Friday 17 August 2018
Novotel Sydney Central


02 9526 1221

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Session 1:

Workshop 1: Stage 6 Extension
Presenters: Teruko Sharif and Sally Mizoshiri
This workshop will focus on skills and strategies to assist learners to prepare for the productive components (speaking and writing) of the Extension course. Teaching strategies to brainstorm ideas on the prescribed issues will be covered, as well as how to prepare students for unseen speaking questions. This workshop will also examine key language structures and vocabulary for the course.

Workshop 2 and Workshop 6: New K-10 syllabus
Presenter: Liberty Campbell
The arrival of a new syllabus can be both exciting and overwhelming. Teachers may be confused about how to embrace the new directions without losing the strategies that they love. This workshop will provide 7 tips to help you address the change, including strategies to multi-task, connecting with authentic audiences and using authentic realia, and ideas for embedding learning within a task. The presenter will look at ICT options to save you time and identify different types of formative assessment. This session will link the syllabus to research and provide practical ideas and takeaways ready to use.

Workshop 3 and Workshop 7: Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) - FULL
Presenter: Ian Perry
Participants will understand how effective the TPRS approach is by participating in a short demonstration lesson (in Chinese) in which they will experience first hand what a comprehension-based and communicative class feels like for a student. They will experience the difference between a class taught with the goal of language acquisition rather than language learning. Participants will be guided in understanding and practising the skill of “circling” which is a key technique required to achieve the goal of acquiring new information from students which in turn develops their comprehension abilities and communicative competence. Participants will be asked to reflect on the nature of language and the nature of communication, which are fundamental for those who teach language. The concept of “mental representation” will be discussed and provides the platform for understanding the distinction between the concepts of language acquisition and language learning.

Workshop 4:  Incorporating Japanese traditional patterns into your K-10 teaching
Presenter:  The Japan Foundation

Teachers will engage in a series of activities using Japanese traditional patterns in order to deepen their knowledge of Japanese traditional culture, which teachers can apply to their own teaching practice. This will also include a hands-on tie-dyeing workshop.

Session 2:

Workshop 5:  Games and Songs K-12 - FULL
Presenter:  Sue Xouris
This is an interactive session where participants will be introduced to a range of songs, raps and games designed to consolidate Japanese vocabulary, sentence structure and script. It will include topics and structures from Beginners to Year 12 level and will present differentiated teaching strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

Workshop 6: Repeat of Workshop 2

Workshop 7:  Repeat of Workshop 3

Workshop 8: Stage 6 school-based assessment - FULL
Presenter: Darlene Knowles, Katherine Brownlee and Shanelle Ingram
This workshop will focus on the new school-based assessment requirements set by NESA. The workshop will provide participants with direction on how to create holistic blended assessment tasks that assess more than one macro skill.

Session 3:

Workshop 9: Engagement and retention in Stage 4
Presenter: Katherine Brownlee
This workshop focuses on two inter-related topics – successful teaching strategies, and how data can be collected and used to develop and monitor program effectiveness.
It can be a challenge to engage students in learning script and vocabulary, especially for the 100 hours mandatory course where some students can be reluctant to engage with a foreign language.
The technique presented in this workshop is effective in improving student engagement, motivation and retention, by utilising backwards planning, competition, technology and a reflective intercultural focus.
The success of this programs lies not only in teaching practice but in the use of data to guide and enhance teaching.

Workshop 10: Stage 6 Japanese and Literature
Presenter: Mai Takamura
This workshop covers the new prescribed themes and issues for the Japanese and Literature course, providing course focus and teaching ideas for each prescribed text.

Workshop 11: Recording content for flipped and blended learning - Limited Availability
Presenter: Andy Douglas
Time constraints can impact our capacity to create digital content. This workshop will  show teachers 2 methods of creating digital and interactive content that can be done with just 10-30 minutes of preparation, using free online tools. THe workshop will cover:

  • "blended learning" vs "flipped learning
  • the benefits of blended and flipped learning for differentiation, student feedback and classroom management
  • Recording and narrating a "screencast" to create video content 
    Creating interactive videos using the "EdPuzzle" platform that students can use to respond to quizzes and annotations that overlay the top of a video, for enhanced delivery and feedback.

Workshop 12:  Stages 4 and 5 - a concept based approach to teaching languages - Limited Availability
Presenter:  The Japan Foundation
This session will focus on how everyday products and food can be incorporated into classroom teaching using a concept-based approach to promote intercultural understanding. Although “eggs” may not appear to be unique to Japanese culture, the ways people buy, eat and use eggs can be used to highlight and demonstrate some of their cultural values and beliefs. Participants will first explore some of the key cultural similarities and differences in how Japanese and Australians eat and use eggs.  They will then discuss a range of contemporary issues such as caged vs. free range, from both a Japanese and Australian point of view, and develop some ideas and suggestions on how these issues can form the base of teaching and learning activities, based on NSW new syllabus.
Concept-based learning, or units of work based on the key considerations of concepts/ideas, has been informed by the Australian Curriculum.

Session 4:

Workshop 13: Hiragana Boot Camp
Presenter: Wendy Merriman
This workshop introduces a self-motivating “boot camp” style of classroom practice for Stage 4, which allows students to teach themselves to read and write Hiragana by using resources provided in the classroom and online. 
This workshop will be of interest to those who are interested in refreshing their Stage 4 program and/or those who need to rewrite their program to meet the new syllabus requirements.

Workshop 14: Stage 6 – Japanese in Context
Presenters: Rika Tsang and Chika Akustu-Hughes
This workshop introduces the Japanese in Context course and provides information related to eligibility, course content and the level of language required for the HSC.
The workshop will discuss the Stage 5 implications of the new syllabus implementation, and cover content, teaching materials  and course pathways for students from Stage 4 through to enrollment.

Workshop 15: Kyoto in your classroom
Presenters: Shanelle Ingram and Linden O’Brien
Japanese can be a great way to give low literacy and disengaged students a fresh start in accessing their learning, however it can be hard to get them interested in the first place! We all know the importance of cultural and hands on activities in fostering student interest in Japanese culture, however access to these activities can be difficult in isolated areas. This presentation will share a variety of alternatives to the traditional cultural incursions available to metropolitan teachers that will enable rural teachers to recreate similar experiences for their students. These are also suitable for teachers in low socio economic areas or with limited faculty budgets. This includes adapted recipes and lesson plans for Japanese cooking activities and adaptation of cultural art and craft-making with easily sourced items. These activities are also suitable for lunchtime Japanese clubs, end of year celebrations, and school cultural days.

Workshop 16: Online resources to support Japanese language teaching
Presenters: TeachMeet session

In this session participants will view a 5-10 minutes demonstration of online resources that can support Japanese language teaching and learning. Online resources could include: Go Nihongo!, Collaboratus, Erin’s Challenge, Asia Education Foundation’s Japanese resources and the Catholic sector’s Japanese online course for primary educators. Other resources may also be demonstrated on the day.