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Kansai Four Corners 2017, with Gabriel Díaz Maggioli and John Wiltshire

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 12:45pm to 4:30pm

This year's Kansai Four Corners event features Gabriel Díaz Maggioli of Uruguay, one of the plenary speakers at JALT2017, and is again co-sponsored by Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka Chapters of JALT. This year we also welcome John Wiltshire, co-author of English Firsthand, presenting on the updated and recently released 5th edition of the popular textbook, sponsored by Pearson Japan.

12:45: Registration opens

1:00 - 2:00 - John Wiltshire, co-author of English Firsthand, will present on the recently released 5th edition.

Gabriel Díaz Maggioli 

2:10 - 3:10  How global is global English language teaching?

     In this session, Gabriel will address some of the key issues that affect the English language teaching profession nowadays. Issues to be discussed include: students’ perceived lack of fluency in L2; students’ demotivation; language teaching methodologies and their impact on teachers’ lives; teacher preparation for English Language Teaching; and, curriculum frameworks that have become popular around the world. I will invite the audience to reflect on how these issues impact their teaching (and learning) lives in order to conclude that, above and beyond borders, our profession challenges us all in similar ways.

3:20 - 4:15 - Developing oracy skills in the classroom
     The development of oracy skills is generally cited as one of the difficulties that English language teachers experience. In this workshop we will explore various tried and tested techniques that get students talking...and talking...and talking. Come to this workshop and learn a variety of techniques to help boost your learners' oral expression.
     No matter what level we teach, we are generally confronted with silence whenever we introduce a speaking class. In this session, I will attempt to present a series of techniques that help learners activate their passive knowledge of the language so that they can express themselves orally both with fluency and with accuracy. The techniques range from controlled to free so that they can be usefully applied not just to the development of oracy skills, but also to the development of language as a whole. 

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University in Punta del Este. He also acts as consultant in education-related projects for various organizations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. He is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher and author. His area of research is the application of Sociocultural Learning Theory to the field of teacher learning and has authored, and co-authored, 28 books ranging from coursebooks to reference books, as well as numerous academic articles. He has shared his theories and praxis with colleagues in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Gabriel also works as a consultant for international agencies such as the European Union, UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the US Department of State, and The World Bank. He currently lives and works in Uruguay, where he is Tenured Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University.

For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for drinks and dinner.

Event Speakers: Gabriel Díaz Maggioli and John Wiltshire
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 1000 yen
Contact or Queries 

Osaka JALT - Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:45am

This is our chapter AGM (business meeting) for current officers to report to our members on the past year's activities and to discuss JALT business issues and plans for the coming year. This will be an informative opportunity for those interested in meeting some of our current officers and learning more about the inner workings of Osaka JALT and JALT in general and getting more involved. 

Please let us know by Nov 4th via this link if you'd like to nominate yourself as an officer, or let us know by responding to this email or in person at our meetings on Oct 28 or Nov 4.

We'll go for lunch at a nearby restaurant after the meeting. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat!

Event Speaker: Chapter officers
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen

2017 Vocab SIG Symposium: Learning/Cognition and Corpus Linguistics

Organized and sponsored by Vocab SIG and co-sponsored by Osaka JALT

Event Theme: Vocabulary learning/cognition and corpus linguistics

Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Event Speakers:
David Beglar, Jenifer Larson-Hall, Robert Nelson, Yu Kanazawa, Phil Bennett, Laurence Anthony, Dale Brown, Paul Lyddon, Rick Romanko, and Atsushi Mizumoto

Registration opens at 9:00, with the symposium starting from 10:00

10:00 to 12:00  Symposium One: Vocabulary and Corpus Linguistics
12:30 to 2:00    Lunch and Poster Session
2:15 to 4:15      Symposium Two: Vocabulary Learning and Instruction
5:00 to 10:00    Dinner and Drinks

In addition to the invited speakers, vetted poster presentations will also be included at the symposium with the themes of Tested vocabulary teaching and learning strategies and Ongoing vocabulary empirical research. The poster session will run throughout the extended lunch break in the common rest area. In previous events, we have found that this format encourages more interaction and lively discussion about the poster presentations.

