Free Professional Development Opportunities from East Asian Studies Center

East Asian Studies Center at The Ohio State University is offering several great professional development multi-disciplinary opportunities this spring and summer, all free and offered online. Details and benefits listed below, feel free to pass this message on to others.

Sijo (Korean Poetry) Programs:

[posted March 6, 2023]

The announcement of the presentation contest Tomodachi Summit 2023

Minna no Global Classroom welcomes you to join ともだちSummit 2023 Hiroshima. We will have two exchange meetings for all participants before and after the competition, virtually/in person. You will make friends of your age. This competition is hybrid, both online and in person, and in Japanese and English. Join us, young leaders!

Tomodachi Summit to students NEW

The goals of this contest                                                   

  To grow friendships among students worldwide, meet, study, and get to know each other virtually/in person.

  To improve contestants’ communication skills.

The presentation contest where to take place as follows

  1. Date and time   Saturday 8 pm (CST), Sunday 10 am Japan (JST) June 10/11
  1. Venue Hiroshima/Kurashiki Nagi Hotel Online
  2. Organizers: Minna no Global Classroom Hiroshima
  3. Theme Favorites, what you want to discuss * Express yourself in the language you are learning * Share your Favorite/Interests    
  4. Rules A presentation length is 7 minutes. The contestant will be given negative points if the speech lasts over 7 minutes.
  5. Contestants should submit a draft by May 31. Evaluation criteria are given to contestants.                      
  6. Eligibility Students aged 18-35  

      7.   Applications     Apply from the link by February.  

      8.   Procedure  


                  Pre-Exchange virtual meeting (free)

                  Minimum two study group sessions Study with participants, with the language  assistants

($30 optional, paid by the end of February)


                  After-exchange virtual party (free)

                  Uchiage pro-contest virtual meeting (free)

                   * The $30 virtual study sessions with language assistants fee is not refundable.

                          Zell (U.S.) Motoko Japan LLC 972-940-5456         

                          Motoko Japan LLC is an official organizer of the contest.

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Meet us!

[posted February 7, 2023]

OATJ Fall Workshop November 12 Proficiency-Based Design

We are pleased to invite you to our OATJ Fall Workshop on Saturday, November 12, “Proficiency-Based Design: How to Build Assessments and Activities Fostering the Three Modes of Communication” All language educators are welcome. Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think might be interested.

Saturday, November 12, 2022
12:00 pm -2:00 pm (ET) Online via Zoom

Proficiency-Based Design: How to Build Assessments and Activities Fostering the Three Modes of Communication

Students understand grammar, do their homework, and score well on grammar-based tests, but does this really mean that students are developing proficiency? This workshop aims to develop an understanding of proficiency-oriented instruction. Strategies to develop/re-design learning tasks and assessments fostering the three modes of communication (Interpretive, Interpersonal, and Presentational) through a university-level sample unit of instruction will be discussed. Applying the principles of backward design, participants will learn how to plan meaningful learning experiences in the target language. The workshop is conducted in Japanese.

Presenter: Magara Maeda-sensei 

Distinguished Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She is a recipient of the 2020 AATJ Teacher Award and currently serves as president of the Wisconsin Association of Teachers of Japanese.

Registration: The workshop is free of charge, but current AATJ/OATJ membership is required. Please renew your 2022 membership at, if you have not done so yet, or contact OATJ to become an OATJ member. This event is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center. The deadline for registration is November 8, 2022.

[posted October 10, 2022]

Job Opening: Full-Time Japanese Instructor at the University of Mount Union


The Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Mount Union (Alliance, OH) seeks a full-time Japanese instructor beginning August 1, 2022. This is a one-year appointment that will conclude on May 31, 2023.


The successful candidate will teach a combination of elementary- and secondary-level Japanese language courses. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity of working with the Japanese Language TA. Native or near-native competence in Japanese and English is required.


Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in Japanese, Japanese literature and culture, Japanese language pedagogy, or in a related field.

This position is not eligible for an OPT assignment, but is eligible for H-1B, sponsorship if needed.

Candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Electronic applications are required and can be submitted online at The review of applications will begin on June 22, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is required to complete assigned University compliance training as communicated by the University.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. When requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The University of Mount Union is an equal opportunity employer. The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information in student admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or employment as now or may hereafter be required by university policy and federal or state law.

To apply, please visit:

[posted June 27, 2022]

OATJ DEI dialogue series #6 (June 14)
Time/Date: 7:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 14

Zoom link: Please refer to the OATJ email. No registration is required.

[posted June 8, 2022]

Workshop: TOBIRA: Beginning Japanese for the new semester (June 25)

Please join us to explore the new elementary textbook, TOBIRA: Beginning Japanese, on 6月25日(土)20:00-22:00 (EDT) where we will overview features of the textbook, how to use it effectively, and so on.

Please refer to this website and register by June 18 (Sat) 9:00 pm (EDT).

[posted June 8, 2022]

Job Opening: Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Toledo

The University of Toledo has a job opening for a full-time Lecturer position in the Japanese program (Department of World Languages and Cultures). Here is the link for the job posting: Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. 

[posted June 8, 2022]

OATJ DEI dialogue series #5 (May 11)

Belated Happy New Year!  It is time to have the second (and more) OATJ DEI Dialogue series!!! (2nd Tuesday & Wednesday – alternative monthly)
Time/Date: 7:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, May 11

  • 7:00-7:40 pm – Discussion on a selected topic “Ideas to Make Our Classroom/Program More Inclusive” 
  • 7:40-7:50 pm – Open discussion & decide on the topic for the next meeting  
  • 7:50-8:00 pm – Sharing happy stories!! 

Zoom link: Please refer to the OATJ email.

[posted May 6, 2022]

OATJ Online Spring Workshop

We are happy to announce our OATJ Spring Workshop. It will be free and online again. 

All language educators are welcome. We hope you will join us! Saturday, April 9, 2022
10:00 am -12:00 pm EST
 (Eastern Standard Time)

Online via Zoom


Free, but current AATJ/OATJ membership is required. Please renew your 2022 membership at, if you have not done so yet.

This event is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.

Title: Supporting Our Students: Building Connections for Communication
These past few years have brought unprecedented uncertainty into students’ lives. But the world language classroom can support students in unique and unexpected ways! In this workshop we will explore how language learning can develop communication skills and self-confidence to build learners’ resilience and support their mental health.  Participants will acquire strategies to help learners lower their affective barriers and develop healthy relationships.

Presenter: Elena Kamenetzky
Elena Kamenetzky-sensei is a Japanese teacher at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY. She is a recipient of the 2021 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year and the 2020 SCOLT (Southern Conference of Language Teaching) Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award.

[posted March 10, 2022]

Job Opening: Lecturer in Japanese at the University of Toledo

The University of Toledo has a job opening for a full-time Lecturer position in the Japanese program (Department of World Languages and Cultures). Here is the link for the job posting: Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. 

[posted March 21, 2022]

A lecture hosted by OSU’s Institute for Japanese Studies

“Law of Gradual Decrease in Respect in Honorifics’ and Inflation of Politeness: Shift from Honorifics to Benefactives in Japanese”

Lecturer: Michi Shiina (Hosei University)

March 2, 2022

6:00PM – 7:30PM

Online (registration required)


Abstract: Japanese donatory verbs are used as subsidiary verbs, or benefactives, as well as main verbs. I look at a diachronic change in the use of two Japanese benefactives used to express something that a speaker does in a courteous way: “sase-te-kudasaru” [lit. meaning: you give me permission of doing something] and “sase-te-itadaku” [lit. meaning: I receive the benefit of your letting me do something]. Although these two benefactive expressions can be used interchangeably, a survey of the corpora reveals that there is a shift from you-give-type “sase-te-kudasaru” to I-receive-type “sase-te-itadaku.” Behind this shift is the “law of gradual decrease in respect in honorifics.” To use Goffman’s terms (1967), this is a shift from a benefactive of “deference” to a benefactive of “demeanor.” I conclude by saying that the “law of gradual decrease in respect in honorifics” is a linguistic moment of diachronic change in honorifics as well as inflation of politeness in the Japanese language.

Michi Shiina is Professor of English Linguistics in the Department of English at Hosei University and Director of the Institute of International Japanese Studies at Graduate School of Hosei University. She received her first Ph.D. in linguistics from Lancaster University and her second Ph.D. in Japanese linguistics from the Open University of Japan. Her research interests include historical pragmatics, linguistic (in)politeness, and stylistics in English and Japanese. Her main academic concern is in historical socio-pragmatics with a corpus-based approach. Her recent book Pragmatics of “sase-te-itadaku” has attracted attention from Japanese linguists as well as people outside academia. She is also interested in innovative features observed in young people’s language use.

程良い距離感で丁寧に 『「させていただく」の使い方』 法政大教授・椎名美智さん(65):東京新聞 TOKYO Web

そもそも敬語になっていない…「させていただく」と言われるとイラッとする言語学的な理由 便利な表現だからこそ不快に思う | PRESIDENT Online(プレジデントオンライン)

[posted February 22, 2022]

Hokkaido International Foundation Summer Program Information Session (Fri, Feb 11) 

Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF) is holding an information session about their summer program.

