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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.



Call for Presentations (deadline June 1) for KUIS Summer Seminar on July 5

Call for Presentations for KUIS Summer Seminar on July 5

KUIS Summer Seminar 2014: The 13th Conference on Language Teaching and Learning

Hosted by Research Institute for Communication & Department of English Education of Kansai University of International Studies

Co-Sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kobe JALT, Cengage Learning, & Oxford University Press

Details: Saturday, July 5, 2013, 9:30-17:30, FREE entrance
Venue: Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki campus (5F), Hyogo
Contact: Jonathan Aliponga

Presentation proposals are now open, with deadline on June 1, 23:59 pm. To submit a presentation proposal, please click this link:

Please click this poster to download, print out, and post up at your schools to help spread the word.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL 2014: Osaka JALT's 5th annual spring mini-conference, April 27 (Sun.) at Otemae U.


BACK-TO-SCHOOL 2014: Osaka JALT's 5th annual spring mini-conference, April 27 (Sun.) at Otemae University - Itami campus

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. It's one of our favorite events of the year, including a great dinner party afterwards.

For photos, videos, and schedules from past years' events please see

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Doors open from 9:30 am.)
(Note: We recommend bringing your own lunch since time is limited.)

Where: Otemae University, between Hankyu Inano Station and JR Inadera Station, about 20 min. from Umeda.

Cost: 1000 yen for official JALT members (500 yen for full-time students & senior members);
2000 yen for non-members (1000 yen for full-time students & seniors 65 or older).

Click on Schedule to download pdf version.

This year's 22 presentations (in alphabetical order):

Sugu Althomsons - Ways to effectively use note-taking apps (especially Evernote)

Gordon Carlson - Snooze-busting games and activites for all ages and levels

Lucas Dickerson - Teaching Pragmatics with Comics

Ann Flanagan - A Shared Learning Partnership in the Classroom

Michael Furmanovsky - Getting to Know You

Sean Gay - Choose two, pick one

Hazel Hashinishi - Ways to keep students engaged and motivated

Michael Herke - International Integration and Task-based Learning

Mary Hillis, Lucas Dickerson, Bilunta Carter, and Jade Ivy - Multiple Perspectives from the Writing Center

Michael Hollenback - Contextualizing EFL Lessons: How to foster relevance and immediacy

Harlan Kellem - Critical Reading for Critical Thinking

David Lees - Use of Digital Flashcards For Vocabulary Practice

Matt Lucas - Self-publishing: Customizing materials for learner needs

Laura Markslag and Robert Sheridan - Publish or Perish: Presenting Papers at English Language Teaching Conferences Home and Abroad

David Ockert - Self-determination theory-based lessons plans that work

Megumi Ohsumi - Why Not Poetry?: Reading Alexander Pope, William Blake, and Robert Frost

Rob Peacock - Cross-Curricular Learning for Teenage Students in Japan

Rob Peacock - Track Your Students' Success with Online Learning

Oliver Rose - Integrating Online Reading and Game Apps for Vocabulary Development

Martin Salinas - Reinforcing Speech Intonation with Music

Martin Salinas - Storytelling with tempo-controlled background music

Ryan Smithers - Writing with Hyphens


Please print out and post up the flier below at your schools to help spread the word:


Apr.13 event w/SIETAR-- Film analysis: Word and image combinations in romantic comedy scenes


Film analysis: Word and image combinations in romantic comedy scenes

Date and Time:
Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

This event is co-sponsored by Osaka JALT with SIETAR Kansai, in Nishinomiya.

Speaker: Kumiko Kizu

Films are multimedia. They are constructed of images and sounds (language, music and sound effects), and we understand scenes based on the combinations of these two media.

How are the two media combined? Are there any regularities found in the combinations of sounds and images in films?

These matters have often been discussed in the fields of film criticism and film studies.

It has been argued that the two media are instinctively combined by the filmmakers (editors) and that priority is given to images over sounds in deciding their combinations.

This may be reasonable given that images are indispensable to films; without images films would no longer be films.

However, how about conversational scenes where words play a major part?

This presentation analyzes the combinations of words and images in films from a linguistic point of view, borrowing the methodology of Conversation Analysis.

The focus is on typical two-party conversational scenes in which two characters are shown in close-up one after the other (this pattern is called the shot/ reverse-shot exchange).

Close attention is paid to how turn-taking between the characters is displayed on screen.

Scenes from romantic comedies, such as Before Sunrise and You’ve Got Mail will be cited as examples.

This research aims to contribute to a better understanding of our comprehension of multimedia discourse.

Dr. Kumiko Kizu is a native of Kobe. She received her PhD from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in 2013. Her doctoral dissertation, Taking Turns at Talk on Screen, is about the correlation between words and images in films. She studies cinematic discourse particularly from a pragmatic and communicative point of view. Her research interests include Conversation Analysis and multimedia discourse. She teaches at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe City College of Technology and the University of Hyogo.

NIshinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room2) Tel.(0798)69-3155

Two minutes walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station.

Guide to Location:

Fee for JALT members: FREE for JALT and SIETAR members and students

Fee for one-day members: 500 yen


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