AITJ News Updates



2018 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI)
3/1/2018

The 2018 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI), sponsored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ), was held at Earlham College on February 24th, 2018. JOI was hosted by Earlham College and funded by AITJ, Academic Dean's Office, Admissions Office, Event and Operations Office and Japanese Studies at Earlham Collega,the East Asian Study Center at Indiana University Bloomington, the Chicago Consulate General of Japan, and the Los Angeles Japan Foundation. Eighty 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!

Level 2
1st place: Indiana Academy
2nd place: Chesterton High School
3rd place: Avon High School

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

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



Congratulations to Misako Matsubara-sensei - IFLTA Collegiate Teacher of the Year
12/15/2017

Misako Matsubara was awarded the IFLTA Collegiate Teacher of the Year at the IFTLA Conference 2017 on Nov. 4th. It is wonderful that her 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, Misako Matsubara-sensei! おめでとうございます。

Report by Hiroko Chiba


Indiana Academy student receives IFLTA Poster Award
12/15/2017

The Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) Poster Contest is an annual K-12 competition. Xuannuo Zheng, an 11th Grade student at the Indiana Academy, took 2nd place in the high school category. Zheng-san is a student of Clara Chi-sensei. Congratulations!

Student Caroline Brown holding award-winning nengajoo with teacher Pamela Boyer-Johnson Zheng-san's poster
Zheng san and Chi sensei

A Workshop for K-16 Teachers: Technology in Japanese Language Education
4/15/2016

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.

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 2018 JOI Study Guide.

2018 Student Eligibility form and JOI Format Rules Procedures 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:

  • 2018 (April): "Integrating Technology into Japanese Classroom"
  • 2016: "Technology in Japanese Language Education"
  • 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.