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5th National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE)

November 5-6, 2021


The Monash Japanese Language Education Centre together with The Japan Foundation, Sydney makes the following announcement.

Due to the uncertainty created by the impact of COVID-19 and our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, the National Symposium on Japanese Language Education 2020 has been postponed to November 5-6, 2021 (Fri-Sat). The theme, Be Inspired, Be Inspiring and our keynote speakers remain the same.

We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you to the NSJLE in 2021.

All relevant dates have been updated on this website. The Call for papers remains open and we welcome all submissions.

The National Symposium on Japanese Language Education (NSJLE) is a biennial two-day conference for Japanese language educators at all levels and sectors from all Australian states and territories. It is organised by The Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education.

NSJLE aims to provide a platform for teachers and stakeholders to discuss issues of national interest and network with their peers from around the country to encourage a stronger national network of Japanese language educators.

This symposium is a direct response to a recommendation in the 2010 report, The Current State of Japanese Language in Australian Schools and to the need for Japanese language educators to engage with important developments in language education policy under way at national and state levels, including the development of the Australian Curriculum – Languages.

NSJLE covers a wide range of topics related to Japanese language education, including sharing best practice, advances in classroom ICT, articulation, the Australian Curriculum and leadership and advocacy.

The theme for 2021 is “Be Inspired, Be Inspiring”

We are seeking presenters who have research, studies, or programs to share with peers at this year’s symposium. Educators from every level of education (primary, secondary and tertiary) and stakeholders involved in Japanese language education are encouraged to apply.


【Encouraged topics

  • Leadership in languages
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Innovative programs – models for success
  • Australian Curriculum: Languages – Japanese
  • The Current State of Japanese Language Education
  • ICT
  • Bilingual / Immersion Program


【Presentations type】

All presentations are 50 mins.  Presentation may be made in either English or Japanese.


  • Open :  November 1, 2019
  • Close :  February 29, 2020 ⇒ Extended till April 30, 2020 ⇒ Extended till  March 14, 2021
  • Language : English or Japanese


【Dinner details】
● Date : November 5, 2021 (Fri)
● Time: 7:00om-10:00pn (venue opens from 6:30pm)
● Venue: The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall (328 Swanston Street)
● Registration deadline: October 15, 2021 (Fri)

【Dinner Guest Speaker】
Mr Mat Bowtell
Engineer and founder of Free 3D hands


November 5-6, 2021 (Fri-Sat)

Symposium Dinner
November 5, 2021 (Fri) 7pm-10pm


State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000


Early Bird Rates : May 1 – July 15, 2021

Full Rates: July 16 – October 15, 2021



Monash Japanese Language Education Centre
(03) 9905 9478/ (03)9905 2313

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