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Thursday
Mar212019

Upgrading Speaking Skills through Toastmasters International

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in 1924 and headquartered in Colorado in the U.S., the organization has more than 357,000 members in more than 16,000 clubs in 143 countries. It has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

In this presentation, the audience will be given an overview of Toastmasters International and Toastmasters in Japan. Stories about Toastmaster’s members’ experiences both inside and outside the Toastmasters environment and how those experiences have been personally beneficial will be shared. The audience will then experience a Toastmasters demonstration meeting. In addition, there will be an interactive workshop called “Thinking and Speaking on Your Feet,” a session which aims to help people practice their impromptu speaking skills. These skills will help people feel more confident in common, everyday situations.

Ludlow Gibbons came to Japan from the U.S. in 1992 and has taught English at the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels, currently teaching at Ritsumeikan University. He joined the Osaka Toastmasters Club in 1995 and has been actively involved in establishing clubs in Kansai, volunteering as an officer in the Toastmasters International organization, and occasionally participating in speech contests to maintain his public speaking proficiency. Ludlow is also a past President of Osaka JALT.

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai and will be followed by a dinner party at a nearby restaurant. RSVP by Friday, April 26th, to fujimotodonna@gmail.com

 

Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Ludlow Gibbons
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT and SIETAR members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen
Thursday
Mar212019

Saturday evening party at The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi / Sunday afternoon Hanami in Osaka Castle Park

(Part 1) Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm * Nijikai: 9:00pm to 11:30pm at The Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi
(Part 2) Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Osaka Castle Park

Part 1

Due to the rainy weather forecast in the afternoon we've decided to nix part 1 of our hanami weekend, but the evening Nijikai at the Shinsaibashi Blarney Stone is still on, starting from about 9:00 or whenever you'd like to join us.

Come join the Osaka JALT team for the first of our double-header hanami celebrations of 2019 from 2 to 6 pm in Osakajokoen (Osaka Castle Park). This is a FREE event which is open to everyone, so please feel free to bring family, friends, colleagues, students, or people you meet on the train. Bring something to eat and drink, as well as a happy vibe to celebrate the cherry blossoms and the coming of spring! Stop by when you can for as long or as short as you like. Look for our blue JALT banner on the south side of the park, due south of the castle and north of the NTT Building, to the west of the bus parking area, an easy walk from Morinomiya or Tanimachiyonchome metro stations. If you have any trouble finding us please call 080-5354-7398 or 080-3772-0449.

In the evening, join us at The Blarney Stone in Shinsaibashi to check out Osaka's pop/glam rock/television theme song cover band, The Ballbreakers, led by our chapter Publicity Chair, Paul Mathieson, playing from about 9:00 to 11:30 pm. That's sure to be a lot of fun , and a great way to help get ready for the new school year! There's a private party at the Blarney Stone before 9:00, and some of us will be meeting before that from about 7:30 at the nearby Slices restaurant/bar. 

Part 2

Come join the Osaka JALT team for the second of our double-header hanami celebrations of 2019 from 2 to 6 pm in Osakajokoen (Osaka Castle Park). This is a FREE event which is open to everyone, so please feel free to bring family, friends, colleagues, students, or people you meet on the train. Bring something to eat and drink, as well as a happy vibe to celebrate the cherry blossoms and the coming of spring! Stop by when you can for as long or as short as you like. Look for our blue JALT banner on the south side of the park, due south of the castle and north of the NTT Building, to the west of the bus parking area, an easy walk from Morinomiya or Tanimachiyonchome metro stations. If you have any trouble finding us please call 080-5354-7398 or 080-3772-0449.


Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Everyone (it's a party!)
Fee for JALT members: Free 
Fee for non-JALT members:Free
 
Saturday
Dec292018

An Intercultural Revisitation of the Kindertransport: Jewish Children's Escape from Nazi Camps

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:30pm

On December 2, 1938 the first refugees from the operation that would be known as Kindertransport arrived in Harwich, U.K. with 196 children from a Jewish orphanage in Berlin that had been burned by the Nazis during Kristallnacht ("Night of the Broken Glass", November 9, 1938). The operation continued to bring Jewish children (including Tina Ottman’s father and his three brothers) to the UK until September 1939, just before World War II broke out.

The feel-good story about Britain’s beneficence to the Jewish children has its dark side, and the presenter believes that the time has arrived for a more critical approach to this famous episode of history. Using documentary clips, including interviews with the presenter’s own father, the presenter will explore how the children often suffered from intense cultural insensitivity, culture shock and trauma, as they were told to forget their religious practices, their mother tongues, and to eat, dream and breathe only in English.

 

Tina Ottman is an Associate Professor at Doshisha University’s Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, and holds a PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford in the UK.

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai and will be followed by a dinner party at a nearby restaurant. RSVP by Wednesday, January 23rd, to fujimotodonna@gmail.com

 

Location: 
Venue Address: 
Speaker: Tina Ottman, PhD, Doshisha University
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT and SIETAR members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen
 
Saturday
Dec012018

Osaka JALT Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Year-end Festivities

Saturday, Dec 8, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Event Theme: 
Annual General Meeting (AGM) and year-end festivities

 

 

 

Our Osaka Chapter AGM (Annual General Meeting) is a chance for our officers to report on the past year in our chapter and recent developments in JALT more broadly, discuss officer positions and plans for the coming year, and for members and non-members alike to find out more about the inner workings of our chapter and JALT. This will also be a great chance to share stories about JALT2018 in Shizuoka and discuss other recent happenings.

Osaka JALT members interested in nominating yourself or another member to be an officer in the coming year, please email us at osakajalt@gmail.com by Dec 8, especially if you're not able to attend the AGM.

After our official business meeting from 10:00 am to noon at the Lifelong Learning Center in the Ekimae Dai-2 Building 5F, please join us for lunch at the nearby Istanbul Nazar restaurant even if you aren't able to attend the AGM itself. RSVP by Friday, Dec 7 so we can be sure to reserve enough seats. After lunch, join us for the annual Umeda Snowman Festival and/or some hot spiced wine and German sausages at the German Christmas Market at the Sky Building. Finally, from 6:30 pm, join us for dinner at Le Marrakech Moroccan restaurant with more thought-provoking discussion and cross-cultural culinary delights. And of course there are many options for nijikai in the area for those interested as well.

It's a veritable moveable feast to round off the year! Please join us for any part or parts of the day that you like. RSVP appreciated by Friday, Dec 7.

Venue Address: 
大阪市北区梅田1-2-2-500
大阪駅前第2ビル
Osaka, Osaka〒530-0001 Japan
Event Speaker: Chapter officers, members, and everyone welcome
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 1,000 yen for AGM portion (500 yen for full-time students)

 

Friday
Nov162018

4 Corners Tour -- Kansai

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

The Four Corners Tour presents high-profile speakers from the JALT international conference to the far reaches and "four corners" of Japan each year. Over the past several years, the four Kansai area JALT chapters have collaborated to be sure that some of these presenters from overseas visited us somewhere in Kansai. This year it's Nara's turn to host the main event with two invited speakers presenting versions of their JALT2018 talks tailored towards a more interactive setting. Judith O’Loughlin from the USA will present "Strategies for fostering resilience in young learners", and Thongsouk Keomany (this year's Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar, from Laos) will enliven us with his natural charm, wit and warm heart as he talks about his students, experiences and his work in the English Department at the National University of Laos.

Judith B. O'Loughlin has taught in K-12, adult education, and graduate university TESOL endorsement programs. She consulted and taught for U.S. federal and state grants to train ESL and Special Education teachers. As a consultant, her focus is on standards-based differentiated curriculum, collaborative teaching, and newcomers with interrupted education. She is the author of The Academic Language Accelerator (Oxford) and co-author of Students with Interrupted Formal Education: Where They Are and What They Need (Corwin).

 

Thongsouk Keomany was born in Louangphabang Province, in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic. He has studied in Laos, Singapore and Japan and is currently working on his PhD at the University of Malaysia. He works at the National University of Laos, where he has been teaching under- and post-graduate students, for 22 years. He was the Head of the Department of Academic Affairs for several years and now he is the Deputy Head of the English Department in charge of International Programs, the LaoTESOL Co-ordinator, the LAN project Academic Advisor, and a member of the Inclusive Education Committee in the Faculty of Letters. He is also the author of English Language for Lao Students, Books 3-12. These texts are used in all primary and secondary schools throughout Laos. He specializes in planning, evaluation and curriculum design. He believes that the principles and maxims of teaching, from KNOWN to UNKNOWN, can help his learners improve their ability to study, particularly in inclusive classrooms.

If you are unable to make it to JALT2018 in Shizuoka, or even if you are going but wish to see these presenters up close and more personally, then you will not want to miss this special event. If you have time after the presentations, please plan to also join us for lunch and a walk to some of the nearby classic and World Heritage sites of Nara. 

Location: 
Venue Address: 
Event Speaker: Judith O’Loughlin and Thongsouk Keomany
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 1,000 yen