Dear Sensei-gata in the U.S.,
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is pleased to announce that our Fiscal Year 2018-19’s grant programs are NOW AVAILABLE on our website!
Grants for Nationwide/Statewide/Regional-level Events and Projects
Deadlines: March 1 and September 1, 2018
(Contact/Inquiry: Mike Penny )
(Examples: conferences, seminars, workshops, teaching material development, research projects, etc.)
Deadline: 2 months before the project start date
(Contact/Inquiry: Mamiko Nakai)
Grants for Individual Japanese Language Programs
Deadline: April 10, 2018
(Contact/Inquiry: Mamiko Nakai)
Deadlines: March 15 and September 15, 2018
(Contact/Inquiry: Mike Penny)
My name is Yuko Nelson and I’m a Japanese Teacher at Capital High School in Olympia, Washington. I’m retiring at the end of this year, and so we are looking for a Japanese Teacher to take my place. The position is currently .6 of Japanese, but if you are endorsed in another area, like French, possibly Spanish, or any other subject area, the job could be full-time.
Dear WATJ Members,
明けましておめでとうございます。Greetings from the WATJ High School Immersion Camp committee!
The purpose of Immersion Camp is to strengthen students’ skill and confidence in the Japanese language, and share with them the culture of Japan in a setting outside of school. This is a unique opportunity, and last year the WATJ High School Immersion Camp reached 110 students!
The 2018 WATJ High School Immersion Camp is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th at Chief Sealth International High School from 9:00-2:00. We hope that you will consider bringing your students to spend the day with us.
We are offering culture classes in slang, shodo, sado, taiko, cooking, and more! Students will enjoy a Japanese lunch and participate in a new and improved stamp rally relay to earn prizes. In addition, campers will receive a specially designed camp t-shirt!
Each school is invited to bring up to 10 students to the WATJ High School Immersion Camp. While our guest teachers instruct classes, classroom teachers support students in their learning or assist in the logistics of camp. The cost of camp is $20 per student, and a limited number of $10 scholarships are available for students in need. There are no refunds except under extraordinary circumstances. There is no cost for teachers!
How do I register?
Step 1: Register your school at https://goo.gl/forms/ekdibz6vSzXyydjN2
Step 2: Show the attached PowerPoint to your students and distribute the attached Student Registration Forms
Step 3: Collect Student Registration Forms and Payment
Step 4: Enter Student Registration Information at https://goo.gl/forms/gt222LkQeqjeGdl63 by February 16, 2018
Step 5: Receive an email confirmation from the camp committee
Can I register MORE than 10 students?
Please register only 10 students. We may be able to accommodate more students after the deadline if spots are available. Contact Sarah Antoncich at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
What if a student becomes unable to come?
Unfortunately, there are no refunds. You may substitute another student at your discretion, but the original t-shirt size and class choices will stand.
Can I just come to help?
Of course! Immersion Camp only runs because of the generosity of our volunteers! If you or another Japanese speaker would like to volunteer, please contact Chizuru Imase at email@example.com.
How is a student’s need determined?
We leave that up to the teacher. Please use your best judgement as there are a limited number of scholarships available. Many schools determine need by a student’s qualification for the Free/Reduced Lunch program.
Can a student change classes?
Once the students have been assigned to a class, we will not change class schedules except under extraordinary circumstances. We work to balance classes so that culture class teachers can teach effectively, and some supplies or materials are limited.
What if a student needs to leave early or arrive late?
Please see your school’s field trip policy. Unfortunately we cannot prorate the camp cost.
Thank you for your time and interest! If you have any questions, please contact a WATJ High School Immersion Camp Committee member.
We hope to see you soon!
Sarah Antoncich firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwen Johnston email@example.com
Joshua Hansell firstname.lastname@example.org
Bellevue College is seeking a part-time instructor for Japanese language credit courses starting the 2018 Spring Quarter (first day of instruction is April 2, 2018). The courses are held at the Bellevue College Main Campus. The position may be renewable for the 2018 Summer Quarter and forward, though not guaranteed.
Genki Textbook (Japan Times) is used for all courses
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018
Send a letter and resume to:
Anne Matsumoto Stewart
Once the application material is reviewed, qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview and teaching demonstration in February.
The department of Asian Languages and Literature and the Japan Studies at the University of Washington are pleased to announce the workshop on Japanese Writing Assessment.
Time and Date: 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018
Title: What is good writing in Japanese? Thinking through assessment practices
Speaker: Professor Mari Tanaka at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Location: Thomson Hall 317 at the University of Washington
-This workshop will be conducted in Japanese.
-There is no registration fee.
-Clock hours will be issued by the university.
-Seats are limited to 25 people and registration is required. Please register at:
Workshop: February 24, 2018 | 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. | THO 317
What is good writing? Performance tests (whether speaking or writing) do not have a definite grading system. Even so, we often have to rate learners’ writing. In order to do that, we need rating scales.
Rating scales differ depending on the purpose of writing, or on the genres and rhetorical modes of writing. Even so, if you know a versatile rating scale for academic writing (essays), you can utilize this for diverse contexts just by adjusting it slightly.
In the workshop, we will assess comparison & contrast and opinion essays with a multiple-trait scoring scale, reconsidering what might be considered good writing in Japanese. Through the workshop you will have an opportunity to share views on good writing with colleagues, and compare and contrast perspectives with that of other attendees. Keeping our various perspectives in mind, it is sometimes necessary to find a common metric when it comes to grading. For this purpose, I will present a new scoring system using flowcharts.
University of Washington
Dept. of Asian Languages & Literature
Box 353521, Seattle, WA 98195
Our second WATJ Benkyookai will be on Saturday, January 20th at Bellevue College in Building D-104. See you there at 10:00 am for a round table, free-form discussion. Our proposed starting topic is technology, but please bring your ideas to share and questions to discuss!
Dear WATJ Members: