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Mini-Conference Date and Time:
Saturday, 28 September 2013 - 9:30am - 5:00pm

After a year's break, Tech Day Plus is back! Tech Day started as a casual get together in 2005 but has grown to become one of Osaka JALT's biggest and 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. This year we're teaming up with Kobe JALT and are holding it at Otemae University in Itami, just 75 meters from Inano station (about 15 minutes west of Umeda on the Hankyu line, or 10 minutes east of Nishinomiyakitaguchi station).

This year's keynote speaker is Thomas Robb, of Kyoto Sangyo University, who will be presenting "Considerations for the Effective Use of Technology for Language Learning"

Learner autonomy is an attribute that we should attempt to foster in all of our students. When, however, we are faced with a large number of students who wish that they didn't have to take our required English course, what are we to do? This presentation will focus on ways to deal with the non-autonomous learner so that they can and will learn despite their own low motivation to do so. This, in fact, is one of the greatest benefits of technology allowing the teacher to provide extra work for students and then to be able to view electronically whether they have done it or not and with what success. We will first focus on how the use of MReader site for Extensive Reading has achieved this goal for many teachers and schools in Japan. We will then focus on our specific teaching environments and how technology can help foster better learning for our own students.

Thomas Robb has taught at Kyoto Sangyo University for over 30 years and is Chair of the Department of English as well as coordinator of their computer literacy program. He is a past president of JALT and Pacific CALL and a past Executive Board member of TESOL. He is currently organizing the GLoCALL 2013 conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, and is on the steering committee of the Extensive Reading Foundation and TESOL's CALL Interest Section. He has been Co-Editor of TESL-EJ, the first electronic journal for ELT, since it was founded in 1994.

The rest of the program is shaping up to be another good one as well, and details will be out soon, so mark your calendars and plan to join us on the 28th. It's going to be a great day!

Otemae University - Itami campus, 75 meters from Inano station english/university/location/index.html

Fee for JALT members:
1000 yen (Free for student members)

Fee for one-day members:
2,000 yen (500 yen for student non-members)


Sept. 7 event w/ Prag SIG: Interactional Competence vs. Pragmatic Competence, and "Seeing Learning" in Interaction

Interactional Competence vs. Pragmatic Competence, and "Seeing Learning" in Interaction

Two presentations, co-hosted by JALT's Pragmatics SIG and Osaka Chapter.
Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Temple University Japan, Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3, 21st Floor, 1-1-3-2100 Umeda, Kita-ku, Tel: 06-6343-0005
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 500 yen
Speakers: Christopher Jenks and Adam Brandt


Two presentations, co-hosted by JALT's Pragmatics SIG and Osaka Chapter:

1. Interactional Competence versus Pragmatic Competence: Implications for Language Teaching

Chris Jenks - City University of Hong Kong

Interactional competence (IC) is the ability to jointly communicate in setting-specific ways; it is about using communicative resources to co-construct understanding and co-accomplish context-specific goals. Like learning and using the grammatical structure of a language, language users must possess interactional competencies in order to communicate in a second language (e.g., establishing participatory roles in a pedagogical task when no directions are given). Pragmatic competence, on the other hand, is an individual language user’s knowledge of communicative norms and conventions. Pragmatic competence entails a number of different competencies, many of which have been identified and discussed extensively (e.g., a greeting should be returned in kind).

In this talk, the presenter will show how speakers of English as an additional language manage their interactions in a second language chat room, demonstrating that having pragmatic competence does not necessarily mean interaction will unfold successfully or without troubles or difficulties. Talk in chat rooms, like any communicative setting, requires not only displaying pragmatic competence, but also negotiating communicative norms and conventions on the fly, a key feature of IC. These observations lead to the conclusion that language teachers must expand their current understanding of communicative competence to include IC. The presentation will also explore the pedagogical implications of IC.

Christopher Jenks’ main research approach is microanalysis (e.g., conversation analysis and interactional sociolinguistics). His research deals primarily with computer-mediated communication, intercultural communication, English as a lingua franca, and second language acquisition. Other research expertise includes epistemological and methodological issues in applied linguistics research. He reviews for a number of top international journals, including Applied Linguistics, and is an editorial board member for Classroom Discourse. His 2010 co-edited book, Conceptualising Learning in Applied Linguistics, was runner-up for the BAAL 2011 Book Prize. He is currently working on several journal articles, has recently published a book on the theoretical and practical issues of transcribing communication data, and is co-editor of an 8-book series on social interaction by Edinburgh University Press. Other large-scale projects include a book on social interaction and technology and an edited collection on international perspectives on classroom interaction. He also has several forthcoming journals articles that will be published in 2013 and 2014.

2. 'Seeing Learning' in Interaction: an Overview of CA Approaches to Longitudinal SLA Research

Adam Brandt - Newcastle University

For obvious reasons, researchers in second language acquisition (SLA) have often adopted a longitudinal approach, trying to track and understand how second language (L2) users’ proficiencies develop over time.

