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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


Kansai ETJ Expo - Nov 18 at Seifu H.S. in Uehonmachi

The Kansai ETJ Expo is always a great event, with a full range of worthwhile presentations and publishers' displays in a very relaxed atmosphere. Mark your calendar and bookmark this link for a map and schedule updates:
And be sure to stop by the JALT table and say hello!


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