On the 21st of January 2013, 40 teachers of Japanese braved the snow to come to come and learn more about ABC Awards. This event, co-organised by the Association for Language Learning (ALL), ABC Awards and the Japan Foundation, introduced the ABC Awards and gave teachers an idea of how these qualifications could be used to accredit Japanese language learning in UK schools. This event was particularly timely as many schools need to find an alternative to the Asset Language Japanese qualification that is due to be scrapped at the end of 2013.
Josephine Audigier, Programme Officer at the Japan Foundation opened the event with information about Japanese Language Teaching in the UK and support available from the Japan Foundation. Daniel Moult, of ABC awards, then gave basic information about the structure of the ABC Awards and how these can be used in schools. Lydia Morey of ALL provided practical information about her schemes of work, assessments and how she has used the ABC awards to accredit her students’ Japanese language studies. Lydia gave teachers the chance to discuss how they could adapt these ideas to their own classrooms. Finally Noriko Williams from Richard Huish College gave practical examples of how she teaches Japanese using the ABC Awards.
We hope that the day proved useful for all the teachers who came. Once teacher commented that they “received very practical and useful information”. Another mentioned “I will recommend ABC to my colleagues as an alternative to Asset.”
We would like to thank the Sasakawa Foundation who generously provided funds to pay the travel expenses for attendees.
If you were unable to attend this event, but are still interested in finding out more about the ABC Awards, you can download the hand outs below.