Steps to Success I – Japanese Continuers (Early Career Teachers)

Workshop postponed to 23 January 2021

**Workshop postponed to 23 January 2021**

This workshop aims to equip early career (up to 5 years experience) and pre-service teachers with some of the essential knowledge and skills required to teach the Stage 6 Continuers Course. Experienced teachers will lead sessions covering administration requirements, assessment (task ideas, marking), speaking skill development and how to prepare students for HSC-style oral examinations.

Note although this workshop primarily focuses on the Continuers course, teachers new to teaching Beginners may also find it useful

This workshop will be held via Zoom – the link and course materials (digital) will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Schedule of the day (scroll down for session details)

09:15 – 09:25   Registration
09:25 – 09:30  Welcome / Introduction
09.30 – 10:10   Session 1 – Administration
10:10 – 10:30   Morning Tea
10:30 – 12:30   Session 2 – Assessment
12.30 – 13.10     Lunch
13:10 – 14:10     Session 3 – Exam Skills
14:10 – 15:00     Session 4 – Proficiency
15:00 – 15:15     Q&A
15:15 – 15:30     Evaluation, Closing


  • January 23, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


ONLINE using licenced Zoom video conferencing account with full security measures enabled. (Access details will be provided to participants upon registration. Participant’s Zoom account details must match the details provided during registration to be given access.)

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NESA have recently informed of changes that impact course and workshop providers state-wide, including JTAN.

NESA will no longer endorse providers or register professional development in the way it has done in the past. The endorsement of all currently NESA Endorsed Providers is cancelled and Registered courses are deregistered effective immediately.

This impacts on planned JTAN workshops, including this Steps to Success Workshop I for Beginners and Continuers. We apologise for any inconvenience, however we will be working hard to ensure workshops planned for 2021 will contribute to NESA-Registered (to be newly termed NESA-Accredited) hours for our members.

Session 1:    Administration and Organisation: Making it Manageable (40 minutes)

 An overview of the administrative requirements for teaching Stage 6 (NESA) and tips for staying organised and planning ahead to minimise stress and maximise learning. 

Session 2:    Effective Assessment: Ideas, Marking & Feedback (2 hours)

This session will provide ideas and examples of assessment of, as and for learning tasks in line with the new requirements for a wider variety of task types for Stage 6. We will also discuss a variety of effective strategies and formats for scaffolding speaking and writing assessments and providing quality feedback. 

Mini-workshop: corporate marking - how to apply marking criteria consistently 
Session 3:    Developing Exam Skills: Preparing Students for HSC Oral Examinations (1 hour)

What strategies are effective in developing student competency and confidence for the HSC Oral Examinations? What skills do we need to develop as teachers to ensure our students are well-prepared? 

Mini-workshop: practise conducting Continuers HSC-style exams with other participants
Session 4:    Developing and Maintaining Language Proficiency (50 minutes)

Limited opportunities for practice are a challenge facing both our students and ourselves as teachers in many contexts. How can we develop our students' proficiency with limited contact hours each week, and also maintain our own amongst the time-consuming administrative tasks that demand our time as teachers?