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FAB1: Connecting Brain Science with EFL

Date: July 10, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Location: Konan University Hirano School of Management (Nishinomiya)
Fee: ¥3000 for JALT members, ¥4000 Non-JALT members, ¥2000 for full-time students

FAB1 is like no other conference that you have been to. The whole day is designed as a single coherent package. What you learn in the first session will connect and compound with every other session at the FAB conference! We believe in active learning -so be prepared to focus on the content and speak up during the "Power Sessions". By the end of the conference, you will have a notebook full of take home activities and a brain full of new ideas and inspiration for your classrooms!

9:00 Open Doors
9:30 Opening / Posters / Coffee
10:00 Plenary #1: Robert S. Murphy
10:50 Plenary #2: Curtis Kelly
11:00 "Power Sessions" (Breakout Groups)
11:40 Vetted Presentations / Posters / Lunch [bring your own lunch]
13:30 Plenary #3: Marc Helgesen
14:20 Plenary #4: Tim Murphey
15:10 Vetted Presentations / Posters
16:00 "Power Sessions" (Breakout Groups)
17:00 Panel Discussion Q & A
17:30 Closing

Participants can register in advance by clicking HERE.


Mike Byram: Purposes and approaches to foreign language education

Date: June 28, 2011 (Tuesday)
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Umeda Lifelong Learning Center
Entrance fee:
Free for JALT members and members of the co-sponsoring groups
1,000 yen for others.

Purposes and approaches to foreign language education: universalism or particularism?

The main focus of this talk will be whether language teaching can be 'universal' or has to be 'particularistic' i.e. with the purposes and aims /objectives specific to each country. This will lead onto dealing with the model of intercultural communicative competence (Byram, 1997). The talk will include a question and answers section.

This event is co-sponsored by Osaka JALT, the Framework & Language Portfolio Special Interest Group (FLP SIG), and the East Shikoku Chapter in cooperation with Osaka University Research Institute for World Languages.

Registration by email is necessary (by June 14th)
Contact Fergus O’Dwyer (FLP SIG/Osaka University):


7th Annual Tech Day Plus at Hannan University

Date: Sunday, June 19, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (registration opens at 9:30)
Location: Hannan University's main campus (Kintetsu Kawachi Amami station)

Fee: ¥1000 JALT Members (Free for full-time student members), ¥1500 Non-members (¥500 for full-time student non-members)

The themes of Tech Day are simplicity and practicality -- ideas that language teachers and learners can use either in or out of the classroom. In addition to our "Tech" presentations that will take place in fully equipped computer labs, we'll have a wide range of other presentations on non-technical topics in the "Plus" room.

Steve McCarty, Osaka Jogakuin College professor, will give the opening plenary session "Online education and virtual organizations". McCarty was elected president of the U.S.-based NPO World Association for Online Education several times from 1998: See his bilingual online library:

We are also proud to have these presenters (in alphabetical order):

Simon Bibby - Investigating student preferences, proficiency and usage patterns: PCs versus cell phones

Chris Brizzard - Creating podcasts with Audacity

Kelly Butler & Michael Wilkins - Teaching paperless

John Campbell-Larsen - Creating a Video Corpus

Harry Carley - Working with Wikis, Technology in Teaching

Nat Carney - Online textual analysis tools useful for working with EFL Writing

Mark Donnellan - A blended approach: The use of CALL tools in EFL lessons / An introduction to electronic textbooks

Jean-Paul DuQuette - Evaluating Online Games for Language Learning

Craig Gamble - Educational advantages of using Dropbox in your classroom

Floyd Graham, Anthony Lavigne, & Gary Fogal - Global English made accessible and meaningful for EFL learners
Myles Grogan - Simple text animation for class websites / Recipes for Wired Teachers - Online!

Troy Guze - How to protect sensitive data on your computer with encription

William Hogue - Course websites with Google Sites / Flip your classroom with Google / Google Forms for homework?

Christopher Johnston - Practical motivational strategies for Japanese university students

Laura Markslag - Name cards: Motivating classes through individual accountability / Own it! How digital movies help learners use English meaningfully

Stuart McLean - Computerized flash card sites: when learning and monitoring learning

Junko Omotedani - Classroom listening comprehension activities based on the processes of listening

Michal B. Paradowski - InfoVis Interfaces: Moving beyond the corpus in the language and culture classroom

Andrew Philpott - Motivating students using CALL

Bob Sanderson - Extensive Reading Online

Gabrielle Wallace - Just "act" natural: Speaking naturally beyond grammar and vocabulary

Bill White - English Central for the Blended Classroom

Josh Wilson - Think like a video game designer to build better courses

Brian Wojtowicz - Lesson idea enhancements using online video clips and images

The schedule of presentations can be downloaded HERE.


Asian Conference on Language Learning & Technology in the Classroom

DATE: June 10-12
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 Inaugural Asian Conference on Language Learning, to be held from June 10-12 2011, 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, ACCL 2011 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

For more information please see and


Gender Awareness in Language Education Conference

Gender Awareness in Language Education Conference:

Exploring Gender and its Implications

DATE: May 28th, 2011
TIME: 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Kyoto University
FEE: Students 1,000 yen, JALT Members 2,000 yen, Non-members 3,000 yen

GALE will be holding a one day conference on May 28th at Kyoto University. This conference is an opportunity to share  research as well as exchange ideas on different aspects of gender and language education.

For more information including venue access and the conference program, please click HERE.