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Back to School 2012: Sunday, April 22 @OGU

Sunday, April 22 at Osaka Gakuin University

Back to School 2012



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.

Check out this 30 sec. video summary of last year's event:

With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (especially at the dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant) there is sure to be something for everyone. See our conference homepage here.

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Osaka Gakuin University, Building No. 2 (See map here.)
Fee: ¥1000 JALT Members & Full-time Students; ¥2000 One-day members


This year's presentations include: 

Jason Bartashius After School Lessons For Tohoku Children
Thomas Boutorwick  Individualized Vocabulary Quizzes
Harry Carley Wikis or Blogs: Which is right for a writing course?
Gretchen Clark

Practical Ideas for Developing Learner Autonomy

in Secondary Classes

Pahnee Fukui  Bloom's Taxonomy and Critical Thinking 
Sean Gay Improving grading efficiency with Word 2010
Kristin Golden

Using Taboo and Controversial Topics to Engage Intermediate

and Advanced Learners

Noriko Kinami and Takaaki Morioka 

Self-motivating Strategies Used by Adult EFL Learners

and University Students in Japan

Alison Kitzman

"Frontloading" Communication Skills and Strategies

in Language Classes

Arthur Lauritsen 10 lessons you can do without handouts
Catherine LeBlanc Fostering communicative competence through reading circles
Matt Lucas

Crossing the Frontier: Cross-Linguistic Awareness-Raising

and L2 Written Accuracy

Paul Marlowe Absorb, Retain, Apply: Ideas for Maximizing Language Learning
Stuart McLean Dictogloss and forced output following speed-reading.  
Christopher Micek Peeling the Cultural Onion
Tony Minotti

An action plan to help reduce classroom stress

for EFL students

Fergus O'Dwyer Assessing the role of Classroom Assessment Practices
Junko Omotedani Theory and Practice for TOEIC Reading Classes
Matthew Reynolds Isn't it time we had a JALT SIG for school owners?
Steve McCarty Analyzing Types of Bilingual Education in Japan and the World
Michael Sullivan Cubing: Six Sides to An Activity
Donna Tatsuki The Place of Literature in the ELT Curriculum
Jennifer Voss Making Learning Stick: Review Activities
Jason White Using role-play to increase motivation and lower anxiety
Brian Wojtowicz

Diary Studies: The Benefits of Simple or Extensive


Lori Zenuk-Nishide Literary Texts in ELT in Japan


Schedule posted online here, and presentation descriptions are online here.


100% of the proceeds from this event will be going to support relief efforts in Tohoku, so by participating you'll not only be learning, schmoozing, and getting ready for the new school year, you'll also be helping us make a difference for those that can definitely use and will greatly appreciate our assistance. Come help us help those who so greatly need it and appreciate it in Tohoku!

We look forward to seeing you there!


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