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Thursday
Jul262018

Osaka JALT TechDayPlus 2018: a one-day mini-conference on tech and other topics

Saturday, September 29th, 2018 - 9:30am to 6:00pm 

At TechDayPlus 2018, we aim to share ideas on a wide range of topics, both tech-related and non-tech alike.

Speakers include JALT President Richmond Stroupe, JALT Publications Board Chair Jerry Talandis, Jr., and many more.

  

JALT President Richmond Stroupe and JALT Publications Board Chair Jerry Talandis, Jr.

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Event Speakers: Richmond Stroupe, Jerry Talandis, Jr., and many more
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT members
Fee for non-JALT members: 2000 yen, 1000 yen for students

Contact or Queries

Tuesday
Jul102018

Achieving Coherence in Content-Based Language Teaching: Applying the 6 Ts to Course Design

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 - 4:40pm to 6:10pm 
 
Achieving Coherence in Content-Based Language Teaching: Applying the 6 Ts to Course Design

Presentator - Donna M. Brinton, private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Reflective practice mandates that we in the English language teaching (ELT) profession make “tacit beliefs and practical knowledge explicit” (Crandall, 2000) and that we recall, consider, and evaluate our experiences (Ferrell, 1998). Over the course of our professional lives, as we amass classroom experiences, we are exposed to research results, methodological innovations, and changes in our teaching contexts that significantly impact how we conduct our practice. We may also conduct classroom research that enables us to “investigate the teaching and learning processes in our classrooms” (Bailey, 2014). In this manner, we strive to learn more about our practices with the ultimate goal of becoming more effective teachers. In her talk, Donna Brinton reflects on her ELT career and considers the ten innovations that have had the most impact on her own teaching. She concludes with a discussion of predicted trends in the future of ELT, contemplating the types of innovations that may arise as a response to these trends.
Donna M. Brinton is a private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, CA. In the past, she has served as Senior Lecturer in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC), where she designed and taught online classes in the MAT-TESOL program. Prior to that, she served as Professor of TESOL at Soka University of America and as Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Associate Director of the Center for World Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught a wide spectrum of Applied Linguistics and English as a second language classes. Donna is the co-author and co-editor of numerous professional texts including Content-Based Second Language Instruction (University of Michigan), The Content-Based Classroom (Longman), Teaching Pronunciation (Cambridge) and many more. 

 

Osaka Jogakuin College/University are in the building closest to the South gate of the campus.

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Event Speaker: Donna M. Brinton, private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, California, USA
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT members
Fee for non-JALT members: Free

Contact or Queries

Tuesday
Jul102018

Transforming our Professional Identities and Classroom Practices: Innovations that Have Changed ELT

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm 
 
Transforming our Profession Identities and Classroom Practices: Innovations that Have Changed ELT

Presentator - Donna M. Brinton, private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Reflective practice mandates that we in the English language teaching (ELT) profession make “tacit beliefs and practical knowledge explicit” (Crandall, 2000) and that we recall, consider, and evaluate our experiences (Ferrell, 1998). Over the course of our professional lives, as we amass classroom experiences, we are exposed to research results, methodological innovations, and changes in our teaching contexts that significantly impact how we conduct our practice. We may also conduct classroom research that enables us to “investigate the teaching and learning processes in our classrooms” (Bailey, 2014). In this manner, we strive to learn more about our practices with the ultimate goal of becoming more effective teachers. In her talk, Donna Brinton reflects on her ELT career and considers the ten innovations that have had the most impact on her own teaching. She concludes with a discussion of predicted trends in the future of ELT, contemplating the types of innovations that may arise as a response to these trends.
Donna M. Brinton is a private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, CA. In the past, she has served as Senior Lecturer in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC), where she designed and taught online classes in the MAT-TESOL program. Prior to that, she served as Professor of TESOL at Soka University of America and as Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Associate Director of the Center for World Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught a wide spectrum of Applied Linguistics and English as a second language classes. Donna is the co-author and co-editor of numerous professional texts including Content-Based Second Language Instruction (University of Michigan), The Content-Based Classroom (Longman), Teaching Pronunciation (Cambridge) and many more.  
For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for dinner. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat! Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 14th.

Address: 
Event Speaker: Donna M. Brinton, private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, California, USA
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT members
Fee for non-JALT members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for undergraduate students)
Contact or Queries 
  
Wednesday
Jun062018

CANCELED DUE TO EARTHQUAKE: From Adversity to Advocacy: The power of sharing your stories [Cancelled/Postponed]

[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE JUNE 18th EARTHQUAKE. If this becomes a postponement, updates will be posted here]

Organized and sponsored by SIETAR Kansai.
Also sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kyoto JALT

日本語は下にあります。

Sunday, June 24th, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm 
 
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO EARTHQUAKE:
SIETAR Kansai June 2018, From Adversity to Advocacy: The power of sharing your stories

Presentator - Tomomi Kumai, Intercultural Trainer & Transformative Education Coach