大学の先生方:Could you please pass this on to your students?

高校の先生方: Non-native K-12 teachers are welcome to take their advanced course as a student. A lot of discussions and interactions with local people will be offered online.


Greetings from Hokkaido International Foundation (HIF) in Hakodate!

HIF offers the 36th Japanese Language and Japanese Culture Program virtually again in Summer 2022, and applications are open now. It is a project-based learning program for 5 weeks that involves interaction with local people in Hakodate.

Our fourth and last info session will be held as follows. We will provide you with the detailed information of the program by showing photos and movies from last summer. The session will be held in English and targeted for everyone including both students and teachers.

HIF JJ Info Session #4
Date & Time: Friday, February 11, 2022, at 8PM-9PM (EST)
Please click the following URL to find out starting time at your location:
In order to join the session, please submit the following form by 30 minutes prior to the starting time of the session. We’ll send you a zoom URL.

More information is available on our website.

[posted February 6, 2022]

OATJ DEI Dialogue Series #2 (Tue, Feb 8) 

Belated Happy New Year!  It is time to have the second (and more) OATJ DEI Dialogue series!!! (2nd Tuesday & Wednesday – alternative monthly)
Time/Date: 7:00-8:00 pm, Tuesday, February 8

  • 7:00-7:40 pm – Discussion on a selected topic “Ideas to Make Our Classroom/Program More Inclusive” 
  • 7:40-7:50 pm – Open discussion & decide on the topic for the next meeting  
  • 7:50-8:00 pm – Sharing happy stories!! 

Zoom link: Please refer to the OATJ email.

  • One of our goals is to create a channel of ongoing communication/dialogue among OATJ professionals. That way, we can think about this important topic (and others) together. 
  • In order to make our OATJ an inclusive/thought-provoking organization, let’s invite our colleagues
  • People can join us anytime.

Looking forward to seeing you on Feb 8!!!!

みなさま、遅くなりましたが新年明けましておめでとうございます。OATJ DEI Dialogueの二回目を開催したいと思います。(今後は、第二火曜日、その翌月は第二水曜日)


7:00-7:40 pm – Discussion on a selected topic “Ideas to Make Our Classroom/Program More Inclusive” 
7:40-7:50 pm – Open discussion & decide on the topic for the next meeting  
7:50-8:00 pm – Sharing happy stories!! 





[posted January 30, 2022]


Who: K-12 educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarian, administrators, other)

From: AL, DE, IL, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, OH, PA, WV

Where: Virtual format via Zoom (synchronous and asynchronous)

When: July 11-15 & 18-22, 2022: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT (M-F) plus orientation and follow-up

What: From the legendary characters of myth and manga to the figurative demons of disease and war, the contours of East Asia have been defined by its spirits and beasts, real and imagined, from time immemorial. Join us in this free online seminar as we map the impact of these transnational forces in and beyond East Asia through the lenses of geography, art, religion, sports, literature, and more! Focusing on the regions that comprise present-day China, Japan, and Korea, participants will engage with experts and other educators in the field to explore major trends, global issues, and historic foundations that shape East Asian society. Our virtual journey will introduce the region’s diverse cultures and environment while building and enhancing your tool chest of teaching resources for the classroom.

Benefits: $200 stipend and $200 resource material upon completion of seminar requirements.


Applications received by April 30, 2022 (or when filled) will be given priority

Application linkonline link


[posted January 16, 2022]


Who: K-12 educators (pre-service and in-service teachers, librarians, administrators)
From: Any state

Where: Online

When: Saturday, February 19, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)

What: Join us as we explore (and play) a historical Japanese game that teaches children both the basics of physical science and world history through manga! Entitled “Atomic Sugoroku: Comics for Science Education,” this 1949 “snakes and ladders” board game has a colorful cast of characters personifying the traits of protons, electrons, and neutrons. As players race to the final goal (in this case, World Peace), they learn how these particles act in the context of atomic science and post-war Japan. Participants in this seminar will not only explore the game of sugoroku (a centuries-old game that is still popular today), but also learn about the global history of peace politics, science, and the Nobel Prize. In addition, workshop facilitators will share relevant teaching tools and discuss ways to incorporate these topics into wide ranging and cross-curricular classrooms.


Registration (required)online link

Flyer:  Feb 19 Workshop Flyer

[posted January 16, 2021]

The Second OATJ DEI Dialogue

Dear Everyone:
Let’s meet at 7:00 – 8:00 pm on Tue, Dec 14 for the first OATJ DEI Dialogue.
As a starter, we want to reflect on what we discussed with Watanabe-sensei on Sat, Nov 13. Also, we did not have time to get into the questions of “Is OATJ inclusive? How can we improve ourselves better?”

ALL teachers in Ohio, including those who missed our first discussion, are invited. Please invite your colleagues and join us for this important discussion!

Here is the zoom link.

Topic: OATJ DEI Dialogue Series 

Time: Dec 14, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 924 2199 2611 

  [posted December 1, 2021]

OATJ Online Fall Meeting

To all Japanese teachers of Ohio:
[Japanese version below]

OATJ invites all of you to join a short event on (Saturday) November 13 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is not an event only for OATJ/AATJ members but for all Japanese teachers in Ohio and is free.
Please share with anyone who might be interested!
The event will be held online for COVID safety.
It has been a long time since we have all come together and there have been many changes to our world. OATJ wants to bring all the teachers of Ohio together again and start a conversation. We feel a great distance growing especially since we haven’t been able to meet in-person for over a year now. 
Our topic will focus on DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion). Please see below for a full description.
Please join us so we can all say 「オハイオ、お元気でしたか。」
Please register at the following link and please feel free to share with your colleagues or students who might be interested! We will send the Zoom link before the event.



日時:11月13日(土)11:00 am – 1:00 pm
このような状況だからこそDEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)という特に今皆様の関心の中心であるこのトピックに焦点を当て、オハイオの日本語教師が一同に集まりお互いに学び合い話し合えるような時間、「オハイオの先生方、お元気でしたか。」と言い合えるような時間を一緒に作りましょう!



“DEI Workshop for Japanese Language Professionals of Ohio”Time/Date: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 13Venue: Zoom
The topic of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) challenges us to re-examine our long-held assumptions and what we take for granted. It is truly a life-long endeavor. Where can we start?
During this workshop, we propose two areas to start the process for Japanese language professionals in Ohio. First, what can we do in our classrooms? How can we create a just and inclusive environment in a classroom? Second, how can we make OATJ a truly inclusive organization? What steps can we take to move our organization toward inclusivity?
During this workshop, Dr. Suwako Watanabe (professor at Portland State University, former AATJ president, the chair of 2020 AATJ DEI task force) will facilitate our discussion.
Based on the definition of some key concepts, the participants will be encouraged to reflect on themselves and start thinking on DEI together through a breakout session. This is the first occasion of our DEI work, and Dr. Hiroaki Kawamura (University of Findlay, 2021 AATJ DEI taskforce member) will continue the dialogue in Ohio.



Online International Exchange in Japanese for Students at High School Level or Above

We need to wear a face mask, overseas travel is limited, even within the country, personal and social activities are limited… Focus on what we can do now. Overcoming the physical boundaries, talk about your own culture, learn different cultures, and meet new friends.

Saturday, September 25 2021
1st round 10:00am-12:00pm (JST)
2nd round 7:00-8:30pm (JST)

*Via zoom
*Language: Japanese
*Up to 50 people for each session
*Free admission
*Application deadline: September 20

*This event is open to students at high school level or above.
*Apply from the link:

Please find more details here:
If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Morikawa at

[posted July 21, 2021]

Online Experience “Zen Garden, Zen Mind”

Bowling Green State University has organized the presentation on Japanese Zen garden of a temple in Kyoto with collaboration with JASCO.  This will be presented from Japan on the Zoom at 7:30 pm (Eastern) on June 29th.

Time: 7:30 pm on Tuesday, June 29 (ETD)


[posted June 19, 2021]

New Japanese Teaching Position (California) Available at Otay Ranch High School

JAPANESE TEACHER (High School, Part-Time)Part-Time with FULL BENEFITS

  • 3 classes (3 levels of Japanese)
  • Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
  • Possibility to grow the Japanese program
  • Nice residential neighborhood
  • California Distinguished School
  • Competitive pay
  • Starting mid-July, 2021

Sweetwater High School District
Otay Ranch High School1250 Olympic ParkwayChula Vista(South of San Diego) Credentialed applicants only need to apply If you are interested, please contact Lena Kelly and she could provide Oskay sensei’s phone number if necessary or email her

[posted June 12, 2021]

Full-time Lecturer in Japanese Institution: Case Western Reserve University

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for one full-time lecturer position in Japanese starting Fall 2021. The position is a non-tenured one-year appointment with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional one-year periods.

 Primary teaching duties are three courses each semester at all levels of Japanese. Credentials: M.A. (Ph.D. in SLA, applied linguistic, and related fields is a plus), evidence of excellence in undergraduate language teaching, and native/near-native language ability both in Japanese and English.

Please upload all application materials – a cover letter that addresses qualifications for this teaching position; a diversity statement that explains how diversity, equity, and inclusion inform past and/or future professional experience with further details available on the application webpage; current CV; a teaching-demo video [CD, YouTube, etc.]; teaching evaluations; and three letters of reference at:

Review of the applications will begin on July 7, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the search may be directed to Trish Jones (, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

[posted June 12, 2021]

Engage Asia: “Japanese Craftmanship, Technical Education, and Culture” Summer Workshop

Please see the following message from The Japan Foundation, LA about an opportunity for high school Japanese teachers and students:

We would like to share with you a summer workshop opportunity for High School teachers and students that will take place virtually! Teachers and students have further learn about Japanese craftsmanship from various experts.
OVERVIEWEngageAsia’s summer workshop, “Japanese Craftsmanship, Technical Education, and Culture,” will provide high school teachers and students with an opportunity to explore Japanese trades and crafts from the perspective of tradespeople who work across Japan and the US. 
The workshop is open to high school teachers and students and will take place virtually from July 13 to August 5, 2021, primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning around 7 or 8 PM Eastern time with each session being approximately 1.5 to 2 hours in length.
FORMATEach virtual workshop session will feature an expert specializing in a Japanese craft. The speakers will share their philosophy and approach to their craft, and participants will engage in discussions on key themes and ideas that emerge from the talks. Workshop topics include carpentry, tea ceremony, culinary arts, boat building, and calligraphy.
Participants are required to attend the first and last session of the workshop (July 13 &August 5). They are also required to attend at least three of the six remaining sessions between July 15 and August 3.
Participants will also work on a group project and present it at the last workshop session.
For more information and how to register:
Any questions about the workshop, please contact Chisato Sakamoto at share this information amongst your affiliate members!

[posted June 12, 2021]

Looking for Full-time Japanese Language Teacher at Findlay High School

Findlay High School, located in Findlay, Ohio is looking for a full-time Japanese language teacher and the requirements are State Certification as a foreign language teacher in the particular language taught and Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or ability to provide own transportation.

In terms of education, bachelors from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment and masters degree in related area is preferred.
For more information and how to apply, please click the following link:

[posted May 19, 2021]

OATJ Online Spring Workshop

OATJ is having its Spring Workshop! It will be free and online again. We hope you will join us!
2021 Spring Workshop
Saturday, April 10, 2021
11:00 am – 3:00 pm EST 
(Eastern Standard Time)

Online via Zoom
(This event is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center. Also thanks to JASCO (Japan-America Society of Central Ohio) for their support!

Takako Aikawa (相川孝子), Ph.D.
Sr. Lecturer, Global Languages
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A Pathway to New Language Learning Experiences
-Blended Learning, NLP, and AR/VR-

This workshop consists of three parts.  The first part discusses the roles of language teachers in the age of the digital transformation.  As we know, the pandemic has forced a significant transformation in how we teach. We are literally in the age of digital transformation, and the role of technology has become more invaluable than ever before to our teaching.  With such rapid and unanticipated changes, we need to modify our pedagogical strategies accordingly.  But how?  I tackle this question by presenting: (i) strategies and various online modalities for remote learning (Goodell & Kessler, 2020) and (ii) sample learning activities that demonstrate the connection between the theory of learning and its practice. I contend that the adoption of remote instruction into our curriculum has great potential to make our teaching more effective, and that we need to proactively integrate what is called “blended learning” to maximize the strengths of both face-to-face and remote instruction.  

In the second part of the workshop, I discuss how language technology (such as natural language processing (NLP), speech-to-text, machine translation, etc.) can enhance our language instruction.  To this end, I first present a series of NLP-related projects that I conducted over the last several years, so that we can see how language technology relate to language teaching.  Then, I present some useful online NLP tools and walk us through hands-on practice of these tools.

The third part focuses on how emerging technologies such as augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) can impact language learning.  Recent advancements in AR/VR allow us to create new learning experiences within situated contexts: AR/VR can simulate real life contexts and accordingly, we can create environments where learners are able to use their target language as if they were in the real world.  I argue that the use of AR/VR promotes the idea of playful learning by engaging learners in fun activities and sparking their interests.  To demonstrate how AR/VR can facilitate the implementation of new learning experiences, I present the AR/VR projects that I conducted in collaboration with MIT’s Media lab.

Have you paid for your AATJ membership yet? If not, please do!

[posted March 9, 2021]

Deaf-World in Japan

Sponsored by University of Findlay Convocation Committee, Department of Language & Culture, College of Education, & Department of Social Work

TUE MAR 16 7:30- 8:30pm

Dr. Steven C. Fedorowicz Associate Professor, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan

This presentation will be an overview of contemporary deafness in Japan. Part One will include general discussions of academic and social welfare models (deficit and cultural), identity (Deaf and deaf), intersectionality and sign language use (Japanese Sign Language and Signed Japanese). Part Two will take up specific recent actions, events and moments that greatly influence and shed light on societal views and attitudes regarding deafness and disability such as the Tottori Prefecture ordinance recognizing and promoting sign language (2013), successful elections of deaf (2015) and disabled (2019) politicians, the Law to Eliminate Discrimination against People with Disabilities (2016), the Sagamihara care home massacre (2016) and the Paralympics in Japan (originally scheduled for 2020).

ASL interpreter will be present.

Please register at the following link:

Free to the public

[posted March 6, 2021]

2021 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest







Please subscribe to JASCO YouTube channel and ask to receive notifications of when we have new uploads or live broadcasts, or like us on Facebook ( to see our announcements!

[posted March 6, 2021]

2020 OATJ Fall Conference

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 12:00-3:30 (EST), OATJ will have its annual Fall Conference online through Zoom. Registration is free thanks to support from the Japan Foundation.
OATJ members will be able to register first and then registration will open to all AATJ members across America. Registration is also limited to 100 people so if you’re interested, register soon!

Rebecca Allen, a Japanese teacher of Dublin City Schools, will be presenting on:
Session 1: Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities in the Inclusive Japanese Classroom (12:00-1:30)
Session 2: Designing a Kanji Curriculum Using Radicals (1:45-3:15)

A full description of each can be found on the registration form.
Please register at the following link:
If you register, you will receive the Zoom link a few days before the event with the email you registered.

We hope to see you there!

[posted October 10, 2020]

2021 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest

The application materials for the 2021 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest are now available!

The 2021 contest will be held online via Zoom on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Applications will be due by Friday, February 5, 2021, with finalists being announced by Monday, February 15, 2021.

You can download them via the links below:

If you have any trouble accessing these documents, please let Ben Pachter of JASCO know!

In an effort to simplify the application process, JASCO has made the following changes for the 2021 contest:

  • Typed speeches are no longer required to be submitted on genkō-yōshi. And a result, speeches can be submitted in takegaki or yokogaki style, based on students’ preference.
  • There is no longer a required format for the audio recording. Students can submit in whatever format is most convenient for them. 
  • We have clarified the Speech Topic and Writing Guidelines.
  • We have added Finals Speech Performance Guidelines

Please visit Speech Contest page for more information.

If you have any questions, please e-mail JASCO at

[posted October 10, 2020]

Zoom Lecture about Nikkei in Peru and Venezuela

This is an event for Hispanic Heritage Month at the University of Findlay. Irina Soto-Mejia will discuss her current research project, in which she explores the Japanese diaspora in Peru, narrated through the life of third and fourth generations Nikkei. Soto-Mejia emphasis on these generations illustrates a trajectory in the history of the diaspora. She will be asked to talk about her life in Japan from her Hispanic perspectives.

Topic: “Lives across borders and cultures: Home and belonging in third and fourth generation of Japanese in Peru and Venezuela. An analysis of tow journeys: Kaori Flores Yonekura and Tomas Toshi Matsufuji”

Date & Time: Thursday, October 8 | 6-7:15 p.m.

Lecturer: Irina Soto-Mejia (Faculty of Soka University of Japan)


It is open to public and free of charge.

[posted September 24, 2020]

J.LIVE Talk 2020 Preliminary Round Application

The J.LIVE Talk 2020 Preliminary Round application will be open from Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020. This year, a High School Division is added for the first time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of an in-person event, it will hold an online competition through Zoom, which will be livestreamed on YouTube.

For complete information, please carefully read Eligibility and 2020 Preliminary Round Application on the J.LIVE Talk 2020 website. You can view our promotional video with highlights from our past 4 years of events. For your reference, we compiled a ‘Tips for Online Presentation‘ to be a successful presenter.

Please note that for the High School Division Application, there is a page that requires a signature by an applicant’s parent or legal guardian, in addition to one by his/her instructor.

Frequently-Asked-Questions are answered on our FAQs for Applicants page. If you have any other questions, please contact J. LIVE Talk.

