Welcome to AJTA! 「いらっしゃ〜い!」

 The Alberta Japanese Teachers’ Association (AJTA) is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Alberta Teachers Association’s, Second Language Intercultural Association (SLIC). Originally formed in 1995, the Alberta Japanese Teachers Association has provided Alberta teachers of Japanese the opportunity to professionally meet, network and develop opportunities for professional development. Members keep in touch by the use of AJTA Email Group, Nihongo-Alberta Email Group, Online “Skype” meetings and scheduled annual meetings.
For more information please see the Alberta Teachers’ Association Website, www.teachers.ab.ca or contact Corbin Musselman at corbin.musselman@gmail.com (please feel free to follow Corbin on Twitter by adding @JapaneseTeacher to your list!).
...after SLIC conference on October 30, 2010, with a special guest, Ms. Ando (The Japan Forum) 
...Nagatomi-sensei receiving a farewell card from Daniel-sensei on May 28, 2011 
...AJTA members meeting at the December, 2011 meeting at Memorial Composite High School in Stony Plain, Alberta                    
...AJTA and EJCA members who attended the Japan Foundation workshop in February, 2012 at IISLE
*Mr. James Hamilton's last day with the AJTA.  Hamilton-sensei was presented with a gift from the AJTA and his retirement party was held at Bansai restaurant.  We will miss you James!!

Important Announcements

Summer Training Program for Japanese-Language Teachers

Deadline for applying is June 15, 2016!

Date: Monday, June 27 to Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Location: Edmonton, University of Alberta

Participants:Japanese language teachers
*Those interested in Japanese language education are also welcome to attend.
**Support may be available for current Japanese language teachers residing outside of Edmonton. Please see the 【Registration for Support】for details.

Details:We are pleased to welcome the renowned teacher and winner of the ACTFL 2012 Teacher of the Year - Mr. Yo Azama to be our keynote presenter. Ms. Mami Saito, Japan Foundation Japanese Language Specialist and Japanese-language teachers from Alberta will also lead training and workshop presentations on Japanese Language education and using technology in the classroom.

Theme: Empower Your Teaching With Tech
In 2013, Alberta Education produced the “Learning and Technology Policy Framework” (https://education.alberta.ca/learning-with-technology/overview/). In today’s rapidly changing world where IT is quickly advancing, how we use technology in the classroom is becoming more critical. How we use technology in the classroom, what roles teachers can play, how teachers can use technology for classroom activities and learning management, and what kind of “literacy” is needed are all topics and questions that will be addressed during the PD session.

Session abstracts and Tentative schedule:
Schedule for summer program

Language:Primarily Japanese (Regardless of whether you are a native Japanese speaker or not, we look forward to seeing many people at this training session)

Participation Fee:free
*All participants are expected to cover their own cost of meals during the program. Participants who apply through General Registration are asked to cover their own cost for transportation and accommodation during the program.
**Those who want to apply for accommodation support from the Japan Foundation, Toronto need to submit a separate application form in addition to the general online application (see below).

General Registration】Please RSVP by June 15 at the following site:

Registration for Support】Only teachers who are currently teaching Japanese in Canada and who reside outside Edmonton are eligible.
  1. K-12 Teachers of Japanese Language in Alberta can apply for accommodation and transportation support from Alberta Education.
  2. Japanese language teachers in Canada outside of K-12 Teachers of Japanese Language in Alberta can apply for accommodation support from the Japan Foundation, Toronto.
Participants interested in applying for (2) are asked to submit the below application form to the Japan Foundation, Toronto by June 7, in addition to the online application.
Mail to: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
P.O. Box 130
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4W 1A8
Attn: Ms. Noriko Saito

Contact】Noriko Saito (416)-966-1600 ext. 224   nsaito@jftor.org

Japan Photo Contest

Send in your Japan photo contest entries now!

2016 Japan Photo Contest
The Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary is pleased to announce its third consecutive Japan Photo Contest with the aim of promoting Japanese culture and cross-cultural relations between Canada and Japan using the camera as a medium. We are currently open for submission of photographs in the following 3 categories:
1. “Japan & Canada”
2. Culture, Food & Festivals of Japan
3. Nature & Landmarks of Japan

Photos do not need to be taken in Japan — they can also be taken in Canada as long as they coincide with the designated theme.
The deadline for submission to the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary is JULY 20th, 2016 (up to 3 submissions per person – one per category), and contestants have a chance to win prizes provided by our supporting companies, Canon Canada Inc. and The Camera Store as well as have their photograph(s) displayed at Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary events. Further details and submission guidelines are available on the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary website: 

A Program of Studying in Japan

MEXT Undergraduate Studies Scholarship Now Open For Application 2017

Mext Flyer

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (in Japanese: Monbukagakusho, English acronym: MEXT) offers scholarships to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university.

