NSW Japanese Teachers’ Conference 

 The Japanese teachers’ conference: Aspire to Inspire will be held at Rydges World Square on Friday 19 August 2016 from 8.30am until 4.30pm.

The Japanese Conference welcomes Japanese teachers from Kindergarten through to Year 12 from all sectors, including pre-service teachers. It is a valuable opportunity for teachers to unite, network and share best teaching practices and innovative ideas.Keynote speaker Kylie Farmer, AFMLTA President (2014-2016) and an experienced teacher of Japanese, will be presenting the newly released Japanese version of the AFMLTA standards and how these align to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. She will provide insights to how Japanese teachers may use these and other resources to build their Professional Development Plans.

Pip Cleaves, Head Teacher Learning Innovation, and Languages will be presenting on the future-focused Japanese classroom and sharing her expertise on how to engage 21st century learners.

Workshop sessions include future-focused learning (project-based learning, blended learning resources and collaborative tools), differentiation, HSC skills and strategies, Content and Language Integrated Learning and Aboriginal perspectives. The conference will also strengthen professional connections, update teachers in the implementation of Japanese syllabuses and deepen knowledge of Japanese language and culture.

The conference will contribute to six hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 3.4.2, 6.1.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

NSW DoE teacher $110

Non-DoEteachers $220

Register online through MyPL@Edu Event ID: 135296


Closing date: 12 August 2016

Teachers in non-government schools who cannot access MyPL@Edu, should access the instructions to register at https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/proflearn/areas/plp/mypl/community.html


Would you like a say in what forms NSW K-10 syllabus?

BOSTES is currently seeking feedback on the draft K-10 Languages framework.

This will inform the writing of the draft K – 10 syllabus for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

It is important to provide your feedback now, as this affects what you will teach in the future. Visit BOSTES to learn more.

Online content in 15 minutes

The world is flipping for flipping lessons. To be honest, you might think it is a good idea, but is making you flip out a little! You want to create engaging content for your students. You would love for the lower order thinking part of your lessons to be set as a home task, freeing up classroom time for applying and creating. You would love to have lessons online to refer students to if they were absent, need revision, or want to learn something described in a different way. You would hope for the content to be interesting, to challenge and test students’ understanding.

BUT… (And this is a big, naughty use of the word BUT to start a sentence!!!) you don’t have time. Sound familiar?

Online content in a flash

Well, here are my tips for creating an online lesson for your students in 15 minutes:

  1. Set the students the task of finding a video that teaches the new concept.
  2. Ask students to find a quiz that tests their understanding of the new concept.
  3. Have students send you their favourite link.
  4. Watch the videos suggested.
  5. Attempt the suggested quizzes.
  6. If the materials are suitable, put them straight onto a blog page, Moodle lesson or email them to your students.

It does not have to be perfect. It just needs to be there, to stimulate learning and to provide students with support. You can improve the lesson each year you teach it.

Want to see an imperfectly perfect example that has worked for Japanese classes learning about adjectives?


Learn 4 useful adjectives:

How to make the different い adjective forms:


Flashcards showing adjective conjugation:



What’s the present negative form for the following adjectives? (is not…)

What’s the past affirmative forms for the following adjectives?    (was..)


What’s the past negative forms for the following adjectives?   (was not…)


Over to you..

Have you quickly made a successful lesson online? What are your tips? We would love to hear what works for you and your students. Share your lesson in the section below.

iPod/iPhone Apps

I LOVE iPhone. It comes everywhere with me. It shows me movies when I am bored, finds petrol stations when I am running on empty, lets me contact my friends and family and it is a brilliant piece of technology for learning languages.

Here are some of my favourite apps for Japanese:
Touchcards 2 is a study tool that can import flashcards from Quizlet, StudyStack, and more.
iKana touch will make learning hiragana and katakana much easier and more fun!

Kotoba is a multilingual Japanese dictionary.

ShinKanji is a kanji reference and study application combining a kanji dictionary and a database of stroke orders.

Kanji search online

Ever stumbled upon a kanji that you don’t know, and not being sure of the radical, you are finding it hard to look it up in a dictionary? Well, now there is a place online where you can draw the kanji with your mouse and the site will suggest possible kanji, linked to Jim Breen’s dictionary. Yipee! Check out handwritten kanji recognition.