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