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The biennial 4th National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE) will be held on Nov 2-3, 2018 at The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

The theme for 2018 is “Bigger, Broader, Better!”

We are seeking presenters who have research, studies, or programs to share with peers at this year’s symposium. Educators from every level of education (primary, secondary and tertiary) and stakeholders involved in Japanese language education are encouraged to apply.


  • Open :  February 12, 2018
  • Close :  April 8, 2018 –> Extended until April 29, 2018–>Now closed
  • Language : English or Japanese

The following will be required;

  • Abstract for the screening & selection (up to 300 words in English or 600 Japanese characters)
  • Biography (up to 150 words in English)

Presentations type

  • Oral presentations (45 min)
  • Panel presentations (90min)

Presentations can be made in English or Japanese, oral presentations or panel presentations.


Limited to unpublished works only

Oral presentations

Practice reports, research presentations. Total of 45 min (presentation time 35min and Q&A 10min).

For selected papers, the following items are requested for submission after the outcome notification;

  • Detailed abstract for the program(up to 500 – 600 words in English or up to 1000 – 1200 Japanese characters)
  • Photo for the program

Panel Presentations

A paper may have multiple presenters (up to 6 co-presenters) within a 90 min slot. The lead presenter is requested to submit a summarised abstract for a screening & selection on behalf of the whole panel in the application from (up to 300 words in English or up to 600 Japanese characters).

For selected papers, the following items are requested for submission after the outcome notification;

  • Overarching abstract from lead presenter (up to 500-600 words in English or up to 1000-1200 characters in Japanese in total).
  • Detailed abstracts for the program from each of the presenters (up to  300-400 words in English or  500-600 characters in Japanese).
  • Biographies from each of the presenters (up to 150 words in English)
  • Photos of each of the presenters for the program

Encouraged topics

  • Advocacy
  • Innovative programs – models for success
  • Australian Curriculum: Languages – Japanese
  • The Current State of Japanese Language Education
  • ICT
  • Bilingual / Immersion Program
  • Action Research 

Note for your first abstract and biography

Please do not include any information in your first abstract which would allow you to be identified (such as your name or affiliated institution) so that our screening team will not have any bias to select from.

Please include your name or affiliated institution in your biography.


Note for Presenter’s Registration

All presenters are requested to pay for registration for both days. 

Outcome notification

The paper will be selected by anonymous review panel.

The results will be announced on June 1, 2018.  

–> Due to the technical issues with The Japan Foundation, Sydney’s office, the outcomes notification is postponed until further notice. Sincere apologies for the inconveniences. 


Presenters will be invited to submit their paper or practical report to be considered for the official proceedings, to be published after the conference.

Note for the submissions from QLD

QLD Department blocks all Google forms, this means you cannot submit your proposal via QLD Department office server. Please submit via your home server etc.


Submit Here


The Japan Foundation, Sydney
(02) 8239 0055

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