Annual Meeting

Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese (OATJ) is pleased to announce the 2017 OATJ annual conference.

*Please Click HERE to register for this meeting. 

WHEN: SUNDAY, November 5, 2017, 9:00AM – 3:30PM

Registration starts at 9:00AM.

**This is going to be the Sunday when daylight saving time ends, so please turn your clocks back before you come to our conference! On Sunday morning before the conference, you will feel like you have earned an extra hour to get here. : )

WHERE: Community Hall in Dublin Community Recreation Center. – the same venue we have JASCO Speech Contest every year.

**Parking will be free for anyone who will use the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

Parking is either near the main entrance or the north one (West and North sides of the Dublin Community Recreation Center). The ground parking lot is very large, so you should be able to find a place to park easily.

For the direction, please use the 2 links below.

1. 5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017


For those arriving for the first time, please use the link below and see where the Community Hall is located.

2017 OATJ Annual Conference Schedule:

9:00-9:15    Registration
9:15-9:30    Welcome
9:30-9:35    Opening remarks (Kiyosue)

Morning Session:

10:00-12:00  Keynote Speaker: Yo Azama-sensei -Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)-
12:00-1:00    Networking Lunch
1:00-1:05      Greeting from Benjamin Pachter, Executive Director At Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO)
1:05-1:30      OATJ Business Meeting – Election for new officers 2017 -2019

Afternoon Session: 

1:30-3:30  Keynote Speaker: Yo Azama-sensei -Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA)-
3:30-4:00  Networking
5:00-   Dinner with Azama-sensei at Akai Hana Japanese restaurant

This event is sponsored by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center and Japanese-Language Education Project Grant to the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.

We are very excited to have Yo Azama-sensei ( as the speaker! He will give us a full-day IPA Workshop.

Here is the description of the workshop. How to implement Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA) to inspire and engage students and assess students’ performance using real-world tasks that are meaningful to students? How can we know students’ progress as defined in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and transform classrooms and curriculum to meet the demands of the 21st Century? What do we need to consider implementing IPA effectively in teaching? In this interactive workshop, the presenter will share engaging ways to implement IPA from beginning to advanced levels in thematic units using Backward Design. The presenter will demonstrate effective approaches to provide feedback before, during and after the IPAs to building proficiency and monitor learning progress to prepare learners with the 21st-century skills. The presenter will showcase ways to inspire and engage learners and assess students’ performance using real-world tasks that are meaningful to students and transform the engaging and rigorous learning environment. Students’ samples will be shared along with evaluation criteria and standards. The presenter will also share essential elements to consider when creating real-world tasks to promote the 21st-century skills to successfully function in the global world.

We hope you can join us!

Midwest Japan Seminar

On the Saturday of the same weekend (November 4), there is another Japan-related conference – the Midwest Japan Seminar – in Columbus. If you are interested, please check out link below.