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Saturday
Jun012019

2019 JALT Research Grant Proposals

2019 JALT Research Grant Proposal Application Period: June 1st to September 30th

Each year, JALT awards up to three grants for a maximum of 100,000 yen each for research on language teaching in Japan. Only JALT members who have no outside funding sources to conduct research are eligible to apply. The goal of the grants is to support language teachers in their professional development and to encourage teachers to engage in classroom-based research. Grant applications are collected each summer and vetted by the JALT Research Grants Committee. Winners of the grants receive funding before the start of the following school year during which they conduct their studies, provide quarterly reports, and receive guidance from the committee. Following the completion of the research, winners are invited to give presentations on their projects at the JALT national conference and to publish a paper in the Language Teacher. The deadline for proposals for projects starting in the 2020 school year is September 30th, 2019.

Details and application can be found on the JALT Research Grants website.

 

Thursday
Mar212019

Back to School 2019 - Osaka JALT's 9th annual spring mini-conference

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Back to School 2019 is Osaka JALT’s 9th annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of language teaching and learning topics to help everyone in the new academic year. With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (including a dinner party afterward at a nearby restaurant), there is sure to be something for everyone.

This event is again co-sponsored by Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence Research on Language Learning (RIICC).

Check out our list of presentations.

Check out the schedule for the day.

RSVP by Thursday, May 9, to sign up for the course menu at our after-party on Sat, May 11.

Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Various
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 2,000 yen (1,000 yen for undergraduate students)
Thursday
Mar212019

Upgrading Speaking Skills through Toastmasters International

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in 1924 and headquartered in Colorado in the U.S., the organization has more than 357,000 members in more than 16,000 clubs in 143 countries. It has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

In this presentation, the audience will be given an overview of Toastmasters International and Toastmasters in Japan. Stories about Toastmaster’s members’ experiences both inside and outside the Toastmasters environment and how those experiences have been personally beneficial will be shared. The audience will then experience a Toastmasters demonstration meeting. In addition, there will be an interactive workshop called “Thinking and Speaking on Your Feet,” a session which aims to help people practice their impromptu speaking skills. These skills will help people feel more confident in common, everyday situations.

Ludlow Gibbons came to Japan from the U.S. in 1992 and has taught English at the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels, currently teaching at Ritsumeikan University. He joined the Osaka Toastmasters Club in 1995 and has been actively involved in establishing clubs in Kansai, volunteering as an officer in the Toastmasters International organization, and occasionally participating in speech contests to maintain his public speaking proficiency. Ludlow is also a past President of Osaka JALT.

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai and will be followed by a dinner party at a nearby restaurant. RSVP by Friday, April 26th, to fujimotodonna@gmail.com

 

Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Ludlow Gibbons
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT and SIETAR members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen
Thursday
Mar212019

Saturday evening party at The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi / Sunday afternoon Hanami in Osaka Castle Park

(Part 1) Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm * Nijikai: 9:00pm to 11:30pm at The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi
(Part 2) Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Osaka Castle Park

Part 1

Due to the rainy weather forecast in the afternoon we've decided to nix part 1 of our hanami weekend, but the evening Nijikai at the Shinsaibashi Blarney Stone is still on, starting from about 9:00 or whenever you'd like to join us.

Come join the Osaka JALT team for the first of our double-header hanami celebrations of 2019 from 2 to 6 pm in Osakajokoen (Osaka Castle Park). This is a FREE event which is open to everyone, so please feel free to bring family, friends, colleagues, students, or people you meet on the train. Bring something to eat and drink, as well as a happy vibe to celebrate the cherry blossoms and the coming of spring! Stop by when you can for as long or as short as you like. Look for our blue JALT banner on the south side of the park, due south of the castle and north of the NTT Building, to the west of the bus parking area, an easy walk from Morinomiya or Tanimachiyonchome metro stations. If you have any trouble finding us please call 080-5354-7398 or 080-3772-0449.

In the evening, join us at The Blarney Stone in Shinsaibashi to check out Osaka's pop/glam rock/television theme song cover band, The Ballbreakers, led by our chapter Publicity Chair, Paul Mathieson, playing from about 9:00 to 11:30 pm. That's sure to be a lot of fun , and a great way to help get ready for the new school year! There's a private party at the Blarney Stone before 9:00, and some of us will be meeting before that from about 7:30 at the nearby Slices restaurant/bar. 

Part 2

Come join the Osaka JALT team for the second of our double-header hanami celebrations of 2019 from 2 to 6 pm in Osakajokoen (Osaka Castle Park). This is a FREE event which is open to everyone, so please feel free to bring family, friends, colleagues, students, or people you meet on the train. Bring something to eat and drink, as well as a happy vibe to celebrate the cherry blossoms and the coming of spring! Stop by when you can for as long or as short as you like. Look for our blue JALT banner on the south side of the park, due south of the castle and north of the NTT Building, to the west of the bus parking area, an easy walk from Morinomiya or Tanimachiyonchome metro stations. If you have any trouble finding us please call 080-5354-7398 or 080-3772-0449.


Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Everyone (it's a party!)
Fee for JALT members: Free 
Fee for non-JALT members:Free
 
Saturday
Dec292018

An Intercultural Revisitation of the Kindertransport: Jewish Children's Escape from Nazi Camps

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm

On December 2, 1938 the first refugees from the operation that would be known as Kindertransport arrived in Harwich, U.K. with 196 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin that had been burned by the Nazis during Kristallnacht ("Night of the Broken Glass", November 9, 1938). The operation continued to bring Jewish children (including Tina Ottman’s father and his three brothers) to the UK until September 1939, just before World War II broke out.

The feel-good story about Britain’s beneficence to the Jewish children has its dark side, and the presenter believes that the time has arrived for a more critical approach to this famous episode of history. Using documentary clips, including interviews with the presenter’s own father, the presenter will explore how the children often suffered from intense cultural insensitivity, culture shock and trauma, as they were told to forget their religious practices, their mother tongues, and to eat, dream and breathe only in English.

 

Tina Ottman is an Associate Professor at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, and holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in the UK.

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai and will be followed by a dinner party at a nearby restaurant. RSVP by Wednesday, January 23rd, to fujimotodonna@gmail.com

 

Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Tina Ottman, PhD, Doshisha University
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT and SIETAR members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen