JTAN Mini-Conference & AGM 2020

The annual JTAN AGM and mini-conference will be held on Saturday 14th November

🥳 Due to the challenges of 2020, this event will be held ONLINE, FREE and in a shortened format! 

⭐️ A 2 hour workshop on differentiation and engagement presented by Trisha Kathleen (HT Wellbeing, Japanese teacher)

 ⭐️ 2020 AGM (please note that non-member participants will be required to remain in the Zoom waiting room during this portion of the day.)

⭐️ A 1 hour presentation on teaching Japanese through TPRS with Matthew Russell (Canada) 

Scroll down the page for schedule and session details 

🌸If you are interested in presenting a short 5-10 minutes presentation in the Teach Meet, please complete the Google Form EOI https://forms.gle/hSCDWfsFegGv7tsJ9 – due by 15th October

🌸Want to join the committee? Several committee positions will become available at this year’s AGM (Vice President, Accounts & Admin, Communications Manager, Workshop Coordinator, plus ordinary committee members) please keep an eye out for the JTAN News for further information about  these roles, responsibilities and due dates for nominations. You do NOT need to be Sydney Metro based to be on the committee!

(Interstate teachers who are members of their respective state organisations are welcome to attend the workshop sessions, please email enquire@jtan.org.au so we can keep a manual list of attendees)




  • November 14, 2020
    8:45 am - 1:00 pm
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8:45-9:00 Registration
9:00 - 11:00 Differentiation and Engagement - Trish MacDonald (HT Wellbeing, Japanese Teacher)

Join Trish as she shares her extensive knowledge and expertise in differentiating for a wide range of student abilities and interests and learn how to engage students through hands-on learning such as life-sized Monopoly!

11:00-11:20 Morning Tea Break

Get away from the screen, or mingle in breakout rooms and network

11:20-11:45 AGM

President's report, Treasurer's report, 2021 events and activities, election of new committee members (please note non-member attendees will be required to remain in the Zoom waiting room during this session).

11:44-12:45 Teaching Japanese with TPRS - Matthew Russell

This presentation will focus on the CI(comprehensible input) / TPRS(Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) approach to language instruction. Instead of teaching grammar rules and assigning vocabulary lists, CI/TPRS emphasizes learning through the reading/creation of stories, and conversations with/about the students in the target language. This method dramatically improves student proficiency in the target language. Rather than struggling to get through a paragraph, students quickly develop the ability to read level appropriate multi-page stories. When provided with engaging, level-appropriate materials, the students are even able to read novels in the target language. Some research that supports this method will be presented, but the bulk of the presentation will focus on answering the following questions: What is CI? Why use CI? What does it look like in the Japanese classroom? Attendees will see the power of CI/TPRS and see how they can implement it in their classrooms.

12:40-1:00 Q&A / Discussion time / JTAN 2021 Member Survey launch
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Completing this workshop will contribute 3 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. This workshop also accommodates Graduate Teachers and pre-service teachers.