Similarly, conversation analysis (CA) has been applied to the study of L2 interaction for over 25 years now, catalyzed (although not begun) by Firth and Wagner’s (1997) call-to-arms. Despite this, it is only fairly recently that CA studies in SLA have attempted to adopt a longitudinal design, with what has been labeled ‘longitudinal CA-SLA’ research. Such studies seek to unpack, through the micro-analysis of social interactions involving L2 speakers, changes in “action formats, participation styles, and use of linguistic resources over shorter or longer spans of time” (Kasper and Wagner 2011: 127).

In this talk, Adam Brandt will present the background to the sub-field of CA which has been described as ‘developmental CA’ (Wootton, 2006) – the study of changes of an individual’s interactional practices over time. He will explain how this has led to the emerging body of longitudinal CA-SLA studies, and explain the different approaches that such studies have taken. Finally, the presenter will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this approach to SLA research, and consider future directions which it may take.


Firth, A & J Wagner (1997) On discourse, communication and some fundamental concepts in SLA research. Modern Language Journal, 81, 285-300.

Kasper, G & J Wagner (2011) A conversation-analytic approach to second language acquisition. In: D Atkinson (Ed.) Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition. London: Routledge, pp. 117-142.

Wootton, AJ (2006) Children’s practices and their connections with “mind”. Discourse Studies, 8, 191-198.

Adam Brandt is lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University in the UK, where he is a degree programme director on the MA in Cross-Cultural Communication, and teaches Methods in Cross-Cultural Communication Research and Sociolinguistics. His primary research interests are in social interaction and language in use, particularly in relation to intercultural communication, second language use, English as a lingua franca, and identity in interaction. His PhD research, funded by the ESRC and conducted at Newcastle University, was concerned with second language speakers' management of mutual understanding in online, English speaking practice chat rooms. Using the same data set, he has also published (with Dr. Chris Jenks) papers in Language and Intercultural Communication, Discourse Processes and Language@Internet. Following his PhD, he spent two years in Japan, conducting a JSPS-funded postdoctoral research project on interactions involving international students in various university settings. He is an active member of a number of research groups, including Newcastle University’s Micro-Analysis Research Group (MARG), and Conversation Analysis Network Asia (CAN-Asia).



Breaking the Silence: The Japanese-American Experience --Aug. 10 in Takatsuki

Breaking the Silence: The Japanese-American Experience
Date and Time: Saturday, 10 August 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: Nikki Nojima Louis

Nikki Nojima Louis is a Japanese-American playwright, educator, and performer who is bringing her cast to Japan for the very first time in order to perform the oral history play called "Breaking the Silence: The Japanese American Experience." This play debuted first at the University of Washington in 1986, and since then it has been performed throughout the U.S. The play comes to Japan for the first time with performances in Hiroshima on August 1-3, at Aichi University on August 4 and back to Hiroshima on August 5. The group will be present at the remembrance ceremony in Hiroshima on August 6.

For those who cannot attend the performance, August 10 is an opportunity to get an overview of the play, and Nojima Louis will explain the whole process using slides and video-clips. “Breaking the Silence” utilizes Readers Theater where oral histories, tanka poems, and music are combined to reveal the experiences of three generations of Japanese Americans.
Participants will have the opportunity to experience different aspects of Readers Theater and many of the basic techniques to be presented are based on the book written by Nojima Louis’s co-director, Jan Maher, a member of the collective called Local Access for the Arts-in-Education. This session will be of use for anyone interested in history, drama, and education.

Dr. Nikki Nojima Louis was born in Seattle, spent her early childhood in America’s World War II prison camps, and grew up in Chicago. As a teenager in the 1950s, she was the only non-white member of a dance company that toured to the segregated South. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and a Ph.D in Creative Writing from Florida State University.

Nikki is not just an academic. In 1985 she was a member of Word of Mouth, a multicultural women’s peace show, performing throughout the Pacific Northwest, and in 1986 she wrote “Breaking the Silence.” In 1989 she traveled to Tashkent, Uzbekistan as a member of the Seattle-Soviet Theatre Exchange performing with a company of Russian, Uzbek, and Korean artists. Just a few of her performance credits include “Women Who Write Too Much,” “Most Dangerous Women,” “Shirley Temple of the Concentration Camp,” and “I am Furious Yellow.” She has taught at the University of Washington’s Women’s Center and co-managed Local Access, an arts-in-education collective. She is currently a Program Specialist in the Asian American Studies Department of the University of New Mexico.

Dinner after the session at a Thai/Balinese restaurant. Email fujimotodonna AT by August 2 to make reservations for the dinner.

This event is co-sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kobe JALT, and SIETAR Kansai.

Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel.0726-85-3721
Admission is free for JALT and SIETAR members and students
One-day members: 500 yen