On November 25th 2011, 23 people attended our Training Day for volunteers of our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme (formerly “StepOutNet”), in which native and fluent Japanese speakers conduct free Japanese taster sessions in UK schools.
As well as providing new members with basic information about the programme, this month’s JTS programme featured reports from two volunteers who had visited schools, as well as workshops by Hiroko Tanaka (Japanese Language Advisor and co-ordinator of JTS at the Japan Foundation) introducing ways to introduce Japanese writing into schools using games and the “Hiragana rap!” Finally, volunteers explored ways of incorporating seasonal themes into Japanese language tasters, such as making Japanese Christmas cards featuring an origami Father Christmas!
Aya Kamura Mirto, who has attended several training days, commented:
(“It was really useful to learn so many enjoyable ideas for Japanese lessons. There were a lot of things that I now want to try out for real.”)
A new volunteer, Karolina Nalaskowska, said:
“It was my first time to attend the training, I really didn’t know what to expect, but I really enjoyed it and I think it was excellent. I could get lots of good ideas and feel even more excited about doing tasters for schools.”
We would like to thank all volunteers for coming to the Training Day, and hope they will have the chance to hold a Japanese Taster Session at a school soon!
If you speak native level or fluent Japanese and are interested in becoming a JTS volunteer, please click here for more information.
If you are a school teacher and are interested in holding a Japanese language taster at your school, please click here to find out more.