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Call for Presentations at Back to School mini-conference on Apr.14


Osaka JALT is proud to announce its annual Back to School 2013 mini-conference at Osaka Gakuin University on April 14, with call for presentations deadline March 14.

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.

Date and Time:
Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
Yuko Nishiyama, Stephen Dalton, Jason Bartashius, and many more, including a unique workshop by OGU's own innovative I-Chat Lounge.

This year's plenary speaker, Ms. Yuko Nishiyama, will be talking about her experiences since evacuating from Fukushima after the disasters of 3/11/11.

As in the past two years, all proceeds from this event will go to help support Tohoku, this year via the Minna no Te organization. Photos, videos, presentation summaries, and other material from our past Back to School events can be found at .

This year's Call for Presentations is open through March 14. Everyone, and particularly students, are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal via this link:

We look forward to what is sure to be a great day at Back to School 2013, so please plan to join us on April 14th at OGU!

Osaka Gakuin University, Building 13, near Hankyu Shojaku and JR Kishibe stations
Guide to Location:

Fee for JALT members:
1000 yen (Free for student members)
Fee for one-day members:
2,000 yen (500 yen for student non-members)


Osaka JALT Shinenkai 2013 at Satoyama dining restaurant in Umeda

Saturday, January 26, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Join us in celebrating the new year and the winding down of another academic year at Satoyama dining restaurant , located on the 17th floor of the Terminal Building (near Hankyu Umeda station), starting from 7:00 pm. The dinner buffet is 2500 yen and nomihodai (all you care to drink) is just an additional 500 yen. JALT members will get 500 yen off their bill. The restaurant is completely smoke-free and has fantastic views of the city and a very healthy menu. A nijikai afterwards is likely for those interested. All are very welcome, so feel free to invite friends, but please do RSVP to to let us know as soon as you can if you'd like to attend so we can reserve enough seats before the place fills up. We hope to see you there!




Kansai JALT Pecha-Kucha Year-end Event: Sat., Dec. 15, 6-8pm

Saturday, December 15, 6-8pm in Kyoto:
Kansai JALT Pecha-Kucha Style Year-end Event

This year the baton for hosting this annual Pecha-Kucha style event (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, for a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds per presentation) has been passed on to Kyoto Chapter and will be held in the informal surroundings of Tadg's bar in downtown Kyoto, for free.
With a wide selection of food and drink available, as well as wonderful views of Gion and the eastern mountains, we're looking forward to a great chance to watch an eclectic mix of informative and entertaining presentations, and meet up with old colleagues and new people from around the Kansai JALT community.
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Venue: Tadg’s Irish Bar, Empire Building 8th Floor, Kiyamachi Dori, Sanjo Agaru, Kyoto (access info below)
Time: 18:00 to 20:00 (although there is no need to leave the venue at this time!)
Cost: Free for all!

Come join us for our year-end bonenkai celebration! Grab a beer, catch up with your colleagues and enjoy Pecha-Kucha from the following presenters:

1) Steve Cornwell - JALT2013: Learning is a Lifelong Voyage
2) George Schaaff - Bringing Experience to Education: A Study Tour to Siem Reap, Cambodia
3) David Lees - Printout Basics in 6 Minutes
4) John Rucynski - Culture Teaching in EFL: Looking in or Looking out?
5) Sam Crofts - 24 Hours in Osaka
6) James Crocker & Margaret Bowden - The Font
7) Richard Miller - ESL vs EFL vs ESOL: Acronyms in English teaching in Japan

Tadg's is a short walk from Keihan Sanjo station, and about 10 minutes from Hankyu Kawaramachi station, so it is easily accessible from Kobe, Nara, and Osaka.

From Keihan Sanjo/Kyoto Subway Sanjo Station: Take Exit #7, walk across the bridge, take the the first right onto Kiyamachi Dori. Walk for about 100 metres, Tadg's is on your right on the 8th floor of the Empire building.

From Hankyu Kawaramachi Station: Take Exit #1-north, walk north along Kiyamachi Dori for about 10 minutes, cross Sanjo Dori and continue for about 100 meters, Tadg's is on your right on the 8th floor of the Empire building.

World Storytelling Conference in Kobe Nov 30 - Dec 2

Osaka JALT is one of several co-sponsors for the World Storytelling Conference, which is taking place Nov 30 to Dec 2 at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. It's shaping up to be an outstanding conference, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us there.
For details please see