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Inspire Or Perspire? Getting Students Speaking, followed by end of year "Boon"enkai

Date and Time:                     Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm 
Speaker:                               Andy Boon

This presentation will introduce the audience to a number of strategies that can help break the silence in the Japanese classroom and get students engaging in meaningful communication. Audience members will be asked to try out a number of tried and tested speaking activities and also be encouraged to share their ideas for getting students talking to one another in the L2. Inspire is a listening and speaking course with additional content reading designed to create a richer speaking experience. The spectacular National Geographic photos and video provide enduring images that inspire learners to discover the world in all its brilliance.

Andy Boon is an associate professor in the faculty of humanities at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo. He has been teaching in Japan for over 17 years. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University. He has been an active member of JALT since 2004, has presented at numerous conferences, and has published several articles on teacher development, motivation, and methodology. He is also co-author of Inspire; a 3-level listening and speaking coursebook (Cengage Learning, 2013-14).

This event is co-sponsored by Cengage, Nara JALT and Osaka JALT and will be followed by an end of year "Boon"enkai party at a nearby restaurant, with live guitar by Andy Boon himself and a singalong that is not to be missed. Start time approx 6.30 pm. Full details to follow closer to the date. 3500 yen for JALT members, 4000 yen for non-members. Email us at to reserve your seat.

Location:                               Ikoma City, Takemaru Hall, Room 6
Fee for JALT members:          Free
Fee for one-day members:    1,000 yen
Contact or Queries:               Email contact form

Jane Spiro 4 Corners Tour

Jane Spiro 4 Corners Tour

Sponsored by the Kansai Chapters of JALT (Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, & Osaka)

JALT 2015  4-Corners Tour Speaker
November 15th, 3pm to 5pm
Kobe International House room 902

Dr. Jane Spiro has been an active member of the ELT community for 35 years, directing language, literature and teacher development programs in England, Switzerland, Poland, and Hungary. She has taught English to asylum-seekers newly arrived in the UK; retrained Russian teachers in Hungary supporting the replacement of Russian with English in the Hungarian school curriculum; and run programs on teacher development, literature and language, creative writing, academic literacies, and materials writing worldwide, including in the Netherlands, Mexico, Japan, Kenya, China, and India. Her publications include two books on creative writing pedagogy with Oxford University Press Creative Poetry Writing (2004) and Storybuilding (2007) adopted by language teachers in Malaysia, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Croatia, and Japan. Creative Poetry Writing is considered an essential text for teachers using the medium of poetry and poetry writing in a second language classroom.


Genre as a recipe for writing 

This workshop will show how the features of text types such as recipes, instructions, memos, can be recognised, mixed and subverted in order to generate inventive new texts.  Participants will be able to experiment with these activities for themselves, to experience the ways in which the activities can develop both language awareness and creative writing skills. The workshop will also include examples of student writing, and explore how the activities can be adapted to meet a variety of student needs and levels. 

There will be a dinner with the author following the presentation. Details and registration for the dinner will be provided before the start of the presentation.

Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen