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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.

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. Our March meeting will be a "My Share" event, featuring short presentations from JALT Sendai members about "Classroom ideas and activities that work - young learners to adults." We want to hear from you!

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:  Sue Starfield (UNSW) Speaker:  Bertha Du-Babcock (City Uni HK) Speaker:  Masako Terui (Kindai)

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 (Hiyoshi Campus) 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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The Brain is Built for Stories: Using them in ELT

Date and Time:  Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  Curtis Kelly

Stories, the original Wikipedia, are the oldest tool of teaching, and still the most potent. For most of human existence, we have used stories to share information and educate our offspring about the world. It is no wonder our brains have evolved to process stories so much more effectively (or did stories evolve to fit our brains?) than other formats of information delivery.

Location:  Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu Contact or Queries:  kitakyushu@jalt.org

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Helpful Hints on How to Get Published in the EFL Market in Japan

Date and Time:  Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  Todd Jay Leonard

This presentation will outline the current publishing market in Japan for EFL/ESL textbooks by reviewing the various points of views of the publishing industry.

Location:  Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu Contact or Queries:  kitakyushu@jalt.org

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