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The proceedings are a collection of papers presented at NSJLE, highlighting best practice and innovative research in the field of Japanese language education in Australia. Contributors range from primary school teachers and PhD candidates, to internationally-acclaimed academics.


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Are the proceedings peer-reviewed?
NSJLE proceedings are peer-reviewed before publication by a panel of academics and experienced teachers.

How can I read them?
All papers from past proceedings are available to read and download online, free of charge.

Creating the Future

The inaugural National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE) was held November 1-2, 2012 at The University of Melbourne. It was a wonderful event, celebrating the commitment, expertise, innovation, dedication and generosity of educators and stakeholders in Japanese language education. It was the culmination of a great deal of hard work from a wide range of people and organisations. It was exciting, it was successful and it led to greater national cooperation and collaboration.

2012 All Proceedings

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Editor’s Introduction

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● Cutting-edge language education

Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku
Japanese language education in the global era: new perspectives and advocacy

Angela Scarino
The development of the Australian Curriculum and implications for Japanese language education

Hiroko Kataoka
Differentiated instruction in Japanese language classes

Japanese language education in Australia: now and the future

Robyn Spence-Brown, Matthew Absalom, Anne de Kretser, Kathe Kirby, Carolyn Stevens, Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson, Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku, Kent Anderson
Plenary Panel Discussion

Innovative practices

Wendy Venning
Wiki wonderland: a tool for learning and advocacy

Mariel Howard
Japanese speech night at the primary school level: advocacy through language learning

Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou, Masae Uekusa, Mari Morofushi
初級日本語コースにおけるタブレットPCの使用: インキング機能を使用した授業運営の利点と課題

Aya Kondoh, Hyogyung Kim
グローバル時代における日本語教育: プロセスとケースで学ぶビジネスコミュニケーション

Food for thought

Noriko Shimada, Paul Moore
Japanese heritage language learners and the NSW high school curriculum: eligibility criteria and other hurdles

Tetsushi Ohara, Kaori Shimasaki, Yuji Okawa
Lost in research: an attempt to create a learning community for research students at an Australian university

Local Connections, Global Visions

The second National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE) was held on July 10-11, 2014 at the University of Technology, Sydney. Thank you very much to all presenters and participants for making the symposium a success.

2014 All Proceedings

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● The Big Picture

Kent Anderson
Does making Japan still matter: teachers, study-abroad and relevance

Robyn Spence-Brown
Japanese language education in Australia today: an overview

● Global and Local Best Practices

・Global Best Practices

David Nunan
Beyond the classroom: a case for out-of-class language learning

・ICT-Enhanced Best Practices

Wendy Venning
Funk up your Japanese with a flashmob!

Kathleen Duquemin
Increasing reading fluency in year 5 students learning Japanese as a second language

・CLIL-Based Best Practices

Hiroki Kurihara
Exploring the potential of CLIL to energise a Japanese class for middle year students

Caitlin Lee, Maya Asano, Hiroko Koga
Japanese beyond the classroom: learning about the Tohoku disaster to connect Japanese language learning to the real world

Mariel Howard
Experiencing CLIL from the learner’s seat

● Advocacy

Nathan Lane
A whole-of-school approach to promoting Japanese involving students, teachers and parents

Shoko McInerney
Being mindful: how the PYP approach enhances learning Japanese

● Articulation

Rowena Ward
Employment of graduates of Japanese language

Visible and Valuable

The third National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE2016) was held on November 4-5, 2016 at the University of Melbourne, Law Building.

2016 All Proceedings

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Contributor biographies

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Symposium Abstracts

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John Hajek

Addressing the Challenge of Languages Education in Australian Schools: using Promotion and Popular Culture to Make Japanese Visible and Valuable

Andrea Truckenbrodt

Using Picture Story Books to Enact the Australian Curriculum Languages

Natalie Pearce

Using Creative and Imaginative Texts to Teach Japanese

Kathleen Duquemin

45 Minutes per Week

How the Australian Curriculum is working in a Government Primary School

Sue Palmer

Achieving Success in the Primary Classroom

Taku Hashimoto & John Webster

について (The Wellers Hill State School Japanese Bilingual Program: implementation and results)

Kelly Harrison

Japanese Media Studies: A Year 10 CLIL Program

Shingo Gibson-Suzuki

Social Media Tools to Enhance Collaboration with Students and Colleagues

Nathan Lane

Rethinking Assessment in Japanese

Liberty Campbell

Targeted Differentiation in a Japanese Language Course Context

Mayumi Mitsuya & Cathy Jonak

Collaborating for Advocacy

Bigger, Broader, Better

The fourth National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE2018) was held on November 2-3, 2018 at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Nicholas Creed, Mandy O’Mara, Teresa Marnik & Steven Miyazawa

Establishing a high-quality Japanese program

Jessica Bretherton

Oh what a feeling! Using Toyota as a case study to teach Year 9 CLIL Economics and Business

Yuji Okawa & Takuya Kojima

Parental involvement in their children’s Japanese learning: language course for parents at a high school

Kathleen Duquemin

Using shuwa (Japanese sign language) gestures in the Japanese classroom

Shinji Okumura & Masae Uekusa

(Using telecollaboration to connect Australian and Japanese children: a case study)

Ayako Wada

日本語学習者のための hands-on 体験型教材: 「発見」体験を創出する教材をめざして
(Developing hands-on materials for Japanese language learners: boosting motivation by creating ‘a-ha’ moments with teaching material)

Nobuko Wang

(Using voice samples in Japanese classes: a proposed teaching method)

Chihiro Kinoshita Thomson & Nagisa Fukui

Supporting mixed-group language learning through Communities of Practice and Boundary Crossing

Akiko Hiratsuka, Shoko Ono & Hirofumi Yada

(Bringing the library into the Japanese language classroom: enhancing students’ information literacy)

Rowena Ward

Graduates’ use of Japanese language in the workplace

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