The 2017 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI), sponsored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ), was held at DePauw University on February 25th, 2017. JOI was hosted by DePauw University and funded by AITJ, Academic Affairs and Asian Studies at DePauw University, the East Asian Study Center at Indiana University Bloomington, the Chicago Consulate General of Japan, and the Los Angeles Japan Foundation. Eighty six high school students from nine Indiana high schools participated in the annual event. The results are below (the photos are of the teams from each level that placed first). Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Mike Tsugawa Sensei was awarded the IFLTA Secondary Teacher of the Year at the IFTLA Conference 2016 on Nov. 5th. It is wonderful that his teaching excellence, dedication, passion, and contribution to language education were recognized by IFLTA and its members. It’s great news for AITJ as well! Congratulations, Mike Tsugawa-sensei! おめでとうございます。
Report by Hiroko Chiba
A Workshop for K-16 Teachers: Technology in Japanese Language Education was held at IUPUI – Indianapolis on April 6, 2016. The Workshop was sponsored by East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University and the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese. We were pleased to have Dr. Kazumi Hatasa of the School of Languages and Literatures at Purdue University for the Keynote speaker. Dr. Hatasa also lead hands-on in the afternoon.
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 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.