Archive (announcements)

  • AJTA meeting on from 9am to 1pm on 

    Saturday, May 28, at Harry Ainlay 

     (Updated May 18, 2011) 

    Japan Aid Benefit Concert - May 13th, 7:30 p.m. Horizon Stage, Spruce Grove, AB
    There will be a benefit concert and silent auction for the Canadian Red Cross Japan Relief effort called japanaid that will be held at Horizon Stage on May 13th. Doors open at 6:30 and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. The concert includes The Command Sisters and Original Six, both acts performed at the Stony Plain Centennial Celebration, and features Eli Barsi. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Horizon Stage Box Office at Spruce Grove City Hall (it's cheaper to go to the box office). Click on the following link for more information:

  • Skype Sawakai, 8-9pm on 

    Thursday, May 26

     Guests: Ms. Yoshimi Hirata (New Japanese Advisor) and representatives of Nihongo BC (Sachiko Renovich-sensei and Kathy Shannon-sensei)
    Agenda: Initiatives of teachers in BC to support Japan's earthquake relief efforts 

  • The 22nd National Japanese Language Speech Contest (Canada), on March 26, 2011
    Click here for details.  (Updated March 18, 2011)

  • Alberta - Hokkaido Exchange Program (updated Jan. 11, 11)

  • Languages 2.0 - Discover, Connect, Engage
  • SLIC Annual Conference ~ October 29 and 30, 2010 ~ Edmonton

    This year’s conference will explore the use of emerging technologies and how they can enhance second language instruction. Ideally topics would relate to this theme, but are not limited to it. Our primary goal is to create a rewarding professional development opportunity for second language teachers across Alberta. The conference will take place at Grant MacEwan University in the Robbins Health Learning Centre. 


  • ANIME FESTIVAL 2010!!! October 16th, 2010 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m)
    The Bellerose Student Anime Festival is a fundraising activity held by the dedicated alumni and students of Bellerose Composite High school.

    The Bellerose Festival, also known as the Alberta Student Anime Festival, have been running since 2004. Supervised by the school's Japanese teacher Scott Coffin, the festival is ran by current enrolled students, alumni's, and interested parties alike. Our festival caters to the connoisseurs of Japan's exotic taste from anime to fashion. The proceeds raised during the festival are donated to Dogs with Wings charity.

    To date, we have donated over $10 000!! Please keep supporting us by coming out to the festival! Play, eat, socialize, and enjoy a great time while knowing you are donating money to a great cause, We hope to see you again this year!


  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test (posted on September 3, 2010)
    1. The NEW JLPT site is now available in English as well. Please find details and try sample questions at:


    2. The information session held at York University on August 25, was led by Ms. Michiko Yachi, a researcher from the Japan Foundation's Japanese Language Centre, and reviewed the changes that will take effect this year, including explanations based on actual exercises used in the new JLPT.


    You can view a broadcast of the session  on the internet, thanks to Dr. Norio Ota, with the kind assistance of Dr. Noriko Yabuki-Soh and Dr. Kumiko Inutsuka as translators:


    i) Visit   

    ii) Click on        “WATCH THE SESSION ONLINE”


    3. The JLPT will be administered on Sunday, December 5. As there are three (3) testing centres in Canada (many thanks to Dr. Kabata & Ms. Xiao, Dr. Mito and Dr. Ota who are in charge of the centres for their hard work!), choose a site, check out details and apply by October 1:


    (Alberta) University of Alberta (Prince Takamado Japan Centre)


    (BC) Capilano University



    (Ontario) York University