The Monash Japanese Language Education Centre – previously Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education – was established in 1996 (Grant received 1995) and is housed in the Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
The Centre provides a variety of activities and programs to teachers of Japanese in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. These activities and programs focus on developing teaching skills, creating teaching materials and encouraging the enhancement of professionalism among teachers. The Centre, which cooperates with the Departments of Education in three states, is now known as ‘the MJLEC’.
The MJLEC works cooperatively with teachers of Japanese to them well informed about the Centre’s programs, and provides professional support and information which allows them to work effectively in the area of Japanese language education.
In March 1995 Monash University received a generous endowment of two million Australian dollars from the Nippon Foundation. It was agreed that the funds of the Endowment be allocated to support Japanese Language Education in the Australian states of Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
The Monash Japanese Language Education Centre is committed to improving the teaching of Japanese in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Support is provided primarily by assisting Japanese language teachers who wish to upgrade their qualification, by promoting the development of curricula designed to meet the specific need of Australian students.
In February 1996 the first Director of the Centre, Ms Anne de Kretser, was appointed. Programs of the MJLEC are organised and run by the Director.
The MJLEC aims to support teachers of Japanese through a variety of programs which are specifically design to address needs of Japanese language teachers in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.