The Japan Foundation, Sydney Seminar

Applications are closed.

ILEP in partnership with The Japan Foundation  offers places for New Zealand teachers and pre-service teachers to attend this three-and-a-half-day professional development programme held at The Japan Foundation's Language Centre in Sydney.

Participants can expect to to develop language skills and build confidence by working in an immersive Japanese environment.
You will explore and share teaching ideas, strategies and resources and build new networks.


Programme dates:  14- 17 January 2019

Application deadline: 22 October 2018

Teacher Experiences


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The hands-on experience from activity development, intensive language immersion, including testing and analysis of our own language, networking with Australian teachers, learning their curriculum as well as how and what they teach in the classroom, up to date knowledge of what is happening in Japan, the latest vocabulary, technology, and websites to use in the classroom will all benefit my students immensely. I am now a better equipped teacher with resources, strategies and language. Read more ...

Fleur Karasawa (January 2018)


The three and half day Sydney Intensive Seminar hosted by Japan Foundation was an amazing opportunity and lived up to its name “intensive”.

The majority of our time there was speaking, listening and writing in all things Japanese.For myself and the other attendees, this seminar has made a definite impact on our pedagogy and has helped to consolidate and extend our language knowledge, boost our proficiency and confidence in our teaching.


Carl Bidois (July 2018)


I returned with many useful resources and many recommendations for websites which will help me to further enhance my teaching. I have met so many friendly and motivated colleagues.

I would recommend to attend this great seminar with a good mix of cultural and language activities to any Japanese teacher. You will come away from it buzzing. Read more ...

Julian Shoesmith (January 2017)


The Japanese Intensive Seminar was such a fantastic learning experience!

My favourite parts were the Japanese calligraphy session and the furoshiki lesson. I also really enjoyed the 'sharing resources' session where we received copies of Japanese language resources from teachers all over Australia and New Zealand. Now I have so many new ideas for games and activities. 

Thank you, Japan Foundation, for an amazing time!

Veronica Hendrikse (September 2017)




Dr Kyoko Mikami, National Japanese Adviser: 

Danielle Kerchmar, Project Coordinator: