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Chapter Events

Chapter Events

What's happening in the different JALT chapters around the country.

Each of JALT’s 36 active chapters sponsors from 5 to 12 events every year. All JALT members may attend events at any chapter at member rates—usually free. Chapters, don’t forget to add your event to the JALT calendar or send the details to the editor (see submission guidelines).
CHAPTER EVENTS ONLINE: You can access all of JALT’s events online at www.jalt.org/events.

Examining pupils’ images of English, before and after short storytelling sessions, in a Japanese primary school

Date and Time:  Sunday, 28 May 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm Speaker:  Alison Nemoto

Humans have been motivated and inspired by stories since the beginning of civilization itself and can be found in even the most primitive cultures. Regarding literacy skills for native speakers, it is said that; “The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it, (Trelease, 20013, pp.4).

Location:  South exit of Niigata station, Plaka 1 building immediately on your left. On the second floor. Contact or Queries:  jaltniigata@gmail.com

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Yamagata JALT February Meeting

Date and Time:  Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  John Wiltshier

Title- Creating Comprehensible Input and Blending with a Task-based Approach for Japanese Primary School English Classes

Abstract- One role of the teacher is to create appropriate comprehensible input for students both at the planning stage and in real time in the classroom. This takes a lot of time and effort. This presentation will explain and show practical ways to do this.

Location:  Yamagata University, School of Education, Art and Science, Bldg. 2 Room 128, 2F *This building is also called 基盤1号館 for floors 1&2 Contact or Queries:  java19@hotmail.com

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Artificial Intelligence vs. Human Intelligence: A Case of Second Language Acquisition

Date and Time:  Sunday, 19 February 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm Speaker:  Chutatip Yumitani

With advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that increasingly allow the computer to handle human/natural language in various ways, it’s time to look into how English education can be affected by new developments in AI , how language is learned and used by humans, as well as how human intelligence has been applied to second language acquisition.

Location:  WINC Aichi, Room 1209 Contact or Queries:  desteffen@gmail.com

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MyShare

Date and Time:  Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm Speaker:  Speakers to be confirmed

The annual Nara JALT MyShare event is an opportunity for language teachers from the Nara area and beyond to share their work with a wider audience and gain constructive feedback.

Location:  Takemaru Hall, Ikoma City (formerly: Ikoma City Chuo Kominkan) Contact or Queries:  narajalt@gmail.com

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My Share

Date and Time:  Sunday, 26 March 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  TBD

Sendai JALT members share their experience and research. Theme and speakers To Be Announced. Watch here for the call for papers and presentations, and get ready to share your best ideas!

Location:  Sendai Shimin Katsudo Support Center (Room 5) Contact or Queries:  jaltsenpub@gmail.com

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Ways of knowing: Developing epistemic responsibility in the classroom

Date and Time:  Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  Jim Smiley

Given that 2016 was the year of ‘post-truth’ and fake news, the need has never been greater to understand individuals’ understanding of truth, methods of validating knowledge and their beliefs about the relationship between self, information and authority.

Location:  Joho-Sangyo Plaza (6F in AER building) Seminar room (2) B Contact or Queries:  jaltsenpub@gmail.com

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CUE ESP Symposium 2017

Date and Time:  Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 10:00am - 6:00pm Speaker:  To be announced

This is the fourth ESP Symposium offered by the JALT CUE SIG, this year in collaboration with the JALT BizCom SIG. The ESP Symposium features three plenary speakers, two from overseas, and one from within Japan, with a broad range of expertise in the field of teaching and researching English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

Location:  Keio University Contact or Queries:  espsymposium@gmail.com

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Learning Outside Schools

Date and Time:  Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 1:00pm - Sunday, 14 May 2017 - 5:00pm Speaker:  Dawn Lucovich Speaker:  Michael Ellis Speaker:  Amy Holdsworth

Learning Outside Schools

Date: Ideally Saturday May 13 (if no venue available, will move to Sunday May 14)
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
***Please visit yojalt.org for updated information***

Presentation #1: Dawn Lucovich
Using linguistic landscape projects for language learners

Location:  TBD

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Bringing The World To Your English Classroom Easily Via Online Exchange

Date and Time:  Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  Eric Hagley (Muroran Institute of Technology)

Virtual Exchange (VE) has many benefits for foreign language teachers and their students but it is still not easily accessible to the mainstream. Students in English as a foreign language classrooms often have few opportunities to physically interact with other users of English. VE gives them virtual mobility, enabling them to participate in a global community.

Location:  ACROS Building in Tenjin, 2F Contact or Queries:  pellowe@gmail.com

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Listening in the Foreign Language Classroom

Date and Time:  Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm Speaker:  Adam Murray

In the first part, Adam will talk about the impact of anxiety on foreign language learning. He personally became interested in this area of research from his experiences learning and using Japanese. Although the majority of anxiety-related research focuses on speaking, his research is on foreign language listening anxiety.

Location:  Aichi University Toyohashi Campus (Building 5, Room 541)

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