WAFLT Newsletter, the FORUM

Dear WAFLT Members,
Please submit an article for our WAFLT Newsletter, the FORUM, before the end of November. We really would like your input on all kinds of topics.
Here are a few suggestions:
– WAFLT Conference impressions and ideas
– Teaching Strategies
– Culture Lessons
– Travel experiences and tips
– Great recipes from around the world
–  Technology
– Tips for small schools, large schools, different levels, proficiency, evaluations
– AAT (American Association of Teachers ) for French, German, Spanish/Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, ASL, or any other
– Other?   Any great ideas for language teachers
If you would like to submit an article, please send it to Ray Verzasconi rverazconi@msn.com or you can send it to me lansberrylanguage@gmail.com
and I will forward it to him.
Please include:
Your name, school, language, levels
Pictures when possible, as a .jpg
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Donna Lansberry
French/Spanish Teacher
World Language Department Chair
Everett High School
WAFLT Board Member
To have another language is to possess a second soul.

Long-term visiting teacher program from Hyogo Prefecture

Dear WATJ,

An important message from Kawachi Shocho of Hyogo Business & Cultural Center regarding the long-term visiting teacher program from Hyogo Prefecture: 
As you know well, Hyogo prefectural Board of Education has the program to dispatch teachers to Washington State.
We would like to look for two High Schools in WA which will accept teachers as assistant Japanese teachers from Hyogo, in August next year.
Attached is the basic information for this program. If you and your high school are interested in hosting a visiting teacher from Hyogo, please read the attached plan and submit your request to WATJ through Toby-Sensei.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Kawachi Shocho.
Best regards,
Hideaki Kawachi
Executive Director
Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
所長 河知 秀晃
1001 4th Ave, Suite 4310,
Seattle , WA 98154
Phone : 206-728-0610

Japan Bowl in the Pacific Northwest

Very exciting news about an amazing new event available to high school students of Japanese in Washington State. 
The Japan-American Society of Oregon and the Japan-American Society of Washington D.C. are organizing the first ever Japan Bowl in the Pacific Northwest. (See below for the history of the Japan Bowl in the U.S.) 
The 2017 Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl will take place on Saturday, March 11 at Portland State University. Registration cost is only $10 per student and includes lunch, a t-shirt, and all activities. High schools can send up to two teams per level. 
There will be two levels of competition: Level III for students taking Japanese III, and Level IV for students taking Japanese IV or AP. 
The registration deadline is January 23. 
For all details regarding rules and administration, see this link: http://jaso.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2017-PNJB-Administrative-Procedures.pdf
All other information, including application forms and a study guide for students can be found here:  http://jaso.org/japan-bowl/
If you have specific questions, please contact Kaoru Miyanaga of the Japanese-American Society of Oregon. kmiyanaga@jaso.org (See his message below.) 

Hello Everyone

I am an assistant director at Oregon Japan America Society of Oregon.
Some of you may have already heard “ JAPAN BOWL”, quiz competition among the high school students (Jr and Sr.).
Here are links to the event that will help you to visualize:
Students and Teachers Talk about the Japan Bowl
National Japan Bowl Mini Documentary
Japan Bowl started in 1992 by the Japan America Society of Washington, D.C. to make the study of Japan and the Japanese language both challenging and enjoyable. DC launched the National Japan Bowl, an annual competition that recognizes and encourages the nearly 50,000 high school students across the US who have chosen to study Japanese as their foreign language. 
We as Northwest America Japan Bowl would like to start to have a goal to send our students from here to DC, may not be next year but near future. We would like to start this tradition with your support and corporation.
The purpose of the Japan Bowl is to recognize the students who have chosen Japanese as their foreign language and hope those will continue to study Japanese during their university years and to have a “japan connection” in their adult lives, whether in business, academia, the arts, or public service, so they can become future leaders of the U.S. relationship with Japan.
We have started to communicate with ATJO (Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon) and also we hope we get a good participation from the high schools in State of Washington.
Since we are having this JAPAN BOWL at the same time and date with Japan America Society of Southern California’s JAPAN BOWL on March 11, 2017, the date is set.
Thank you for your time and look forward to this joint event!
Kaoru Miyanaga
Assistant Director
Japan America Society of Oregon







Makiko Osaka
Administrative Coordinator of the Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program

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Hokkaido University’s Modern Japanese Studies Program

Dear Sir/Madam,


Warm greetings from Hokkaido University’s Modern Japanese Studies Program!

We hope this e-mail finds you well.


This is just a friendly reminder that the MJSP online application deadline for the first call is quickly approaching: 28 November (Mon.), 2016, by 5:00 p.m. (Japan time)



If your students/children/relatives/friends are planning to apply to MJSP, please encourage them to apply online as soon as possible.


We look forward to receiving applications!

Sincerely yours,


Division of International Students

International Affairs Department
Hokkaido University

North 15, West 8, North Ward, Sapporo, HOKKAIDO, 060-0815, JAPAN

Phone: +81(11)706-8045

E-mail: mjsp@oia.hokudai.ac.jp

Website: http://www.oia.hokudai.ac.jp/mjsp/

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WAFLT Announcements and Updates
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TELL Collab Seattle and WAFLT Grant
January 20th-21st 2017

WAFLT is hosting a TELL Project “Un-Conference” at the University of Washington on January 20th-21st 2017.

TELL Collab Seattle will bring together world language educators to explore, model, and share effective language learning practices identified by the TELL Framework. The two-day professional learning experience will include a mixture of collaborative sessions to help teachers identify their own professional learning goals and to support administrators in their efforts to implement the TELL Project with their teachers.
To register, please click here!

WAFLT is giving two scholarships to current members to cover registration ($99) for the TELL Collab in January in Seattle! To apply, send an email to Bridget Yaden at byaden@plu.edu and explain, in just a few sentences, why you would like to attend the event.  Emails are due to Bridget by Friday, 11/18/16, midnight.  Winners will be selected Saturday by WAFLT board members at the ACTFL Convention, PNCFL table, and will be notified by email.

Spring Regional Conferences

Spring Regionals 2017 – Information will be updated soon!
Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Eastside Catholic School
Saturday TBD, April 2017 – Central Washington University

Explore these WAFLT teachers who share their insights, knowledge, and ideas via their blogs. Follow and comment to continue the conversation!
Alissa Farias – Lynn Johnston – Catherine Ousselin
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International Programs in the School of Science at the University of Tokyo

International Programs in the School of Science at the University of Tokyo
1)      The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)
UTRIP is a 6-week summer internship program for students majoring in natural science and other relevant fields. It provides students with an opportunity to gain the experience of “real graduate-school life” or “research-centered life.” UTRIP is a gateway to pursuing an advanced degree and experiencing academic life at our university. Participants on UTRIP will also be granted financial support to cover their costs and expenses. They will also get the opportunity to take part in cultural activities and excursions to learn more about Japan.
Website: http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/utrip/
Flyer: http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/utrip/promo/pdf/UTRIP_flyer.pdf
2)      The Global Science Course (GSC)
GSC is an undergraduate transfer program that was designed to enhance cross-cultural interactions among young minds and foster the next generation of leaders in science. Students study alongside current UTokyo students in an all-English and research-focused academic environment, which includes rotations in world-renowned laboratories. Successful applicants to this program are also provided a monthly scholarship as well as fully supported accommodation. This is an invaluable opportunity for those looking to expand their worldviews and experience something unique during their time as an undergraduate student specializing in the sciences.
The application period is open from January 10, 2017 to April 7, 2017 (JST) for Fall 2017 enrollment.
Website: http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/GSC/
Pamphlet: http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/GSC/about/files/GSC_Pamphlet_2016.pdf
Poster: http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/GSC/about/files/GSC_Poster_2016.pdf
3)    Global Science Graduate Course (GSGC)
GSGC is an international graduate program that was recently launched by Graduate School of Science at the University of Tokyo and allows students to obtain their degrees in English. This program welcomes excellent graduates from universities all over the world, fostering world-class science professionals, and standardizes a five-year integrated education scheme in which students attend both the Master’s program and the Doctoral program in sequence. Students on GSGC are also provided with a monthly scholarship during their time on the program and support in finding employment following graduation.
The application period is open from November 10, 2016 to January 10, 2017 (JST) for September 2017 enrollment.
Website: http://www.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/GSGC/

An overview of our programs in Japanese can be downloaded from here:

If you would like any hard-copies of the UTRIP flyer and the GSC pamphlet/poster, such as to distribute to universities, please let me know the amount and I would be happy to send you a package.

