Kyoko Mikami is the National Language Adviser for Japanese. She arrived in New Zealand in January 2017 to take up her appointment with the Japan Foundation. Kyoko now works as a member of the ILEP team and also has close working relations with the Japanese Embassy and Consulate-General.
Kyoko has worked for many years not only as a language teacher but also as a teacher trainer in Japan, Czech Republic and Indonesia. She has written several textbooks for students as well as a guidebook for language teachers. She looks forward to sharing her expertise and knowledge of Japanese language, culture and education with teachers in New Zealand.
Kyoko’s role is to support the development of Japanese language education in New Zealand. In particular her focus is on:
- offering workshops, courses and meetings focusing on teaching materials, resources and pedagogy that promote intercultural communicative language teaching in Japanese
- supporting schools with advice and guidance on establishing and sustaining Japanese language programmes
- providing information on networking opportunities for teachers of Japanese
- providing advice and guidance on immersion opportunities, scholarships and professional learning opportunities both in New Zealand and abroad
- participating in academic and cultural events, such as speech competitions
Teachers of Japanese in New Zealand may benefit from the professional support offered by the following organisations:
International Languages Exchanges and Pathways (ILEP)
ILEP supports schools and teachers to implement the Learning Languages curriculum area through the promotion of a fivestage professional learning pathway for schools and teachers in years 7-13. For more information about the professional support, professional learning and development opportunities and scholarship or immersion opportunities, contact Kyoko Mikami by phone (09 623 8899 ext 46 374) or by email.
New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers (NZAJLT)
NZAJLT is a subject association which provides support for teachers and students of Japanese in New Zealand. For more information or to join NZAJLT, visit www.nzajlt.org.nz/.
NZJ-Net list serve
This email group for teachers of Japanese is an excellent source of information and resources. It is also the primary medium through which organisations advertise opportunities, scholarships, grants and other important information for teachers and students. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Zealand Association of Language Teachers (NZALT)
NZALT is a professional network of language teachers with over 500 members. It runs a number of initiatives designed to support teachers in the classroom including competitions and professional development opportunities. For more information or to join NZALT, visit www.nzalt.org.nz.
Embassy of Japan
Important information about Japanese culture and education can be found on the Embassy’s website. The website includes information about scholarships, education programmes and resources for students and teachers. For more information, visit www.nz.emb-japan.go.jp.
Teacher Professional Development Languages (TPDL)
This year-long programme is available to Japanese teachers throughout New Zealand. For more information, visit www.tpdl.ac.nz.
Sasakawa Fellowship Fund for Japanese Language Education
Sasakawa Fellowship Fund initiates and supports existing projects which enhance Japanese language learning and Japanese studies in New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions. For more information, visit http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/scholarships-bursaries-awards/other-scholarships/sasakawa/sasakawa_home.cfm.
Asia New Zealand Foundation
A leading non-government organisation on Asia-New Zealand relations, the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s education programme provides information, resources and professional development opportunities to help school leaders develop students with the skills and knowledge they will need to embrace future prospects in Asia. For more information, visit www.asianz.org.nz.
Japanese National Adviser
The Japanese National Adviser provides teachers with information on teaching resources and sustaining Japanese language programmes. For more information on resources, contact Kyoko Mikami.
Have a look here for latest workshops and events offered by the Japanese Adviser.
TKI Learning Languages
The Learning Languages Community is a portal to professional learning opportunities, professional support for the New Zealand Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, resources and key links for language teachers. Learning Languages publishes regular newsletters to keep language teachers informed about important deadlines and events. For more information, visit http://learning-languages.tki.org.nz/.
The Japan Information and Cultural Centre
The Japan Information & Cultural Centre is run by the Embassy of Japan and provides a variety of free informational services on Japan and offers opportunities to learn about Japanese culture through diverse programmes. For more information, visit www.nz.emb-japan.go.jp/culture_education.
Grants for Japanese Education 2017
See the Japan Foundation and Embassy of Japan grant programmes available for teachers of Japanese to apply for 2017: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/japanese.html
The following immersion and scholarship opportunities are available to teachers of Japanese:
Kansai Immersion Programme
This is a two week immersion programme for teachers and provides teachers of Japanese with an opportunity to develop their practice through a range of language and cultural activities. For more information, visit Kansai Immersion Programme.
Japan Foundation Sydney Seminars
ILEP, with the Japan Foundation, Sydney offers places for middle years teachers of Japanese for Years 7 -10 to attend a 3 day seminar at their Language Centre in Sydney. For more information, visit the webpage: Japan Foundation Sydney Seminars.
The NZJEP Programme
This is a grants programme funded by the New Zealand Government to deepen understanding between New Zealand and Japan on a broad educational and cultural basis. For more information, visit NZJEP Programme.
The Fukushima Kizuna Revitalisation Programme
This programme has been relaunched in 2016 by the Fukushima Prefecture, following 5 years of hard work to recover the disaster-striken area. Fukushima hosted New Zealand teachers of Japanese to partake in language and cultural exchanges and activities in July 2016.
Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards
AFS Intercultural Programmes provides teachers with an opportunity to undertake long or short term immersion experiences in Japan.
For more information, visit the AFS LIA webpage.