Chapter Events - March 2011

 

Chapter Events

Michi Saki

C’mon and get inspired already! Now is the time to recharge for the start of the upcoming school year by attending your local chapter events. Connect with fellow educators, hear some great new ideas, and share your wisdom! Remember to check the chapter events website <jalt.org/events> if your chapter is not listed below. Other events may appear on the website at any time during the month.

Gifu—Testing and evaluation:Alternative means and methodsby Mike Guest. Most Japanese school administrations expect their students to be tested. But what administrations regard as “testing” are Center Shiken-like exams in which students answer discrete-point questions and receive a pass/fail grade. Teachers should not blindly accept this approach to assessment when L2 testing allows for much more. In this workshop, participants will learn about and further discuss the theory/practice of matching tests to course content and cognitive skills, as well as alternate assessment models. Sat 16 Apr 19:00-2100; Heartful Square at Gifu JR Station, 2F East Wing; One-day members \1000.

 

HokkaidoSwap meet for teachers of kidsby Mary Virgil-Uchida. Teachers of children are invited to share a classroom-tested activity or game. Join us and get some great ideas for your classes! Sun 27 Mar 14:00-16:00; ABC House, 2F, Athene Bldg., North 2 West 27, Chuo-ku, Sapporo; One-day members \500.

 

HokkaidoKerpoof and other web-based resources for the classroomby Geordie McGarty (Sapporo Gakuin U.). Sun 24 Apr 14:00-16:00; Hokkai Gakuen University <www.hokkai-s-u.ac.jp/english/access.html>; One-day members \500.

 

Kitakyushu—Behavior managementby Matthew Jenkins. Undoubtedly the best way to engage students is to get them to enjoy themselves. However, there are times when students act up, use cell phones, or sleep in class. How should we deal with such situations? Jenkins will discuss current theories to help teachers deal with inappropriate behavior. He will then elaborate on his own techniques, used at a university and a high school, leading into a discussion of how others deal with behavior in their own contexts.Sat 12 March 18:30-20:00; International Conference Center, 3F, Kokura; <jalt.org/chapters/kq>; One-day members \1000.

 

Kitakyushu—DOGME in ELT: A demonstration by Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto. Dogme ELT is a philosophy that says our dependence on materials and technology can actually slow down the learning process. It is also an approach to teaching that is materials-light, conversation-driven, and focuses on emergent language. What does Dogme ELT have to offer teachers in Japan? The workshop will focus on answering this question. Using a Dogme approach, we’ll uncover the principles characterizing Dogme ELT, and how these principles might work in “unplugging” our own teaching.Sat 9 April 18:30-20:00; International Conference Center, 3F, Kokura; <jalt.org/chapters/kq>; One-day members \1000.

 

Kyoto—My Share.Join us for an afternoon of discussion and idea exchange about practical aspects of EFL teaching and learning. On this day, we welcome all of you to contribute your storiesso bring your wisdom and experiences to share! Sat 26 Mar 11:30-13:45; Campus Plaza Kyoto, 5F, Dai 2 Enshushitsu; One-day members ¥1000.

 

Kyoto—“My Inspiration” hanami.Everyone has been there: that day when the EFL experience seems monotonous and dry for both ourselves and our students. However, just when drudgery of day after day of textbook work threatens to consume, we come across something that stirs our passion for teaching again. Do you have a book, website, article, podcast, teaching tip or the like that revolutionized your teaching? What has inspired you recently? At this first event of the new school year, come and join us for an informal hanami on the banks of the Kamogawa River (weather permitting) and share your inspiration. Sat 16 Apr 13:00; Visit <kyotojalt.org> to check location details and time.

 

MatsuyamaA multimedia approach to poetry by Linda K. Kadota (Matsuyama Shinonome College).Multimedia elements (text, sound, video, animation, and graphics) can be combined in ways that can potentially hold students’ attention more effectively by stimulating multiple senses simultaneously. Introducing multimedia tools into the learning environment can be a rewarding, but challenging task. This presentation will look at ways multimedia can be used to enhance the teaching of poetry. Sun 13 Mar 14:15-16:20; Shinonome High School Kinenkan, 4F; One-day members \1000.

 

MatsuyamaEnglish for busy people: Designing a private SNS-centered English program for remote learners by Jim Hudgens (Hyogo U. of Health Science).Two of the primary challenges facing would-be students of English are time and money constraints. I will present the results of a 10-week experiment in which we used a private social network in combination with various video and audio hardware and software to facilitate effective learning in a low cost and convenient manner at each learner’s own pace. Sun 10 April 14:15-16:20; Shinonome High School Kinenkan, 4F; One-day members \1000.

 

OkayamaConnecting the brain to teachingby Jason Lowes (Kurashiki Board of Education).Have you ever looked at your students and wondered, “What’s going on in there?” If you have, this presentation may help you answer that question, for it will explore some recent findings in neuroscience and consider how this contemporary knowledge can be brought to the classroom to facilitate learning. Following a quick overview of brain anatomy, we will examine the mechanisms of memory and the learning theory of connectionism. In addition to the technical and theoretical aspects of the subject matter, we will also spend time investigating the practical implications of brain-related research through group discussions and experimentation.Sat 16 Apr 15:00-17:00; Kibi International University Ekimae Campus, Room B, 4F; <tenplaza.info/introduction/access.html>; One-day members ¥500.

 

Nagoya—Group work in EFL Classrooms by Toru Tatsumi (Gifu U.). Group work is one of the most effective ways of teaching languages. When teachers design activities combining multiple skills, group work can become an especially dynamic tool in language classrooms. In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate an activity called “Group Work Reporting” which combines all four skills. The presenter will also show ways to adjust the activities for all levels of learners, from junior high to university. Sun 13 Mar 13:30-16:00; Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 2; <nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/aboutus/access.htm>; One-day members \1000.

 

Nagoya—Testing and evaluation:Alternative means and methodsby Mike Guest. Most Japanese school administrations expect their students to be tested. But what administrations regard as “testing” are Center Shiken-like exams in which students answer discrete-point questions and receive a pass/fail grade. Teachers should not blindly accept this approach to assessment when L2 testing allows for much more. In this workshop, participants will learn about and further discuss the theory/practice of matching tests to course content and cognitive skills, as well as alternate assessment models. Sun 17Apr 13:30-16:00; Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 2; <nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/aboutus/access.htm>; One-day members \1000.

 

OkinawaJapan in Englishby Robert “Rip” Healey (ALT and Language School Principal). Healey is repeating the presentation he gave during our big Okinawa JALT 30th Anniversary conference this past October because so many participants raved about it! His presentation involves innovative ways to help learners improve their aural/oral communication skills in English. He uses many eye-catching visuals and stimulating interactive techniques which can be adapted for different levels. Sun 27 Mar 14:00-16:00; Okinawa Christian Jr. College/University. For additional information please contact <kamadutoo@yahoo.com> or <d-w-in@okinawa.email.ne.jp>.

 

OkinawaMotivation techniques for large classesby Robert Habbick (Cambridge University Press). Habbick’s proposed presentation will be a first for Okinawa JALT. It will be presented online via Skype, utilizing a main screen, external speakers, and microphone for the audience. Participants will look at web pages, software, and LL tools, and sample them on their own computers while Habbick presents. Sat 16 Apr 14:00-16:00; Meio University Research Center and 17 Apr 14:00-16:00 Okinawa Christian Jr. College/University AV Center; For additional information please contact <kamadutoo@yahoo.com> or <d-w-in@okinawa.email.ne.jp>.

 

OmiyaMy Share by Ivan Botev, Tyson Rode, John Finucane, Carl Bloomfield and more. Sun 13 Mar 14:00-17:00; Sakuragi Kominkan5F, Shiino Omiya Center Plaza, 1-10-18 Sakuragicho, Omiya, Saitama; <jalt.org/chapters/omiya>; One-day members ¥1000.

 

OmiyaPutting Truman on trial: An academic speaking workshop by Jason White.This workshop provides teachers with the opportunity to get a firsthand look at how an eight-week long academic speaking project urged a group of 21 students to step beyond their normal ideas of English speaking and challenge themselves to produce a collaborative final presentation that exceeded everyone’s expectations. The workshop will put the attendees in the roles of the students, allowing them to discuss and participate in the preliminary activities of the project that led to the final presentation. Second presenter and topic TBA at a later date. Sun 10 Apr 14:00-17:00; Sakuragi Kominkan5F, Shiino Omiya Center Plaza, 1-10-18 Sakuragicho, Omiya, Saitama <jalt.org/chapters/omiya>;One-day members ¥1000.

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