CAJLE Annual Conference 2013 in Toronto

About The Conference

CAJLE holds an annual conference with research presentation sessions, professional development sessions with special guest speakers, special lecture sessions, poster display sessions, and a general meeting. The conference takes place over a few days each year during which participants exchange information and opinions on Japanese language education.

It also provides great opportunities for enriching mutual friendships. In order to enhance the Japanese language education at various places in Canada, we have held the conference in Calgary, Victoria, Fredericton, Vancouver, Regina, and Banff besides Toronto. (Click here for information about past conferences)

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Theme: Assessing “proficiency”: Teachers’ roles in supporting students’ learning

Date: August 22-24, 2013
Venue: University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
1) Sandford Fleming Building [Map] *Morning Registration will be held here.
2) University College  [Map] [Website]
Keynote Speech & Workshop 1: Professor Osamu Kamada (Nanzan University)
Workshop 2 & 3: Professor Kimi Kondo-Brown (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Special Lecture: Dr. Michael Salvatori (The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers)

As our society becomes more globalized, so has the diversity of those learning Japanese. The purpose for wanting to learn Japanese varies, as do the methods for studying Japanese. Learners have options to study as part of a school education, through heritage language schools, by going to Japan, and through self-study with sources such as the internet. It is possible that these learners from varied backgrounds will come together in a classroom to continue their study of Japanese. Faced with this increasing range of diversity among the learners, how can an educator assess their levels and provide appropriate instructions to enhance their learning? At this conference, we will strive to provide educators with means to measure the proficiency level of the diversified learners and we will reflect on learning, teaching and assessment to efficiently enhance the learners’ proficiency.

We welcome for our Keynote Lecture Prof. Osamu Kamada from Nanzan University, who will also lead us in our Teacher’s Workshops with Prof. Kimi Kondo-Brown from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Our programme topics include focus on Japanese language education as a foreign language, as a second language, as well as Japanese as a heritage language. A special lecture on Canadian foreign language education will be given by Dr. Michael Salvatori, from CASLT (The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers), a partner association of CAJLE.

With many participants from various educational institutions, we expect this conference to be an excellent opportunity for vibrant exchange of information and opinions.

Supporters (Alphabetical order)

Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Center for International Experience, University of Toronto
Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto
The Japan Foundation
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

Glico Canada Corporation
IACE Travel Inc.
Japan Communications Inc.
Mitsui Canada Foundation
Nippon Express Canada Ltd.

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