The scholarship covers:

  1. Full tuition
  2. Monthly allowance
  3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada

Application Deadline: June 3rd 2016

Departure Date: Early April 2017

Duration: five years from April 2017 to March 2022, including the one-year preparatory education in the Japanese language and other subjects due to be provided upon arrival in Japan. For scholarship grantees majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the scholarship period will be seven years until March 2024.

Outline Eligibility: Education: high school diploma or higher

 Age: born between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 2000. (for the 2017 recruitment)

Citizenship: Canadian

Placement at University: Designated by MEXT, based on each applicant’s field and subject choice

Selection Process:

  1. Documents Review
  2. Examination (Japanese, English, Mathematics and Science*) and Interview : late June- mid July  *Only for applicants who choose Natural Science field
  3. Acceptance notification : December-Following January


If you are aware of relevant individuals that might have an interest in a unique study experience abroad, please forward them this information and refer to the information on the website of the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary for details and application downloads:


*Only Canadian citizens living in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, and Nunavut can apply for these programs through the Consulate-General of Japan at Calgary, Canada

Soba Bowl 2014 
Soba Bowl 2014 will take place on March 8, 2014
There will be a speech contest held on this date.  More details will follow!

The Japan Foundation has created a new resource entitle Marugoto!  Follow the link below to access this new resource!

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This program aims to review and improve participants' teaching practices through workshops with leading Japanese-language education professionals and encourage development of better advocacy strategies for kindergarten to Grade 12 Japanese-language teachers.   


1.    Organizational Eligibility

Canadian educational organizations conducting Japanese language education for kindergarten to Grade 12 students

2.    Outline

An intensive five-day course in Japanese language and teaching methods will be conducted for Canadian teachers who have at least two years of experience in teaching the Japanese language.

(1)  Duration

July 26 - 31, 2013 (Arriving: July 26, Departure: July 31, Program period: July 26, 1P.M. - July, 30, 5P.M.)


      The University of British Columbia Okanagan                     

      3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC

(3)  Eligible Candidates

The following individuals are eligible to participate in the program.

a)    Those who are employees of the applying organization and who will continue working in the aforementioned organization after their return. Current undergraduates and those currently studying to become Japanese language teachers are not eligible.

b)   Those with at least two years of experience teaching the Japanese language as of April 1, 2013 (private lessons not included);

c)    Those who have Japanese language proficiency of Level N4 or higher in the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (Level 3 of the old JLPT).

e)    Those who are in good physical and mental health.

(4)  Number of Participants: 20 teachers (in total)



Applications must arrive 
no later than May 30, 2013
at the Japan Foundation, Toronto by mail.
Memfest General Information
 Memfest, also known as Memorial Anime Festival is an anime festival that is run by the Anime Club of Memorial Composite High School, staff of the school and volunteers of the school. It is held in order to promote Japanese culture and art in the form of events, animation and educational sessions.  All proceeds are going towards helping MCHS Japanese students to fund raise for their trip to Japan this summer.
 We are currently in Year 3 for this Festival, and we hope that not only this con is a success but also for years to come!  We are encouraging grade school students, associated with a school, to come out and see what Anime and Japanese language and culture is all about!!!

Please note that there will be no buses available for this route. However, there will be free parking for attendants in the bus transfer area at the back of the school (south west side of the school – follow the signs).


Entry will be through the Bus Transfer Doors on the south west side of the building.  This is the back of the building.  Parking will be available at the same location.  Signs will be up to indicate where to go.

 **As we are a charitable event,while all precautions have been taken to ensure safety of all, Memfest will not be responsible for damages, theft or injuries due to attending.

 Follow us on facebook at MCHS Anime Club 

Soba Bowl VII at Harry Ainlay High School!!
 Skit Contest
Video Contest
Anime Drawing Contest
Speech Contest
Activities Booth (1 per school)

Date: March 9, 2013
Location: Harry Ainlay High School
Contact: The.Sobabowl.ops@hotmail.com

**The "Dramatic Japanese" Workshop scheduled for February 9th has been cancelled.  Please check this website for other PD opportunities in the future.**


Application for the 2012/13 ATA Educational Trust

Please copy and paste the following link to access the PDF form for the grant.  Deadline for application is September 30, 2012!


SLIC Conference 2012 - Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta - October 26-27, 2012

Japanese-Language Teachers' Workshops 2012

Japanese-Language Teachers' Workshops organized by The Japan Foundation, Toronto, will take place in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver in February 2012. These one-day sessions will include workshops on creating activities and pedagogy using the concepts of course design tools such as “JF Standard” and “Can-Do Statement”. There will also be opportunities for teacher networking.


Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: The Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education

13750 Woodcroft Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta http://languages.epsb.ca/en/about-iisle

**Video Conferencing will be available for teachers outside of the Edmonton area.**


RSVP Required:

Please RSVP Corbin Musselman at cmusselman@psd70.ab.ca

(please indicate if you require a Video Conferencing)


Featured workshops to include:

  • activities focus on oral communications
  • lessons in topic-based Japanese use


Ms. Kazumi Oshio       Lecturer, Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute, Urawa


SLIC 2011 Conference in Canmore, AB (October 28th and 29th, 2011)

Conference Program 

Friday                    Plenary session             1 - 4 pm

Fire & Ice Party             7 - 10 pm


Saturday              SIG Breakfasts               7:30 - 8:45 am

Sessions & AGM           8:45 am - 4:00 pm  (4 blocks x 7 sessions x 75 min.)


Friday afternoon is a plenary session (no breakouts): keynote Karen Hume, three SLED talks (20 minute mini-keynotes) and entertainment. Fire & Ice Party from 7 – 10 pm. Families and spouses invited. Dress for the weather!


Saturday, we have 25 sessions planned (French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin and Arabic).

Sneak Peek Conference program with full details posted on SLIC webpage: www.slic.teachers.ab.ca


Online Registration at www.regonline.ca/SLIC2011. Currently, we have over 65 teachers registered in addition to 19 speakers who have been given a free conference registration.


Ticket costs:    $290 full conference, $175 for Saturday only


Radisson Hotel -& Conference Centre:

$129 Standard Room (2 Queen Beds)


$149 Resort Class Room (King Bed, Bathrobe & slippers)


$209 Jacuzzi Suite (Jacuzzi, Fireplace, Living Room, King Bed)


Amenities: Pet-friendly room options, complimentary high speed internet, a pool, and free parking

AJTA 勉強会 Monday, June 27
AJTA members are invited to attend a PD opportunity that will take place at Edmonton Public School Board's IISLE.  Members attending this PD session will evaluate and create resources to
accompany the text book「ドラえもんのどこでも日本語」.
Memorial Composite Anime Convention (Updated June 2, 2011)
The first Anime Convention at Memorial Composite High School is on Saturday, June 4, 10 am to 5 pm.
This event is for grade schools only. Students must have a chaperon representing their school in order to attend. Please contact Oshiki-sensei (eoshiki@psd70.ab.ca) know the name of the chaperon ahead of time, as this is an "invitation only" event.

Please view the poster

 Spring Festival at Kurimoto Garden (Devonian Botanic Garden) (Updated May 29, 2011)
This year's Spring Festival is on Sunday, June 5, 11 am to 4 pm.
Please view the poster

AJTA 勉強会 Mon

day, June 27 ←Tentative, details TBA soon! 

 (Updated May 28, 2011)
 Please contact cmusselman@psd70.ab.ca

Japanese 150 Summer Course at the University of Alberta (Updated May 5, 2011)

JAPANESE 150 is the first course for students who have taken JAPANESE 30 or 35. In order to continue Japanese language studies at the University of Alberta in the following Fall term, students are encouraged to take Japanese 150 in Summer term. Brochure is attached below.

2011 Tohoku-Pacific Earthquake
Click the link "How can we help?" on the sidebar to check out initiatives by schools in Alberta.

Consulate General of Japan at Calgary to open a bank account for donations for earthquake relief (Updated March 17, 2011)

 The Consulate-General of Japan at Calgary announced today that it has established a bank account with TD Canada Trust and has begun accepting financial donations in response to the strong desire of so many people who want to contribute to the earthquake and tsunami relief. Please see below for details. Donations are to be remitted to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in their earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan:



The Japan Foundation, Toronto "Local Grant Programs"

Details and forms are available online.


Application forms must be received by the Japan Foundation Toronto by July 1.


Japan Foundation Resource Grant Finalization
Currently members are in the process of finalizing the Resource Grant for the AJTA library.  Several resources have been ordered and will be held at IISLE for all members across Alberta to use.  Please feel free to drop by and check them out (IISLE's link can be found on the sidebar)! 
The AJTA would like to thank the Japan Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to expand and update the resources in our library.  This contribution will surely assist Japanese teachers throughout the province and serve to promote Japanese language education in Alberta.
"Japanese-Language Programs in Alberta" information has moved to a new page. 
You can access the page from here or from the sidebar.  (Updated Feb. 6, 2011)

The AJTA has set up a Wiki to share resources.  Click the link "AJTA Wiki" on the sidebar and you will be directed to the site!

Aya Okamoto,
May 5, 2011, 11:07 PM