WATJ had a very successful Oshoogatsu Meeting at Roosevelt HS on 1/6. We had a general meeting followed by Koto workshop.
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.
1) One evening course (JAPN123) scheduled between 5:30-7:40pm on Monday and Wednesday.
2) Possibility of 100- and/or 200-level daytime courses.
3) Genki Textbook (Japan Times) is used for all courses.
1) Master’s degree in Teaching Japanese, Japanese Linguistics, or a related field, or a Bachelor’s degree with several years of teaching experience.
2) Experience teaching Japanese as a foreign language – preferably at the college or university level.
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.
WATJ Fall Workshop
Our first workshop of the 2017-18 school year will be on Saturday, September 9, at Everett Community College in the Nippon Business Institute. Joshua Hansell-sensei of Chief Sealth International High School will be presenting and sharing his summer work on realigning and revamping high school curriculum. General membership meeting will start at 9:00 am, and the workshop will run 10:00-12:00.
As always, clock hours are available free of charge for those who attend two or more of our annual workshops.
WAFLT Fall Conference
WATJ membership is severely lacking in representation and we want to see you there!
The Consulate General of Japan is receiving a Public Awareness award at the ceremony on Friday night, and we want WATJ members there to represent our community and show our appreciation and solidarity! Our new Consul General Yamada has said he will personally come to receive the award, so this is a big, big, BIG deal!!
There will be many awesome presentations, including some presented by our very own WATJ members, so please do come to learn, share, and strengthen our community.
Additionally, there are very few workshops offered by Japanese teachers and we would love to have you submit a workshop proposal! Conference organizers are still accepting proposals to include in the program. Teachers interested in sharing ideas, presenting on new research or topics of interest should submit an online proposal. To expedite the process, you may also email Kei Tsukamaki at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will ensure that your proposal is reviewed.
Bellevue College Japan Week @ BC
Please see the below and attached announcement about the upcoming Japan Week, and share this information with your students! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Anne Stewart-sensei directly at email@example.com.
さて、ベルビューカレッジでは、10月第一週目に、ジャパンウィーク日本祭り(Japan Week @ BC)を開催する運びとなりました。長年にわたり、地域の皆様に親しまれてきたEMMA主催の「秋祭り」は、二年前、代表者の引退を持って幕を閉じましたが、この新規イベントはベルビューカレッジの学生、教職員が地域コミュニティのサポートを得て企画運営するものです。一般公開日の10月７日（土）は、お子様からシニアまで楽しめるイベントを色々と企画しております。当日ボランティアをしてくださる方も多数募集しておりますので、学生をはじめ、興味のありそうな方々に広く宣伝していただけると嬉しいです。尚、カレッジへのアクセス、イベントの日程、ボランティアに関する詳細及び問い合わせは、以下の公式サイトをご覧下さい。Facebookの“like”やTwitterの”follow”によるサポートも大歓迎です。どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。
Official Website: http://studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/japan-week
Dear WATJ members,
I hope this message finds you well on these hot summer days.
This is to let you know that Bellevue College (BC) will be presenting “Japan Week @ BC” (Nihon Matsuri) during the first week of October. For many years BC has hosted an annual Japanese festival, “Aki Matsuri,” but with the retirement of the sponsor’s (Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association) president and driving force, 2015 was the last ENMA Aki Matsuri. Now, the BC Japanese Culture Exchange Club (JCEC), together with faculty, staff and community members, is planning a new, BC-sponsored event we call “Japan Week @ BC” for Fall 2017. In addition to student-focused events all week, the final day – Saturday, Oct. 7th – will be an all-day, all-ages festival open to the public featuring the cultural arts of Japan.
We are also now recruiting the many volunteers needed for the event.
When you get a chance, go to our FaceBook page and “like” us – and/or go to Twitter and hit “follow.”
We really appreciate your help and support in spreading the Japan Week @ BC. Thank you and hope to see many of you there!
- Hanamure Sensei has created Powerpoint slides for the event, so please feel free to share.
