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 Call for Papers for Osaka JALT Journal Vol. 5



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Creating interactive ebooks using iBooks Author, at Apple Store Shinsaibashi on Apr.6

Creating interactive ebooks using iBooks Author, at Apple Store Shinsaibashi
Date and Time: 
Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speakers: Tamara Swenson, David Bramley, Brian Teaman, & Eiko Kato
This session will focus on creating interactive ebooks for education using iBooks Author. The presenters have created nine interactive ebooks to date, with more in production, for use by the students at Osaka Jogakuin University in its content-based English course.

As every student at OJU has an iPad, the iBooks Author program allows teachers to take advantage of the features of Apple's iBooks and create a more dynamic language learning experience.

Presenters will share what they have learned, in English and Japanese, about creating interactive books for the iPad and give advice about creating teaching materials using iBooks Author.

RSVP (Your name, Institution, number of people) to with subject heading "iBooks Author event".

いま話題の電子書籍をつくってみませんか? Appleの無料アプリケーションiBooks Authorを使えば簡単です。このイベントでは、自作の電子教材を授業で使用している大阪女学院大学英語科の先生方4人が、iBooks Authorを使ったインタラクティブな電子書籍のつくり方をご紹介します。また、iPadと電子ブックを実際どのように授業で活用しているかもご紹介し ます。電子書籍に興味のある方はぜひご参加ください。
RSVP (Your name, Institution, number of people) to with subject heading "iBooks Author event".

Apple Store Shinsaibashi, 2F, Chuo-ku, Nishishinsaibashi, 1−5−5 アーバンBLD心斎橋 Phone:06-4963-4500
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: Free

Call for Presentations for Back to School 2014, deadline extended to Apr. 6


We are pleased to announce the

Osaka JALT Back to School 2014


Please use this form to submit for presenting at Osaka JALT Back to School 2014:

CALL DEADLINE: Sunday, April 6, 23:59
(for presentating on Sunday, April 27 at Otemae U.)

Check out this 30 sec. video summary of the 2011 event:

And/or view last year's slideshow here.

Back to School is Osaka JALT's annual 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.
With long and short presentation slots, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Presentations can be in English, Japanese, or any language you like. Teachers and students of all kinds are all very welcome and encouraged to submit proposals for any kind of presentation, including group presentations, workshops, round-table discussions, you name it. Space and time permitting, we'll do our best to fit you in.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Location: Otemae University, between Hankyu Inano Station and JR Inadera Station, about 20 minutes from Umeda.
Guide to Location:

Admission: JALT members ¥1000 (full time student members and senior members ¥500), one day members ¥2000 (full time students and seniors ¥1000). 

Please share your teaching tips and join us for what is sure to be a great day!

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Call for Papers for inaugural Osaka JALT Journal, deadline Feb.16



Resilient Minorities in Japan: Filipino English Teachers and Ainu-Maori Cultural Exchange


Resilient Minorities in Japan: Filipino English Teachers and Ainu-Maori Cultural Exchange

Date and Time: Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm

Speakers: Jason Bartashius and Jennifer Teeter


This event is co-sponsored with SIETAR Kansai (, and consists of two presentations:

1. Jason Bartashius - The Filipino Community and Social Initiative Projects in Post-3/11 Japan

Tohoku is suffering a job loss caused by the 3/11 disasters. In response, Cesar Santoyo launched Social Enterprise English Language Schools (SEELS), a micro-franchising initiative that trains Filipina migrants to be English instructors.

In addition to discussing the formation of SEELS this presentation examines the history of Filipina migration to Japan as well as the pre- and post-3/11 struggles of migrants. Attention will be given to the “Watch Us Maybe” documentary project. The film is to be a collage of smartphone videos in which migrants tell their stories of contributing to reconstruction efforts in Tohoku and engagement in social enterprises elsewhere in Japan. The film’s aim is to advocate a more socially inclusive Tohoku and Japan by educating viewers about social initiative projects migrants are currently engaged in.

Jason Bartashius is a lecturer of Japanese Religions at Osaka Gakuin University and Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and works for the Center for Japanese Filipino Families. He is the founder of After School Lessons for Tohoku Children, a project which matches Tohoku children with volunteer English teachers, and has been involved with other forms of activism and volunteerism related to 3/11 as well. This spring he will begin his doctoral studies at Sophia University.

2. Jennifer Teeter - Youth Empowerment through the Aotearoa Ainumosir Exchange Program

This presentation will discuss the formation and activities of the Aotearoa Ainumosor Exchange Program. After a brief introduction of the current Ainu situation, the origins and activities of the Aotearoa Ainumosir exchange will be discussed. The program is designed for indigenous Ainu youth to participate in a study tour of Aotearoa New Zealand to learn experientially from Maori about their efforts for cultural survival. The initiatives that have grown out of the experiences of these Ainu youth in Aotearoa in terms of Ainu language revitalization and the creation of an Ainu-managed and owned space in the Tokyo metropolitan area will also be discussed.

Jennifer Teeter is a lecturer at Kyoto University and is working to create a sustainable solar sail cargo ship tailored to meet the needs of marginalized coastal communities while dedicating herself to supporting Ainu youth.


To join the dinner party afterwards please contact Miho Yoshioka at uskj30641 AT

NIshinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room2) Tel.(0798)69-3155
Two minutes walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station
FREE for JALT and SIETAR members and students.
Fee for one-day members: 500 yen

Call for Papers for inaugural Osaka JALT Journal, deadline Feb.16