J.LIVE Talk 2020
Japanese Program
East Asian Languages and Literatures
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-7106, Fax: 202-994-1512
Email: info@jlivetalk.comWebsite:

[posted August 16, 2020]

2020 Spring Workshop

We held OATJ’s annual Spring Workshop online through Zoom. Video of the workshop can be accessed through OATJ’s YouTube channel.

OATJ presents:
2020 Spring Workshop featuring guest speaker
Jessica Haxhi
Keep the Airplane Flying!  Advocacy for Japanese Language Programs 
Sunday, April 26, 2020 1:00 pm-3:30 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) Online via Zoom
Participation fee: $10
Below you can find detailed information on the topic and a bio of Jessica Haxhi.
The participation fee is $10 and we are not requiring people to be members. Everyone who joins will pay $10 but if you have not done so yet this year, please renew your membership with AATJ!
All proceeds will benefit OATJ for future workshops, conferences, and events. We really appreciate your participation and in helping our organization continue its efforts to keep Japanese education in Ohio strong!
You will notice that the time is 1:00pm EST (Ohio’s time). This is because we plan to open up registration to all AATJ members from March 9th. To allow our friends on the West Coast to join us at a decent time, we have decided to start at 1:00 pm in Ohio. It will only last for 2.5 hours and there will be time for Q&A at the end.
I hope everyone can join us! It’s definitely a bit of relief from all the craziness that’s happening in the world.
Hope to see you there!

Presentation abstract: In this presentation, we will discuss the essential components to maintaining a Japanese language program in the long-term, from curriculum and instruction to publications and events.  The presenter will use examples from a PreK-5 program that she established in 1994, as well as examples from her current role overseeing K-12 language programs for New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut.   The second hour will include time for individual program advocacy self-assessment, structured collaboration with other participants, and feedback from the presenter.

Presenter: Jessica Haxhi (Supervisor of World Languages, New Haven Public Schools) Jessica Haxhi is the Supervisor of World Languages for New Haven Public Schools, a mid-size urban district with 90 world language teachers and six languages taught.  Previously, she spent 20 years teaching Japanese in an elementary magnet school in Waterbury, CT in a program that is now in its 26th year.  She has been teaching world language methods courses at Southern Connecticut State University for 15 years. Jessica has served on the Board of the Northeast Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) and has been President of the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) and Co-President of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ).  She worked with CT COLT to advocate for Seal of Biliteracy legislation in Connecticut and served on the the NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements Revision Committee.  Jessica is ACTFL President-Elect for 2021.


[posted March 29, 2020]


Summer Japanese Immersion at Beloit College

The Center for Language Studies at Beloit College warmly welcomes their applications for summer language immersion. We offer college-level Japanese, from beginning through fourth year.This year, we will also be offering a JLPT preparation course aimed at N2 and N1 levels. We welcome learners 16 years old and up to live on our glorious, walkable campus.
Our program offers dawn-to-dusk immersion at an affordable rate. Early bird deadline is April 3rd.  Application details are here.
I am attaching a poster that can be easily printed and posted for your students to see.
Please contact me with any questions or needs you might have. We look forward to serving your students and your curricular goals.

[posted March 10, 2020]

【Canceled】2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest

March 14th, 2020

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest has been canceled. More information can be found here.

[posted March 10, 2020]

2020 Ohio Japanese Speech Contest

March 14th, 2020

Dublin Integrated Education Center Ohio University Dublin campus, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH 43016


9:30-10:00 AM – HS registration
10:00-10:10 – HS welcome
10:10-11:00 – HS speeches
11:00-12:30 PM – Lunch Break. College/Advanced registration
12:30-12:40 – College/Advance Welcome
12:40-1:40 – College speeches
1:40-2:00 – Break
2:00-3:15 – Advanced speeches
3:15-3:30 – Break
3:30-4:00 – Awards ceremony

For more information, Please visit JASCO website

[posted March 6, 2020]

2020 Ohio Japan Bowl Photo Gallery

The 2020 Ohio japan Bowl photographs are now available thanks to Benjamin Pachter [JASCO] and Yuko Rader [JASCO]. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to JASCO, the judges, and all the participants!

[posted March 6, 2020]


2020 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest 

Applications for the 2020 JASCO speech contest are due on February 7th, 2020. All application information can be found at

[posted February 4, 2020]


2019 OATJ Annual Fall Conference

Registration is now open!
We look forward to seeing you in November!
When: November 2, 2019 9:30am-2:45pm
Where: Dublin Recreational Center in Dublin, Ohio (5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017)
**Parking will be free for anyone who will use the Dublin Community Recreation Center.
If you plan on attending our conference, could you please register using the
REGISTRATION LINK by no later than Sunday October 20, 2019.
Below is the description of the topic as well as a bio of our guest speakers for your information.

Title: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning the Japanese Language in the 21st Century: Social Networking Approach -From Japanese Language Education as a Tool to Japanese Language Education to Develop Global Citizenship

The 21st-century world is characterized by technology-led, rapid, drastic, continuous changes. The main purpose of education is to create people who can live productively as well as effectively in the society where they are living. Now that the 21st-century world is, far different from the 20th–century counterpart, so volatile, complicated, uncertain, and ambiguous, we need to have a special set of knowledge, skills, and qualities, generally called the 21st-century skills or key competencies in order to survive in this global age. Japanese language educators are also expected to produce people who are equipped with them. So far, the main goal of foreign language education has been to impart foreign language knowledge and skills and produce people out of our classroom who can use them as a tool. Now we are expected to produce global citizens who, taking full advantage of their rights and skills, can work collaboratively with other people in multilingual and multicultural societies, contribute to and improve local and global societies. Social Networking Approach (SNA), proposed by Tohsaku (2013) , is a new, innovative approach to teaching and learning foreign languages to help language learners develop language, cultural, and social skills necessary for leading a productive life in the 21st century. The presenter will introduce SNA and demonstrate that  SNA is a new language learning and teaching approach that responds to the needs of the 21st-century society. The presenter will also discuss how the goals and ideas of SNA can be implemented in the Japanese classroom through a variety of instructional strategies.

Presenter: Y.-H. Tohsaku (University of California, San Diego)

Ph.D. in Linguistics from University of California, San Diego. Currently, Professor at School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego. Director of the School’s Foreign Language Program. Research interests are second language acquisition, foreign language pedagogy, and language testing. Publications include “Yookoso!: Invitation to Contemporary Japanese”, “Yookoso!: Continuing with Contemporary Japanese” (both McGraw-Hill), “Doraemon no Dokodemo Nihongo” (Shogakukan), “Nippon 3.0 no Shohosen” (Kodansha), and so forth. Published numerous papers related to foreign language teaching and testing, etc. Participated in the development of the National Standards for Learning Foreign Languages in the United States. Presently, the Japanese language representative to the Executive Board of the National Standards Collaborative Project. Former Board Member of the Joint National Committee for Languages, the lobbyist group for foreign language education in the United States. Former President of Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) and American Association of Teachers of Japanese(AATJ). Project Director, Japanese Global Articulation Project (J-GAP).  Currently, President of Computer-Assisted System of Teaching and Learning Japanese (CASTEL/J). Received the 2015 Society of Teaching Japanese as a Second Language Award.

[posted September 23, 2019]

2020 Ohio Japan Bowl

The 2020 Ohio Japan Bowl will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Ohio University Dublin Integrated Education Center, Dublin, OH. Applications are due Friday, January 31, 2020. (Please note that this is one week before the Japanese Speech Contest deadline.)

Please visit to download the 2020 handbook, application materials, and study guide.

Winners of the Level III Ohio Japan Bowl will receive an all-expenses paid trip to participate in the National Japan Bowl in Washington, DC, April 2-3, 2020, and compete to win a free trip to Japan. Following the National Japan Bowl, they will be able to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 4, 2019. Members of the first-place Level II team, meanwhile, will each receive a prize valued at $100.

[posted September 20, 2019]

2019 Spring Workshop

Registration is open!

  • Title: Foreign Language Learning and Community Involvement.
  • Presenter: Dr. Shinji Sato (Princeton University)
  • When: Sunday, April 14th, 2019
    • 9:30am-3:30pm (Registration from 9:00am)
  • Location: Dublin Recreation Center (5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017)

Please register here: by Sunday, March 31st.

Abstract: The books Language Education for the Global Citizen (Sato & Kumagai 2011) and Language Education for Social Future (Sato, Takami, Kamiyoshi & Kumagai 2015) view the goals of language education as not just teaching and learning the standard forms of national language (and culture), but also actively participating in communities as a full member, using the language already mastered as well as the one being taught. Active participation includes examining the rules critically, making an effort to succeed, changing the rules as needed by negotiating with others, and taking responsibility as a member of the community. In this talk, I will provide examples of how this vision was realized by incorporating project-based activities like the Social Issue Project and the Community Involvement Project into the existing curriculum.

Registration fee: OATJ member ($20), Graduate/Undergraduate student ($15), Non-OATJ member ($30). These costs INCLUDE the cost of a bento ($11).

This event is sponsored in part by the East Asian Studies Center and a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to the East Asian Studies Center at OSU.

Please note that from this year OATJ will be collecting a small fee to participate in each workshop and conference. Last year during the Annual conference in November, members were asked about collecting a participation fee from 2019 for all OATJ events. A majority of members agreed on the necessity to start collecting this participation fee.
(If you have questions or concerns about the fee, please feel free to email OATJ at

In previous years, these workshops have been available to join for free thanks to the hard work of the OATJ officers who put in many hours of work writing grants that fully funded each event (travel, lodging and honorarium for the guest speaker, etc.). OATJ receives a small portion of your AATJ membership fee (as long as you choose OATJ as your local affiliate) but it is not enough. To ensure that OATJ doesn’t sink, especially if we aren’t fortunate enough to receive grant money, we will start to collect a participation fee for each OATJ event from this year. So with this in mind, if you have not renewed your AATJ membership for this year, please do so before the workshop to ensure your get the discounted OATJ member rate! (
We hope to see everyone!

[posted March 8, 2019]

2019 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest 

Applications for the 2019 JASCO speech contest are due on January 18th, 2019. All application information can be found at

[posted December 18, 2018]

Th Ohio Japan Bowl will take place in March 2, 2019 in conjunction with annual JASCO Japanese Speech contest.

The applications materials will be available at the beginning of next month.  For more information, please visit the JASCO website.

[posted November 12, 2018]

2018 OATJ Annual Fall Conference Registration is open.

We will have our annual fall conference on Saturday November 3, 2018, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, at the Dublin Recreational Center in Dublin, Ohio.
If you plan on attending our conference, could you please register using the link by no later than Sunday October 28, 2018.
Title: Exploring Technology Tools and Methods for Enhancement of Japanese Language Education
With recent advancements in technology, there has been a lot of theoretical and pedagogical discussion regarding the effective use of technology to support student communicative learning. Stemming from this discussion, educators are currently seeking effective ways to integrate computer devices and software programs into their classrooms. In the first half of this workshop, we will introduce computer applications for creating three modes of communication activities — interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational. Then, we will explain examples of learning units designed for K-16 level education settings, where the three modes are linked and various types of technological programs are integrated. In the second half of the workshop, we will provide hands-on sessions where the participants will have an opportunity to create their own technology-enhanced teaching materials and explore how to use them effectively in their classrooms. Participants need to bring their own laptops.
Dr. Noriko Fujioka-Ito is a full professor and the Director of the Japanese Language and Culture Program at the University of Cincinnati. She has achieved an extensive record of presentations and publications on a variety of areas, including developing 21st century skills, learning autonomy, distance learning education, feedback, heritage language learning, and Japanese for specific purposes. Furthermore, she has been involved in professional services at large; for example, she currently serves as an ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) Quality Assurance Advisor and is on the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Instruction.
Dr. Kasumi Yamazaki is assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, The University of Toledo. Dr. Yamazaki’s research focuses on a wide range of contemporary Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) pedagogy and integration, namely, the use of 3D simulation games and virtual realities (VRs), the development of an intelligent language learning smartphone application and the effectiveness of hybrid/online teaching curricula. Dr. Yamazaki currently serves as an Editor-in-Chief of a journal entitled Technology in Language Teaching & Learning. Among her recent publications include papers in the journals such as ReCALL & Foreign Language Annals; she frequently gives presentations at refereed international conferences such asACTFL, AATJ, JALT-CALL, CALICO, EuroCALL.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in November.
[posted October 11, 2018]

2019 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest

The application materials for the 2019 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest are now available!

The 20th Annual JASCO Japanese Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Dublin Integrated Education Center at the Ohio University Dublin Center, Dublin, OH. Since 1999, JASCO has been hosting the Annual Japanese Speech Contest, offering an opportunity for Japanese-language learners to showcase their achievements. The objective of this event is to foster Japanese language education throughout the state of Ohio by supporting the continued effort of local public schools and colleges to improve the quality of the Japanese-language learning environment. The winners of the contest will receive prizes that will encourage them to continue studying Japanese language. This competition not only provides highly motivated students across the state with the chance to improve their Japanese language skills, but also inspires and encourages others to broaden their understanding of Japan, its culture, and the strong ties between Japan and United States.

Applications and speeches are due to JASCO by Friday, January 18, 2019. The application materials must include:

  • A completed application form with the applicant’s signature
  • An original Japanese speech (either typed or handwritten)
  • An English translation of the speech
  • An mp3 recording of the speech

Please visit for more information and to download the 2019 Speech Contest Handbook and Application form.

If you have any questions, please e-mail JASCO at

[posted September 5th, 2018]

Maternity leave replacement instructor position at Case Western University

Case Western Reserve University is looking for a replacement for one of our Japanese instructors on maternity leave. The assignment will last a minimum of 5 weeks but will not exceed 15 weeks. The teaching assignment involves 4.5 credit contact hours (225 minutes of teaching) per week per course for five weeks for a maximum of three courses. Compensation is determined at a prorated rate based on the salary of $5000 per course. Interested candidates must have at least an MA degree in Japanese and teaching experience at college level. Please contact if interested.

[posted September 4, 2018]

A Job opening for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Japanese at Case Western Reserve University

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Japanese starting Fall 2019.

Specialization is open but successful candidates must show a strong potential for research.  The course load is 2:2; in addition to teaching in one’s own specialty, the candidate will also be expected to teach Japanese language, literature, and culture at all levels. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role by helping to further develop our thriving Japanese Studies Program in addition to participating in the common work of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures faculty. Credentials: Ph.D., evidence of excellence in undergraduate language teaching, and native/near-native language ability both in Japanese and English. Please send all application materials (letter of interest, current CV,  a writing sample of one’s research, a current or recent teaching-demo video of elementary and/or intermediate Japanese language [CD, youtube, etc.]), student teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference (sent directly from the referees or a university placement service) electronically to Review of the applications will begin October 22, 2018. Support for this position is provided in part by a Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support (IPS) grant.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

[posted August 21, 2018]

A Job Opening for an Adjunct Instructor of Japanese at Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College is pleased to announce an opening in its Foreign Language Department for an adjunct to teach two Japanese courses starting this Fall Semester.  One course will be taught at the Western Campus, and a second one at the Eastern Campus.   Applicants must have a Master of Arts Degree in Japanese.

Those wishing to apply for the position must do so online by using the website link below.  Once arriving on this website, applicants must click on the Careers at Tri-C tab to start the application process.

[posted July 27, 2018]

OATJ Spring Workshop 2018

  • WHEN: April 14th (SAT) 9:00am-3:00pm
  • WHERE: Dublin Community Recreation Center 5600 Post Road, Dublin OH 43017
  • PRESENTER: Tomoko Takami, University of Pennsylvania
  • TITLE: Japanese curriculum design with proficiency- and content-based instruction

More information about the venue, directions, and parking is available at Events page. We look forward to seeing you!!

An Evening of Japanese Culture at Marysville High School (April 7th, 2018)

Enjoy Japanese culture showcase!
Marysville High School (Alumni Hall) 800 Amrine Mill Road, Marysville OH 43040

More information is available at

(April 3, 2018)

The 19th Annual JASCO Japanese Speech Contest photographs are now available thanks to Benjamin Pachter [JASCO] and Mika Murakami [Milestone Memories Photography]. The link to the photo gallery is at Photos From Past Events. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to JASCO, the contest judges, and all the participants!

JASCO Japanese Speech Contest
(April 3, 2018)

OATJ Spring Workshop 2018

  • WHEN: April 14th (SAT) 9:00am-3:00pm
  • WHERE: Dublin Community Recreation Center 5600 Post Road, Dublin OH 43017
  • PRESENTER: Tomoko Takami, University of Pennsylvania
  • TITLE: Japanese curriculum design with proficiency- and content-based instruction
  • REGISTRATION: (The registration deadline has been extended to April 6th [FRI]).

This workshop addresses a Japanese language curriculum design with proficiency- and content-based instruction. First, it will present key concepts of curriculum design, followed by exploring language proficiency- and content-based instruction with their strength and challenges and suggestions. Then, it will provide a concrete example of how to teach intermediate/advanced level Japanese using “Powering Up Your Japanese through Case Studies: Intermediate and Advanced Japanese” published in 2014 by the Japan Times. In the afternoon, participants will engage in a jigsaw task taking a learner’s role, reflecting its effectiveness and challenges. They will then create their own a unit plan and share it at the workshop.

We hope to see you there!!

 The 19th Annual JASCO Speech Japanese Contest

March 10th, 2018
Dublin Community Recreation Center 5600 Post Road, Dublin OH 43017


9:00-9:30 AM – High School Finalists Check-in
9:30-10:00 – Welcome, Opening Remarks, Introduction of Judges
10:00-11:15 – High School Finalist (8) Speech presentations/Q&A
11:15-12:30 PM – Lunch Break/Career Exploration Open
12:00-12:30 – College/Advanced Finalists Check-in
12:30-12:45 – Welcome, Introduction of Judges
12:45-2:00 – College Finalist (8) Speech Presentations/Q&A
2:00-2:40 – Advanced Finalist (4) Speech Presentations/Q&A
2:45-3:30 – Trivia Quiz (all participants)
3:30-4:00 – Award Ceremony, Photography Session, Closing Remarks by the Head Judge

Download this year’s program

For more information, Please visit JASCO website

Update: Symposium of Interdisciplinary Approaches to East Asian Languages Pedagogy

Date: February 24-25, 2018. 

Location: The Ohio State University

An academic platform dedicated to promoting and advancing applications of interdisciplinary research on the pedagogy of East Asian languages. This two-day symposium, a collaborative project between Oberlin College and The Ohio State University, will be held February 24-25, 2018, with keynote speech, panel sessions, and a pedagogy workshop. The symposium will be free to public. A small honorarium will be provided to presenters and workshop attendees to defray travel costs upon request. 


Day 1: Sat, 24 Feb 2018

9:00-10:00    Registration

10:00-10:15   Welcoming Remarks

                       Galal Walker, National East Asian Languages Resource Center, The Ohio State University

10:30-11:30   Keynote Speech:A Tour of Basic Human Mental Tools for Learning a Human Language

                       Mark Turner, Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University 

11:30-1:00     Lunch Break

1:00-2:30       Parallel Sessions #1

2:30-2:45       Break and Poster Session

2:45-4:15       Parallel Sessions #2

4:15-4:30       Break and Poster Session

4:30-6:00       Parallel Sessions #3

7:30-9:00       Dinner

Day 2: Sun, 25 Feb 2018

9:00-9:30       Registration

9:30-12:30    Workshop: Performed Culture Approach in East Asian Pedagogy

                      Mari Noda, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University

                      Xin Zhang, East Asian Studies, Oberlin College

12:30-1:00    Closing Remarks

The symposium agenda and information are now available for download at

Please note that the last day for registration is Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.  If you have not registered yet, please get registered now at

We are looking forward to seeing you in Columbus in Feburary!


The SIAEALP Organizing Committee

Japanese Film Series at KSU

Date: Sep. 20 & 27

Free Pizza: 7:15pm-  Movie: 7:30 pm-

Location: Bowman Hall 137

Please see the flyer( Japanese Film Series) for more detailed information.

The 2018 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest

The website for the 2018 JASCO Japanese Speech Contest is now available! You can find it at

The 2018 speech contest will be held on Saturday, March 10 at the Dublin Community Recreation Center in Dublin, OH. Due to space availability, this is the second Saturday in March, not the first Saturday has it has been for the past few years. 

Application materials will be available on the website beginning on Friday, September 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Benjamin Pachter (

Japanese Language Proficiency Test            

(Registration deadline Sept. 29) 

The JLPT measures the ability to communicate and looks at “Language Knowledge,” “Reading,” and “Listening.”  There are 5 levels (N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5) with N1 being the most difficult.  The JLPT will be given on Sunday, December 3, 2017 on The Ohio State University campus. Each year registration for the JLPT can be made by mail or online only during the registration period. 

Registration period is August 29, 2017 (9:00am) – September 29, 2017 (9:00pm EST) via mail or online at

Test date: Administered in Columbus, OH on The Ohio State University campus on December 3, 2017

Columbus info:

Not sure which level?  Summary of each level:

Sample questions from past JLPT tests:

Details will be updated on website:

Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship opportunities for American high school graduates to conduct undergraduate studies in Japan

Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship provides opportunities for American high school graduates to conduct undergraduate studies in Japan. Scholarship applicants will be required to visit the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit on June 23rd in order to test and interview for the scholarship. The scholarships are highly competitive, but we encourage students to look into them if they are interested in conducting undergraduate studies in Japan. For more details please see the flyer HERE.

Application Deadline: June 7th, 2017.

If you have questions regarding the MEXT scholarship please contact Rhea Young, JET Program & MEXT Scholarship Coordinator (

The Application for J-LEAP Teachers is Now Available!

Applications are due on January 10th and must be sent to the Laurasian Institute. For more information about the program and how to apply, please see:

  1. LEAP information (英語);
  2. 2017-19 Application form (英語)and 
  3. J-LEAP Pamphlet (英語/日本語).

If you have any questions, please contact Rhea Young (Consulate General of Japan in Detroit).

Cherry Blossom Festival (Ohanami) at BGSU

Date: April 2nd (Sunday) [The flyer passed out at the Fall OATJ Annual Conference on Nov 5th says “Saturday,” but “Sunday” is the correct information. Sorry for your confusion.]
Time: 2 – 6 p.m.
Place: Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University
Free and open to the Public

Please find more details in FLYER.

MEXT Scholarship Opportunities for American High School graduates

Application Deadline: June 1st, 2016 

Please see HERE for the flyer and more detailed information!

Monbukagakusho (Japanese Government) Research Studies Scholarship

the Monbukagakusho (Japanese Government) Research Studies Scholarship application is now available. The Research Studies Scholarship offers university graduates the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. Studies for this scholarship are conducted at the graduate level and can be used to attain one’s Master’s degree, a Ph.D. or to conduct research work. The scholarship reward includes round-trip airfare, university tuition and fees, and a stipend for monthly living and is generally for a 1.5 to 2 year time period.

 Further information and application materials can be found on our website: The application will be due to the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit on Wednesday, June 1st and applicants must be available to come to our Consulate on Wednesday, June 15th for testing and interviews.

This is a wonderful opportunity and we would greatly appreciate it if you could distribute this flyer to any students who you think might be interested in taking part in this scholarship program.

If you have any questions, please contact Rhea Young.


Winners of JASCO Speech Contest 2016

1st Place: Chujun Zhao – Case Western Reserve University 看護師の誇り “Nurses’ Pride”

2nd Place: Sumrestar Roach – The University of Findlay 夢を叶える事 “To Make a Dream Come True”

Special Prize: Deputy Consul-General of Japan

Li Yue – Case Western Reserve University 弁当のすすめ “Recommendation of Bento”

Special Prize: Pronunciation & Intonation Award

Esther Sun – Case Western Reserve University リサイクリングの大切さ “The Importance of Recycling”

1st Place

Bae -Dublin Scioto HS 日本語クラスの仲間達 “Friends in my Japanese Class”

2nd Place

Lily LeVan – Benjamin Logan High School 私のアルバイト “My Part-Time Job”

Special Prize: Deputy Consul-General of Japan

Emma Thompson – Dublin Jerome High School 私の兄 “My Brother”

Special Prize: Pronunciation & Intonation Award

Emi Penny – Marysville High School ひみつ “A Secret”

An Evening of Japanese Culture Event

Date: April 5, (Tuesday)

Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Marysville High School (800 Amrine Mill Road, Marysville Ohio)

This is also a fundraiser for MHS students going to Japan this June, 2016. Please come for an amazing demonstration of Japanese Culture, as well as to support our students!

Tickets can be purchased in advance in MHS room C202, and BMS Room C242, as well as at MHS & BMS during lunches.

Tickets for adults at the door are $15, and $10 in advance. 

Middle & High School Students: $8

Elementary Students: $5

Under age 5: Free

Please visit  for more information and click HERE for the flyer! 

“Kizuna Across Cultures” Program

KAC was cofounded by several JET alumni and  their Japanese friends to facilitate the online exchange program called “Global Classmates” and have connected over 3500 Japan/US high school students. Through Global Classmates, KAC organizes projects such as Video Koshien and Omiyage Exchange, providing real exchange experiences for high school students.

Please see Here more detailed on this program.

2016 Global Classmates leaflet (ENG)

2016 Global Classmates Application Announcement – Flier

Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Time: 2:30p.m.

Location: Bowen-Tompson Student Union 308, Bowling Green State University

Content: “Japanese dignitaries and citizens from a variety of backgrounds share their stories and perspectives in this panel discussion.”

For more information please see Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan Flyer or Akiko Kawano Jones (

お花見: Ohanami (Cherry Blossom Festival)

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016

Time: 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompsom Student Union (Bowling Green State University Campus)

Free and Open to the Public!

For more information please see Ohanami (Cherry Blossom) Flyer or contact Akiko Kawano Jones (

2016 JASCO Speech Contest/ Career Expo

Speech Contest/Career Expo date: Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Application deadline: Friday, February  5th, 2016, 5:00pm EST

Location: Dublin Rec Center (5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017)

The main changes are:

1) Additional category for students who spend time in Japan more than 6 months.
2) Scholarships are offered for the 1st place winners.
3) Application materials will be all digital and submit via e-mail.

Please read the new rules for changes, flyers, as well as application forms HERE.

JASCO-Speech Contest 2016 Program

Asia Day at Bowling Green State University

Date: February 15, 2016

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Location: The Gish Film Theater inside Hanna Hall (map #52) at BGSU.

Please  RSVP to Akiko Kawano Jones ( by Tuesday, February 9th.

