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Call for presentations: JET Skills Development Conference Dec. 6-7 in Abiko

This annual event is sure to be rewarding and a lot of fun to present at as participants include approximately 70 young, enthusiastic ALTs - mostly junior high school and elementary school teachers that have been in Japan between 4 months and 3 years.

Topics: Anything and everything the presenters feel appropriate!
Where: Osaka Prefectural Education Centre, Abiko.
Available time slots:
- Thursday, December 6th: 11:00am - 12:15pm, 13:20pm - 14:35pm, 14:45pm - 16:05pm.
- Friday, December 7th: 9:30am - 10:40am, 10:50am - 12:00pm, 13:20pm - 14:35pm, 14:45pm - 16:05pm.
*A presenter can avail of two consecutive time slots if they feel their presentation needs it (for example, 9:30am - 12:00pm, with a break in the middle).

Cost of transport will be covered and there may also be a small remuneration, though the amount will be determined by the number of speakers.

Please contact the Osaka JET Skills Development Conference Coordinator Patrick Brophy at with submissions and all inquiries.

Summer Greetings


JALT2012 National Conference -- Oct. 12-15 at Hamamatsu, Shizuoka



Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline Sept. 22

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline Sept. 22
It’s almost that time of year again when we are required to hold chapter officer elections. Officers serve from the end of one national JALT conference to the next, so we plan to hold elections in early October before JALT2012 begins on Oct. 12. Our current officers would like to cordially invite you to throw your hat into the ring as a way of actively participating in running the chapter.
We’re required to have at least four but preferably five members fill the positions of Chapter President, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Publicity Chair, and Publicity Chair. (According to JALT rules it’s possible for one person to fill two of these positions, except that the President and Treasurer must be different people who are unrelated.) The past several years we have also had several Officers at Large that help in various ways, and it’s also possible to have other specific officers, such as Web-editor, Facilities Chair, Recording Secretary, Disaster Relief Chair, and so on. The possibilities are fairly limitless.

Duties of the required “Executive” Officers ideally are roughly as follows:
The Chapter President coordinates and oversees the running of the chapter, recruits and liaises with and assists other officers as necessary, represents the Chapter at JALT’s 3 annual national Executive Board meetings and in ongoing online JALT-wide discussions, and submits an annual report to the Executive Board.

The Treasurer manages the chapter’s money and maintains and submits monthly and annual financial reports.
The Program Chair oversees the organizing of our events, in collaboration with other officers and volunteers.
The Membership Chair focuses on our regular members by signing up and welcoming new members, sending reminders to those whose membership dues are coming or have come due, and maintains our membership records.

The Publicity Chair primarily focuses on spreading the word about what we’re doing to non-JALT members via our email list, facebook group, and any other way that is deemed appropriate.
I hope you’ll consider volunteering as an officer in the coming year, though of course you don’t need to be an officer to be actively involved.
Please let us know by Saturday, September 22, if you’d like to be an officer in the coming year by emailing us at . Hopefully we’ll have an ample number of officers so as to spread the workload and so that no one is overly burdened. You can also email Chapter President Bob Sanderson directly with any questions or concerns you may have.


July 21 conf.: Effective Language Teaching: The Never-Ending Challenge


Effective Language Teaching:

The Never-Ending Challenge

Date: Saturday, July 21, 10:00 – 17:00

Location: Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki campus.

Registration fee: Thanks to the sponsors, this event is FREE for everyone.

Osaka JALT is pleased to co-sponsor this one-day mini-conference on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS) in Amagasaki (Hyogo).

Other co-sponsors are the Literature in Language Teaching (LiLT SIG), Kobe JALT, the JALT Jr/Sr. High School SIG, Cengage Learning, Pearson Kirihara, and Oxford Unversity Press, the Research Institute for Communication and the Department of English Education of Kansai University of International Studies.

The theme is “Effective Language Teaching: The Never-Ending Challenge.”

The objectives are:
*to identify the challenges language teachers face in the classroom,
*to come up with ways to confront these challenges, and
*to develop a network among high schools and universities to share information about language teaching.

Plenary Speakers:
This year’s plenary speakers are Paul Hullah (Meiji Gakuen University, Tokyo), and Kazuhiro Nomura (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies).