Teacher’s Workshops

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Show 2017 JFT Summer One-Day Workshop for Teachers of the Japanese-Language (07.07.2017)
Burnaby, BC

This one-day workshop will feature a session by Ms. Stacia Johnson (French Teacher, Port Hardy Secondary School; Japanese Rep, BCATML) on updates for the new curriculum in BC, and a session on autonomous learning by Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami (Japanese Language Education Advisor).
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (05.28.2017)
Japanese-Language Education and Social Media

Together we will access different websites to experience them first-hand, and think about ways to use Social Media in our classrooms and what we need to pay attention to. Before the workshop we will also be taking your questions through an online questionnaire. While most of us are often in contact with social media in our daily lives, it is not a stretch to assume there are those who rarely use it in their classrooms. Depending on the results of the questionnaire, this workshop may contain more introductory information, or it may dive deeper into utilizing social media in our classrooms.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (02.04.2017)
How can we raise students’ speaking ability in class?

Learners have various reasons for studying Japanese, but for many, oral communication in Japanese is a high priority. How can we help those who say: “I want to be able to speak”? In this workshop, participants will share their current situations and related issues, and discuss how we can improve on our classrooms as a place to raise students’ speaking ability. Then, we will prepare a short practice lesson and perform it!
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese-Language Teachers (12.10.2016)
When and How: A Hands-on Look at IT Tools and Resources

In this workshop we will look at bringing together all the different teaching materials materials, online resources, and devices that we use to see how they overlap and how we can bring them together to create infinite possibilities for language learning. In particular, we will look at various internet resources and teaching materials and think as a group about how they can connect. We will go through resources previously introduced at past workshops, and categorize them based on their use. We will also chose resources from the list to compare their contents with textbooks and think about utilizing them in our own classrooms.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese-Language Teachers (3.20.2016)
Activities – Is that really ok?: The role of the teacher in the classroom and the distance between teacher and learner

In this workshop, we will focus on classroom activities which are often incorporated into day-to-day learning activities. We will reflect on the activities currently being performed, and examine their content as a group. Many learners these days are people who were born or brought up during the age of digital / internet technology (so called “digital natives”) and can attain a wide range of knowledge outside the classroom. What kind of role can teachers play for such learners? In the context of dealing with this digital content, let’s think together on the content and type of activities, and how we can conduct activities so that they are carried out effectively.
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Show Workshop for Japanese-Language Teachers in BC (2.28.2016)
Activities – “What will you do?”- Effectively incorporating meaningful activities in the classroom

Following the popular workshop in October at the University of British Columbia, the theme is once again “classroom activities.”

Teachers conduct a lot of activities in their classroom. Let’s reflect on the following together: What kind of activities do you conduct? Are the objectives of the activities clear? Is there a “right time” to introduce and conduct activities? Is the explanation comprehensive enough? Is the length of the activities sufficient? At this workshop we will focus on the activities that often take place in day-to-day learning. As a group, we will analyze the contents and types of class activities and think about how to use them in a meaningful way.
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Show Marugoto Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (11.28.2015)
By the author! The whole of Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture!

Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, a textbook based on the JF Standard for Japanese Language Education, is a fun resource for anyone wanting to learn about the Japanese language and culture and striving to become able to communicate in Japanese. Marugoto places importance on students accomplishing tasks given with “Can-do” statements, contextualized learning through topics and situations, intercultural understanding, collaborative learning, learner autonomy, and the language acquisition process, among others. These are all connected to the concept of “Japanese for mutual understanding” which was key to the development of the book.

Weaving in the above concepts, in this workshop, the foundations, characteristics, and use of Marugoto will be explained. We believe that you will discover a different world of Japanese language education from that of textbooks that centre on sentence patterns. We look forward to everyone’s questions and opinions.
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Show Japanese Language Teachers’ Workshop at the University of British Columbia (10.25.2015)
Project Work in Upper-Beginner Classes

When do you actually use the Japanese that you learn in the classroom? It’s often said when studying Japanese overseas, even after beginners have acquired enough sentence patterns, vocabulary, etc. it’s difficult to find places to actually use the language. In the age of internet technology, it is possible for students to use things like Skype and Social Networking Services (SNS) to try and “access” Japanese on their own. However, from the viewpoint of the whole class, how many of the students are actually “accessing Japanese” in that way? In this workshop, we will consider opportunities to use Japanese within classroom activities, focusing on project work in particular. In project work, students can use Japanese as one “tool,” both in and out of the classroom, and working with other learners can bring their own ideas and opinions together. During the workshop, participants are invited to share their own specific experiences with project work. We will also consider together the significance of project work and how to evaluate it, etc.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (6.07.2015)
Kanji Instruction

When you hear “kanji instruction” does it excite you? Make you depressed? Unlike grammar or conversation, do you find yourself tending to put off thinking about kanji instruction? Teach the meaning, reading, stroke order, “and the rest you can do yourself” Is that really how it’s supposed to go? Have you ever wondered if there’s not another way? In this workshop we will share useful information about kanji instruction, and think about what support we can give students.
In order to allow ample time for teachers to discuss their experiences and issues with kanji instruction, we have made this a four-hour workshop. We hope to see all of you who wish to think more about what can be done with kanji instruction at the workshop.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (3.07.2015)
Use of Secondary Teaching Materials

This workshop looks at the use and creation of secondary teaching materials and teaching aids which help further students understanding and facilitate practice. As well as thinking about the most effective use of secondary teaching materials, we will look things such as what kinds of secondary materials can perfectly compliment your class and even creating your own materials while sharing ideas amongst participants.
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Show Ottawa Japanese Language Teacher's Networking Meeting and Workshop (2.21.2015)

For this workshop we are aiming for a more casual meeting where participants can introduce to each other their Japanese programmes. As well as the introduction of the Japanese programmes in Ottawa, we will also have a presentation on Japanese learning in Ottawa by JFT staff Jessica Carman, an introduction of JFT’s Japanese language education support programmes, and a session on the new JF Standard based textbook Marugoto.
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Show BC Japanese Language Teacher's Workshop (2.14.2015)

This time, we are holding a workshop where teachers will be able to learn about each other’s Japanese language programmes at the high school and university levels. Akemi Takisawa (Killarney Secondary School) and Margaret Ritchie (Sentinel Secondary & West Vancouver Secondary) from BC’s Japanese Language Teacher’s Association (Nihongo BC), and Professor Rebecca Chau (University of British Columbia) will introduce what kinds of Japanese language education takes place in their institutions. We will also have a presentation from the Japan Foundation, Toronto on Japanese language education at the secondary level while looking at examples from other countries.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (12.13.2014)
Digital Contents: Making them Work in your Classroom

Whether you use one sometimes or all the time, computers are used for things such as class preparations and in class activities. In this session we will focus on bringing the computer to life in your classroom, looking at a computer’s standard features and programmes, as well as resources available over the internet. We will share our experiences to date with digital contents, and we will separate into groups and use digital contents to think on how we can effectively use them in the classroom.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (10.04.2014)
Grasping Marugoto

In this workshop using teaching materials analysis methods we will aim to grasp the special features of Marugoto. As well as introducing the use of Marugoto in the JFT’s Japanese language classes, we will experience a class from the learner’s perspective to think on how we can effectively use the features of Marugoto when planning a class.
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Show Designing Japanese Language Education to Match the Students (06.01.2014)

In this seminar held in the Waterloo region by the Japan Foundation, Toronto, we will discuss how to create a Japanese language education plan that is tailored to learners’ specific backgrounds and needs.
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Show JFT Workshop for Japanese Language Teachers (05.03.2014)
Conversation classes and speaking training

Learners have various reasons for studying Japanese, but for many, oral communication in Japanese is a high priority. How can we help those who say “I would like to be able to speak”?  In this workshop, participants will engage in activities that will improve learners’ speaking abilities.
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