Please see the flyers below for more detail.

Asia Day Flyer 2016

ASIA Day letter invite 2016

BGSU Campus Map

Shodo (calligraphy) exhibition at Bowling Green State University

Exhibition: Oct 18 (Sun) through Nov 15 (Sun)

This exhibition will start with an opening reception and Shodo demonstration by Master Calligrapher Michiko Imai.

Opening Reception & Demonstration: 3:00-5:00 pm, Oct 18 (Sun)

For more information, please see the flier below.

Shodo Flyer

JASCO Career Fair in Dublin on November 13, 2015

Place: Dublin Recreation Center (5600 Post Rd, Dublin, OH 43017)
Time/Date: 3:00-5:00 pm, November 13 (F)

Students and teachers can participate in the business seminar (5:00-8:00 pm) free of charge. They need to complete online registration.

*Parking is free.

Please see more details in the Flyer below:

JASCO Career Fair Flyer


 Presented by the Ohio-Japan Alumni Network (OH-JAN) and the Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University, this Signature Event brings together students, alumni, and teachers of Japan-related programs in Ohio to share Japan-related experiences and network through the common threads that connect everyone across generation, career, and institution.

  • Alumni can share experiences and network with students, teachers and other alumni in the same field, university or program.
  • High School students can meet people in the field of academic or career interest and talk with college teachers engaged in Japan-related programs.
  • College students can hear about academic and career experiences and network with alumni and talk with college teachers engaged in Japan-related programs.
  • Teachers can hear experiences in the workplace and connect with alumni, and showcase Japan-related programs to high school and undergraduate students.

Event date: Saturday, October 24, 2015,   9am – 5:30 pm
Location: The Ohio State University campus, Columbus, Ohio
Details & Registration:

Please register and encourage others to attend!  Together we can make this event successful!

Hotel information (hotel room block for Oct. 23 and Oct. 24):

For anyone that needs a hotel room, we were able to book a block of rooms for a limited time at the Hilton Garden Inn, near the OSU campus for the evenings of Oct. 23 and Oct. 24. Reservations can be made by calling 614 263 7200, use Group code OJAN.  Reservation deadline is 9/23/2015.  Rate is $139 per room (two queen beds) plus tax.  You can’t get the rate without the group code.  If you have any trouble, just let me know.

Things to do in Columbus – Kabuki:

As you are making travel arrangements and plans for the weekend, we wanted to let you know about a special Kabuki Performance that will be ending in Columbus that weekend.  Presented by PNC Arts Alive, Shadowbox Live joins forces with Japanese choreographer/director Hiromi Sakamoto and New York Times Best Selling author of the KABUKI Graphic Novels, David Mack, to create a one of a kind cultural-artistic collaboration. Come enjoy the original, modern, multi-sensory production “The Tenshu” features live martial arts, magic, giant puppets and supernatural experiences, accompanied by an original rock score written and performed by Light! The production will run exclusively October 7th –25th, 2015 at Shadowbox Live as the space will be transformed to create a completely immersive experience for this unique event!  (Friday and Saturday evening performances at 7:30pm)

Please contact Janet Stucky Smith for questions.

Bridging Cultures in a Professional Japanese Environment:
A Free Workshop for American College Educators

Date: Wednesday May 27, 2015
Place: Wittenberg University Thomas Library Audio-Visual Theater
College educators may participate remotely via a live, interactive webcast!

9:30 – 12:30 Session I
1:30 – 4:30 Session II

Workshop Facilitator: Sarah Fremerman Aptilon, Ph.D.

Register by contacting Dr. Lauren Crane at
If you have any questions, please contact:Dr. Terumi Imai at

Please see the flyer for more information about the workshop and the workshop facilitator.

Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) at Bowling Green State University was a great success!

The result of the 16th Annual Japanese Speech Contest hosted by JASCO:

University Level:

1st: Cong Li from the Ohio State University
匠の魂 “The Soul of Craftsmen”

2nd: Jon Foissotte from Case Western Reserve University
日本とは何でしょうか “What is “Japan”?”

3rd: Nicholas Fleming from Ohio University
さまざまな日本語を勉強し始めた理由としょうらいの夢 “The Various Reasons I Started Studying Japanese and my Dreams for the Future”

Consul-General of Japan in Detroit Award:
Pallavi Rao from The Ohio State University
新世界へ “To a new world”

Pronunciation Award:
Lindsay Michelle Bodi from University of Toledo
音楽との出会い “My Encounters with music”

High School Level:

1st: Christopher Cathis from Dublin Jerome High School
地下しつでならったこと “What I learned in my basement”

2nd: Gill Im from Dublin Scioto High School
日本人のともだち “Japanese Friend”

3rd: Evan Seitz from Westerville High School
ボーカロイド:未来の音 “VOCALOID: The Sound of the Future”

Consul-General of Japan in Detroit Award:
James Kelemen from Kirtland High School
にてひなるもの “Similar but Different”

Pronunciation Award:
Jebrael Calis from Dublin Coffman High School
“Story of how I got lost in a Japanese airport when I was 11 years old”


The JASCO Speech Contest deadline was extended to Friday, January 23, but this will not be the postmark date. Application materials need to arrive on January 23.

Date: March 7, 2015

Time: 9:30 – 3:00
Place: Dublin Recreational Center (5600 Post Rd. Dublin, OH 43017) [Same location as Japanese Career Exploration 2015]

Join JASCO on March 7, 2015 at the Dublin Recreational Center (5600 Post Rd. Dublin, OH 43017) from 9:30am-­‐‑3:00pm to show off your skills and knowledge of the Japanese language while competing against other students f rom across the state by participating in the 2015 Japanese Speech Contest. Finalist are invited to perform their speeches in front of judges from business, academics, and government affairs for the chance to win great prizes. For over a decade, students have stepped up to represent their schools-­‐‑ now it’s your turn!

Please visit JASCO website for more details and registration.

Speech Contest Detailed Flyer 2015 BP 11.03.14

Japanese Spring Festival and Flea Market on March 8

The Annual Spring Festival is Japanese Student Organization’s (JSO) biggest event of the year, and is a mixture of a traditional Japanese festival and a “school festival”. The event will take place on Sunday, March 8 from 11am until 6pm in the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus.

JSO flea market will be held during the Spring Festival on March 8. Donations being accepted until March 5. Feel free to pass along to anyone you think might be interested or that has some items to donate. 

Date: March 8, 2015
Time: 11 a.m to 6 p.m.
Place: Ohio Union on OSU Campus

Flea market flyer English
Flea market flyer Japanese

JASCO Speech Contest and Career Exp Program


Date: March 7, 2015
Time: 11:00 – 3:00
Place: Dublin Recreational Center (5600 Post Rd. Dublin, OH 43017) [Same location as Annual Japanese Speech Contest 2015]
Registration fee: Student, Teacher Registration, & JASCO Members – Free

Alongside the 16th Annual Japanese Speech Contest, JASCO presents the “Japanese Career Exploration 2015” to promote a life-long career path for students who study the Japanese language. Ohio’s business leaders have a chance to meet top students studying Japanese or other areas of study. Students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors can meet with local businesses* that are recruiting talent.

Who should attend?
High School & College students studying Japanese
Japanese-English bilingual students
Parents of students studying Japanese
H.S./college guidance counselors and Japanese language teachers
Ohio businesses seeking local talent (* see business exhibitors information)

Who should exhibit?
Japanese Businesses investing in Central Ohio
Local businesses serving Japanese clients & community
Local businesses seeking bilingual/multicultural employees
Ohio colleges/universities recruiting Japanese Study/Business students
Government/municipal organizations serving Japanese community

Free admission for participating schools, teachers, and JASCO members. RSVP Required.

***Note to all Exhibitors, register now via the Registration Flyer and send all information to JASCO’s office***

565 Metro Place South, Dublin, OH 43017

Please visit JASCO website for more details

Ohio-Japan Alumni Network (OH-JAN) 

We are creating an Ohio-Japan Alumni Network for anyone from a high school or university in Ohio’s Japan-related program and I wondered if you attended an Ohio High school or college for any Japanese programs?  If so, would you consider joining our group?  There are details of the group at:

There is a general description below.

Would you consider recording a short video about the role Japan played in your life?  Would you consider recording a video on your computer and sending the video or the link by March 25? Details at:

For anyone that might be interested, we are holding a OH-JAN meeting (in person and online) on Tuesday, March 10 from 6-8 pm at OSU. Details at:

General Description:

OH-JAN connects alumni from K-16 Japan-related programs in Ohio (language study, internships and study abroad) with alumni of our own or other schools, educators, students, businesses and the community; members serve as mentors and advocate for careers using Japanese through email, video, webinar, or in-person interactions; supporting the students in Japan-related programs at K-16 institutions across the state.

Ohio- Japan Alumni Panel presentation to students: Helping current students learn about careers from alumni.  Questions similar to those for the videos.

