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NSJLE 2020

  •  Date: October 30-31, 2020 (Fri-Sat)
  •  Venue: State Library of Victoria
  •  Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 3000
Schedule Online Program


  • Early Bird from Monday 16 March – 30 June 2020

**Registrations  essential**

Keynote Speakers

  • Oct 30: Mr Adam Voigt – Founder Real Schools & Real Learners, Speaker, Author, Mentor and Learning for Leadership & Organisational Culture
  • Oct 31 : Mr Peter Gibson Executive Advisor Tokyo 2020, Australian Olympic Committee

See further details under Keynote Speakers page.

2020 theme: Be Inspired, Be Inspiring

Teachers of Japanese language all over Australia have a reputation for being passionate and innovative. The success of Japanese language education, in challenging times, has been in the most part due to our teachers and that passion and innovation. However, in the increasingly crowded curriculum with competing interests it is imperative that teachers continue to advocate for Japanese language education in an efficient and effective way. Leadership within the school, the teaching community and profession are imperative to further and continually improve Japanese language education delivery. Japanese language skills and knowledge are important and useful in the global context and we need to ensure that we, as Japanese language education professionals are vocal, visible and most importantly inspiring in ensuring this message is conveyed to our learning communities.
The theme of the National Symposium on Japanese Language Education 2020 is ‘Be Inspired Be Inspiring’. We have convened presenters lead by our keynote speakers to inspire educators to become leaders in their field or context to ensure that students and the wider school community connect with and highly value Japanese language and become aware of the pathways available for those with Japanese language skills as well as providing innovative, stimulating and relevant classes. One of the strengths of the Japanese language teaching community is its cohesive nature and willingness to network. This symposium aims to inspire the Japanese language teaching community to be inspiring in the classroom, educational institution, and the wider school community and within the Japanese language teacher network.

Symposium Dinner

  • Date: October 30, 2020 (Fri)
  • Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm (venue opens from 6:30pm)
  • Venue: Isabella Fraser Room (179 La Trobe Street Entrance 5)
  • Registration deadline: 9 October 2020 (Fri)

See further details under Registration page.

Dinner Guest Speakers

Mr Mat Bowtell

Engineer and founder of Free 3D hands

See further details under Registration page.

State Library Victoria Accommodation Partners 

See further details under Registration page.

Mailing List

Stay up-to-date with the latest news about 2020 NSJLE? A mailing List is available from the NSJLE website. 


Monash Japanese Language Education Centre
 (03) 9905 9478/ (03)9905 2313 

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 Monash Japanese Language Education Centre and The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

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.

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