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Transforming our Professional Identities and Classroom Practices: Innovations that Have Changed ELT

Sunday, July 15th, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm 
Transforming our Profession Identities and Classroom Practices: Innovations that Have Changed ELT

Presentator - Donna M. Brinton, private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Reflective practice mandates that we in the English language teaching (ELT) profession make “tacit beliefs and practical knowledge explicit” (Crandall, 2000) and that we recall, consider, and evaluate our experiences (Ferrell, 1998). Over the course of our professional lives, as we amass classroom experiences, we are exposed to research results, methodological innovations, and changes in our teaching contexts that significantly impact how we conduct our practice. We may also conduct classroom research that enables us to “investigate the teaching and learning processes in our classrooms” (Bailey, 2014). In this manner, we strive to learn more about our practices with the ultimate goal of becoming more effective teachers. In her talk, Donna Brinton reflects on her ELT career and considers the ten innovations that have had the most impact on her own teaching. She concludes with a discussion of predicted trends in the future of ELT, contemplating the types of innovations that may arise as a response to these trends.
Donna M. Brinton is a private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, CA. In the past, she has served as Senior Lecturer in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC), where she designed and taught online classes in the MAT-TESOL program. Prior to that, she served as Professor of TESOL at Soka University of America and as Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Associate Director of the Center for World Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught a wide spectrum of Applied Linguistics and English as a second language classes. Donna is the co-author and co-editor of numerous professional texts including Content-Based Second Language Instruction (University of Michigan), The Content-Based Classroom (Longman), Teaching Pronunciation (Cambridge) and many more.  
For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for dinner. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat! Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 14th.

Event Speaker: Donna M. Brinton, private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, California, USA
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT members
Fee for non-JALT members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for undergraduate students)
Contact or Queries 

CANCELED DUE TO EARTHQUAKE: From Adversity to Advocacy: The power of sharing your stories [Cancelled/Postponed]

[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE JUNE 18th EARTHQUAKE. If this becomes a postponement, updates will be posted here]

Organized and sponsored by SIETAR Kansai.
Also sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kyoto JALT


Sunday, June 24th, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm 
SIETAR Kansai June 2018, From Adversity to Advocacy: The power of sharing your stories

Presentator - Tomomi Kumai, Intercultural Trainer & Transformative Education Coach

Universities in the U.S. are required to include a statement in their materials claiming that the institution is committed to the inclusion of students with disabilities and that it will make reasonable accommodations for them. This increasing awareness of students with challenges can certainly have an effect on schools and other institutions in other parts of the world. With this in mind, we have invited Tomomi Kumai and her son, Ty, to share their experiences of their family’s challenges. Tomomi: “In January 2016, my son Ty’s life as a person with a disability began. Ty was diagnosed with a pediatric malignant brain tumor--medulloblastoma--and had to undergo brain surgery. The surgery left him in a wheelchair. After experiencing social challenges such as being discriminated when using public transportation, Ty and I decided to educate elementary school students by volunteering to read a book on special needs in their classrooms. We will introduce our story of grappling with illness and disability but also discuss the social challenges we faced in being ill and later with a disability.” This presentation will invite audience members to reflect on adversity in their own lives and consider what they can do for some populations who might have similar experiences. This process will also help educators think about various ways to include diversity in a learning environment and provide a safe place for all learners. The presentation will help children, parents, and educators identify issues and understand the importance of accepting and including differences and adversity, transforming them into opportunities to be proactive in advocating for advancement.
Tomomi Kumai is an intercultural trainer and transformative coach in South Korea, serving expatriates and international students in the US, Korea, and Japan. She was born as a Korean Japanese bicultural citizen in Hiroshima and earned a BA at San Diego State University and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Tomomi has lived, studied, and worked for over 15 years outside Japan. Her mission is to connect, learn, and empower.
Tyler/Takaya Kumai is Tomomi’s 12-year-old son. Born in the USA, Ty spent 7 years in Japan and moved to Korea when he was eight. In 2016, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent brain surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He is currently cancer-free and receiving physical therapy.
This presentation will be in English and Japanese.


For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for dinner. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat! Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 20th.