Two Symposia of four speakers and one discussant along with poster presentations of Vocabulary SIG members during lunch.
Symposium:  2 hours: 20 minutes per speaker (x4), 20 minutes discussant, 20 minutes group discussion

Symposium Committee members:
Program Director: Jeffrey Stewart 
Site Coordinators: Stuart McLean
Treasurer: Phil Bennett
Review and Organization: Aaron Gibson, Mark Howarth, Raymond Stubbe

Osaka Jogakuin University,
2 Chome-26-54 Tamatsukuri
, Osaka

JALT Members: 1000 yen
Non-members: 1500 yen, 500 yen for students (full-time graduate and undergraduate students not working full-time)

RSVP for the event and dinner party afterwards with nomihoudai course at Yataiya や台や, an izakaya near OJU and Tamatsukuri station.

For more information about this event, please see the Vocab SIG Symposium webpage.


Business and Intercultural Negotiation Conference

Presented by BizCom SIG and Kansai University's Faculty of Foreign Language Studies

Saturday, 1 July 2017 -9:30am - 17:20pm (There will also be an evening social)
Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 9:00am - 16:00pm

Keynote Speakers

Chris Bates - The Ethological and Cultural roots of Different Negotiation Styles

Individuals adopt different Negotiation styles with widely varying expectations and behaviors regarding 'fair play', 'good outcomes', sharing of information, reliance on established relations or formal agreements and other factors. This variation in expectations and behaviors is greatly impacted by pre-cultural animal/human behaviors and features of the cultural landscape.

Chris Bates is based in Taiwan and has lived in Asia for 40 years, working in industrial product sales and marketing, business intelligence consulting, and executive searches. He was also a trainer to Fortune 10 companies on advanced negotiation in Asia.

Tim Craig - Building cultural understanding in the classroom: Teaching business cases on Japan’s cultural industries

Cultural understanding is essential for successfully conducting business and negotiations in a globalized world. It can be built using cultural industry business cases. For example, “AKB48: The Making of a Pop Idol Juggernaut” gives both Japanese and non-Japanese students a better understanding of Japanese culture and how it differs from that of other countries. What are the keys to AKB48’s success in Japan, and to what extent can the group’s success be replicated in different cultural settings, such as China, Indonesia, and North America?

Tim Craig holds a Ph.D. in International Business and master’s degrees in East Asian Studies and International Management. He has 20 years’ teaching and research experience in Canadian and Japanese business schools, and before that taught ESL in Japan for 15 years. He is founder of BlueSky Academic Services (, which, in addition to editing and translation, publishes case studies on Japan’s cultural industries.

Kumiko Murata – ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) research in business and workplace settings

What are the differences between ELF & World Englishes? ELF in business settings (BELF) can be divided into two types: ESP-oriented and ELF-oriented, or most recently both are combined as BELF research because business negotiation takes place borderless with people from varying linguacultural backgrounds in this globalized world. What is the difference between European and Japanese based BELF research? And what direction can BELF research take in the future?

Kumiko Murata is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the School of Education and the Graduate School of Education, Waseda University. Her research interests include ELF, conversation and discourse analyses, pragmatics, intercultural communication and language teaching. Her most recent edited book is Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts (2016, Routledge).

Rooms F401 and F402, Iwasaki Kinenkan (岩崎記念館) building, Faculty of Foreign Language Studies (外国語学部), Kansai University, Senriyama campus, 3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Yamate, Suita-shi, Osaka-fu 564-8680



Macmillan: Teacher Training Day Osaka

Moving towards a higher skill set for the Young Learner classroom
Presented by Macmillan

Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Skill Up
To Doodle or not to Doodle? A higher skill set for the creative classroom (John Cruft)

Boost Up
Guided reading as a springboard to communicative competence: A higher skill set for boosting confidence to communicate (Chiyuki Yanase)

Skill Up
The Primary Learning Experience: A higher skill set for getting it right for Young Learners (John Cruft)

Hearton Hall Nissay Midohsuji Bldg., 12F

Free entry, Limited spaces: Open to the first 100 people to register