AITJ News Updates

Prefessor Ujike receives two teaching awards
9/22/2014
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Professor Yuriko Ujike received two teaching awards, Leepoxy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Students' Choice Award for Teaching Excellence, from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne this year. Leepoxy Award, sponsored by Leepoxy Plastics Inc. in Fort Wayne, is given annually to an IPFW faculty member who pursued innovative teaching and learning experiences through a single activity, project or course at the undergraduate level. Yuriko also received $1000 professional development fund for the award. Students' Choice Award is also given annually to someone who has helped engage, impact, and inspire students, and whose dedication to students is evident inside and outside of the classroom. Congratulations, Ujike-sensei!
 

AITJ Workshop at IFLTA 2014
8/29/2014

This year AITJ's workshop at the IFLTA annual conference will be led by Professor Tomizawa of Ball State University. Information about the workshop is below.

  • Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
  • Presenter: Sadatoshi Tomizawa, Professor of Japanese, Ball State University
  • Workshop Title: Etymology Based Kanji Learning and
    Teaching in Japanese
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Kanji is one of the three writing systems in Japanese, and approximately 2,000 of them have to be learned to be considered literate. However, all Kanji no matter how complicated, consists of one or more basic units of meaning called Bushu. Approximately 200 Bushu, each with a unique historical and cultural meaning, are used for the creation of thousands of Kanji. Knowledge of Bushu brings meaningful context to Kanji, helping the learner understand and master Kanji more effectively and efficiently. This workshop is three folds: (1) to learn the basic 200 Bushu through digital images, (2) to see how Bushu are used in actual Kanji by going through all Kanji in GENKI Book 1 and 2 (317 in all) , and (3) to apply the knowledge of (1) and (2) to Kanji beyond the GENKI series. The materials used for the workshop are ready to be used by teachers for their students.


 
Best of Indiana goes to an AITJ member
5/31/2014
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Akiko Tsugawa-sensei received the IFLTA award for Best of Indiana for 2013, which is given to the presenter with the highest overall evaluation at the conference. Her presentation about using the iMovie app in the classroom will be presented at the upcoming 2014 IFLTA conference and 2015 CSC conference. Congratulations, Akiko-sensei!

- Submitted by Keiko Kuriyama, President of Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese


 
Two students from IPFW also made it to the final contest of the 28th Annual Midwestern Speech Contest in Chicago
5/14/2014
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The 28th Annual Midwestern Japanese Language Speech Contest was held at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago on March 22. Two students studying Japanese at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne made it to the final. Danielle Parsons, who competed in Category IV, received Osaka Sister City Award. Her prize is a two-week home stay in Osaka this summer. Jalyn Radziminski, a local high school student who studies Japanese at IPFW, competed in Category II and received a Special Prize. Jalyn has been also selected to go to Japan this summer on JET Memorial Invitation Program by Japan Foundation.

- Submitted by Yuriko Ujike, Continuing Lecturer in Japanese language at IPFW

Four Indiana Academy students in the final contest of the 28th Annual Midwestern Speech Contest in Chicago
3/31/2014
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The 28th Annual Midwestern Japanese Language Speech Contest was held at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago on March 22nd. 39 finalists of this contest from the 7 States under the jurisdiction of the Consulate at Chicago gathered to deliver their speeches in the 4 categories. Among the 9 students of category II, for high school students less than 3 years of study, there were 4 Indiana Academy students of the 2nd year class. The result is as follows:

  • 4th place:Nathan Radford " The Usual Conversation"
  • 7th place: Daniel Zheng " Japanese and myself"
  • 8th place: Adam Linscott " My Experience at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum"
  • 8th place, tied: LaVonte Pugh "I would like to become a composer."

These were the 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th students from the Indiana Academy to be included in the final contest.

- Submitted by Fumiko Kishi-Chiuini Instructor of Japanese Indiana Academy


 
2014 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI)
3/10/2014

The 2014 Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI), sponsored by the Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ), was held at Indiana University Bloomington on February 22nd. JOI was hosted by IUB’s East Asian Studies Center and funded by AITJ, the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at IUB, the East Asian Studies Center at IUB, and the Japan Foundation. One hundred eleven high school students from 10 high schools from all over Indiana participated in the annual event. The results are as follows:

Level 2

  • 1st place: Valparaiso High School
  • 2nd place: Chesterton High School (Tied)
  • 2rd place: North Central High School (Tied)

Level 3

  • 1st place: Chesterton High School
  • 2nd place: North Central High School
  • 3rd place: Valparaiso High School

Level 4

  • 1st Place: Valparaiso High School
  • 2nd place: Chesterton High School
  • 3rd place: Bloomington High School North

Congratulations to everyone! We hope to see you again next year and hope to have new school entries as well.
 

About AITJ

Picture of AITJ members at the 2013 meeting of the 2013 Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association

The Association of Indiana Teachers of Japanese (AITJ) was established to promote K-16 Japanese language and culture education in the U.S. state of Indiana. The Association fulfills its mission by facilitating the exchange of resources, ideas and knowledge relevant to Japanese language and culture education among Indiana’s Japanese language educators. The association organizes and runs several events including the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI) and K-16 Japanese Pedagogy Workshops. AITJ holds its annual business meeting every fall at the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA) conference during which members elect officers, nominate Japanese Language teachers for the IFLTA Teacher's Award, and plan for events such as JOI and upcoming K-16 Japanese Pedagogy Workshops.

Japanese Olympiad of Indiana

The Japanese Olympiad of Indiana (JOI) is an annual Japanese language and culture contest for Indiana high school students. Previous hosts of JOI were as follows:

Further information about past JOIs can be found under "Past AITJ news and events" on the AITJ archive page.

Japanese Pedagogy Workshops

AITJ organizes biennial pedagogy workshops at IUPUI for K-16 teachers of Japanese. Past workshops focused on the following themes:

  • 2013: "How to Teach Writing in Japanese using the Genre Approach"
  • 2011: "Advocacy and Articulation in Japanese Language Education"
  • 2009: "Content-Based Instruction for Beginning-Level Japanese"
  • 2007: "New State Standards for East Asian Languages"
  • 2006: "Differentiated Instruction in the Japanese Classroom"

Further information about past workshops can be found here.