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Call for Presentations

Would you like to give a presentation for Osaka JALT? Now is your chance! Listed below are several opportunities for presentations.

Unvetted (Osaka Chapter sponsored) presentation for JALT 2011 National Conference

Each year Osaka JALT is proud to sponsor one first time presenter for the national conference, held this year in Tokyo on November 18-21. If you have never presented at the national conference and would like to, please contact us. The deadline for submitting a request to present for Osaka Chapter is May 20, 2011 (Friday).

If you are interested please submit the following by May 20 to

1) Your name
2) The title of your presentation
3) A short summary of 75 words or less
Please also use "Unvetted Presentation Request for JALT 2011" as the subject of your message.

Please note that you will need to be a member of Osaka JALT, you will have to register for the conference and pay for your own transportation and lodging.

The 7th Annual Tech Day Plus at Hannan University (June 19, 2011)

The themes of Tech Day+ are simplicity and practicality - ideas that language teachers and learners can use either in or out of the classroom. In addition to our "Tech" presentations that will take place in fully equipped computer labs, we'll have a wide range of other presentations on non-technical topics in the "Plus" rooms.

Tech Day+ has grown to be one of Osaka JALT's biggest and best events of the year, including a great dinner party afterwards. Our goal is to share ideas on a wide range of technical and nontechnical topics.

Submissions for 25-minute presentations are invited on any topic of potential interest or practical application to language teachers and learners. Some 45- or 60-minute time-slots will also likely be possible, space permitting.

The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2011 (Monday).

Presentation requests accepted HERE.

FAB1: Connecting Brain Science with EFL (July 10, 2011)

Osaka JALT is proud to be a co-sponsor of the First Annual Brain-day event (FAB1). FAB1 is hoping this will turn into a significant annual conference for EFL in Japan and is therefore looking to gather teachers and researchers, from novice to expert, who are interested in helping make a pivotal connection between neuroscience and EFL.

Presentations and poster sessions should attempt to connect current neuro-research with EFL in theory, practice, or both. Interested? Send in your proposals (2-3 paragraphs max) and your academic bio. Email proposals to

The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2011 (Wednesday)

For more information please click HERE.


A couple of deadlines...

Just a quick reminder of a few upcoming deadlines...

February 15, 2011:

deadline for proposals for  the 2011 Pan-SIG conference in Matsumoto, Nagano.

More information here.

deadline for proposals for the JALT CALL 2011 Conference in Fukuoka.

More information here.


March 20 April 10, 2011: the deadline for Osaka JALT's Back to School event has been extended.

More information here.


April 21 April 29, 2011: deadline for the JALT national conference in Tokyo.

More information here.


JALT 2010: An Unvetted Experience 

By Kelly Butler

In November 2010, I was able to represent the Osaka chapter of JALT as last year’s unvetted presenter. I had been completely unaware of this type of opportunity – to present at the conference without having to submit the abstract to the conference committee directly. Instead, as a member of Osaka JALT, I was able to apply through the Chapter. The process is simple: submit an abstract, the officers read it and accept or reject it, and if accepted, it’s a one-way ticket into the national JALT conference. This opportunity is only available for first-time presenters, and each chapter of JALT can only submit one proposal. Submitting my proposal was such an easy process that I’d like to recommend it for anyone who is a first time presenter.

My topic was using film clips in the classroom. To prepare, I created my slides while working on my corresponding conference proceedings paper. The process of outlining the slides for the presentation became an outline for the paper, while the paper helped me fill in the gaps in the presentation.  I heard about an opportunity to practice my presentation at a Kyoto JALT meeting in October, and this was one of the best possible opportunities for me to practice for my actual presentation.  I limited my slides to 20, made the film clips ready to play on the computer, and wrote a handout.

I was surprised by the encouragement I was given at the practice presentation.  The feedback from the Kyoto participants was very useful: the slides needed more connection; the handout had been language activities but the attendees wanted references, a place to take notes, a list of language activities and my Top 10 Ideas for making video easier to use in the classroom.   It was clear how much more I needed to make the presentation my own; I needed to know exactly what I wanted to say without having to refer to the slides at all.

The conference was great. Although I was given a Monday morning time slot – not the most desirable – I had about ten attendees.  My presentation went well: I knew what I wanted to say, the handout was easy to read and useful, the technology worked seamlessly, the attendees participated in the discussion, bringing their own ideas and asked interesting, useful questions, while informing me about new technologies being used with films.

All in all, my experience as Osaka JALT’s unvetted presenter was a simple, successful, satisfying experience. I highly recommend that JALT members who have never presented at the national JALT conference who may feel intimidated about the process of submitting a presentation proposal first try submitting an unvetted abstract. It’ll help you ease your way in and give you confidence for the next year. You’ll also learn a lot in the process.