This year AITJ’s workshop at the IFLTA annual conference will be led by Professor Akiko Kakutani of Earlham College, Sachiko Kawakubo of Connersville High School, and Hiromi Hollett of Elkhart Central/Elkhart Memorial High School. Information about the workshop is below.
|Himi Hollett-sensei||Akiko Kakutani-sensei||Sachiko Kawakubo-sensei|
Date: Friday, November 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Presenter: Akiko Kakutani, Professor of Japanese Language, Earlham College
Sachiko Kawakubo, Japanese teacher, Connersville High School
Hiromi Hollett, Japanese teacher, Elkhart Central High School and Elkhart Memorial High School
Presider: Allen Kidd, Japanese teacher, Munchie Central High School
The workshop Title: Indiana's Japanese Programs Now & Future
This workshop will focus on finding what to do and which directions to go for the Japanese programs to survive and to thrive in the future. We will analyze and evaluate the current situations and the issues of the Japanese programs through K-16 in Indiana, and then brainstorm and discuss what we should do in various aspects of the issues. The attendees are encouraged to share the ideas and to participate in the discussions.
The 29th Annual Midwestern Japanese Language Speech Contest was held at the Japan Information Center at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago on Saturday March 21st.teachers from all across the country.
Three Indiana high school students received award:
Two IUPUI students were chosen as finalists this year:
|Zhang-san is wearing a red tie and a white shirt and Hanno-san is to the right of Zhang-san. (McCullaugh-san is not in the picture)||Benninger-san is on the left and Giddens-san is on the right.|
The 2015 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI), sponsored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ), was held at Purdue University on February 21st. JOI was hosted by Purdue University and funded by AITJ, Purdue’s Asian Studies Program and Department of East Asian Languages, the East Asian Study Center at Indiana University Bloomington, the Chicago Consulate General of Japan, and the Los Angeles Japan Foundation. Sixty-six high school students from seven Indiana high schools participated in the annual event. Unfortunately, the snow storm made it impossible for four high schools to attend. The results are below (the photos are of the teams from each level that placed first). Congratulations to everyone who participated!
The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) runs a Nengajyoo (New Year’s Day postcard) contest every year. The Japanese have a custom of sending nengajoo to their friends, relatives, and colleagues on New Year’s day. This year 683 entries were submitted by 114 Japanese teachers from all across the country. Three Indiana high school students received awards. Caroline Brown (11th grade) from Castle High School in Newburgh, Indiana placed first in the Artistic category. Flora Arthur (9th Grade) from Bloomington High School North placed third in the Artistic category. Eva Houseman (12th Grade), also a student at Castle High School, took 1st place in the Computer Graphics category. Both Caroline and Eva are students of Pamela Boyer-Johnson sensei. Flora is Molly Jeon sensei’s student. Congratulations to everyone!
|Brown san and Boyer-Johnson sensei
(Houseman san not pictured)
|Arthur san and Jeon sensei|
Mr. Allen Kidd of Muncie Central High School and Professor Yasumi Kuriya of Earlham College received the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers of the Year award in November at the 46th Annual Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) conference. Additionally, Mr. Kidd received the Indiana Secondary Teacher of the Year award. Both were also named 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese. Congratulations!
Four seniors from North Central High School placed first in the technology category in IFLTA’s 2014 creative project contest. The four students, Austin Sandoval, Bryce Simpson, Keaton Caldwell, and Aaron Jefferson, produced a drink commercial.
Reported by Tomoe Nakamura
The Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ) was established to promote K-16 Japanese language and culture education in the U.S. state of Indiana. The Association fulfills its mission by facilitating the exchange of resources, ideas and knowledge relevant to Japanese language and culture education among Indiana’s Japanese language educators. The association organizes and runs several events including the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI) and K-16 Japanese Pedagogy Workshops. AITJ holds its annual business meeting every fall at the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) conference during which members elect officers, nominate Japanese Language teachers for the IFLTA Teacher's Award, and plan for events such as JOI and upcoming K-16 Japanese Pedagogy Workshops.
The Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI) is an annual Japanese language and culture contest for Indiana high school students. Previous hosts of JOI were as follows:
Information about upcoming JOIs is available in the 2015-2017 JOI Study Guide
Further information about past JOIs can be found under "Past AITJ news and events" on the AITJ archive page.
AITJ organizes biennial pedagogy workshops at IUPUI for K-16 teachers of Japanese. Past workshops focused on the following themes:
Further information about past workshops can be found here.