and Universities may post Japanese language job openings free on this site.
If desired, we can also email information on job opening to members of the Japanese language community in Indiana. Information on places that Japanese language positions may be posted nationally is also available by request. Universities in Indiana graduate hundreds of outstanding students with Japanese language majors and minors each year, and we would be happy to post job openings in business or other organizations for any position requiring Japanese language or cultural competancy. Please contact email@example.com (AITJ President) for more information or to post a position.
Japanese Lecturer Position at IUPUI (Posted 9/29/2013)
President's Greetings, July 2013
Update: The next JOI will take place at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Job Information, July-August 2013
From American Association of Teachers of Japanese :
Here is the link for candidates:
Here is the link for K-12 jobs: http://www.aatj.org/jobs/job2.html
Here is the link for college university jobs: http://www.aatj.org/jobs/index.html
Here is the link for administrative positions: http://www.aatj.org/jobs/job3.html
Japan - America Society of Indiana Job Bank listing
Foundation's Jobs link
March 16, 2013
27th Annual Midwestern Japanese Language Speech Contest
The final contest of the 27th Annual Midwestern Japanese Language Speech Contest was held at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago on Saturday 16th March, 2013. Three of the Academy Japanese 202 students participated in the category of high school students with three years of formal Japanese studies. All 3 were included among the 10 finalists chosen from the 10 Midwestern states. Students delivered their Japanese languages speeches beautifully and also answered questions from the chief judge confidently. The results are as follows.
2nd Place: Gabrielle Lee (Academy Senior)
title: "Japanese Study"
3rd Place: Alexandra Harris (Academy Senior) title: "Theatre and Me"
4th Place: Maya McCullaugh (Burris Sophomore) title: "My Trip to Japan"
Report prepared by
Instructor of Japanese
Japanese Olympiad of Indiana 2013,
March 2, 2013
Ball State University
-Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese,
-Consulate General of Japan at Chicago
-Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Ball State University
-East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University
-The Japan Foundation.
1st place: Chesterton High School
2nd place: Bloomington High School North
3rd place: Michigan City High School
1st place: Chesterton High School
2nd place: Valparaiso High School
3rd place: North Central High School
1st Place: North Central High School
2nd place: Chesterton High School
3rd place: Michigan City High School
2013 JOI will be held at L. A. Pittenger Student Center of Ball State University on March 2nd. Please read the following important information regarding the schedule, direction, parking, internet access, lunch and Emergency contact on the day.
12:00~12:40 Registration (In front of
Ball Room on the 2nd Floor)
12:40~12:55 Open remarks (Ball Room on the 2nd Floor)
1:00~5:00 JOI Competition (Cultural Demonstration will be held at Ball Room twice during the Preliminary rounds)
*Please come to the Registration desk in front of Ball Room on the 2nd floor of L. A. Pittenger Student Center at Ball State University between 12:00-12:40. Floor map of L. A. Pittenger Student Center: http://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/studentcenter/floorplan
2. Direction & Maps
Directions to Ball State University
(2000 W. University Ave, Muncie IN 47304):
http://cms.bsu.edu/About/VisitTheCampus/GettingHere.aspx (Location of BSU in Indiana) http://www.bsu.edu/map/article/0,,32192--,00.html (Driving directions)
http://www.bsu.edu/map/ (campus map)
http://www.bsu.edu/map/media/pdf/parkingmap.pdf (parking map) http://www.bsu.edu/map/media/pdf/munciemap.pdf (Map of Muncie) https://www.bsu.edu/webapps2/directory/buildings/default.asp?buildingcode=SC (L. A. Pittenger Student Center: 2013 JOI competition location)
Parking lots are available in various places. http://www.bsu.edu/map/media/pdf/parkingmap.pdf (parking map) L. A. Pittenger Student Center is #18 on the map. Around the student center building, there are several parking lots (red, yellow, green), such as G8, G9, G7, G20, 38, C4, G25, C5, C6, G10. These parking lots are closest. All the red, yellow, and green parking lots, and meter parking on campus are free to park on weekends, but the ones with signs such as BSU vehicle only, Handicap, and blue parking are not allowed to park. Since school buses are big, I think that the parking lots, G20, G10, C6, C5, and G25 are good place to park.
4. Internet access: For internet access, Ball State University provides free wireless network for guests. Please use “bsuguest” for wireless internet access.
5. Lunch: The cafeteria at L. A. Pittenger Student Center will be closed on 3/2, so please get students' lunch at elsewhere before you come. For high school teachers who supervise students, we will prepare pizza for your lunch.
For emergency situation, please call me at 765-543-6753 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you find that you cannot arrive 1 pm on your way to BSU, please call me at 765-543-6753 as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your participation and we are looking forward to seeing you and your students!
26th Annual Midwestern Japanese Language Speech Contest
On March 24th 2012, the Indiana Academy had two winners at the 26th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago. The contest started with the opening remark by the Consul General of Japan at 9:30 am and ended at 4:30pm.
In February ten finalists had already been selected on the basis of the recorded speeches sent to the Consulate and on March 5th the official invitations to compete in Chicago were sent to them. The winners then had to memorize their speeches to deliver in front of the audience and be ready for the question and answer session which immediately follows after the delivery of the speech all conducted in the Japanese language.
The final contest was very tight as usual with wonderful and sometimes very moving speeches delivered by students from all over the ten Midwestern states. The results were as follows.
In the category of high school students with up to 3 years of instruction,
Gina Kang, an Academy senior won 5th Place and the title of her speech was "To Become Successful in Life".
In the category of high school students up to 4 years of instruction and 1st year college students,
Emily Mclaren, an Academy senior won 6th Place, and the title of her speech was "Choices in Life".
Gina and Emily were the 42nd and 43rd Academy students who have been honored to take part in this final contest in Chicago over the 16 years.
Message from the President of AITJ, January 2012
Welcome to the website of the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ). Let me begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to everyone that helped make 2011 a very successful year for AITJ.
Valparaiso University hosted the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI) last February. Almost fifty teams representing fifteen schools from all around Indiana tested their knowledge of Japanese language and culture in a friendly competition while also enjoying numerous cultural activities and displays. The next JOI will take place at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on February 25, 2012. It would be great to have even more schools participate this year.
In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, AITJ members led and assisted with numerous fundraising events and campaigns that collectively contributed thousands of dollars to emergency relief and recovery efforts. It will take many years for Tohoku to recover from the disaster. I hope we can continue to help by contributing to psychological support for the victims and promoting tourism in the region.
In April Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center hosted the Advocacy and Articulation in Japanese Language Education workshop for K-16 teachers. Lean economic times have brought pressure upon many foreign language programs. As we work together to promote and strengthen our programs, we are steadfastly confident that what we teach helps prepare both our students and America for the future.
In October there was a tremendous selection of Japanese sessions at the 2011 Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference in Indianapolis. We are truly blessed to have so many outstanding secondary and collegiate teachers active in AITJ. Regular attendance by Japanese teachers from outside of Indiana is a testament to the quality of the professional development materials and ideas shared by our members. I look forward to seeing everyone again and hopefully meeting many new members at the 2012 IFLTA Conference.