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Monday
Jan032011

Electronic Village Online 2011 Sessions

 

The Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL IS) over at TESOL is once again opened the The Electronic Village Online (EVO) and is offering free, five-week Professional Development (PD) sessions for English teachers from around the world. The sessions are free and open to anyone.

From the EVO website:

"The EVO is a set of online discussions and workshops that takes place every year from mid-January to mid-February. Sessions include a range from simple discussions to virtual hands-on workshops."

Registration is now open and runs until January 9, 2011 (America Time) and the courses run from January 10 to February 13. There are 10 different courses available on wide variety of topics.

More information about the 2011 sessions can be found on the EVO website:

  http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/33481412/Call_for_Participation2011

This is a great opportunity to start off the new year with some professional development.

Saturday
Jan012011

New Year's Resolutions

New Years is a time of endings and beginnings and a time when many people reflect on their lives and make resolutions for the coming year. Here are a few quotes to get you thinking about 2011.

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
Bill Vaughn


“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.”
Edith Lovejoy

"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other."
Anonymous

“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas”
Anonymous

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things."
John Burroughs

"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."
Ellen Goodman

Do you have a New Year's Resolution? Tell us about it in the comments.

Thursday
Dec302010

Event Summary: Pecha Kucha and 2010 Bonenkai

By Ray Franklin, Publicity Chair

I actually went AAALL the way to Nishinomiya from Osaka for the bonenkai, but got there early and caught just the last 4 presentations, which I thought were great!
 
I really enjoyed the Pecha Kucha format (20 slides, 20 sec. each, so total presentation time of 6 min. 40 sec.), which provides for quick, clear communication on a variety of different topics, both fun and serious. The ones I saw covered the Hato NGO which feeds homeless in Osaka, Nagoya JALT feedback, Xmas, and economics. I'd say it was a kind of "conference light"!
 
I highly recommend it for JALT members who (like me) might be a bit intimidated by the more academic conferences that regularly take place. At bigger events I often find it hard to choose which presentations to attend, whereas at this event all 40 or so attendees were gathered together in the same room in a friendly & cozy atmosphere.
 
The bonenkai afterwards was held at the Busy Bee Cafe in Nishinomiya, and our group (cheers to Kobe chapter for organizing it all) rented out the place for about 2 1/2 hours,  for 1500 yen per person including food, with drinks on a cash-bar basis.  The food was adequate pub grub: salad, pasta, fried chicken, pizza, and wrappers of hot sausage, while the drink menu was a tempting smorgasbord of 50+ world brews (although most of us kept to the cheaper draft -- what does that say about us?).
 
But we were NOT there for the food or even the drink; the key word here was "networking!" It was very nice to meet some of my fellow Osaka officers for the first or second time, and also to meet some of the officers of Kobe and Kyoto JALT.  I even got to meet National JALT VP Nathan Furuya (also former Kyoto chapter Prez), and enjoyed my chat with him & Bob about an idea to donate old textbooks and unused sample copies to schools in Cambodia or elsewhere.
 
All in all, I had a great time, and believe this social chance to network is a great way to finish off a year of "Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn", so I would highly recommend joining the Pecha Kucha night & bonenkai next year. See you there!