2003 Annual Meeting (April 26, Holiday Inn OSU)

President Furuhata’s Greeting
Introduction of Two Speakers (Dr. Wetzel and Mrs. Wargo)
Introduction of Officers
Self-Introduction of everyone

Ms. Janet Stucky, vice-director of the Institute for Japanese studies gave introduction of the organization: Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (www.us-japan.org). Dr. Mineharu Nakayama is the director of Institute for Japanese Studies.

Dr. Mari Noda talked about Dr. Wetzel’s book, Keigo in Japan, to be published in the fall.

First Speaker: Dr. Pat Wetzel
Topic: Study Abroad: Why, When, and How

1) Dr. Wetzel has a special project she wants to get started: Study-Abroad For Advanced Skills (SAFAS)
2) Proficiency vs. Fluency
3) Articulation

Second Speaker: Mrs. Janelle Wargo
Topic: Classroom Activities of the Japanese Program at Stow-Monroe Falls High School

Group Discussion: Spence Zaorski talked about “Japan Bowl” in Ohio next year


Officer’s Report:

1) Treasurer’s Report Unanimous decision to change membership fee from $15 to $25 beginning October.
2) Will there be a corporate rate of $75 for out side membership?

Next Discussion: By-Laws
There should be three amendments.

i) Create corporate membership
ii) They have no voting rights
iii) Corporate membership should be $75

We should change by-laws

i) Membership now is only for teachers and students

Therefore, by-laws should be changed or amended regarding

i) Voting rights
ii) Membership (teachers, students)
iii) Corporate membership

Next Discussion: At August Officer’s Meeting, officers will amend the by-laws to be voted on nest Anuual Meeting in 2004.

3) Vice President’s Report

i) We want to introduce other schools in the OATJ Newsletter. Sycamore High School was introduced in the January 03 issue. Send an article about your school.
ii) Members can use the Newsletter as they wish.

Next Year’s Meeting Ideas:

1) We always benefit from LLEEP. Hw long will this continue?
2) OFLA has expressed interest in working with OATJ.
3) LLEEP has ÒTitle VIÓ, so it should continue for next couple of years.
4) Mr. Lee Link submitted OFLA report.
5) We need increased visibility by joining up with OFJA. However, with LLEEP we can hold conference for free.
6) OFLA is K-12, LEEEP is K-16, OATJ is K-16. Joining up with OFLA might lead to some alienating of post-secondary teachers.
7) For the time being, we will stick with LLEEP.

Final Discussion: Textbook Sharing

There will be officer’s elections at next year’s Annual Meeting.

Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) Annual Meeting (April 5, 2003)

  1. OATJ Establishment: Chikako Pierson at Sycamore High School and Hamako Furuhata at Mount Union College attended the conference of East Asian Language Learning Environment Enhancement Program (LLEEP) at the Ohio State University in April 1999. Casual discussion about establishing the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese resulted.  Hamako shared a list of Ohio universities and high schools that had Japanese programs in Ohio, and sent information about creating OATJ to the universities, while Chikako sent information to the high schools in Ohio.  The results were amazing, and many people showed interest in establishing this association.  At that time, Dr. Mari Noda at the Ohio State University helped us to set up a place for an organizational meeting.

It was a historical moment when the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese (OATJ) was established at its first meeting held in April 2000 at the Fawcett Center of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Only a few teachers and professors were in attendance at the first meeting, but our membership has grown to include 32 members in the association, and includes both elementary/secondary and college/university teachers of Japanese.

  1. OATJ Mission and By-Laws: When we discussed a mission statement and by-laws for our association, we modeled our document after that of the Ohio Association of Teachers of German. After long discussion, the OATJ by-laws were created and approved.  The purpose of the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese is to promote and improve the study and teaching of Japanese, and to encourage a spirit of professional cooperation among the membership.
  1. OATJ Membership: Currently there are 32 members in the OATJ.
  1. Activities:

1)   Conference:  An OATJ Conference is organized annually, and is held in during and with the assistance of the LLEEP conference.  Dr. Motoko Tabuse (Eastern Michigan University, President of the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers [NCJLT]) was the invited guest speaker at the 2002 Annual Conference. Her presentations were entitled “How does the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers Work for K-16 Teachers?” and “Activities at the State-Level for Secondary Schools.”   Ms. Charlene Tabata, an elementary level Japanese language educator from Ohio also spoke at this conference “Japanese Teaching & Education in an Elementary School in Ohio.”  Both speeches were excellent.

This year we will invite Dr. Pat Wetzel (Portland State University, President of the Association of Teachers of Japanese [ATJ]) to the 2003 Annual Conference, and she will talk about “Study Abroad: Why, When and How?”. Additionally, Ms. Janelle Wargo, who received the 2002 Outstanding Teacher for Less Commonly Taught Languages Award from OFLA, will speak about
“Classroom Activities of the Japanese Program at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.”

2)   Newsletter:   Published twice a year for OATJ members.

  1. Website:  The OATJ website includes by-laws, a current officer listing, annual

meeting information, newsletter information, contact information, and useful links, etc.
The URL is: http://www.osu.edu/easc/OATJ/

  1. Grants: In 2002, OATJ received a grant from the Japan Foundation. Monies received were used for the annual OATJ conference.