About us

The Association aims to promote and support Japanese language teaching and learning in South Australia. This is an objective we have been achieving each year since the establishment of JLTASA in 1973. In 2013 we celebrated the 40th year of JLTASA. It was a significant year to reflect on the development and successes of Japanese language education in South Australia, whilst also recognising our profession’s commitment to continued positive growth and enthusiasm in the future. This year, may we celebrate the impact Japanese language education continues to have on our students and teachers in South Australia.

Objectives of the association:

  1. To promote the study of Japanese Language at all levels in South Australian Educational Institutions.
  2. To facilitate mutual support for teachers of Japanese Language through regular newsletters, sharing of resources, hub group activity, general meetings, professional development and annual conferences.
  3. To promote the value and needs of Japanese Language teaching in South Australian Schools.
  4. To work in close cooperation with other monolingual associations, intrastate, interstate and overseas.
  5. To work in close cooperation with other Japan-related Associations, both in our own state and throughout Australia.

2019 Committee

Cindy Pitkin (St Peter’s Girls’ School)

Vice President:
Heather Mansfield (Nazareth Catholic College)

Jen Gilbert (Retired)

Kate Satomura (St Anthony’s School Edwardstown and St John Bosco School)

General Committee Members:
Alison Zogopoulos (Open Access College)
Christina Challinger (Open Access College)
Meagan Zander (Open Access College)
Chikako Oguma (Blackfriars Priory School)
Catherine Emmerson (St John’s Grammar School)

Laura Carrington (Golden Grove High School)
Lucas Brenen (Mawson Lakes Schools)
Tom Dawson (Gleeson College)