National Symposium: Japanese Language Education 2012 “Creating the Future”

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Date(s) - 01/11/2012 - 02/11/2012
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

State Library of Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette 328 Swanston Street Melbourne entry 3 via La Trobe street.

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The Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education, MCJLE, Monash University, in association with Japan Foundation, Sydney, is organising and sponsoring the first National Symposium for Japanese Language Education in over 30 years.

The symposium will take place on November 1 and 2, 2012 at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

In 2010 the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations funded a report on The Current State of Japanese Language in Australian Schools. The report gathered detailed data and interviewed a wide range of stakeholders to provide a detailed assessment of the current state of the field and to suggest an agenda for future development. It identified serious issues in a number of areas, in addition to ongoing strengths and made six key recommendations. One of these was the ‘Establishment of a National Council for Japanese Language’ to provide leadership, representation, advocacy, and opportunities for the sharing of information and expertise.

This Symposium is a direct response to that recommendation 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.

Symposium themes include:

  • Engaging hearts and minds: Advocacy in and out of the classroom
  • The Australian Curriculum and Japanese
  • Information. Communication. Technology
  • Innovative structures for changing learning and increasing opportunities
  • Teacher education and development.

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