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January 2009 Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Welcome back! We hope you all had a restful and rejuvenating break and are ready for what is sure to be another eventful year for Japanese teaching in NSW.

President's Message

I hope you all had a wonderful break and I am sure you are keen to share teaching ideas to make our lives easier. One of the changes we promised you was to make JTAN more accessible to your needs. As teachers of Japanese we are often working in isolation in our schools. The greatest part of any conference I have attended is the way our social needs are met. So don't sit in isolation, come out and meet other JTAN members! I am kicking our first meet and greet session off and I look forward to meeting you all there. Please feel free to invite colleagues who aren't JTAN members yet as well. Enjoy a relaxed and refreshing afternoon, even stay for dinner at the bistro.

JTAN Meet and Greet!
Come join Leanne for a chat and to share resources and ideas.
4pm, Wednesday 25 February 2008.
The lounge of the Log Cabin, Memorial Ave Penrith.

RSVP to Leanne: Lovely_Smitty@hotmail.com

Driving from Sydney?

Follow the M4 through the toll booths all the way to the second Penrith EXIT (Mulgoa Rd) approximately 20 minutes depending on traffic. After taking the EXIT turn right onto Mulgoa Road follow it for approximately 10 minutes until you reach the Great Western Highway. Turn left at the large intersection directing you to Emu Plains. Stay in the left hand lane and veer off to the left this will be Nepean Avenue. Follow for 1 minute to the bend in the road and turn right into Memorial Avenue. The Log cabin is the only building on this road it will be on your left hand side.

Other Meet and Greet get-togethers will be held throughout the year.

Happy Teaching!
Leanne

JTAN Membership, Examination and Workshop Mail Out

Most of you would have already received the mail out package from JTAN that contains the membership forms, examination order forms and workshop details for 2009. JTAN asks that you pay particular attention to the amendments that have been made on pages 2 and 6. Attached to this email is an electronic version of the above mail out. If you have any further questions or enquires regarding the above, please don't hesitate to contact JTAN at enquire@jtan.org.au.

Exam Orders

To avoid disappointment it is essential that orders for all examination papers be received no later than 22nd May 2009. Late orders will be accepted, however, they will incur a late fee of $50 per examination paper.

Website Resources

JTAN would like to thank those members who have uploaded some amazing resources to the Teaching and Assessment section of the JTAN website (www.jtan.org.au). We would like to continue to encourage members to upload further resources so we can all share the great things you are doing in your classrooms. If you are having difficultly in uploading resources please contact us at enquire@jtan.org.au.

**NEWS FLASH** New Heritage Speakers Stage 6 Courses

The Board Of Studies (BOS) will introduce a Heritage Speakers Courses in the 4 languages that the Federal Government is targeting as a priority, being Japanese, Indonesian, Chinese and Korean.

These courses will cater to those students who now cannot manage the difficulty of the Background Speakers Courses but who also cannot do the Continuers Course because they possess knowledge of, or have a family connection with the target language. The BOS will develop these new courses to be introduced in 2011 for the 2012 HSC.

New Senior Japanese Resource - Podcasts

Gwyn McClelland a Japanese teacher from Victoria has been extremely generous in giving everyone access to a fantastic resource that she has created. Gwyn has created a series of podcasts covering a broad range of topics including: tips on study, Why learn Japanese?, Vocabulary drills, Particles, Relative Clauses vs Santa Claus, Passive Form and Transitive and Intransitive Verbs. To access this resource you can subscribe to the podcasts by searching for Gwyn and Japanese in itunes or at http://xavier12japanese.blogspot.com/. We would like to thank Gwyn for her willingness to share a great teaching resource.

Cultural Activities

As we all know there are many cultural days and festivals in Japan around this time of year. Below are a couple of sites that we have found useful when planning intercultural lessons based on a particular festival or day.

Nihongo Memo
http://www.nihongomemo.com/

The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers
http://www.caslt.org/resources/modern-lang/japanese-resource-links-holidays_en.php

Japanese Festivals and Celebrations
http://www.thejapanfaq.com/celebrations.html

Japan Atlas - Festivals
http://web-japan.org/atlas/festivals/festi_fr.html

Activity Village
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/childrens_day_japan.htm

Enjoy the rest of the term.

Aaron McLuckie
JTAN Communications Officer


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