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Tech-Day+2014 mini-conference, Sun, Oct 5 at Otemae University, Itami campus



at Otemae University (Itami campus)

Sunday, Oct 5, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

co-sponsored by Osaka JALT & Kobe JALT

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Tech Day Plus is one of our best-loved events of the year. Our goal is to share ideas on a wide range of topics, both tech-related and non-tech alike. Our "Tech" presentations are in fully equipped computer labs, while our non-tech "Plus" presentations are in regular classrooms.

This year's event will again be at Otemae University's Itami campus, which is just 75 meters from Inano station on the Hankyu line or 5 minutes walk from JR Inadera station on the Takarazuka line.

Plenary by Charles Browne of Meiji Gakuin University

A New General Service List:

Words and Online Tools for EFL Success

The New General Service List (NGSL) is a list of core vocabulary words for EFL learners and is a major update of West's (1953) GSL. Based on a carefully selected 273 million word sample from the Cambridge English corpus, the 2800+ words of the NGSL offer an amazing 92% coverage of most texts of general English.  This presentation will give a brief background on the list and project before moving on to introducing a large and growing number of free online resources that are available to help you teach, learn, analyse or create teaching materials based on the NGSL. One of the underlying messages of this presentation is the need for applied research to utilize and take advantage of online resources in order to help teachers, researchers and learners to benefit from that research.

Charles Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL, Director of the EFL Teacher-Training Program at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments, and has written dozens of research articles, books, and textbooks over his 29 years in Japan. In addition to his recent work in creating two important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners known as the New General Service List (NGSL) and the New Academic Word List (NAWL), he has also helped to create a wide variety of research-based language learning and analysis software such as the OGTE (Online Graded Text Editor), ER-Central, EnglishCentral, WordEngine, V-Check, and GoFluent, and works hard to share this knowledge with teachers, researchers and software developers through countless presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops. 

Thanks to Cambridge University Press for sponsoring Dr. Browne's transportation costs!


Additional presentations:

Shirley Ando & Noriko Mori of Otemae University, "A Short-term English Service Learning Program with Long-term Effects" 

David Bramley of Osaka Jogakuin University, "Student Reactions to eBooks and iPads"

Harry Carley of Matsuyama University, "CALLing on Japan and the World," "YouTube & You: Video Production Explained," & "Wikis Revisited: A Single Software Tool for a Variety of Courses" 

Gordon Carlson, Robert Sheridan, & John Jackson of Otemae University, "The Benefits of Conducting Leadership Camps"

Matthew Cook of the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education, "Apple's iPad, iCloud, Airplay, iOS/OSX in the Classroom"

Neil Cowie of Okayama University & Keiko Sakui of Kobe Shoin Women's University, "Four-part framework of approaches to e-learning for language teachers"

Lisa Cross, a JET Alum based in Kyoto, "Resume Building"

Paul Daniels of Kochi University of Technology, "Using Google's Speech API for language instruction"

Mark Donnellan of Kwansei Gakuin University, "Voice recording in Moodle"

Paul Evans of Kyoto, "Achieving Active Listening With Large Classes: Low Tech/ High Payoff"

Sean Gay of Ritsumeikan University and Michael Iwane-Salovaara of St. Andrews University, "Excelling with Excel"

Charlotte Lin of Kanda University of International Studies, "iPad Blogging in University English Writing Classes"

Rachel Manley of Kanda University of International Studies, "Using Edmodo to Communicate with Students"

James Rogers of Kansai Gaidai University, "Advanced flashcard program design: Beyond spaced repetition and traditional Leitner algorithms"

Oliver Rose of Kwansei Gakuin University, "Phrase Maze Online/Mobile Game"

Jacob Schnickel of Jissen Women's University in Tokyo, "Metaphors for Describing Projects: Guidelines & Caveats"

Frances Shiobara of Kobe Shoin Women's University & Mark Donnellan of Kwansei Gakuin University, "Raz-kidsOnline Extensive Reading"

Rodney Smith, Osaka public schools, "Circle Work: Encouraging speaking & cooperative learning through competition"

Ryan Smithers of Bukkyo University, "Computer Applications for CALL Learner Training"

Anthony Torbert of Kobe Gakuin University, "Successfully using video files such as YouTube in class and presentations"

Yoshihiko Yamamoto of Ritsumeikan University, "Teaching learners of English who are different proficiency levels in one class"

There will also be publisher displays by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Pearson.

5:00 - 7:00 pm: dinner party at a nearby restaurant

Photos and details of past years' Tech Day Plus events can be found at .

Otemae University - Itami campus, very near Hankyu Inano and JR Inadera stations
JALT members: 
1000 yen (500 yen for K-12 teachers and those 65+, free for students)
One-day members: 
2,000 yen (1,000 yen for K-12 teachers and those 65+, 500 yen for students)

Please help spread the word!
Click on the poster below to download & print out via Dropbox, and post up at your schools. Thanks!

JALT2014 Four Corners Tour in Kansai: The Teaching Power of Stories, by Bill Harley on Mon. Nov. 3, 6~9pm at YWCA Umeda


JALT2014 Four Corners Tour in Kansai: The Teaching Power of Stories


Date: Monday, November 3rd, 2014 Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Bill Harley, JALT2014 National Conference Plenary Speaker, Two-time Grammy-award winning musician, storyteller, and author

Co-sponsored in Kansai by Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka JALT Chapters.

The Teaching Power of Stories: A teacher is someone who gives stories to others so they can make their own. Regardless of the subject taught, story is central to how people make sense of the world and build a community with others. In this workshop, participants will look at how stories work in people's lives, what stories define their own lives, and how to use story in an educational setting. Teachers will leave with new ideas for using story in the classroom and a deeper understanding of their work as teachers.

