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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 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: 
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)



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. 

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



Welcome party for Balsamo Asian Scholar Professor Thongsouk Keomany of Laos

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Event Speaker: 
Thongsouk Keomany (Balsamo Asian Scholar at JALT2018)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free entry
Fee for non-JALT members: 
Free entry
Contact or Queries: 
Event Theme: 
Social event and welcome party at Lingua World Cafe

Come join us at Lingua World Cafe in Osaka for a casual welcome party for Professor Thongsouk Keomany of Laos, this year's Balsamo Asian Scholar, an invited speaker at JALT2018. Thongsouk has welcomed many JALT members to Laos over the years, and so we're looking forward to returning some of his hospitality on the day he arrives back in Japan. 

Thongsouk 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 is the Deputy Head of the English Department in charge of International Programs as well as the LaoTESOL Coordinator, the LAN project Academic Advisor, and a member of the Inclusive Education Committee in the Faculty of Letters. He is the author of English Language for Lao Students, Books 3-12, which are textbooks used in all primary and secondary schools throughout Laos. He specializes in planning, evaluation and curriculum design, and believes that the Principles and Maxims of Teaching from NKOWN to UNKNOWN can help learners improve their ability to study, particularly in inclusive classrooms.

Lingua World Cafe is a much loved and very laid back Canadian style place known for it's friendly atmosphere, craft beers, coffees, and sandwiches. It's a short walk from Exit 5 of Tanimachikyuchome metro station or Kintetsu Uehonmachi station. We plan to be there for a few hours from about 6:30 or so, but feel free to join us whenever is convenient, for as long or as short as you have time. To help us and the cafe have a better idea of how many to plan for, please RSVP using this link by Thursday evening. It's sure to be a wonderful evening.

Venue Address: 
Osaka, Osaka543-0072 Japan

Wrongful Convictions and Executions: East & West

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm 

Wrongful convictions and exonerations continue to dominate the media on both sides of the Pacific. In the minds of the general public, wrongful convictions are due to honest mistakes made in the pursuit of justice. In this session, Fox will challenge this notion and insist that most wrongful convictions, both in Japan and the USA, have been deliberately and maliciously fabricated. There will be three parts to the talk: (1) Fire, death, coerced confession and wrongful conviction: A tale of two countries. Two cases will be reviewed, one in Osaka and one in Delaware (USA), in which coerced confessions led to convictions for arson and murder. The three defendants -- two in Osaka, one in the US -- were all sentenced to life imprisonment. (2) “Women doin' time for men's crimes” The world's prisons are filled with women who have been convicted for crimes perpetrated by men. "If you run with the wolves, you are guilty of the kill" is a maxim embraced by too many police and prosecutors. We will examine cases of women accomplices who were arrested, defied authorities, rejected plea bargains, and are now serving long terms of incarceration. (3) Wrongful Executions Popular support for the death penalty has been decreasing in the United States, but remains high in Japan. We will look at actual cases of wrongful executions in both countries, and one in China. Classroom teachers can use the simple yet highly persuasive materials that will be shared in this section. Michael H. Fox grew up in suburban Detroit, and came to Japan with a backpack in 1979. He spends most of his waking life researching wrongful convictions and the death penalty. He maintains three websites: the Japan Innocence and Death Penalty Information Center (, the Women’s Criminal Justice Network (, and the Network for Innocent Arson Defendant ( This is, of course, too much work for one person, and at any given time, all three websites may be badly out of date. During the day, he works at Hyogo University in Kakogawa. Zen meditation and seaside walks have helped him maintain sanity…so far. This event is co-sponsored by Kyoto JALT and SIETAR Kansai. The meeting venue is in the Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2), 2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station.

There will be a dinner after the session at a restaurant. Reservations for dinner required by October 10.

Event Speaker: Michael H. Fox (Associate Professor, Hyogo Univ.)
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT and SIETAR members and students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen



Edcamp Kansai Encore, at Uchida Yoko Co., LTD., Osaka branch

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Osaka JALT is proud to co-sponsor Edcamp Kansai Encore 2018 (the second Edcamp event in Kansai of the year), held again at the beautiful facilities of Uchida Yoko Co., LTD., three blocks west and two blocks south of Tanimachiyonchome metro station, Exit 8. Admission is free for everyone, but please register to help the organizers.

Edcamp is a form of "unconference" designed specifically for teachers and their needs. What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set days, weeks, or months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.


  • The event begins at 10:00 with short welcoming comments, reminders, and building of the session board. Please bring your ideas! 10時から開会式を行います。この時にスケジュールの内容を作ります。アイディアを持ってきてください。

  • Here is a map to the event venue Uchida Yoko. 会場への地図です。

  • Registration is still open, so please feel free to invite your colleagues or others interested. 登録はまだできますので、是非同僚を招待してください。当日参加も歓迎します。

  • Please bring a device (and charger) or something to take notes with. We will not have paper on hand. デバイスとバッテリーを持ってきてください。紙やメモ用紙は会場にはありません。

  • Consider doing a demo slam at the end of the day. We’ll have some small prizes for the top three slams. Do you know a cool app or website? Got a great teaching idea, strategy or model? Please share it with us! 何より大事なのは「アイデア」!イベントの最後にはプレゼンの時間があります。Edcamp関西で学んだことは?お気に入りのアプリやサイトは?学びのモデルは?ぜひ発表してくださいね!

  • There will be tea, coffee, and simple snacks provided, but lunch will not be provided. There are restaurants in the area but Uchida Yoko has kindly provided a microwave and small refrigerator for those who choose to bring a bento. Drink can be consumed in the main hall, but all food must be eaten in the cafeteria on the 5th floor. There is no water fountain on site, but there are vending machines. 昼食は出ませんが、近くにカフェやレストラン、コンビニもあります。内田洋行の会場には電子レンジはあります。ミーティングルームと広場では食べ物は禁止なので、会場の5階にあるカフェテリアで食べて下さい。飲み物を購入できる自動販売機があります。

  • We will have garbage bags on hand, but it will be helpful it you can take away your own trash (many thanks!). ゴミ箱は用意しますが可能であれば自分のゴミの持ち帰りください。

  • To continue networking (yes, it’s okay for teachers to network - bring your business cards!) we will have an after party from 5pm. The venue is still to be announced but likely at a pub in Shinsaibashi, a couple of subway stops from the event venue (suggestions are still welcome). Edcamp関西 アフターパーティーは午後5時から行いますが当日お知らせします。まずは心斎橋の周辺で集まります。

  • We like to be relaxed, so there is no dress code. ドレスコードはありませんのでカジュアルな服装にしてください。

  • Still not certain what an Edcamp is? Have a look at our website!どんなイベントかよくわからない?Edcamp Japanのホームページを見てください。

  • Share your enthusiasm and join us on social media (Twitter #EdcampKansai, Facebook, Google+) before the event! また、FacebookやTwitterでのフォローして、オンラインでシェアしましょう!ハッシュタグ#EdcampKansai

We look forward to seeing you soon! 当日お会いすることを楽しみにしております。

Uchida Yoko Co., LTD, Osaka branch

Event Speakers: Everyone!
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for non-JALT members: Free