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Saturday, January 19th, 2002

New Year Get-together
Speaker: Johann Junge, Creative Services International
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (17:00 - 19:00)
Description:
A socially-conducive meeting to help ring in the new year. Johann is
the founder of Creative Services International and the creator of the
TALK Learning System. In keeping with the philosophy of his
learner-directed approach, he will not so much "present" as he will
"facilitate" our discussion and interactions as a whole group as well
as in small groups.
Place: Murphy's Irish Pub near Shinsaibashi (06-6282-0677)
(Drinks at your cost)
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 1000 yen.


Sunday, February 17th, 2002

1.) Process and Thought: Two Articles That Have
Shaped EFL Writing Instruction; 2.) The Psychology of
Difficult Students
Speaker: Curtis Kelly, Heian Jogakuin University
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (14:00 - 16:30)
Description:
1.) Writing instruction has been shaped by two paradigm-shaping
articles: the process of writing, and how different cultures organize
their writing differently. Curtis discusses the fascinating theories
these articles spawned, and gives suggestions for their application
in class. He also offers some suggestions on writing assignments
leading to "self-discovery." 2.) At some time or another, every
teacher must face students who are bored, indifferent, or even
hostile. While there are no simple solutions for dealing with such
students, Curtis will present four theories in psychology related to
motivation, moral development, and learning that provide
fascinating insights.
Place: Abeno YMCA (near Tennoji Station)
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 500 yen.


Sunday, May 19th, 2002

1) Effective Communicative Teaching Ideas for All Ability
Levels, 2) Textbook Activities: Making Them Work for
You
Speaker: 1) Gerald Williams and Alison Mackenzie, 2) Rebecca
Arthur
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (13:00 - 17:00)
Description:
Two Presentations. First presentation starts at 1:30. 1) The basis
for this seminar is that a good classroom activity is effective for all
levels. 6 teaching ideas focusing on effective ways of using group
and pair-work in class. To Keep students on task, and maximize the
use of English. 2) In this workshop a variety of ways to adapt
textbook activities will be presented and demonstrated. Although
based on activities for false beginners, these adaptations are
suitable for almost any level.
Place: Tosabori YMCA (near subway Higobashi or Keihan
Yodoyabashi stations)
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 1000 yen.


Sunday, June 16th, 2002

Culture and the Language Classroom
Speaker: Joshua Kurzweil and Brian Long
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (13:00 - 16:30)
Description:
(Presentation starts at 1:30.) Culture and language are inseparable
in the second language classroom. Many teachers and course
books offer cultural information in order to help their students
communicate more effectively and naturally. However, teachers
need to be aware of the culture in their lessons and the impact it
has on students. This workshop will focus on how language and
culture intersect in the classroom utilizing a framework developed
by Pat Moran. The presenters will discuss their work with the culture
underlying conversation strategies and invite participants to apply
the framework to their own teaching situations and content.
Place: Tosabori YMCA (near subway Higobashi or Keihan
Yodoyabashi stations)
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 1000 yen.


Sunday, September 15th, 2002

(1) Global Issues and Creative Mind-Mapping; (2)
Testing Basics: The ABCs
Speaker: Tim Newfields
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (13:00 - 16:30)
Description:
(Presentation starts at 1:30.) The first presentation examines how
students from various countries perceive the world and shows
creative ways for students to "map out" their world views. Four
personal mapping exercises which challenge so-called "objective"
world views will be demonstrated. Practical hints for using mind
mapping in class will be underscored. The second presentation
focuses on basic classroom assessment and testing procedures. It
explains some basic testing information resources and some
alternative assessment approaches. Practical issues concerning
portfolio assessment, negotiated grading, and student-generated
tests will be considered. Tim Newfields is coordinator of the JALT
Testing and Evaluation N-SIG an editor of the Global Issues N-SIG
web page. He teaches at Nanzan Junior College in Nagoya and has
an MA degree.
Place: Tennoji (Abeno) YMCA; for a map, visit Osaka chap. HP
(local v.)
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 1000 yen.


Sunday, October 27th, 2002

Pot Luck Party and Workshop in Beautiful Mino Park
Speaker: Wade Muncil
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (13:00 - 17:00)
Description:
Wade Muncil, an English instructor in the Kansai area, will lead a
collaborative workshop on reflective teaching practice, peer
mentoring, and using council in the classroom. Participants should
bring a notebook as well as food to share. In case of rain the
workshop will be held at Maple Hall in Mino. Annual business
meeting with officer elections will follow the workshop. Meet at
Hankyu Mino station (25 minutes north of Umeda) at 13:00. For
map and further information see the Osaka Chapter web-site. On
October 27 call 090-7362-1532.
Place: Mino Park
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 1000 yen.


Saturday, November 16th, 2002

A Special Joint Event of Kobe and Osaka Chapters
Speaker: John Fanselow and Jane Willis
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (16:00 - 20:00)
Description:
Participants in Dr. Fanselow's workshop will learn "Boinguage" and
how this will help them improve their own listening skills as well as
the listening skills of their students. "Boinguage" will also help them
decide what errors to correct, and will help improve other important
skills as well. Dr. Fanselow is President of International Pacific
College, New Zealand Professor Emeritus, Columbia University
Teachers College, Past President, TESOL, New York State TESOL.
Dr. Willis will present Cat's Feat: From Practice to Principle in Task
Design and Task-Based Learning Dr. Willis will illustrate activities
which provide a focus on vocabulary, lexical phrases and grammar
within the context of the task, and then summarize the principles
and learning theories that support task-based learning (TBL). Dr.
Willis is one of the plenary speakers of the JALT 2002 National
conference in Shizuoka and a professor at Aston University in the
UK.
Place: Kobe YMCA
Cost: members free; "One-day members" 1000 yen.