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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.

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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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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