Event Speaker: Tomomi Kumai, Intercultural Trainer & Transformative Education Coach
Fee for JALT members: Free for SIETAR & JALT members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen
Contact or Queries 

Translation of the above


2018年異文化コミュニケーション学会関西支部 6月例会



発表者-  熊井知美  異文化理解トレーナー、コーチ、国際教育者

発表概要 アメリカの大学では、障害のある学生たちを受け入れ、そのために必要な体制を整えることを宣言する文言を資料などにて表明する必要があります。このような困難を持つ学生に対する意識の高まりは、世界の他の地域の学校や機関にも影響を及ぼしています。 このことを念頭に置いて、熊井知美さんと息子さんの「たいちゃん」に家族の挑戦を体験を語っていただきます。


熊井知美:2016年1月、私の息子であるたいちゃん(熊井貴哉)の障害者としての人生が始まりました。 髄芽腫(ずいがしゅ)という小児悪性腫瘍との診断を受け脳手術を受けたのですが、その結果、車いすに乗ることを余儀なくされました。公共交通手段を利用する際にも差別を受けるなどの社会的な困難を経験したのち、私たちは小学校の子供たちに障害者理解の本を読むボランティア活動を始めました。これまで私たちが癌と障害と闘ってきた姿をご紹介するとともに、そのために経験した社会的な壁についてもお話しします。




発表者の概要 熊井知美。韓国にて韓国、日本、アメリカの駐在員や留学生を対象とした異文化理解プログラムを提供する異文化理解トレーナー、コーチ、国際教育者。在日韓国人を母に持つ日本人として生まれ、米国にて言語学学士(サンディエゴ州立大学)、言語学修士(イリノイ大学アーバナ・シャンペーン校)を取得。15年以上海外にて勉強、仕事をしながら生活。ミッションはConnect, learn, and empower.



使用言語:  日本語 /英語 


終了後に近くのレストランで夕食会を致します。参加ご希望の方は予約が必要となります 6月20日(水)迄にご連絡下さい。

電話: 講師: 熊井知美  異文化理解トレーナー、コーチ、国際教育者
使用言語: 日本語 /英語
費用:会員・学生は無料、 非会員は500円

Back to School 2018: Osaka JALT's 8th annual spring mini-conference

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Back to School 2018 is Osaka JALT’s 8th annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone in the new school year. With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (including a dinner party afterwards at a nearby izakaya), there is sure to be something for everyone.

RSVP by Thursday, May 10, to reserve a seat at the dinner party.

See below for the full schedule.

This year's plenary speaker is Dr. Curtis Kelly of Kansai University, who will be presenting The Neuroscience and Psychology of Motivation.

3L students. You know them: Low Ability, Low Confidence, and Low Motivation. While there is no easy answer on how to get them engaged, a look at the key theories of motivation gives us insights on how we might work with them.  In neuroscience, the role of emotion became a hot topic less than a year ago, but not emotion as we think of it.  Emotional valence is attached to every memory and through predictive processing shapes our orientation towards future experiences.  In short, no emotion, no learning.  As for the psychology of motivation, the most valuable theories are some of the oldest – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Roger’s criteria for building a humanistic relationship: 1) authenticity, 2) empathic listening, and 3) absolute positive regard.  After examining the science behind motivation, we will have a short workshop.  The audience will be given motivation problems to design solutions for, such as making a textbook lesson more engaging, or dealing with a sleeping student.  

Curtis Kelly (EdD), is a Professor of English at Kansai University and founder of the BRAIN SIG. His life mission is to “relieve the suffering of the classroom.” To do so, he has made over 400 presentations on neuroscience, motivation and teaching writing, and has written over 30 books with learner-centered activities, including Significant Scribbles (Longman), Active Skills for Communication (Cengage)and Writing from Within (Cambridge). 

This event is co-sponsored by Oxford University Press and Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence.

Osaka Jogakuin University
2 Chome-26-54 Tamatsukuri
Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 540-0004 Japan

 Event Speakers: Dr. Curtis Kelly, Kansai University

Fee for JALT members: Free

Fee for non-JALT members: 2,000 yen (1,000 yen for full-time students)




Poster Presentations:

Jeffrey Barnett - Where is the Reading Section? Critical Thinking, Task Focus, and Developing Motivation

Andrew Blaker - Vocabulary Notebook Use in High Schools

Gordon Carlson - Service Learning and English Leadership Camp

Gretchen Clark - All things Flipgrid: An essential tool for out-of-class speaking practice via video

Claire Murray - Can Japanese students become better language learners?

Philip Riccobono - KakaoTalk: Examining university students attitudes’ toward a mobile platform for learning English

Aaron Sponseller - Initial Validation of a Parental Reading Belief Scale for Japanese L1 Mothers

Short presentations:

Mehrasa Alizadeh - The Basics of Navigating a Learning Management System (LMS) in Japanese

Sachiko Aoki - English Songs for Comprehension of Connected Speech

John Campbell-Larsen - Why do you ask? Transactional, display and interactional questions in the classroom  

Barry  Condon - Creativity, Technology and Grammar          

Imogen Custance - Anyone for (Sentence) Tennis?

G. Clint Denison - Examining the Lexical Profile and Speaking Skills of English L2 Learners

Max Diaz - Using Mobile Messenger Applications in In-Service Learning Environments

Paul Dickinson - Giving Language Classes a Motivational Reboot with Kahoot!

Ray Franklin - Analysis of Fluency and Pronunciation in Controlled vs. Spontaneous Speaking Tasks

Akemi Fu - College students’ growth through a short study abroad program

Mary Hillis - Activities for improving academic writing skills  

Arthur Lauritsen - University Style Lectures in English?!?!?     

Elizabeth Leigh - Research and Curriculum Design in an Advanced English Course in Education for Sustainable Development at Osaka City University

Kane Linton - Redefining English Assessment in Japanese Education: The Link Between Motivation and Opportunity  

Paul Mathieson - Tickling funny bones to aid academic vocabulary acquisition

Sachiko Nakagome - Teaching effective use of translation software to university students  

Richard Sparrow - TBLT and Flipped Learning: A Reading Focus in a Communcation Class

Yasue Shinomiya - My Way of Using Google Forms in Class

John Syquia - Learning Vocabulary Through Watching Television for Pleasure

Catriona Takeuchi - Teachers Helping Teachers: From then to now

Long presentations:

Anne Barkow - Simple Strategies To Teach Listening 

John Carle - Motivation: Old School Tools and High Tech Tricks!

Paul Lyddon - Structuring Effective L2 Group Discussions

Justin Pool - Selecting and Integrating Authentic Materials into the Curriculum: A Restaurant Unit

Oliver Rose - Digital Tools for Independent Productive Sentence-Level Practice

Matthew Ross - A look at teaching in Rwanda

Leeja Russell - Code of Conduct: Specific Strategies for Improving Classroom Management  Competence


SIETAR Kansai April 2018, Two Lectures, Sexual Harassment: From Two Vantage Points

Organized and sponsored by SIETAR Kansai.
Also sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kyoto JALT, Nara JALT, and (Gender Awareness in Language Education) GALE SIG.


Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

SIETAR Kansai April 2018, Sexual Harassment: From Two Vantage Points

First Presentation - Dr. Robert O'Mochain, Ritsumeikan university

Sexual Harassment: From Cultures of Silence to Cultures of Empowerment

     This presentation explores the issue of sexual harassment through the lens of culture, in particular the cultures of educational institutions. To what extent do educational cultures tolerate unacceptable behaviour, with a culture of impunity for perpetrators? To what extent are individuals aware of the seriousness of sexual harassment, and what steps have they taken to eliminate this prevalent social ill? The presentation also considers national, political, organizational, and military cultures in terms of the styles of masculinity which they promote and how this translates into toxic patterns of harassment. Finally, considerations are made of counter-arguments to some arguments of protagonists of the “Me Too” campaign, a recent far-reaching, multimedia, cultural phenomenon.

Dr. Robert O’Mochain is an Associate Professor of the College of International Relations in RitsumeikanUniversity. His doctoral research explored the implications of homophobia in the lives of teachers and students in Japan. More recently, he has explored the implications of sexual harassment in educational contexts and has applied a Masculinities Studies perspective to sexual harassment issues.

Second Presentation - Dr. Fiona Creaser  Kitakyushu University

 Springboard Women's work and Personal Development Program: One Woman's Journey

     Dr. Fiona Creaser’s past research has been on harassment against women; however, two years ago she felt that although workplace policies had improved somewhat, there was still a gap between the reality of harassment and its effects on people. There was a clear need for safe working environments for people to speak freely about their experiences of harassment. Victims of harassment experienced anger, disappointment and isolation. Dr. Creaser thus worked on a project to culturally translate and introduce to Japan the Springboard Women’s Work and Personal Development programme, a programmewhich was developed in Durham University in the UK and dedicated to empower women to create their own networks of power and safety. This project has sponsored several women in Japan to become licensed trainers, and it is expected that this will result in pockets of support networks to spring up throughout Japan.

Dr. Fiona Creaser
is an Associate Professor at the University of Kitakyushu, where she teaches gender issues. Her research interests include sexual harassment, workplace bullying, and women’s self-development and empowerment programmes.

