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Feb. 10, 2018 9:00am ~ 3:30pm

The California Association of Japanese Language Schools (CAJLS) will conduct a workshop and seminar to improve and develop teaching skills for teachers of member schools. This year, the seminar will be held on February 10th from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at Southeast Japanese School located in Norwalk. The theme of the seminar is “Build Your CORE: Effective Teaching Practices to Engage and Motivate Students.” Mr. Yo Azama, Japanese Teacher at North Salinas High School. The presenter will demonstrate effective teaching strategies in the beginning classes to advanced levels of Japanese and participants will practice delivering a mini lesson with new strategies acquired.

Mr. Yo Azama has taught Japanese at the Elementary School, Middle School and High School. Mr. Azama has taught Japanese at all levels at North Salinas High School. He has published widely in the field of language education and culture. Mr. Azama has given numerous presentations and workshops on teaching of Japanese throughout the U. S. In 2012, Mr. Azama was named National Language Teacher of the year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language and in 2011 he was named Outstanding World Language Teacher of the Year by the International Language and Cultural Foundation. He has received many more awards since beginning his teaching career in 1996. Mr. Azama has served on various committees including the AP Development Committee. Currently, he is teaching Japanese 3 and AP Japanese and is working as an instructional coach at his school site.

CAJLS seminar is open to anyone interested in the teaching of Japanese. The cost is $20.00 for non-members. A bento can be ordered for $10.00. Deadline for requests is January 24, 2018. For more information and to download registration forms, go online at

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