Anne Matsumoto Stewart
Senior Associate Professor, Bellevue College
Arts & Humanities | World Languages | Japanese Program
Office: A245C, firstname.lastname@example.org
Japan Week @ BC website: http://studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/japan-week/
Japan Week Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BellevueCollegeJapanWeek/
Japan Week Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Japan_Week
Graham Kapowsin High School in Bethel School District is looking for a full-time teacher to take over an existing program. Apply at the below link.
Dear Japanese teachers in WATJ,
Seattle School District is undergoing changes next year. Due to increasing student enrollment, the district is opening two new middle schools. That means the boundaries of existing middle schools are changing. The new middle schools are a little bit small (because they’re new) and the older middle schools will have less enrollment because some of their students will be transferred to the new schools. I am happy to report that both new middle schools will be offering Japanese language!
Here’s the challenge: we have some other existing middle schools with partial FTE positions, for example .4 FTE or .6 FTE for teaching Japanese. One is a K-8 school that would like to hire a teacher who can teach full-time in the school with a combination of English Language Arts and Japanese. These schools are all in North Seattle. The teacher would be teaching level 1 Japanese (it’s split across two years as in Japanese 1A in 7th grade and Japanese 1B in 8th grade).
Any teachers with WA State Certification and Japanese World Language Endorsement (and possibly an additional ELA Endorsement or maybe ELL) should please contact Michele Aoki directly.
It’s possible that the district would consider doing an Emergency or Conditional Cert for a teacher in a teacher preparation program or if you have a teaching credential from abroad.
Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P.
International Education Administrator
Seattle Public Schools
City University is looking for part-time Japanese language faculty members!
Dear WATJ Members:
WATJ is pleased to announce the allocation of $500 per calendar year to support WATJ member teachers in attending conferences or workshops! Interested in attending on of the WAFLT spring regional conferences? Hoping to go to ACTFL or another training later this year? Please apply for scholarship funds!
Scholarship applications will be reviewed as they are accepted.
We are excited to offer this opportunity to our member teachers!
Thank you for all you do to support our Japanese language learners and Japanese language community!
Dear WATJ Members:
Dear WATJ Members:
Just a friendly reminder that your WATJ membership renewal is based on the calendar year. If you haven’t had a chance to renew for 2017, please do so via the AATJ registration website and be sure to check “Washington Association of Teachers of Japanese” as your regional affiliate. WATJ receives a portion of your annual dues, and these dues contribute to pay for our workshops, annual conference, immersion language camps, and other opportunities to support Japanese language instruction in our state.
If you prefer, you may download and print a paper application and mail in your registration fee by check.
Your membership to WATJ brings a variety of benefits, including:
- Regular email updates about upcoming events and opportunities
- Registration information for WATJ workshops in September, January, and June
- Up to 6 clock hours annually, free of charge
- Discounted member fee for the annual WATJ conference in February
- Automatic dual enrollment in AATJ
- Participation in the Speech and Skit Contest
- Participation in the High School or Middle School Immersion Camps
- Discount at Kinokuniya for educational materials purchases with your membership card
- And more!
WATJ exists to support our teachers, and in turn we cannot exist without your support! Your membership renewal will ensure your continued above benefits for the 2017 calendar year.
Members who have not yet re-registered for 2017 will be removed from the WATJ email list in the coming months. We would be sad to see you go and hope you register soon!
AATJ sends membership updates quarterly, so to ensure timely receipt of your membership card, please email a copy of your registration payment to the WATJ Membership Chair at email@example.com.
Thank you so much. We look forward to continuing to work with and for all of you!
Due to the timing of mid-winter break, we have decided to extend the application deadline for the H.S. Immersion camp on Saturday, March 18th at Chief Sealth. If you would like to register your students who have applied for the camp, please go the following link and complete for all students by Friday, March 3rd.
Please also remember that if you have any students who wants to come but say the cost is too much, we can offer ½ price ($10) to the first 10 students who are free/reduced lunch (confirmed by you).
Please bring the hardcopy paperwork and payment with you on camp day, and we’ll collect it then.
We hope this application deadline extension will allow more schools to participate and we look forward to having a great camp this year.
Gwen Johnston — firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Antoncich — email@example.com
Joshua Hansell — firstname.lastname@example.org