  1. Alumni Videos: “The Role Japan-related programs have played in my life” – Questions include:
  • How did the study of Japanese or Japan-related programs help you or your career?
  • How would your life have been different if you had studied a different language or no language at all?
  • What part of Japanese culture did you find most interesting or challenging?
  • Are you still involved with the Japanese culture or community?
  • What advice can you give someone thinking about going into your career field?


Asia Day at Bowling Green State University Opened to High School Students

Date: Feb 16, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. –
Place: Gish Film Theater, Hanna Hall
Fee: Free
The programs include Calligraphy, Origami, Anime, Games, and performance of martial arts and Taiko along with information about Asian Studies Program, Study Abroad/Scholarships.

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15AS523 Asia Day Handout

Kakehashi Project

The Laurasian Institution is currently selecting schools to host delegations of Japanese high school students participating in the Kakehashi Project for cultural exchange and homestays throughout the US. The Japanese school groups would visit your community by arriving on Monday, March 23rd and would depart on Thursday, March 26th. The number of students would be between 23 and 24, and would be accompanied by three chaperones. Only the students would require host families during this visit, and families would receive a stipend to cover the cost of hosting.

During their visit, the Japanese students would have the goal of giving their presentation on Japanese culture, daily life, and their region of Japan to your school and community on two occassions; once to your students during school and again at an event in the evening with your local community invited to attend. Aside from this goal, the students would love to shadow their host-students during the school day and spend free time with their host families in the evening.

The Kakehashi Project is one of the largest short-term exchange programs enacted and funded by the Japanese Government. For more information or general inquiries, please visit or contact The Laurasian Institution at

Award to be presented at Arts and Humaities’ fall faculty reception

Janet Stucky, assistant director of EASC’s Institute for Japanese Studies, has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Arts and Humanities Outreach Award from The Ohio State University. Since beginning in IJS in 2001, and throughout her career at Ohio State, Janet has been committed to engaging with students, teachers and organizations across the state of Ohio. Her involvement with the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio Japanese Speech Contest and her assistance with the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japan has shown her dedication to outreach in the state of Ohio. Janet is currently working on an Ohio-Japan Alumni Network to promote networking and mentoring between Japanese students and alumni in Ohio. She will be honored for her outstanding contributions at the annual Arts and Humanities Fall Faculty Reception in late October. Please join us in congratulating Janet on this tremendous accomplishment. She can be reached at

EASC’s Janet Stucky honored with 2014 Arts and Humanities Outreach Award (Original Article)

Japanese -Language Proficiency Test Registration Deadline is approaching!

Online registration for the 2014 JLPT will close at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 3, 2014

Please see more details HERE or Information Flyer OSU-JPLT Registration 2014 and OSU-JPLT Test Date 2014

Cherry Blossom Festival (お花見) at Bowling Green from April 6th:

Workshop at Wittenberg University: Japanese Business in the 21st Century

Date:  Friday, April 25
Location: Wittenberg University, Shouvlin 201
Time:  9am-4pm

9-12:  Integrating Japanese Business Examples into your Courses – This session is geared toward educators and will discuss how to integrate Japanese business examples into respective courses.

1-4:  Understanding Japanese Business & Culture – This session should appeal to both educators and business professionals and will include information about Japanese businesses as well as cross-cultural issues (e.g., understanding how to work with individuals from different cultures).

Please reserve by Friday, April 18th through 

Surveymonkey (Click this)  or E-mail to:

Japanese Instructor Needed for Summer

Columbus State Community College is currently looking for two Japanese instructors for summer term (Monday and Wednesday Evenings 5:00 to 7:50pm) from May 27 through August 9. Please contact Dr. Garry Fourman, Chair of Modern Languages at Columbus State Community College via e-mail: or by phone at 614 287-3671 for more details.

Full time Teaching Position posted on 03/11/2014

Marysville Schools have posted a full time Japanese teaching position for Middle School and High School. Please see more detailed information by visiting the links below: [Please note: Closing date listed for the first one on the top, 03/03/2014, is the Internal Application Deadline.]

A Japanese Tutor Needed

A fifteen years old student who lives in DeGraff/Bellefontaine area is seeking a Japanese tutor who can teach her so she can receive foreign language credit as a part of her homeschool. The expected date to begin is after mid August or toward the end of August. Please contact for any question or interest.  

JASCO Ohio Speech Contest Result

University Level:

1st: Peng Sun from Case Western University
日本語の優しさ “The Tenderness of Japanese” 

2nd: Wenjie Huang from Ohio University
日本の番組 “Japanese TV Shows”

3rd: Adam Church from Case Western Reserve University
現代における留学することの必要性 “The Importance of Studying Abroad in Modern Times”

Consul-General of Japan in Detroit Award: Vivian Chen
from Case Western Reserve University

剣道を通して学んだこと “A Lesson from Kendo”

Pronunciation Award: Jhanae Gartman from University of Findlay
韓国語と日本語と私 “Korean, Japanese, and Me”

High School Level:

1st: Natalie D’Eramo from Dublin Scioto High School
こころの中のおじいさん “In My Heart, There’s Grandpa”

2nd: Audrey Kirkley from Dublin Jerome High School
私の義理の父 “My Stepfather”

3rd: Gill Im from Dublin Scioto High School
日本とアメリカのたべもの “Japanese Food and American Food”

Consul-General of Japan in Detroit Award: Gitanjalli Ajay Prassad
from Sycamore High School

東京の見どころ “Places I Want to Visit in Tokyo”

Pronunciation Award: Katie Lathrop from Dublin Coffman High School
日本がすきです “I like Japan”

Career Exploration 2014 flyer
Career Exploration 2014 flyer Japanese
Japanese Career Expo Student Form 2014

Asia Day at Bowling Green State University

The Asian Studies Program at Bowling Green State university is inviting you and your students to attend Asia Day on Monday, February 17, 2014. Please find more details:

Message from Jones sensei

Asia Day Program, 02-17-2014
BGSU Campus Map

Change of Due Date for JASCO Annual Speech Contest 2014:

Deadline for Applications Extended to Jan 27, 2014 
The Speech Contest will be still held on March 1, 2014 in Dublin, OH

JET Memorial Invitation Program 

Japan Foundation, Los Angeles is now accepting applications for the 2014 JET Memorial Invitation Program, which will provide 32 American high school students with the opportunity to visit Japan for two weeks next summer. This program was started after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 when two Americans participating in the JET Program as assistant English language teachers lost their lives. We would appreciate it if you could forward this opportunity to any high school teachers, in your region, who are interested in this program. For more detailed information on JET-MIP, please visit the website below:

2014 JET-MIP Website

I have also attached the program guideline and application form for your convenience. Below is a list of important dates for this program:

1. April 16th, 2014: 2014 JET-MIP Application Deadline (Faxes and Emails now accepted)
* Each school can submit an application for only one applicant.
* The Japanese language teacher must submit the application to JFLA.
* Applicants are required to register and take the 2014 National Japanese Exam (NJE) organized by AATJ (Level 2 or 3). NJE application deadline is February 8th, 2014 at 5pm Eastern Time.

2. End of April, 2014: First selection will be made (Between 40-50 applicants). I will be contacting you again during this time to get your feedback about the applicants from your region. We will provide a list of applicants from your region and along with your comments, we will incorporate the applicant’s NJE score, essay, recommendations, GPA, and other criteria listed to make the first selection.

3. End of April, 2014: We will conduct online interviews with the applicants who make it past first selection to evaluate their speaking ability, comprehension, and personality.

4. Mid-May, 2014: We will select the finalists and inform the applicant’s Japanese language teacher to announce our selection.
Program Period: July 6th – 24th, 2014.

2014_JET-MIP_Application_Fillable [PDF Format]

2014_JET-MIP_Announcement [PDF Format]

Thomas Lin
2014 JET-MIP Coordinator
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire BLVD, STE 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036
T: 323-761-7510×109
F: 323-761-7517

Sandardized Familiarization Workshop:

JTAM will be hosting a “Sandardized Familiarization Workshop” on Sunday, February 9, 2014 which is sponsored by the Japan Foundation Los Angeles. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Tomoyo Shibahara who is an expert in the field and we are very fortunate to have her for this occasion.

The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Hinoki International School. The address is Hinoki International School
36611 Curtis Road
Livonia, MI 48152

I would like to thank Ted Delphia for assisting us with the venue for our workshop.

Registration for the workshop is open until February 2, 2014 and is free for JTAM (and OATJ )members. Please register as soon as possible by emailing me at including 1) your name, 2) school, and 3) level of grades you teach.
I have also attached an outline of the workshop agenda.

Monika Dix
Assistant Professor of Japanese Language, Literature, and Culture
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
241 Brown Hall
7400 Bay Road
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, MI 48710
Tel: (989)964-4333
Fax: (989)790-7656

JASCO Japanese Speech Contest:

Change of Due Date for JASCO Annual Speech Contest 2014:

Deadline for Applications Extended to Jan 27, 2014 
The Speech Contest will be still held on March 1, 2014 in Dublin, OH

Please see more information here.