PD_JLTAVTHE picture book Kamishibai Man by Allen Say was the basis for a professional development day run by the Japanese Language Teachers' Association of Victoria (JLTAV).

"The presenters got together before the PD and just planned a unit of work based on a picture book and then we presented different types of activities based on different subjects, like maths or science, music, art, and literacy," Yoko Mays, the PD convenor, says.

"Then the participants actually had a time ... to discuss how we develop that unit of work to suit their classroom," Mays adds.

"The whole concept of using a picture book was really new to some of the people.

"Rather than using a textbook or work book, actually it's much easier for the language teachers to teach language because conversation, all these things, expression, phrases, are already there, so it's so easy to introduce culture as well," Mays says, adding that it's a good way to introduce new topics.

More than 20 primary and middle years teachers attended the session, which was full of hands-on activities they could use in their classroom, something Mays says makes this JLTAV PD day popular each year.

For example, for a music activity, participants were given a basic beat and sentence structure on which to build a rap. For each task teachers were shown how they could fit the activity into a unit of work, such as shapes and colours vocabulary for a spatial maths task which used playdough to recreate lollies mentioned in the story.

"Teachers always have their favourite activities ... our aim was to actually get all the teachers to have a go with different activities, so that was a great achievement."

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