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Monday
Apr232012

Asian Conferences on Language Learning & Technology in the Classroom

 

DATE: April 26-28, 2012
TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ramada Osaka (Umeda)
FEE: ¥50,000

The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Second Asian Conference on Language Learning, to be held from April 26-28 2012, at the Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan.

The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing a exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religion to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. By bringing together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas, ACLL/ACTC 2012 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

For more information please see http://www.acll.iafor.org/ and http://www.actc.iafor.org/

Sunday
Apr082012

Back to School 2012: Sunday, April 22 @OGU

Sunday, April 22 at Osaka Gakuin University

Back to School 2012

 

 

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.

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Check out this 30 sec. video summary of last year's event:
http://animoto.com/play/MokPSMN6xdHUvQv5pBrVvw
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With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (especially at the dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant) there is sure to be something for everyone. See our conference homepage here.


Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Osaka Gakuin University, Building No. 2 (See map here.)
Fee: ¥1000 JALT Members & Full-time Students; ¥2000 One-day members

 

This year's presentations include: 

Jason Bartashius After School Lessons For Tohoku Children
Thomas Boutorwick  Individualized Vocabulary Quizzes
Harry Carley Wikis or Blogs: Which is right for a writing course?
Gretchen Clark

Practical Ideas for Developing Learner Autonomy

in Secondary Classes

Pahnee Fukui  Bloom's Taxonomy and Critical Thinking 
Sean Gay Improving grading efficiency with Word 2010
Kristin Golden

Using Taboo and Controversial Topics to Engage Intermediate

and Advanced Learners

Noriko Kinami and Takaaki Morioka 

Self-motivating Strategies Used by Adult EFL Learners

and University Students in Japan

Alison Kitzman

"Frontloading" Communication Skills and Strategies

in Language Classes

Arthur Lauritsen 10 lessons you can do without handouts
Catherine LeBlanc Fostering communicative competence through reading circles
Matt Lucas

Crossing the Frontier: Cross-Linguistic Awareness-Raising

and L2 Written Accuracy

Paul Marlowe Absorb, Retain, Apply: Ideas for Maximizing Language Learning
Stuart McLean Dictogloss and forced output following speed-reading.  
Christopher Micek Peeling the Cultural Onion
Tony Minotti

An action plan to help reduce classroom stress

for EFL students

Fergus O'Dwyer Assessing the role of Classroom Assessment Practices
Junko Omotedani Theory and Practice for TOEIC Reading Classes
Matthew Reynolds Isn't it time we had a JALT SIG for school owners?
Steve McCarty Analyzing Types of Bilingual Education in Japan and the World
Michael Sullivan Cubing: Six Sides to An Activity
Donna Tatsuki The Place of Literature in the ELT Curriculum
Jennifer Voss Making Learning Stick: Review Activities
Jason White Using role-play to increase motivation and lower anxiety
Brian Wojtowicz

Diary Studies: The Benefits of Simple or Extensive

Self-Reflection

Lori Zenuk-Nishide Literary Texts in ELT in Japan

 

Schedule posted online here, and presentation descriptions are online here.

 

100% of the proceeds from this event will be going to support relief efforts in Tohoku, so by participating you'll not only be learning, schmoozing, and getting ready for the new school year, you'll also be helping us make a difference for those that can definitely use and will greatly appreciate our assistance. Come help us help those who so greatly need it and appreciate it in Tohoku!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Saturday
Mar312012

Motivation and Negotiated Syllabuses: Two presentations by Andy Boon

Saturday, 7 April 2012, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
 
Speaker: Andy Boon

Two presentations by Andy Boon, a Featured Speaker at JALT 2011 (followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant):

1. Here we are now, Motivate us

You walk into the classroom. The students are at the back chatting with friends, sitting in silence, checking their phones, or resting their heads on the desks. Then, suddenly, the bell sounds. It is the start of the class. How do we as teachers change the classroom dynamic to one where learning can take place for all concerned? How do we create an environment and experience that will spark our students' natural curiosity and eagerness to develop? Once in action, how can we help nurture and sustain their interest throughout the lesson when learner motivation is constantly at threat. This presentation will provide an overview of Dörnyei's motivational teaching practice model (2001), describe its practical application in the L2 classroom, and explore strategies for generating, maintaining and protecting student motivation. The audience will be invited to share their own experiences of and suggestions for stimulating teen spirit.

