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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.

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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Double session: Two views of Reflective Practice

Date and Time:  Sunday, 22 January 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm Speaker:  Joan Kuroda Speaker:  Joan Gilbert

Social event: We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant. Reservations for dinner required by Tuesday, January 18. Contact fujimotodonna AT gmail.com

Presentation 1:
Reflective Practice: Exploring Teacher Beliefs and Classroom Practice

Location:  NIshinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F) Tel.(0798)69-3155 Two minutes walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station Contact or Queries:  sanderson808@gmail.com

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“English Language Education in Iran: Past, Present, and Future”

Date and Time:  Sunday, 22 January 2017 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm Speaker:  Mehrasa Alizadeh (doctoral student at Osaka University) Speaker:  Parisa Mehran (doctoral student at Osaka University)

In this talk, the presenters will give a short introduction to Iran, its language and culture. Following that, the history of foreign language education in Iran will be discussed with the focus on the English language. Finally, TEFL programs at Iranian Universities will be briefly overviewed.

Bios:

Location:  M215, Aidai Muse Building, Ehime University Johoku Campus Contact or Queries:  juyama@cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp

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My Share: Four practical activities to increase student engagement

Date and Time:  Sunday, 18 December 2016 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm Speaker:  Luke Draper (Ehime University) Speaker:  Alexis Kinch (Ehime University) Speaker:  Andrew Tidmarsh (Ehime University) Speaker:  Scott Webber (Ehime University)

This workshop presents four activities that can be used to increase student engagement. Facilitators will give a short introduction of their activities, along with any materials/handouts that participants might need. Finally, breakout sessions will be held to assist participants in adapting the activities for their needs.

Location:  M215, Aidai Muse Building, Ehime University Johoku Campus Contact or Queries:  juyama@cc.matsuyama-u.ac.jp

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Extensive reading with Rob Waring and Paul Goldberg

Date and Time:  Saturday, 4 February 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm Speaker:  Rob Waring Speaker:  Paul Goldberg

How Extensive Reading doubles your students’ vocabulary

Presenter: Rob Waring

Location:  Sapporo L-Plaza 4F 大研修室 Contact or Queries:  m-cotter@hokusei.ac.jp

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Developing a Sustainable Extensive Reading Programme

Date and Time:  Saturday, 8 April 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  Paul Collett Speaker:  Malcolm Swanson

Extensive Reading (ER) is regarded by many as an effective way to help language learners improve their language skills, with a general acknowledgement that "a wide range of learning benefits accrue [from ER but] the benefits do not come in the short term. Nevertheless, the substantial long-term benefits justify the high degree of commitment needed” (Nation, 2001, p. 156).

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

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Online Learning, Fluency, and Dysfluency

Date and Time:  Sunday, 8 January 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Speaker:  José Cruz Speaker:  Robert Long

This presentation will review two websites: http://genderfluency.com and http://goldfish365.com. The first is designed to both present the findings regarding the fluency and dysfluency of gendered interactions and to show the importance of closely examining videos and transcripts of Japanese L2 interactions.

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

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End-Year Presentation and Bonenkai/師走プレゼンテーションと忘年会

Date and Time:  Saturday, 17 December 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm Speaker:  Cameron Romney Speaker:  John Campbell-Larsen

二度のベストJALT賞を受賞したJohn Campbell-LarsenとCameron Romneyによるプレゼンテーション
Kobe JALT welcomes two-time best of JALT award winners John Campbell-Larsen and Cameron Romney as they present their award winning workshop for teaching speaking.

Bonenkai will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Bruge Belgian Beer Cafe (4,000 yen all you can drink plus food).

Cameron Romney will present about how to design textbook supplements that increase the opportunities for speaking and John Campbell-Larsen will talk about what teachers really need to know about teaching speaking.
Cameron Romneyによる教科書を補足して発話機会を増やす方法とJohn Campbell-Larsenによる教師が知っておくべき発話教授

Presentation 1: Cameron Romney
Creating supplements that increase opportunities for spoken interaction

Despite publisher claims that coursebooks, especially four-skills coursebooks, provide everything a teacher requires, no coursebook can actually satisfy all student and teacher needs. In Japan many teachers feel their students need extra speaking practice but struggle make their own materials that fit together with their textbook.

This presentation will introduce a systematic approach developed by the presenter over the last several years called ACoPE (Analyze, Consult, Produce and Evaluate) to help teachers create supplemental materials that focus on speaking

Presentation 2: John Campbell-Larsen
A Page Full of Text to a Mouth Full of Air

This presentation takes as its starting point the supposition that conversation is the main venue for language in use and as such should be given a prominent place in any syllabus. Furthermore, because of the differences between the spoken form of the language and the written form, the written form of the language serves as a poor model for teaching conversation.
The presenter will refer to findings from the fields of conversation analysis and corpus linguistics that describe some features that are specific to spoken English, such as turn structure, discourse marking, backchanneling, assessments and upgrades, the grammar and semantics of reported speech and others. The presenter will go on to outline the ways in which these points can be presented to students and how to design classroom activities that can maximize opportunities for use of the taught language in naturalistic ways.

Cameron Romney has taught ESL/EFL in both the United States and Japan for the last 19 years. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver and is an assistant professor in the Global Communications Faculty of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

John Campbell-Larsen is an associate professor of English at Kyoto Women's University. He received his master's degree in TESOL from Birmingham University and his research interests include Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and teaching the spoken language.

Location:  Kobe International House (神戸国際会館)Room 804

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Hidden Stories about Race in Japan: Confronting Native-Speakerism and Nihonjinron in University English Education

Date and Time:  Sunday, 19 February 2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm Speaker:  Laura L. Kusaka

In this talk, I present selected examples from stories co-constructed with me in interviews conducted over a period of three years with five other Japanese American university teachers who find themselves positioned by dominant discourses in which native speaker (NS) is a code word for White (Kubota & Fujimoto, 2013).

Location:  Create Hamamatsu Contact or Queries:  flowerclip62@hotmail.com

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