First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya “Organizing Course: From Course Design to Evaluation”

June 4, 2012

First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya
“Organizing Course: From Course Design to Evaluation”

Date: 4th (Sat) / 5th (Sun) August 2012
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Kenya
Organizers: Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya / Embassy of Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Theme: “Organizing Course: From Course Design to Evaluation”

Kenya is a strategically important country for Japanese language education in East Africa. For example, there are over one thousand students who learn Japanese in Kenya, and it has been the only exam center of Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in Sub-Saharan Africa, ever since it began in the country in 2008. With somenew developments, such as launch of Japanese minor in some universities and the increase of the number of the learners of the intermediate level , Japanese language education is at a crossroads .
It goes without saying that the situation of Japanese language education in Kenya, which is geographically very far apart from Japan, cannot be the same as in Japan. In addition to the fact that only the basic level was taught in all of the institutions until recently, Japanese for tourism is, for example, also on demand, since tourism is one of Kenya’s key industries.
Technological developments such as the internet and multi-media resources also offer more opportunities to learners today. They are now freely able to access information on Japan with a click and learning it is happening spontaneously.
If this is the kind of environment that surrounds Japanese language education in Kenya today, what could be the best approaches to organizing and conducting our classes? And what could be the best way to evaluate our students’ performance?
These are the questions that led to the idea of organizing the first conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya. We invited Prof Sukero Ito, Director of Japanese Language Center for International Students, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies who is an expert of evaluation and examination, which would provide a rare opportunity for Japanese language teachers in Kenya in particular and in East Africa in general to review our course design and evaluation.
In the program of the conference are Professor Ito’s keynote address, a workshop on Course Design facilitated by Mr. Yoshifumi Murakami, Director of Japan Foundation’s Cairo Japan Culture Center, presentations of research and reports by teachers and experts from Kenya and other countries, and a discussion on the way forward for Japanese language education in Kenya.
We are also making an international call for application for presentations of research / report, as well as for facilitator of workshop. Please see the attached document for more details.
Lastly, it is my sincere hope that this conference would contribute to the development of Japanese language education in Kenya and East Africa at large.

Arisue Jun
Chair, Organizing Committee

First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya
Call for presentations and facilitator

Date: 4th (Sat) / 5th (Sun) August 2012
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Kenya
Organizers: Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya / Embassy of Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Theme: “Organizing Course: From Course Design to Evaluation”

We are calling for presentations of research or report, and facilitator of workshop for First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya. Either Japanese or English can be used in the conference.
1) Topics of Presentation of Research and Report:
a) Report on Japanese language education in Kenya / East Africa, or your teaching experiences.
b) Report or research on the aspect of organizing your classes such as course design and evaluation.
c) Report or research on any other areas of Japanese language education in general.

Each presentation should take about 20 minutes, and it will be followed with Q / A for 10 minutes. Please send your application via email to kenya.japanese.2012[at]gmail.com with title of the mail as “abstract_YOUR_NAME,” and write also the following details in your mail: Your name (Japanese / Roman alphabet), institution (Japanese / Roman alphabet), contact (email address), topic of presentation (and which language you will use), and whether it is a presentation of report or research. Attach the summary as well.
For more details on the summary of presentation, please see the attached document.

2) Workshop
a) Topics related to course design and evaluation
b) Any others

You should indicate that you are applying for facilitator of “workshop” in your mail, and send your application via email to kenya.japanese.2012[at]gmail.com with title of the mail as “abstract_YOUR_NAME.” Write also the following details in your mail: Your name (Japanese / Roman alphabet), institution (Japanese / Roman alphabet), contact (email address), topic of workshop (and which language you will use), and the intended time. Attach the summary as well.
For more details of the summary, please see the attached document.

The deadline for the application of both presentation and facilitation of workshop is 23:59:59 (GMT) on 15 June 2012. Please be informed that applications that come in after the deadline will not be considered. The submissions are anonymized for the selection, so please do not mention anything that would reveal author (your names, reference by the author, etc.) . We will communicate to you via email on the result by 20 June 2012.

We may also request you to give presentation instead of workshop despite your application due to the limitation of time.

Guideline on the Summary

The first line: Title (In the language you will use in your presentation / facilitation of workshop)
The third line: Key words (About three of them in the language you will use)
From the fifth line: The summary

The summary should be written in approximately 1000 characters (Japanese) or 250 words (English) , and put it all in a page if you use Microsoft Word.
The following are the format we accept: doc (Word document), odt (Open format), txt (text file), rtf.

Reference should be made in the following format:

岡まゆみ(1998)「中上級者のための速読の日本語」、
山田太郎(2010)「新しいEラーニングに向けて」「東関東E-learning3」、pp. 199 – 206, 東関東E-learning学会。
Jean-Emile Gombert, “le developpement metalinguistique,” PUF, 1990.
O’relly, Tim (2005) http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/ what-is-web-20.html 2012年 5月 31日にアクセス

Call for Participants of First Conference of Japanese Language Education in Kenya

Date: 4th (Sat) / 5th (Sun) August 2012
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan in Kenya
Organizers: Japanese Language Teachers’ Association – Kenya / Embassy of Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Theme: “Organizing Course: From Course Design to Evaluation”

Participation Fee
Jaltak member: Free of charge
Japanese language teachers and others who work in Japanese language education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Free of charge
Others: 800 ksh (or 10 U.S. dollars)

Those who would like to participate in the conference should send an email to kenya.japanese.2012[at]gmail.com with the following details: Your name (Japanese / Roman alphabet), institution / occupation (Japanese / Roman alphabet), country of residence, email address, and telephone number. Write title of the mail as “registration_YOUR_NAME.”

Please feel free to send any inquiries to kenya.japanese.2012[at]gmail.com with title, “information_YOUR_NAME.”

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