AITJ News Updates


2015 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI)
3/25/2015

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!

Level 2
1st place: Chesterton High School
2nd place: Highland High School
3rd place: Connersville High School

Level 2 winners from JOI 2015

Level 3
1st place: Connersville High School
2nd place: Michigan City High School
3rd place: Chesterton High School

Level 3 winners from JOI 2015

Level 4
1st place: Chesterton High School
2nd place: Valparaiso High School
3rd place: Michigan City High School North

Level 4 winners from JOI 2015


Three Indiana high school students receive AATJ Nengajyoo Awards
3/25/2015

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!

Student Caroline Brown holding award-winning nengajoo with teacher Pamela Boyer-Johnson Student Flora Arthur holding award-winning nengajoo with teacher Molly Jeon
Brown san and Boyer-Johnson sensei
(Houseman san not pictured)
Arthur san and Jeon sensei


Congratulations to Kidd-sensei and Kuriya-sensei
1/15/2015
Photo of IPFW students

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!

Seniors at North Central High School win the 2014 IFLTA Creative Project Contest
1/15/2015
Photo of IPFW students

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

About AITJ

Picture of AITJ members at the 2013 meeting of the 2013 Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association

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.

Japanese Olympiad of Indiana

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

2015 Registration form and 2015 Student Eligibility form are also availble.

Further information about past JOIs can be found under "Past AITJ news and events" on the AITJ archive page.

Japanese Pedagogy Workshops

AITJ organizes biennial pedagogy workshops at IUPUI for K-16 teachers of Japanese. Past workshops focused on the following themes:

  • 2013: "How to Teach Writing in Japanese using the Genre Approach"
  • 2011: "Advocacy and Articulation in Japanese Language Education"
  • 2009: "Content-Based Instruction for Beginning-Level Japanese"
  • 2007: "New State Standards for East Asian Languages"
  • 2006: "Differentiated Instruction in the Japanese Classroom"

Further information about past workshops can be found here.