Friday, February 05, 2016

National Japanese Exam 2016

The National Japanese Exam (NJE) is an online, proficiency-oriented, standards-based and culture-related assessment tool for middle school (junior high), high school, and college students who are studying Japanese as a second language. It was developed by AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) as a way for such students to test their Japanese skills and participate in a nation-wide exam with awards for high achievement.

The NJE helps teachers see students’ strengths and weaknesses in various areas including reading and listening. Teachers can use the results to give various school-level awards to students (Gold Level, Silver Level, Bronze Level, Honorable Mention, and Participation certificates) and to highlight the success of their Japanese programs and celebrate their students' accomplishments.

The NJE is an entirely online test that teachers administer in their classrooms. It features Listening and Reading sections at three levels.

Registration for the 2016 NJE is open! Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on February 19, 2016. The cost of the exam is $9 for the AATJ members (Nonmember fee is $17).
http://www.aatj.org/nje 

Saturday, January 30, 2016


J-LIVE Talk, a TED-like speech contest in Japanese, for 2016 will be organized by GW 's Japanese Language and Literature Program. Information on the upcoming contest coming soon in February. http://jlivetalk.com/

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Happy New Year to everyone

明けましておめでとう
It's the 1st of the year and I'm rarin' to go to make 2016 the most productive year possible. As you can see, to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, I'm wearing my monkey suit and already working on my Blackboard page for the coming semester. Hope the new year brings you productivity--not to mention Love and Happiness--for a great 2016. Peace to everyone.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Being Remembered by Students

I really work hard to initiate, nurture, develop and maintain a relationship with students. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But I am tickled if my former students remember me, even for silly reasons. I often refer to myself as Onigiriman--onigiri means rice ball. I am, I think, soft and mushy on the outside and easy to eat, but ultimately hard to swallow, as I ask student to do what I say if they expect a good grade in my class. For better or for worse, they do remember my as Onigiriman, as post on my facebook page reveal.
Lynn wrote: "This, of course, reminded me of you, sensei."

And Hannah wrote: "This reminded me of you!"

Oh well, I guess I'll take anything...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wonderful Colleagues

I feel like a very lucky guy, today. Previously, I mentioned the nice birthday gifts I received from students. Well, today, I went to the house of a colleague--Takae Tsujioka--expecting a Year-End Party 忘年会, but I was instead greeted with a surprise birthday party! Tsujioka sensei and many of my other departmental colleagues such as Shoko Hamano, Anri Yasuda, Mitsuyo Sato, Miaochun Wei, Miok Pak, Hang Zhang, and Liana Chen--along with their significant others--were there as well to wish me a happy 60th. Since I had NO idea it would be a b-day party, I didn't think of bringing a camera to take pics--maybe some of my colleagues can send some if they took some. (Actually my wife--Chiei Hanami--was taking pics but I got the sense that she was taking shots of mostly food.) But I DO have photographic proof of gifts! It was a grab bag of stuff harking back to the year I was born. It included Smarties Candy, Red Hots, a mini Slinky, an ultra-mini Etcha Sketch, as well as a T-shirt lauding the year 1955, a Vintage 60-Year-Old Dude coffee mug and a pair of gloves to keep warm these crotchety old hands of mine. Takae's son, Akkun, also gave me a gift--a character from some anime, but I'm unsure who and from where. Maybe one of you anime geniuses (aka former students) can tell me the name of that white-rabbit-looking thing to the left is. Anyway I had a pleasant time and I must say it made me feel rather special. Thanks to all my colleagues.