For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for dinner. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat! Reservations are required by Thursday April 19th.

Event Speakers: Dr. Robert O’Mochain, Ritsumeikan University ​​& Dr. Fiona Creaser, Kitakyushu University
Fee for JALT members: Free for SIETAR & JALT members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen
Contact or Queries 

Translation of the above


2018年異文化コミュニケーション学会関西支部 4月例会


プレゼンテーション 1 :Dr. Robert O’Mochain(立命館大学)

このプレゼンテーションでは、文化というレンズを通して、特に教育機関の文化におけるセクシュアル・ハラスメントの問題を取り上げます。加害者にはおとがめなしという文化の中で、教育現場では容認すべきでない行動をどの程度許容しているのでしょうか? また、社会悪としてまん延するセクシュアル・ハラスメントの重大性はどの程度認識され、排除のためにどのような対策が講じられているでしょうか? このプレゼンテーションでは、国家、政治、組織、軍隊といった男らしさが推奨される文化について取り上げ、その「男らしさ」がどのようにしてハラスメントという有害なパターンへと変わっていくかについても検討します。そして最後に、最近マルチメディアを通じて広範囲に展開される文化現象である「Me Too」キャンペーンの主唱者の主張に対する反論について考察します。

Robert O’Mochain氏は、立命館大学国際関係学部の准教授です。博士研究では、日本の教師や学生の生活において同性愛嫌悪が及ぼす影響について調査しました。最近では、教育という文脈でのセクシュアル・ハラスメントの影響を探るとともに、「男性学」の視点を、セクシュアル・ハラスメントの問題の研究に採り入れています。

プレゼンテーション2:Dr. Fiona Creaser (北九州市立大学)

Fiona Creaser氏は、以前から女性へのハラスメントに関する研究を行なっています。2年前に彼女は、職場での方針についてはいくらか改善が見られるものの、ハラスメントの現実と、ハラスメントが人々に及ぼす影響との間には依然としてギャップがあると感じていました。ハラスメントの経験について自由に発言できるような、安全な職場環境が必要であることは明らかでした。ハラスメントの被害者たちは、怒りや、失望や、孤独の中にいました。そこで、Creaser氏は「女性の職業と自己啓発のためのスプリングボード」プログラムを、日本文化になじむように翻訳して日本に紹介するプロジェクトに携わりました。このプログラムは英国のダラム大学で開発されたもので、女性たちが強力かつ安全なネットワークを自ら作り出せるよう支援することを目的としています。このプロジェクトは既に、数名の日本人女性にもトレーナーライセンスの取得支援を行なっており、ここから日本全国に支援ネットワークが広がることが期待されています。

Dr. Fiona Creaser氏は、北九州市立大学の准教授で、ジェンダー問題について教えています。セクシュアル・ハラスメント、職場でのいじめ、女性の自己啓発およびエンパワーメントプログラムなどの研究に携わっています。

終了後に近くのレストランで夕食会を致します。参加ご希望の方は予約が必要となります 4月19日(木)迄にご連絡下さい。

講師: Dr. Robert O’Mochain(立命館大学)& Dr. Fiona Creaser (北九州市立大学)
使用言語: 英語
費用:会員・学生は無料、 非会員は500円

Edcamp Kansai 2018


Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Edcamp Kansai 2018
Edcamp Kansai provides a unique opportunity to meet and network with knowledgeable, dedicated, passionate people in education and related fields: pre-schools, public schools, private schools, international schools, universities, artists, workshop leaders, event organisers, edu-preneurs, and more!
What the day looks like is up to participants! Edcamp Kansai sessions are based on the ideas and interests of participants. Please join us to discuss the things that matter most to you, from small, everyday teaching practices to big ideas and educational philosophies.

Space is limited, so please register at the new. Please RSVP at the Edcamp Kansai website so we can be sure to reserve you a seat! Updates will be available on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, as well as Edcamp news and interesting articles in education. Join in the discussion online!


2-2, Izumimachi 2-Chome, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8520 Japan 
Contact or Queries 

Translation of the above


Edcamp Kansai 2018は開催です!

Edcamp Kansai は教育分野に熱い情熱を持つみなさんならどなたでも参加できます。幼稚園から、小中学校、高校、大学、インターナショナルスクール、芸術家、ファシリテーター、起業家など、ぜひご参加ください。
参加ご希望の方は Edcamp Kansai のホームページで RSVP してください! また、 TwitterFacebookGoogle+にもフォローして、オンラインでシェーアしましょう!
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