Ambassador’s Prize 2012 - Massey University
On 4 April 2013 Ambassador Nogawa presented the Ambassador’s Prize to Ms Susan Fuller for her outstanding results amongst Japanese language course students at Massey University. Ms Fuller works as a flight attendant for Air New Zealand and studies Japanese at Massey through their correspondence programme.
HE Mr Yasuaki Nogawa awards the Ambassador's Prize for 2012 for Massey University to Ms Susan Fuller.
Ms Susan Fuller with the Ambassador and her Japanese professors from Massey University.
Ambassador’s Prize 2012 - Victoria University
On 12 March 2013 Ambassador Nogawa presented the Ambassador’s Prize to Ms Mica Moore for her outstanding results amongst Japanese language course students at Victoria University of Wellington. Ms Moore majored in Japanese Language at the University and has previously studied in Japan under the JENESYS Training Programme for University Students Studying Japanese.
HE Mr Yasuaki Nogawa awards the Ambassador's Prize for 2012 for Victoria University to Ms Mica Moore.
July 2013 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
Applications for July 2013 Test are now open.
The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) since 1984 as a reliable means to evaluate and certify the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. In 2011, there were as many as 610,000 examinees throughout the world.
This year, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will be offered twice a year in New Zealand, once in July and once in December.
||Test Date and Time:
Sunday, 7 July 2013
The precise location (Room Number etc.) will be notified on the test day.
Applications and test fees were accepted until:
Friday, 12 April 2013
Test Venue in Wellington:
|Test Venue in Auckland:
The University of Auckland
20 Symonds Street
|Test Venue in Christchurch:
An examination fee must be included with each application. The fees for each level are as follows:
Level N1 - $75.00
Level N2 - $70.00
Level N3 - $65.00
Level N4 - $60.00
Level N5 - $55.00
These fees can be paid by either cash or cheque, but if posting application forms please do not send cash as we cannot be responsible for any loss.
For applicants who will take the test in Wellington, please make cheque payable to "NZ J.L.P.T. Administration Committee".
For applicants who will take the test in Auckland, please make cheque payable to "Japanese Language Proficiency Test Administration Committee".
||Addresses for application forms, further information and sending your application:
For applicants who will take the test in Wellington:
(Office hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5:00pm)
Japan Information and Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
Level 18, The Majestic Centre
100 Willis Street
PO Box 6340
Tel: (04) 495 8331
Fax: (04) 472 3416
For Applicants who will take the test in Auckland:
(Office hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Consulate-General of Japan
Level 12, ASB Bank Centre
135 Albert Street
PO Box 3959
Tel: (09) 303 4106
Fax: (09) 377 7784
For Applicants who will take the test in Christchurch:
If you are unable to pick up an application form, you can request form(s) to be sent to you by sending an A4 stamped ($2.10), self-addressed envelope to the appropriate address above.
Each examinee can sit only one level per test period (i.e. once in July and once in December).
Please submit completed application forms with 2 identical passport sized photos attached and the examination fee (cheque only if sending by mail).
For more information, and for sample questions, please refer to the links below:
Ambassador’s Prize 2010
(From left) H.E. Mr Hideto Mitamura, Mr Ryan McIntyre, and his father Mr Robbie McIntyre. Ambassador Mitamura presented the Ambassador’s Prize to Ryan on Thursday 11 July 2011 at the Embassy of Japan. Ryan is a second-year student at Victoria University and was awarded the prize for his outstanding results amongst Japanese language course students.
New Japanese Language Books Available for Loan
The following two books have recently been added to the Japan Information and Cultural Centre library and are available for loan.
『しごとの日本語 ビジネスマナー編』- Workplace Japanese – Business Manners
This new Japanese language book is perfect for those people planning to work in Japan or with Japanese companies. It explains social protocol and business etiquette customarily practised by Japanese people. It is suitable for intermediate to advanced students.
『マンガでわかる実用敬語』- Using Manga to Understand Practical Japanese Honorific Expressions
This new Japanese textbook adopts the novel approach of using manga (Japanese comics) to teach beginner students how to use keigo (honorific expressions) in practical situations. It divides keigo into five easy to understand categories and comes with a CD so you can practice how to pronounce the key phrases.
“Japanese in Anime & Manga” Website
An e-learning site that offers a fun way to learn a number of character/genre-based Japanese expressions that appear in anime and manga.
The aim of the website is to give Japanese learners and anime/manga fans from all over the world an opportunity to learn Japanese in an enjoyable way, using the anime/manga they enjoy as a gateway to their studies. They hope to deepen learners' understanding of the Japanese language and culture, and to give an added incentive to study.
"Japanese in Anime & Manga" Flyer in English
"Japanese in Anime & Manga" Flyer in Japanese
Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.
Happy Family Plan Video Published by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
The ‘Happy Family Plan’ is one of Japan’s most popular game shows in which Fathers take on seemingly impossible challenges in the hope of winning incredible prizes for their family.
This funny, heart-warming tale based around the real-life game show offers a fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture and reminds us of the importance of family, community and the joy of reaching a goal no matter how big or small!
The Happy Family Plan is accompanied by a second disc, designed as an interactive teaching aid for those wishing to learn more about Japanese language and culture.
• Includes 8 page learning booklet
• Engaging and educational
• Discover more about Japanese customs, culture and cuisine
• Learn basic language and common expressions
• Visit www.happyfamilyplan.com for online quizzes and downloadable task sheets
• Perfect for students, teachers, film lovers and Japan-philes!
The video can be purchased through Madman.
Ambassador’s Prize 2009
(From left) H.E. Mr Toshihiro Takahashi, Miss Isabel Broome-Nicholson and Dr Andrew Barke, Director of Japanese Programme at Victoria University. Ambassador Takahashi presented the Ambassador’s Prize to Isabel on Thursday 26th November 2009 at the Embassy of Japan. Isabel is the top student in the third year Modern Japanese Literature Course of Victoria University.
Support for Teachers of Japanese
New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers
President: Junko Bracefield
St Matthews Collegiate
33 Pownall Street
Phone: (06) 370 1730
Fax: (06) 377 3185
Auckland Association of Japanese Language Teachers
President: Mr Doug Anderson
St Kentigern College
PO Box 51060
Phone: (09) 576 9019
Fax: (09) 576 07574
Wellington Association of Japanese Language Teachers
President: Hidemi Fuke
Queen Margaret College
PO Box 12-274
Tel: (04) 473 7160
Fax: (04) 471 2773
Japanese Language Useful Links
JLPT Communication Square
New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers
Kids Web Japan Language Lab
Association for Japanese Language Teaching
The Japan Foundation - Learning Japanese
The Japan Foundation Sydney
The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa
Study in Japan - A Comprehensive Guide
International Language Week