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Ratification of Osaka JALT Constitution: Voting Deadline June 21

 Osaka JALT Chapter Constitution ratified

The results of the ballot to ratify our new updated chapter constitution is as follows:
Yes -- 105 members
No -- 2 members
Abstain -- 5 members

Voting ended June 21. We had 112 votes out of 198 paid-up members, for a fairly high 56% participation rate (and 53% approval, so a clear majority). The new constitution can be viewed at, and a list of all ratified chapter & SIG constitutions is posted at

NOTE: If you are a paid-up member who did NOT get your ballot in an email titled "Osaka JALT Constituiton", then there may be a problem with your email address in our records, so please check and/or update it with our Membership Chair.
And if you DID get the ballot but did not vote, then please let us know that your email address is valid, as this election is a good opportunity to confirm or update your info with us.

For more info on this, please click on the Editorial link above, or the link below:


Call for Presentations at KUIS on July 21 (due June 17)



 Osaka JALT is pleased to co-sponsor a mini-conference on Effective Language Teaching: The Never-Ending Challenge, to be held on Saturday, July 21 (10 am - 5 pm) at the Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS) campus in Amagasaki.

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

Thanks to the sponsors, this event is free for everyone.

Call for Submissions deadline: Sunday, June 17, midnight 

 Check website here for criteria.

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

The objectives are:
1. to identify the challenges language teachers face in the classroom,

2. to come up with ways to confront these challenges, and

3. to develop a network among high schools and universities to share information about language teaching.

The plenary speaker is Prof. Paul Hullah (Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo)

Former Miyazaki JALT Chapter President Paul Hullah (PhD, English Literature, Edinburgh University) is currently tenured faculty at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. A vocal campaigner for the use of literature in English teaching, he is co-founder of Liberlit, an organization for ‘Discussion and Defense of the Role of ‘Literary’ Texts in the English Curriculum’. He is himself a prolific author. He has written and edited volumes of literary criticism, EFL-based research articles and textbooks, journalism, and creative writing, and has presented regularly at conferences word-wide during the last two decades: Rock UK, a socio-cultural history of British rock music in textbook form, was published this year by Cengage Learning, and his fifth collection of poetry, Homing, was published in the UK in 2011 by Word Power Books.

Two versions of the poster for the Call for Papers for the one day conference at KUIS ("Effective Language Teaching: The Never-Ending Challenge") are now available:

Download them - print them - post them!

Show your support for this Osaka JALT co-sponsored event by spreading the word, or by submitting a proposal!


Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 May 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, 20 May 2012 - 3:00pm
Plenary Speakers: David Carless and Michael Thomas

The aim of this international event is to enable language educators and researchers from across Asia to share ideas and discuss various aspects relating to the theory and/or practice of task-based learning and teaching in Asia.

Osaka Shoin Women's University
Fee for JALT members: 
3500 yen (5000 yen for non-JALT members)
Fee for one-day members: 
2500 yen (3500 yen for non-JALT members)
The JALT TBL SIG'S 'TBL in Asia' conference schedule can now be found here:

And the full handbook can be found here:


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 and


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.

Check out this 30 sec. video summary of last year's event:

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


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!