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BACK-TO-SCHOOL 2014: Osaka JALT's 5th annual spring mini-conference, April 27 (Sun.) at Otemae U.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL 2014: Osaka JALT's 5th annual spring mini-conference, April 27 (Sun.) at Otemae University - Itami campus

Back to School is our annual spring one-day mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone start the new school year on a positive note. It's one of our favorite events of the year, including a great dinner party afterwards.

For photos, videos, and schedules from past years' events please see

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Doors open from 9:30 am.)
(Note: We recommend bringing your own lunch since time is limited.)

Where: Otemae University, between Hankyu Inano Station and JR Inadera Station, about 20 min. from Umeda.

Cost: 1000 yen for official JALT members (500 yen for full-time students & senior members);
2000 yen for non-members (1000 yen for full-time students & seniors 65 or older).

Click on Schedule to download pdf version.

This year's 22 presentations (in alphabetical order):

Sugu Althomsons - Ways to effectively use note-taking apps (especially Evernote)

Gordon Carlson - Snooze-busting games and activites for all ages and levels

Lucas Dickerson - Teaching Pragmatics with Comics

Ann Flanagan - A Shared Learning Partnership in the Classroom

Michael Furmanovsky - Getting to Know You

Sean Gay - Choose two, pick one

Hazel Hashinishi - Ways to keep students engaged and motivated

Michael Herke - International Integration and Task-based Learning

Mary Hillis, Lucas Dickerson, Bilunta Carter, and Jade Ivy - Multiple Perspectives from the Writing Center

Michael Hollenback - Contextualizing EFL Lessons: How to foster relevance and immediacy

Harlan Kellem - Critical Reading for Critical Thinking

David Lees - Use of Digital Flashcards For Vocabulary Practice

Matt Lucas - Self-publishing: Customizing materials for learner needs

Laura Markslag and Robert Sheridan - Publish or Perish: Presenting Papers at English Language Teaching Conferences Home and Abroad

David Ockert - Self-determination theory-based lessons plans that work

Megumi Ohsumi - Why Not Poetry?: Reading Alexander Pope, William Blake, and Robert Frost

Rob Peacock - Cross-Curricular Learning for Teenage Students in Japan

Rob Peacock - Track Your Students' Success with Online Learning

Oliver Rose - Integrating Online Reading and Game Apps for Vocabulary Development

Martin Salinas - Reinforcing Speech Intonation with Music

Martin Salinas - Storytelling with tempo-controlled background music

Ryan Smithers - Writing with Hyphens


Please print out and post up the flier below at your schools to help spread the word:


Apr.13 event w/SIETAR-- Film analysis: Word and image combinations in romantic comedy scenes


Film analysis: Word and image combinations in romantic comedy scenes

Date and Time:
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This event is co-sponsored by Osaka JALT with SIETAR Kansai, in Nishinomiya.

Speaker: Kumiko Kizu

Films are multimedia. They are constructed of images and sounds (language, music and sound effects), and we understand scenes based on the combinations of these two media.

How are the two media combined? Are there any regularities found in the combinations of sounds and images in films?

These matters have often been discussed in the fields of film criticism and film studies.

It has been argued that the two media are instinctively combined by the filmmakers (editors) and that priority is given to images over sounds in deciding their combinations.

This may be reasonable given that images are indispensable to films; without images films would no longer be films.

However, how about conversational scenes where words play a major part?

This presentation analyzes the combinations of words and images in films from a linguistic point of view, borrowing the methodology of Conversation Analysis.

The focus is on typical two-party conversational scenes in which two characters are shown in close-up one after the other (this pattern is called the shot/ reverse-shot exchange).

Close attention is paid to how turn-taking between the characters is displayed on screen.

Scenes from romantic comedies, such as Before Sunrise and You’ve Got Mail will be cited as examples.

This research aims to contribute to a better understanding of our comprehension of multimedia discourse.

Dr. Kumiko Kizu is a native of Kobe. She received her PhD from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in 2013. Her doctoral dissertation, Taking Turns at Talk on Screen, is about the correlation between words and images in films. She studies cinematic discourse particularly from a pragmatic and communicative point of view. Her research interests include Conversation Analysis and multimedia discourse. She teaches at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe City College of Technology and the University of Hyogo.

NIshinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room2) Tel.(0798)69-3155

Two minutes walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station.

Guide to Location:

Fee for JALT members: FREE for JALT and SIETAR members and students

Fee for one-day members: 500 yen