Announcements

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
https://goo.gl/forms/LF7NcIfvhunUer4J3 by no later than Sunday October 28, 2018.
Title: Exploring Technology Tools and Methods for Enhancement of Japanese Language Education
 
Description:
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.
Presenters: 
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 http://jas-co.org/SpeechContest for more information and to download the 2019 Speech Contest Handbook and Application form.

If you have any questions, please e-mail JASCO at jasco@jas-co.org.

[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 cheryl.toman@case.edu 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 dmll-japn-search2018@case.edu. 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.

http://www.tri-c.edu/administrative-departments/human-resources/

[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
12:00-5:00pm

More information is available at iyasensei.com

(April 3, 2018)

The 19th Annual JASCO Japanese Speech Contest Photo gallery

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!

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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: https://goo.gl/forms/wIUHqf5MacgbMiV92 (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

Schedule

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. 

Schedule

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 https://www.eapedagogy.com/agenda-and-information.html

Please note that the last day for registration is Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.  If you have not registered yet, please get registered now at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQrw7vDrEmv3xq676hw-207RDsr0o_83UyHQzdWFPRxJdUmg/viewform.

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

Sincerely,

The SIAEALP Organizing Committee

eapedagogy@gmail.com

http://www.eapedagogy.com

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 http://jas-co.org/SpeechContest

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 (bpachter@jas-co.org)

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 http://www.aatj.org/jlpt

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

Columbus info:  https://easc.osu.edu/jlpt

Not sure which level?  Summary of each level: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/levelsummary.html

Sample questions from past JLPT tests: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/samples/forlearners.html

Details will be updated on website: http://easc.osu.edu/jlpt

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 (rhea.young@dt.mofa.go.jp)

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: http://www.detroit.us.emb-japan.go.jp. 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.

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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”

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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 iyasensei.com  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 (jakiko@bgsu.edu)

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 (jakiko@bgsu.edu)

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 (jakiko@bgsu.edu) 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

Alumni Voices: Sharing Japan-related Experiences and Opportunities – Oct. 24, 2015        

 

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 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: http://easc.osu.edu/events/ohjan-oct24

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 ORwww.columbusuniversityarea.hgi.com, 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!  http://www.shadowboxlive.org/light/the-tenshu  (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 lcrane@wittenberg.edu.
If you have any questions, please contact:Dr. Terumi Imai at timai@wittenberg.edu

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!

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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
十一のとき、かんさいくうこうでまよったはなし
“Story of how I got lost in a Japanese airport when I was 11 years old”

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THE 16TH ANNUAL JAPANESE SPEECH CONTEST hosted by JASCO

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

JAPANESE CAREER EXPLORATION 2015

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:

http://u.osu.edu/ohiojapanalumninetwork

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:

http://u.osu.edu/ohiojapanalumninetwork/recording-a-video-for-oh-jan/

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:

http://u.osu.edu/ohiojapanalumninetwork/files/2014/02/Mar10meetinginfo-1qqtmh4.pdf

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?

Website: http://u.osu.edu/ohiojapanalumninetwork

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 http://www.laurasian.org/kakehashi/ or contact The Laurasian Institution at tlikakehashi@laurasian.org.

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 stucky.7@osu.edu.

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:

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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: wgradwohl@wittenberg.edu

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: gfourman@cscc.edu 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.]

http://k12jobspot.com/Jobs/?ID=714305

http://www.applitrack.com/marysville/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?category=High+School+Teaching

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 princedai@gmail.com for any question or interest.  

JASCO Ohio Speech Contest Result

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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
トーマス・リン
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 mdix@svsu.edu 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
USA
Tel: (989)964-4333
Fax: (989)790-7656
Email: mdix@svsu.edu

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.

 

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