT, articulation, the Australian Curriculum and leadership and advocacy.