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Online Professional Development for Japanese Language Teachers

Creating reading materials from authentic resources

We will be holding an online session for senior secondary and tertiary teachers using online news articles to help you to create educational material tailored to your class level. We look forward to your participation!

Note: This session will contain similar content to our previous conference presentation “Using the Japanese website NHK News Web Easy”.

REGISTRATION (via Eventbrite)

Opens July 24, 2020 (Friday) at 1pm AEST ➡Fully booked.



The reminder email including how to log in to Zoom will be sent at 3pm on the day before of the workshop date.
If you haven’t received this email by then, please contact us immediately.

There are many benefits in using online news articles as learning resources in senior secondary and tertiary classrooms. For example, students can learn about a broad range of social issues, the current state of Japan, and Japanese culture.

In this session, we will create reading materials using online news articles in which simple Japanese is used so that participants can apply them during class.

This session divides reading comprehension classes into three parts: Pre-Reading, While-Reading and Post-Reading. In doing so, specific activities in each step can be introduced.

  • Pre-Reading uses the cognitive process of actual reading comprehension to activate background knowledge and predictions of the reader.
  • While-Reading deals with inferring incomprehensible expressions and practicing strategies for supplementing this with knowledge.
  • In Post-Reading, we will introduce activities to reaffirm understanding of the content, and exercises that apply the read content such as research learning and cross-cultural understanding.

If you would like to use online news articles in class or are interested in how to make reading comprehension materials, please join us in the upcoming session.


Session Language】 It will be delivered in simple Japanese.

Presenter】 Shunsuke Hirakawa, Language Consultant, The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

Registration】Opens July 24 (Friday) at 1pm (AEST) via Eventbrite.


August 7, 2020 (Friday)
4:00pm-5:10pm AEST  (70 min)

**Online conference room opens at 3:30pm AEST**


This event will be held online via web conference.


Free; Registrations essential
Max. 60 participants


July 24, 2020 (Friday) at 1pm AEST



Three days before PD date or once capacity has been reached.


(02) 8239 0055

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