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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.

EFL Conversation Tests

Date and Time:  Saturday, 11 March 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  Adam Stone

Many English Teachers will encounter a conversation or speaking evaluation test at some stage in their career. These may be for placement of students in a course, for needs analysis, or assessment for the students’ grades. While all tests need to be as valid and reliable as possible, for the teachers carrying them out, they also need to be practical and manageable.

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

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Practice makes Perfect?

Date and Time:  Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  Colin Thompson

The term practice has been viewed positively and negatively within the field of SLA. In other fields of pursuit however, practice is considered a vital part of skill learning. Whether it involves learning to drive a car or play the piano, practice is deemed a necessary cognitive process that people have to participate in order to perform any skill of high level.

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

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Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom (with Lots of Songs) 「言語学習における集団力学について~ 歌を効果的に利用しながら~」

Date and Time:  Sunday, 12 March 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm Speaker:  Tim Murphey, PhD

Tottori JALT's next event will be on March 12 (Sunday) from 2pm to 4pm at Tottori University. The title will be “Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom (with Lots of Songs)” in English or 「言語学習における集団力学について~ 歌を効果的に利用しながら~」in Japanese.

Location:  Tottori University - Tottori Campus - Koho Center Room 2C (Building just inside of main gate) Contact or Queries:  tottori.jalt@gmail.com

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Challenging issues in bilingualism and biculturalism in the Japanese context

Date and Time:  Sunday, 29 January 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Speaker:  Alexandra Shaitan (Birkbeck, University of London) Speaker:  Blake Turnbull (Kyoto University)

Alexandra Shaitan: Being mixed-race in Japan: Lived experiences and narratives of mixed-race individuals in Japan

Location:  Campus Plaza Kyoto, 6th Floor Contact or Queries:  jaltkyoto@gmail.com

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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

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 Contact or Queries:  billp@gol.com

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Bringing the world to your English classroom easily via online exchange.

Date and Time:  Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Speaker:  Eric Hagley

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:  Nagasaki International University Contact or Queries:  thomw@niu.ac.jp

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Monthly meeting - PUSH Your Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Date and Time:  Sunday, 29 January 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  Todd Beuckens

This seminar will show participants how to take their lessons from the classroom to the virtual world with ease using various freeware online. The seminar will work through five easy-to-do projects to:
1) make an online whiteboard students can access for review and support of lessons, and for autonomous learning
2) make digital content in various media forms for offline consumption

Location:  Miyagi University of Education (MUE), Room 230 Contact or Queries:  jaltsenpub@gmail.com

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Who Owns English? Exploring Linguistic Ideologies in High School Textbooks

Date and Time:  Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  Rob McGregor (Hiroshima Motomachi Municipal Senior High School)

While sentence-level ideologies may be readily engaged in the classroom, those manifesting across an entire curriculum are often less apparent. Presenting the results of a corpus-driven study, the presenter will examine discourse on first and second language use in high school textbooks.

Location:  Peace Park, 3F Conference Room

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Exploring Motivation with Students

Date and Time:  Sunday, 22 January 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm Speaker:  Richard Sampson

Whatever our teaching context, as practitioners we often consider it our own task to “motivate” students. Cookbooks of “motivational strategies” for teachers abound, propounding the idea that motivation in the classroom is, in large part, down to the teacher.

Location:  Kyoai Gakuen College Contact or Queries:  gunmajalt+program@gmail.com

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Getting students researching

Date and Time:  Saturday, 28 January 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  Andy Boon

Project work can be a powerful means of empowering students to take their learning beyond the borders of the classroom, to examine the world outside, to seek answers, and suggest change.

Location:  Tokimeito, on the second floor of Plaka 1 immediately outside the south exit of Niigata station on the left Contact or Queries:  jaltniigata@gmail.com

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