Universities in the U.S. are required to include a statement in their materials claiming that the institution is committed to the inclusion of students with disabilities and that it will make reasonable accommodations for them. This increasing awareness of students with challenges can certainly have an effect on schools and other institutions in other parts of the world. With this in mind, we have invited Tomomi Kumai and her son, Ty, to share their experiences of their family’s challenges. Tomomi: “In January 2016, my son Ty’s life as a person with a disability began. Ty was diagnosed with a pediatric malignant brain tumor--medulloblastoma--and had to undergo brain surgery. The surgery left him in a wheelchair. After experiencing social challenges such as being discriminated when using public transportation, Ty and I decided to educate elementary school students by volunteering to read a book on special needs in their classrooms. We will introduce our story of grappling with illness and disability but also discuss the social challenges we faced in being ill and later with a disability.” This presentation will invite audience members to reflect on adversity in their own lives and consider what they can do for some populations who might have similar experiences. This process will also help educators think about various ways to include diversity in a learning environment and provide a safe place for all learners. The presentation will help children, parents, and educators identify issues and understand the importance of accepting and including differences and adversity, transforming them into opportunities to be proactive in advocating for advancement.
Tomomi Kumai is an intercultural trainer and transformative coach in South Korea, serving expatriates and international students in the US, Korea, and Japan. She was born as a Korean Japanese bicultural citizen in Hiroshima and earned a BA at San Diego State University and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Tomomi has lived, studied, and worked for over 15 years outside Japan. Her mission is to connect, learn, and empower.
Tyler/Takaya Kumai is Tomomi’s 12-year-old son. Born in the USA, Ty spent 7 years in Japan and moved to Korea when he was eight. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He is currently cancer-free and receiving physical therapy.
This presentation will be in English and Japanese.

 

For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for dinner. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat! Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 20th.

Address: 
Phone:
Event Speaker: Tomomi Kumai, Intercultural Trainer & Transformative Education Coach
Fee for JALT members: Free for SIETAR & JALT members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen
Contact or Queries 

Translation of the above

2018年6月24日(日)2:00pm~5:00pm

2018年異文化コミュニケーション学会関西支部 6月例会

逆境(Adversity)から唱道(Advocacy)へ:語りの力 

 

発表者-  熊井知美  異文化理解トレーナー、コーチ、国際教育者

発表概要 アメリカの大学では、障害のある学生たちを受け入れ、そのために必要な体制を整えることを宣言する文言を資料などにて表明する必要があります。このような困難を持つ学生に対する意識の高まりは、世界の他の地域の学校や機関にも影響を及ぼしています。 このことを念頭に置いて、熊井知美さんと息子さんの「たいちゃん」に家族の挑戦を体験を語っていただきます。

 

熊井知美:2016年1月、私の息子であるたいちゃん(熊井貴哉)の障害者としての人生が始まりました。 髄芽腫(ずいがしゅ)という小児悪性腫瘍との診断を受け脳手術を受けたのですが、その結果、車いすに乗ることを余儀なくされました。公共交通手段を利用する際にも差別を受けるなどの社会的な困難を経験したのち、私たちは小学校の子供たちに障害者理解の本を読むボランティア活動を始めました。これまで私たちが癌と障害と闘ってきた姿をご紹介するとともに、そのために経験した社会的な壁についてもお話しします。

 

このプレゼンテーションでは、参加者の皆様にもご自身の人生における困難や逆境について考えていただき、似たような環境にいる人々のために何ができるのかなどについて考える機会になればと思います。そうすることにより教育者の方々にも学習環境において多様性を受け入れすべての学習者に安全な場所を提供する方法について考える機会になればと思います。この発表を通じて、子供たち、保護者、教育者の方々が問題を認識し、違いや困難を受け入れ、それを前進するポジティブな力に変えていくことを願っています。

 

発表者の概要 熊井知美。韓国にて韓国、日本、アメリカの駐在員や留学生を対象とした異文化理解プログラムを提供する異文化理解トレーナー、コーチ、国際教育者。在日韓国人を母に持つ日本人として生まれ、米国にて言語学学士(サンディエゴ州立大学)、言語学修士(イリノイ大学アーバナ・シャンペーン校)を取得。15年以上海外にて勉強、仕事をしながら生活。ミッションはConnect, learn, and empower.

 

 

たいちゃん/熊井貴哉。熊井知美の12歳の息子。アメリカで生まれ、7年を日本で過ごし、8歳の時から韓国に在住。2016年に脳癌の診断を受け、脳手術、放射線治療、抗癌剤治療を受ける。現在は癌は完治し、リハビリに励んでいる。
  
使用言語:  日本語 /英語 

 

終了後に近くのレストランで夕食会を致します。参加ご希望の方は予約が必要となります 6月20日(水)迄にご連絡下さい。

住所: 
電話: 講師: 熊井知美  異文化理解トレーナー、コーチ、国際教育者
使用言語: 日本語 /英語
費用:会員・学生は無料、 非会員は500円
Wednesday
Feb282018

Back to School 2018: Osaka JALT's 8th annual spring mini-conference

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Back to School 2018 is Osaka JALT’s 8th annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone in the new school year. With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (including a dinner party afterwards at a nearby izakaya), there is sure to be something for everyone.

RSVP by Thursday, May 10, to reserve a seat at the dinner party.

See below for the full schedule.

This year's plenary speaker is Dr. Curtis Kelly of Kansai University, who will be presenting The Neuroscience and Psychology of Motivation.

3L students. You know them: Low Ability, Low Confidence, and Low Motivation. While there is no easy answer on how to get them engaged, a look at the key theories of motivation gives us insights on how we might work with them.  In neuroscience, the role of emotion became a hot topic less than a year ago, but not emotion as we think of it.  Emotional valence is attached to every memory and through predictive processing shapes our orientation towards future experiences.  In short, no emotion, no learning.  As for the psychology of motivation, the most valuable theories are some of the oldest – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Roger’s criteria for building a humanistic relationship: 1) authenticity, 2) empathic listening, and 3) absolute positive regard.  After examining the science behind motivation, we will have a short workshop.  The audience will be given motivation problems to design solutions for, such as making a textbook lesson more engaging, or dealing with a sleeping student.  

Curtis Kelly (EdD), is a Professor of English at Kansai University and founder of the BRAIN SIG. His life mission is to “relieve the suffering of the classroom.” To do so, he has made over 400 presentations on neuroscience, motivation and teaching writing, and has written over 30 books with learner-centered activities, including Significant Scribbles (Longman), Active Skills for Communication (Cengage)and Writing from Within (Cambridge). 

This event is co-sponsored by Oxford University Press and Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence.


Location:
Osaka Jogakuin University
Address:
2 Chome-26-54 Tamatsukuri
Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0004 Japan

 Event Speakers: Dr. Curtis Kelly, Kansai University

Fee for JALT members: Free

Fee for non-JALT members: 2,000 yen (1,000 yen for full-time students)

 

 

 

Poster Presentations:

Jeffrey Barnett - Where is the Reading Section? Critical Thinking, Task Focus, and Developing Motivation

Andrew Blaker - Vocabulary Notebook Use in High Schools

Gordon Carlson - Service Learning and English Leadership Camp

Gretchen Clark - All things Flipgrid: An essential tool for out-of-class speaking practice via video

Claire Murray - Can Japanese students become better language learners?

Philip Riccobono - KakaoTalk: Examining university students attitudes’ toward a mobile platform for learning English

Aaron Sponseller - Initial Validation of a Parental Reading Belief Scale for Japanese L1 Mothers

Short presentations:

Mehrasa Alizadeh - The Basics of Navigating a Learning Management System (LMS) in Japanese

Sachiko Aoki - English Songs for Comprehension of Connected Speech

John Campbell-Larsen - Why do you ask? Transactional, display and interactional questions in the classroom  

Barry  Condon - Creativity, Technology and Grammar          

Imogen Custance - Anyone for (Sentence) Tennis?

G. Clint Denison - Examining the Lexical Profile and Speaking Skills of English L2 Learners

Max Diaz - Using Mobile Messenger Applications in In-Service Learning Environments

Paul Dickinson - Giving Language Classes a Motivational Reboot with Kahoot!

Ray Franklin - Analysis of Fluency and Pronunciation in Controlled vs. Spontaneous Speaking Tasks

Akemi Fu - College students’ growth through a short study abroad program

Mary Hillis - Activities for improving academic writing skills  

Arthur Lauritsen - University Style Lectures in English?!?!?     

Elizabeth Leigh - Research and Curriculum Design in an Advanced English Course in Education for Sustainable Development at Osaka City University

Kane Linton - Redefining English Assessment in Japanese Education: The Link Between Motivation and Opportunity  

Paul Mathieson - Tickling funny bones to aid academic vocabulary acquisition

Sachiko Nakagome - Teaching effective use of translation software to university students  

Richard Sparrow - TBLT and Flipped Learning: A Reading Focus in a Communcation Class

Yasue Shinomiya - My Way of Using Google Forms in Class

John Syquia - Learning Vocabulary Through Watching Television for Pleasure

Catriona Takeuchi - Teachers Helping Teachers: From then to now

Long presentations:

Anne Barkow - Simple Strategies To Teach Listening 

John Carle - Motivation: Old School Tools and High Tech Tricks!

Paul Lyddon - Structuring Effective L2 Group Discussions

Justin Pool - Selecting and Integrating Authentic Materials into the Curriculum: A Restaurant Unit

Oliver Rose - Digital Tools for Independent Productive Sentence-Level Practice

Matthew Ross - A look at teaching in Rwanda

Leeja Russell - Code of Conduct: Specific Strategies for Improving Classroom Management  Competence