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December 2013
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Sowing Seeds in Christchurch, NZ
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
See how Christchurch is bridging the gap between secondary and tertiary Japanese studies.

Motivating senior secondary students
may be a challenge, but Japanese language educators in Christchurch rose to it earlier this year with a high-school study day at the University of Canterbury (UC). Organised by UC with support from the Canterbury Network of Teachers of Japanese, the event brought together 180 senior students from the local area for a variety of talks and workshops that covered spoken presentation, interaction, reading and listening comprehension in preparation for their NCEA assessments.

The best thing about this initiative was that the university provided more than just a venue. Senior students of Japanese at the University of Canterbury, many of whom are considering a career in teaching, also got involved. They acted as teaching assistants and mentors, shared their own experiences learning Japanese, and in doing so gave the students valuable first-hand insight into Japanese study at tertiary level. A similar event is now in the pipeline for 2014, and it's exciting to think that in future these high school students may go on to become mentors themselves.

Says Dr Masayoshi Ogino of UC, "We believe that it is important to strengthen the link between secondary and tertiary, and this was the first and largest event of this kind in New Zealand."

Would this work in your local area? Do you have a story of your own to share? Contact us at jnewsletter@jpf.org.au!
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2014 National Symposium
Do you have a paper, study or program you’d like to share with your peers? The 2014 National Symposium will be held on 10-11 July at the University of Technology, Sydney, and we are now looking for presenters! Email coordinators@jpf.org.au for more information. Prefer to just listen this time? Registration forms will be online in early 2014 - save the date!
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Speech Contest Videos
Congratulations to all our fantastic contestants in the 2013 Japanese Language Speech Contest Final in Melbourne. For those who couldn't make it on the day, videos of the winning speeches are online. Show them in class and inspire your students! We look forward to seeing new talents emerge at the state and territory contests in 2014.
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2013 Student Contest Results
Thank you to all our budding artists and film producers for the fantastic entries to the Art Speaks Japanese and Video Matsuri contests this year. Be sure to check out the winning artworks and videos in our online art gallery and our Video Hall of Fame!
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Library Update
In preparation for our upcoming office move, the JPF library will temporarily close its services in December. For more information, including final borrowing and returning dates, please see our website.
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Art Speaks Japanese Leads the Way in Europe
2013 was a big year for our much-loved Art Speaks Japanese resource kit, as our language consultants Hyogyung Kim and Cathy Jonak took it to Europe. The first stop was the Association of Japanese Language Teachers of Europe Conference in Madrid, where they introduced the resource to tertiary-level teachers from the EU and beyond. Later, they visited The Japan Foundation, London, where they presented it to prospective teachers of primary-school Japanese as part of an initiative to support the upcoming rollout of compulsory language study in all UK primary schools. The results? Key people in language education from London and Paris showed great interest in adapting and using Art Speaks Japanese for their teaching programs, with a strong possibility of others to follow. This shows that Australian resources continue to lead the way in Japanese language education overseas—something we can all be proud of.

The Art Speaks Japanese language resource kit was developed by The Japan Foundation, Sydney in conjunction with the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), and is available at the AGNSW Gallery Shop or via Intext Book Company.
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