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The JLTI Japanese Language Contest is open for entries!

In order to encourage and promote Japanese language education in Ireland, JLTI and the Embassy of Japan in Ireland jointly have hosted an annual Japanese speech contest. This year, the Japanese Speech Contest is back as the Japanese Language Contest.

The theme is ‘optimism’ and JLTI is inviting entries in the form of speech or Japanese language soundtrack videos which demonstrate an optimistic outlook.

The Japanese Language Contest takes place online.

The entries will be evaluated on a variety of criteria such as language level and expression, creativity and performance, and the prizes will reward a range of different styles, abilities and effort. The judging panel will take into account the language background and learning experience of the entrants which will be documented through their application forms.

Enquiry: Twitter account @JLTIcontest OR jltispeechcontest2021@gmail.com

Guidelines for Video Production and Uploading Video to YouTube

  • Video production must be original work. In the open category, if you use music and/or pictures, they also must be original or copy-right free materials.
  • The entry should be your own work (or the work of the members of your group). Only limited help or input from a teacher or native speaker or other is permitted.
  • Participants should submit a YouTube video link. See the following instructions on how to upload your video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/VtF2AgFSLAw
  • The setting of your video privacy should be “unlisted”
  • Please title the video with your name (or your group name for a group entry)

Secondary School Category

  • Video clip of a self-introduction speech
  • One individual speaker should be clearly shown making their speech on screen.
  • No use of special props or items, other speaker or background noise or music etc is permitted.
  • Duration is 1 – 5 minutes

Open Category

  • It can be individual or group production
  • Open format; (i.e.) speech, conversation, skit, drama, song, poetry, show & tell, presentation or animation
  • There must be a soundtrack in Japanese voiced by the entrant(s)
  • If entrants are not shown speaking on screen, then a separate short video must be provided with the application form which clearly shows the entrant(s) giving their names and speaking the lines. This video will not be evaluated for judging purposes.
  • Duration is 2 – 7 minutes

Criteria for Participation:

  • Participants must not be Japanese native speakers
  • Participants must be residents of Ireland.
  • Secondary School Category: This category is open to individual entrants of Secondary School age only.
  • Open Category: Participants cannot have lived in Japan for longer than 5 years in total. This category is open to entrants of all ages.
  • Neither participants themselves nor their immediate family members may be members of the JLTI.
  • Only one entry per category per person, regardless of whether individual or part of a group.
  • Participants should submit the application form including their YouTube video link and consent form(s) by the deadline.
  • A signed consent form must be provided for each member of any team entries for the Open Category.
  • For individual entries, the file names for the YouTube Videos and Consent Form should include the name of the entrant. The group name should be included in the file names for group entry videos and group member consent forms.
  • Applications will be accepted until February 28th.

Online Application and Consent Forms can be found here: https://jlti.org/speech/

Application Deadline: Sunday, 28th February 2021

Results will be announced by the end of March. The winners will be added to our website and winning entries will be showcased on social media.

Hosted by Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland (JLTI) and The Embassy of Japan. Supported by the Japan Foundation.

The 18th JLTI Japanese Speech Contest

JLTI Speech Contest Committee has kindly invited you to attend the 18th JLTI Japanese Speech Contest on Saturday, 7th March at the UCD, Dublin.

Date: Saturday, 7th March 2020
Time: 1 – 5.30 p.m.
Venue: William Fry Theatre, Sutherland School of Law, UCD, Dublin

Please see event timetable and map HERE!

Categories:
*General (Participants have lived in Japan for no longer than 5 years in total.)
*Secondary School students – LC2 (Leaving Certificate Student)
*Secondary School students – TY/LC1 (Transition Year & 5th Year Students)

Theme:
*General Category: Their own choice
*TY/LC1 Category: Self Introduction
*LC2 Category:  “If I Went To Japan”, “My Best Day Ever”,  “My Best Friend”

The JLTI is marking its 19th year since its foundation, and its 18th Speech Contest is taking place this year. There has been a steady increase in the number of entries every year, and the contest is becoming more popular and is drawing more interest. The contest now has three categories, two post-primary student categories and one general category.

Since the Speech Contest is always attended by the friends and families of the secondary school participants, it has grown to provide a friendly forum for those interested in the Japanese language and in Japan in general. The marked increase in the level of the speeches over the years is a huge incentive and encouragement to the teachers working with the participants.

Japanese language teaching/learning in Ireland is slowly but surely gaining popularity. The number of students opting to take Japanese as a Leaving Certificate examination subject is increasing with approximately 300 students sitting the exam last year. In addition, University College Cork launched its Institute of Japanese Studies in September 2011, Dublin City University and University of Limerick have Japanese courses, and University College Dublin and Trinity College have Japanese modules, thus creating a solid base for Japanese Studies to develop among students in Ireland.

Find out more about the JLTI here!

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FREE Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings

We are delighted to have partnered with Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and bring you FREE Japanese lunchtime conversation group meetings to give you a chance to improve your Japanese conversational skills in casual environment.

These weekly meetings will take place every Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the TCAS Seminar Room 2011 (Arts Building Annex) in TCD. First meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 14th November.

This weekly group will allow Japanese learners of all levels to develop their conversation skills in a casual, lunchtime environment. Feel free to bring your lunch and find some new conversation partners at the same time!

No previous registration is needed and everybody is welcome.

We would like to thank Verity Swan, IJA Council, and everybody at Trinity Centre for Asian Studies for their support in organizing this group.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) | 2 December 2018

If you are studying Japanese language, would like to test you language level and receive an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, please note that in Ireland, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will take place on 2nd December, 2018.

JLPT in Dublin, 2018
Next Exam:
  Sunday, 2nd December 2018
Venue:  John Henry Newman Building, Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
Time:  You will be asked to arrive by 12:00
Fee:  €85

Registration closes on Friday 5th October 2018 at 23:59 (Midnight)

If you wish to book your JLPT examination, you can do it here!

In Ireland, the JLPT is administered by UCD Japan on behalf of the Japan Foundation.

You can find more information about the JLPT in the brochure here!

 

Celebration of the Provision of Asian Languages and Culture in Ireland

Research to Empower Educational Leaders (REEL) and Drumcondra Education Centre are organizing Celebration of the Provision of Asian Languages and Culture in Ireland taking place in Drumcondra Education Centre on 22nd January.

Date: 22nd January 2018
Time: 7pm
Venue: Drumcondra Education Centre, St. Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Speakers:
* Dr Lorna Carson, Trinity College
* Dr Ryoko Sasamoto, DCU
* Dr Karen Ruddock, Director of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative

If you wish to attend this event, please register your interest here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-evening-at-drumcondra-education-centre-tickets-41953960425

Events

IJA Japanese Conversation Group

Join our weekly FREE Japanese conversation group meetings and improve your Japanese conversational skills in an informal, friendly atmosphere!

Meetings take place every Wednesday from 9-10 p.m. via Zoom.

To join the group, please sign up by sending email to: info@ija.ie.

Basic Japanese language skills are required. Each week participants will discuss a topic named in advance, and, from time to time, native Japanese speakers will be joining the group to help with the advice.

Please note that this conversation group is a fun activity for people who enjoy speaking Japanese, and not a language course/class.

This group is open to the IJA members only.

Please see the upcoming group meeting dates: 

  • Wednesday, 20th October 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 27th October 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 3rd November 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10th November 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 17th November 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 24th November 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 1st December 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 8th December 9 p.m.