Fun and learning at the NA CAPE Secondary Schools Conference
For the second year running NA CAPE held the Secondary Schools Conference at The University of Auckland in November. Building on 2018, NA CAPE invited Japanese Year 9 and 10 language students and Korean Year 9 to 13 language students from around New Zealand and their language teachers.
The purpose of the conference was to expose students to the Korean and Japanese culture and to show them the different ways languages can lead to enhancing their studies and by extension their future careers.
Sharing, learning and participation for all
The conference was open to all students and teachers across New Zealand, and we were delighted to welcome a group of students from Rotorua, and a teacher who came all the way from Dunedin. A separate programme was run for teachers, which featured teacher training facilitated by the Future Learning Service (FLS), a part of Uniservices.
Experiencing culture through activities
It was encouraging to see so many students participating fully in the activities in different locations. Korean tea ceremony and Japanese calligraphy provided an excellent opportunity for students to experience the different cultures in the morning.
The day featured activities such as tea appreciation and calligraphy and reading and writing workshops for Korean and Japanese characters. Students particularly enjoyed the more interactive activities included Taekwondo, K-pop, and Japanese drums (Taiko)
A big thank you to our supporters and volunteers!
We would like to recognise Professor Wayne Lawrence and Dr. Inshil Yoon who prepared sessions on reading and writing, Professor Mitsue Tabata-Sandom and Dr. Insuk Lee for their content for language teachers in coordination with FLS (Future Learning Service). We would also like to thank Japan Society of Auckland and the Korean Education Centre for providing help and advice, and a number of other organisations and committed individuals who shared their time and insights. In particular, the many volunteers who gave up their Saturday to make the day run smoothly, and the students and teachers who participated, without which the day would not have been such a success.
To view a video from the conference click here
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved this year.