Thank you for your time and if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Kristina Awatsu
School of Science, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0033 JAPAN

東京都文京区本郷7丁目3-1 〒113-0033

TEL: +81-3-5841-8737
FAX: +81-3-5841-8776
EMAIL: nand.kristina@mail.u-tokyo.ac.jp


Job Opportunity in Japan

A private cramming school in Okayama, Japan, is looking for an English teacher who would enjoy working with children. The job could be started at anytime, whether you are graduating this December or in May. If interested, please send your CV, transcript, and 2 letters of recommendation to Ms. Miyuki Nakagawa (miyuki@hello-eigo.com). Please read the following for more description:


Job title: A full time English teacher

Term: 1 year (renewable)

Location: Kurashiki city, Okayama in Japan

Work schedule: 40 hours per week

Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri (12:30-21:30, plus morning on Tue) & Sat (9:45-19:00)

(Wed & Sun are off, but some Sundays would be required to work for some events)

Salary (monthly): 230,000 yen, at the completion of your assignment, additional 240,000 will be paid.

The school name: HELLO/Keishin-juku (a private cramming school) website: hello-eigo.com/keisinjuku.com (Japanese)

The school offers a variety of classes to baby (with parents) to adult. You will teach mostly kids. It is essential that  an instructor should enjoy working with kids. You will not need to use Japanese for the job. However, knowing basic Japanese is preferable considering living in Japan.

Housing : Furnished apartment provided /  rent : 40,000yen per month /    Deposits and Key money will be  paid by HELLO. Working-visa will be sponsored by HELLO

10 to 13 days of paid vacations(twice: in August and at the end of December through to the beginning ofJanuary)


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Natsumi Suzuki (nsuzuki@purdue.edu)


Thank you!


Natsumi Suzuki

JF Training Program

WATJ: I’m forwarding this from the Japan Foundation, in case you didn’t receive it directly: 

Dear Sensei-gata in the U.S.,
Konnichiwa! We are pleased to inform you that the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA) is now accepting applications for the following training programs in Japan. Please share this information if you know anyone who might be interested in these programs.
Application Deadline: DECEMBER 1st, 2016
(Your application materials should arrive at the JFLA office on or before this date – postmarks not accepted.)

<Fiscal Year 2017-18>
Training Programs for Teachers of the Japanese Language
(1) Long-term Training Program
(2) Short-term Training Program
(3) Training Program on a Specific Theme
(4) Project-Based Training Program
(5) Graduate Program on Japanese Language and Culture (Masters Course)

<Fiscal Year 2017-18>
Japanese Language Program for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Field (for Researchers, Postgraduate Students, Librarians, Museum Curators)
(1) 2-month Course
(2) 6-month Course
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be able to assist you.
Thomas Lin
Program Officer
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 
5700 Wilshire BLVD, STE 100 
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 323-761-7510×109
F: 323-761-7517
E: specialist@jflalc.org

Haunted Tea House

Dear WATJ, 

Lyn Jackson of Mariner High School and Heather Jean of Everett Community College forwarded this amazing Halloween event that will take place at E.C.C. It looks like a ton of fun for your students.  

Hello from Everett Community College.
I’m writing in hopes you’ll share info with your students about an upcoming event at EvCC that’s free and open to the public.  Japanese Club is holding a fundraiser called Haunted Tea House.  Please see the write-up below and the attached flyers.


Thanks very much and please let me know if you have questions.

Heather Jean Uhl, Faculty Librarian

Acquisitions & Cataloging Department Supervisor

Everett Community College – Library Media Center

huhl@everettcc.edu | (425)388-9139


Library Liaison for English, Journalism, Communications, Theater

Japanese Club Adviser / Co-Adviser Myth & Magic Club

Japanese Anime & Manga Arts Festival Co-Chair


Everett Community College’s Nippon Business Institute & Japanese Club present…  Haunted Tea House! 👻

Thursday, October 27th, 1:00 to 4:00 PM @ the Nippon Business Institute

Friday, October 28th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM @ the EvCC Jackson Center

  • Enjoy hot drinks & cools treats served by ghoulish attendants in spooky ambiance.  Tea & Cocoa $1.  Japanese inspired confections (prices vary – gluten free + vegan options)
  • Listen to spine-tingling ghost stories from Japan presented by EvCC Librarian Heather Jean Uhl.
  • Browse our junk sale and discover unique treasures sure to delight.
  • General admission free. Open to the public.
  • Costumes encouraged.  Note: EvCC’ s student conduct code prohibits weapons or their facsimiles. No guns, swords, clubs, knives, brass knuckles etc. including toy replicas, wooden swords or staffs may be part of costume attire.
  • Proceeds will benefit Japanese Club and the planning of Japanese Anime & Manga Arts Festival in May of 2017.

For more details contact Heather Jean Uhl, Librarian & Japanese Club Adviser

huhl@everettcc.edu | (425)388-9139

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