2. Negotiated syllabuses: Do you want to?

It has been said that negotiated syllabuses can increase student motivation and involvement in the learning process. And yet, learner and teacher reservations towards gaining or relinquishing control of syllabus design decisions can often mean that negotiated syllabuses are difficult to implement. This presentation will look at three different teaching contexts in which negotiated syllabuses (or certain elements of negotiation) have been implemented (business courses, extension center courses, and university courses). It will describe the results of a qualitative research study into whether teachers and students really want to negotiate syllabuses. Finally, the audience will be invited to share their own experiences by answering the questions; have you and do you want to?

Andrew Boon is an associate professor in the faculty of humanities at Toyo Gakuen University. He has been teaching in Japan for over 14 years and is an Aston University PhD student. He has been an active member of JALT since 2004, has presented at numerous conferences, and has published several articles on teacher development, motivation, and methodology. At the time of writing, he is currently working on a new coursebook, Discover the News with David Harrington (Language Solutions, 2011).

Location: 
Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center - Namba Branch), (O-CAT 4F, 06 6643-7010)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)
Tuesday
Feb142012

Back to School 2012: Call for Presentations

 

 

Back to School 2012

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


Please use this form to submit for presenting at Osaka JALT Back to School 2012:
http://bts.osakajalt.org/home/call-for-presentations

DEADLINE: March 21, 9PM

~~~~~~~~~~
Check out this 30 sec. video summary of last year's event:
http://animoto.com/play/MokPSMN6xdHUvQv5pBrVvw
~~~~~~~~~~~

Back to School is one of our annual one-day mini-conferences which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone start the new school year on a positive note. With long and short presentation slots, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize, especially at the dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Presentations can be in English, Japanese, or any language you like. Teachers and students of all kinds are all very welcome and encouraged to submit proposals for any kind of presentation, including group presentations, workshops, round-table discussions, you name it. Space and time permitting, we'll do our best to fit you in.

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Osaka Gakuin University, Building No. 2
Admission: TBA

Just as we've been doing at all of our events since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year, 100% of the proceeds from this event will be going to support relief efforts in Tohoku, so by participating you'll not only be learning, schmoozing, and getting ready for the new school year, you'll also be helping us make a difference for those that can definitely use and will greatly appreciate our assistance. Come help us keep helping those who so greatly need it and appreciate it in Tohoku!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sunday
Jan292012

Film Showing: The Grandpa from Brazil

Sunday, 12 February 2012, 2:00 - 4:30pm

 

Film Showing:


The Grandpa from Brazil


Speaker: Nanako Kurihara (film director/producer)

 

The film "The Grandpa from Brazil" documents the life of Mr. Kenichi Konno, who emigrated to Brazil at the age of 19 in 1931.

Konno went abroad in search of a decent job, and he vowed to return after achieving success. He worked very hard for decades, and 60 years after leaving Japan he began making annual trips back to Japan staying for a month at a time in order to check on Japanese-Brazilians who had emigrated in the opposite direction. Konno had been very concerned about the many difficulties that these Japanese-Brazilians face in Japan. He made these trips over a period of 15 years, and he helped many people in the process.

This 60-minute film follows this extraordinary yet ordinary man as he retraces his journey through the streets of Tokyo and Kansai, recounting his life in Brazil, and discovering more about the actual situation of Japanese Brazilians. This heartfelt documentary explores issues of migration, ethnicity, family, and global citizenship.

After the film there will be time to meet and ask questions to the filmmaker, Nanako Kurihara. English subtitles will be provided.

Nanako Kurihara is a graduate of Waseda University and an award-winning Japanese producer/director. Her first film made in 1993, was “Ripples of Change” (also titled “Looking for Fumiko”) which is about the Japanese women’s movement in the 1970s. It has been shown internationally and has been broadcast in the United States and Australia. Kurihara holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University.

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai. (SIETAR =The Society for Intercultural Education, Training, And Research)

For more details about Mr. Konno, please see this 2008 article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20081022f2.html

Location: 
Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 5th floor 視聴覚センター
Fee for JALT members: 500 yen for JALT & SIETAR members, and students
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: osakajalt@yahoo.com