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An Evening with Elka Todeva at Satoyama Dining restaurant in Osaka/Umeda


After JALT2013, you hopefully "had your fill" of presentations, but you still have to eat on Tue. night, so please join us for...

An Evening with Elka Todeva at Satoyama Dining restaurant in Osaka/Umeda

Date and Time:
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Speaker: Elka Todeva of SIT Graduate Institute

Join us for a relaxing evening over dinner with Professor Elka Todeva of the SIT Graduate Institute, and one of this year's Featured Speakers at JALT2013.

Meet at Satoyama Dining restaurant on the 17th floor of the Hankyu Terminal Building.

RSVP to by Monday, Oct 28, so we can be sure to reserve enough seats.

Elka Todeva holds a doctorate in English applied linguistics and a master’s degree in British and American literature, English linguistics, and simultaneous interpretation. At SIT Graduate Institute since 1993, she teaches and does research in the areas of second language acquisition, English applied linguistics, critical pedagogy, language analysis, multilingualism, teacher cognition, and ecological approaches to teaching. A native of Bulgaria, Elka began working in the US as a visiting Fulbright scholar. Her publications include The Multiple Realities of Multilingualism: Personal Narratives and Researchers’ Perspectives (Mouton de Gruyter, 2009), three ESL textbooks, two English dictionaries, and numerous articles on language acquisition and learning, English linguistics, discourse, brain-friendly teaching, multimedia, and reflective practices.

For more about Elka, please see

Details of her presentations at JALT2013 can be found at

Saturday, Oct 26, 4:15 - 5:45
Grammaring: A probe into its theory and practice

Sunday, Oct 27, 5:00 - 6:00
Gifts along the journey: Milestones in ELT

RSVP to by Monday, Oct 28, so we can be sure to reserve enough seats.

Satoyama dining restaurant, Hankyu Terminal Building 17F, (near Hankyu Umeda)

Guide to Location:

Fee for JALT members:
1500 yen for dinner buffet + 500 yen for nomihodai

Fee for one-day members:
2500 yen for dinner buffet + 500 yen for nomihodai


Osaka JALT AGM dinner meeting at Oven Oven Italian restaurant in Umeda

Osaka JALT AGM dinner meeting at Oven Oven Italian restaurant in Umeda

Date and Time: Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Our Annual General Meeting is a low-key time for regular members and potential members to meet with our chapter officers to reflect on the past year and discuss plans and the general business of the chapter. Everyone is welcome.

Oven Oven is a very reasonably priced, relaxing and cozy old-style family run Italian restaurant in an early-20th Century building tucked in the heart of Umeda just across from the Hilton and around the block from the Outback Grill. It's a one-minute walk from Nishi-Umeda subway station exit 10, 4 minutes from JR Osaka station, or 5 minutes from Umeda Midosuji station. Here's a map:

RSVP to so we can reserve enough seats. If you have any trouble finding the place, please call us at 080-3789-6394.

Location: Oven Oven Italian Restaurant
Fee for JALT members: Free entry (plus dinner cost)
Fee for one-day members: Free entry (plus dinner cost)

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline Oct. 13

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Schedule for Tech-Day +Plus 2013 mini-conference on Sept. 28


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Call for Presentations for Tech Day +Plus 2013, deadline Sept. 16



The call for Presentations for Tech Day Plus 2013 submission deadline has been extended to Sept. 16. Submissions should be made via

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)