Bill Harley is the JALT2014 International Conference Plenary Speaker. He is a two-time Grammy-award winning musician, storyteller, and author. Please see for more information.

Handouts (4 pages) for his presentation can be previewed & downloaded at:

And here's a poster promoting his various books & CDs, which you can buy online at and get his autograph after this gig, if you want:

Pre-registration recommended:
Seating is limited, so pre-registration is highly recommended. Reserve your spot by November 2nd via to receive a 500 yen reduction in the attendance fee.

Cost: JALT Members: 500 yen if pre-registered, 1000 yen if not
Non-members: 1000 yen if pre-registered, 1500 yen if not


Venue: Yamanishi Welfare Memorial Hall

(山西福祉記念会: Same bldg. as YWCA in Umeda)

11-12 Kamiyamachō, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, 530-0026, tel. 06-6315-1868

Link to venue:

Please help spread the word for this special Kansai JALT Four Corners Tour event: 

Click on the poster below to download via Dropbox, and print out & post up at your schools. (Thanks in advance!)


Summer Seminar 2014 at Kansai University of International Studies (Amagasaki campus)

Summer Seminar 2014 at Kansai University of International Studies (Amagasaki campus)


Date and Time: Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 9:30am - 5:30pm

Speakers: Matthew Apple, Toru Nakahara, Matthew Cook, and many more

This is an annual one-day mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics on language teaching and learning, hosted by the Research Institute for Communication and the Department of English Education of Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS). This year's co-sponsors include Osaka JALT, Kobe JALT, Nara JALT, JALT CUE SIG, JALT Jr/Sr High School SIG, Oxford Publishing, and Cengage Learning.

Invited speakers are 1) Matthew Apple of Ritsumeikan University who will talk about the recently published book on language learning motivation in Japan, 2) Toru Nakahara, Superintendent of Osaka City Board of Education, and 3) Matthew Cook, Sr. Manager at Osaka City Board of Education. Nakahara and Cook will explain reforms in Osaka's English language education.

KUIS Amagasaki campus is on the north side of JR (Japan Railroad) Amagasaki station, about a 5-minute walk from the station.

Location: Kansai University of International Studies - Amagasaki campus
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: Free

Using the new Keynote on Mac and iOS -- at the Apple Store in Shinsaibashi

Using the new Keynote on Mac and iOS -- at the Apple Store in Shinsaibashi


Date and Time: Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Speakers: Steve Patton and Malcolm Swanson

Using Keynote in your lessons can help to make them more engaging and interesting for your students, and more fun, productive, and efficient for you. For people who aren't yet familiar with the new versions of Keynote on the Mac and iPad, or have never really used presentation software before, this hands-on workshop will cover the basics; getting started with built-in templates, simple builds and animations using text and images, cool transitions, and a few very special effects that you just can't get from chalk on a blackboard! This is a great opportunity to learn some easy, effective ideas that you can use in class right away.

Steve Paton and Malcolm Swanson are both English language teachers at universities in Fukuoka Prefecture. The workshop will be conducted in English, with limited assistance in Japanese available.

Seating is limited, so reserving a place is highly recommended. Please bring along your Mac or iPad with the latest version of Keynote installed so as to be able to participate more actively in the workshop. A limited number of MacBooks and iPads will be available, courtesy of the Apple Store, for those who can't bring one themselves. Contact us at to reserve your seat and to let us know if you'd like to reserve an iPad or MacBook.

Dinner and drinks afterwards at a nearby izakaya for those interested.

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

From Motivation to Emotivation -- Dr. Liliana Landolfi of the University of Naples, Italy

Encompassing the Fear of English via Emotivation -- Dr. Liliana Landolfi of the University of Naples, Italy


Sunday, June 1, 2:00 - 5:00 pm, at the Osaka Municipal Lifelong Learning Center in Umeda's Eki-mae Dai-2 Building, 5F.


We are very fortunate to be able to host Dr. Liliana Landolfi of the University of Naples, Italy, during her visit to Japan. She will be speaking about the role of emotions in second-language learning, the power of fears in blocking acquisition and the need to solve blocking issues for successful results. These topics relate to her current research.

The computational analysis, run on the bilingual data that the EFL P.Æ.C.E. Corpus (Landolfi 2012) contains, identifies the word FEAR, in its Italian and English possible variations, as the second most frequent word used in the whole corpus by EFL learners to describe their language learning reality. Drawing upon these data, the present study addresses students’ discomfort, analyses the various types of fears that first-year university students manifest, and proposes the use of visualizations as working tools to overcome blocks and empower learners. From the analysis, it has emerged that fears may be overcome drawing upon an internal motivational force, named Emotivation, that is rooted in the personal emotional sphere.

Before this recent area of investigation, Professor Landolfi was intrigued by the major role that L2 teachers have at elementary level. She has worked on a number of aspects related to teacher-training and material development with a special focus on what Italians call "pedagogia ludica" which means learning while playing (songs, short dramas, puppetry and masks, etc.). She has also dedicated years to the facilitation of the writing process with L2 young learners.

Liliana Landolfi, Ph.D. (in Applied Linguistics at U.S.C Los Angeles, CA.), is an Associate Professor of English language and linguistics at the University of Naples, L’Orientale, Italy. Her research interests include English in its acquisitional nuances and manifestations. She is the author of several CALL programs, books, and articles. She is currently analysing the impact of Emotivation in formal contexts of L2 acquisition. PÆCE An Italian-English Corpus based on EFL Learners (Liguori, 2012) and Behind and Beyond the EFL PÆCE Corpus (Liguori, 2012) are among her recent publications.

Please join us for what is sure to be a most interesting and "emotivating" afternoon, and for the dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant.