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Osaka JALT - Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:45am

This is our chapter AGM (business meeting) for current officers to report to our members on the past year's activities and to discuss JALT business issues and plans for the coming year. This will be an informative opportunity for those interested in meeting some of our current officers and learning more about the inner workings of Osaka JALT and JALT in general and getting more involved. 

Please let us know by Nov 4th via this link if you'd like to nominate yourself as an officer, or let us know by responding to this email or in person at our meetings on Oct 28 or Nov 4.

We'll go for lunch at a nearby restaurant after the meeting. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat!

Event Speaker: Chapter officers
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 500 yen

2017 Vocab SIG Symposium: Learning/Cognition and Corpus Linguistics

Organized and sponsored by Vocab SIG and co-sponsored by Osaka JALT

Event Theme: Vocabulary learning/cognition and corpus linguistics

Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Event Speakers:
David Beglar, Jenifer Larson-Hall, Robert Nelson, Yu Kanazawa, Phil Bennett, Laurence Anthony, Dale Brown, Paul Lyddon, Rick Romanko, and Atsushi Mizumoto

Registration opens at 9:00, with the symposium starting from 10:00

10:00 to 12:00  Symposium One: Vocabulary and Corpus Linguistics
12:30 to 2:00    Lunch and Poster Session
2:15 to 4:15      Symposium Two: Vocabulary Learning and Instruction
5:00 to 10:00    Dinner and Drinks

In addition to the invited speakers, vetted poster presentations will also be included at the symposium with the themes of Tested vocabulary teaching and learning strategies and Ongoing vocabulary empirical research. The poster session will run throughout the extended lunch break in the common rest area. In previous events, we have found that this format encourages more interaction and lively discussion about the poster presentations.

Two Symposia of four speakers and one discussant along with poster presentations of Vocabulary SIG members during lunch.
Symposium:  2 hours: 20 minutes per speaker (x4), 20 minutes discussant, 20 minutes group discussion

Symposium Committee members:
Program Director: Jeffrey Stewart 
Site Coordinators: Stuart McLean
Treasurer: Phil Bennett
Review and Organization: Aaron Gibson, Mark Howarth, Raymond Stubbe

Osaka Jogakuin University,
2 Chome-26-54 Tamatsukuri
, Osaka

JALT Members: 1000 yen
Non-members: 1500 yen, 500 yen for students (full-time graduate and undergraduate students not working full-time)

RSVP for the event and dinner party afterwards with nomihoudai course at Yataiya や台や, an izakaya near OJU and Tamatsukuri station.

For more information about this event, please see the Vocab SIG Symposium webpage.


Business and Intercultural Negotiation Conference

Presented by BizCom SIG and Kansai University's Faculty of Foreign Language Studies

Saturday, 1 July 2017 -9:30am - 17:20pm (There will also be an evening social)
Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 9:00am - 16:00pm

Keynote Speakers

Chris Bates - The Ethological and Cultural roots of Different Negotiation Styles

Individuals adopt different Negotiation styles with widely varying expectations and behaviors regarding 'fair play', 'good outcomes', sharing of information, reliance on established relations or formal agreements and other factors. This variation in expectations and behaviors is greatly impacted by pre-cultural animal/human behaviors and features of the cultural landscape.

Chris Bates is based in Taiwan and has lived in Asia for 40 years, working in industrial product sales and marketing, business intelligence consulting, and executive searches. He was also a trainer to Fortune 10 companies on advanced negotiation in Asia.

Tim Craig - Building cultural understanding in the classroom: Teaching business cases on Japan’s cultural industries

Cultural understanding is essential for successfully conducting business and negotiations in a globalized world. It can be built using cultural industry business cases. For example, “AKB48: The Making of a Pop Idol Juggernaut” gives both Japanese and non-Japanese students a better understanding of Japanese culture and how it differs from that of other countries. What are the keys to AKB48’s success in Japan, and to what extent can the group’s success be replicated in different cultural settings, such as China, Indonesia, and North America?

Tim Craig holds a Ph.D. in International Business and master’s degrees in East Asian Studies and International Management. He has 20 years’ teaching and research experience in Canadian and Japanese business schools, and before that taught ESL in Japan for 15 years. He is founder of BlueSky Academic Services (, which, in addition to editing and translation, publishes case studies on Japan’s cultural industries.

Kumiko Murata – ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) research in business and workplace settings

What are the differences between ELF & World Englishes? ELF in business settings (BELF) can be divided into two types: ESP-oriented and ELF-oriented, or most recently both are combined as BELF research because business negotiation takes place borderless with people from varying linguacultural backgrounds in this globalized world. What is the difference between European and Japanese based BELF research? And what direction can BELF research take in the future?

Kumiko Murata is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the School of Education and the Graduate School of Education, Waseda University. Her research interests include ELF, conversation and discourse analyses, pragmatics, intercultural communication and language teaching. Her most recent edited book is Exploring ELF in Japanese Academic and Business Contexts (2016, Routledge).

Rooms F401 and F402, Iwasaki Kinenkan (岩崎記念館) building, Faculty of Foreign Language Studies (外国語学部), Kansai University, Senriyama campus, 3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Yamate, Suita-shi, Osaka-fu 564-8680



Macmillan: Teacher Training Day Osaka

Moving towards a higher skill set for the Young Learner classroom
Presented by Macmillan

Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Skill Up
To Doodle or not to Doodle? A higher skill set for the creative classroom (John Cruft)

Boost Up
Guided reading as a springboard to communicative competence: A higher skill set for boosting confidence to communicate (Chiyuki Yanase)

Skill Up
The Primary Learning Experience: A higher skill set for getting it right for Young Learners (John Cruft)

Hearton Hall Nissay Midohsuji Bldg., 12F

Free entry, Limited spaces: Open to the first 100 people to register


Osaka JALT - Back to School 2017


Osaka JALT Back to School 2017
List of Presenters

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 9:00am - 5:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology

Back to School 2017 is Osaka JALT's 7th 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 restaurant), there is sure to be something for everyone.

RSVP here to reserve a spot at the dinner party and so we can have a better idea of how many to prepare for.

Please enter the Osaka Jogakuin campus via the south gate, just up the steep hill from the 7-11 near Tamatsukuri subway station. (map)

The list of presentations is here, and the schedule can be found here. (Please double-check closer to the 27th for any minor, last-minute changes.)

This year's Keynote speaker is Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology

Theory and Practice of Gamification in the Language Learning Classroom

This presentation will consider ways in which ideas from game theory and game design can be applied in education to improve students' motivation and engagement. These ideas will be illustrated with examples from the presenter’s own experience creating activities and courses for language learning.

Of central importance in these learning materials is making the goals of the course, and the steps to achieve those goals, clear to the students. To this end, the presenter has made use of the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) to create blended learning environments that support students of varying ability and aptitude, and encourage active learning through collaborative work in pairs and groups. The result is a “flipped classroom” in which students prepare outside class for performances and assignments done in the classroom. Responses from student surveys show that students have found these courses useful and enjoyable.

The Moodle-supported courses employ various tools and techniques. Some of the technologies, such as conditional activities and digital badges, are available in standard Moodle, while others, such as the Scoreboard block and extended Reading activity, have been developed by the presenter and can be added to a Moodle site as 3rd-party plugins.

This presentation is intended for teachers from across the spectrum of computer literacy. Whether you have never used an LMS before, or use one every day, it is hoped that this presentation will improve your awareness of the versatility of a modern LMS, and how it can support you and your students in and out of the classroom.

Gordon Bateson has a B.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College, London and a M.Sc. in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (TESP) from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. He has lived and worked in Japan for the last 27 years. He teaches English at Kochi University of Technology (Japan) and develops add-ons for Moodle. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Aizu university (Japan).

You can get a sense of what last year's Back to School event was like, as well as previous years.

We welcome many great students, teachers, and researcher presenters who submitted proposals but submissions are now closed. Presentations can be in Japanese, English, or any language.

Any questions can be directed to us at osakajalt AT .

Back to School 2017 is co-sponsored by Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence Research on Language Learning, and by Cambridge Centre West Japan, and by

JALT members, OJC/OJU faculty, and undergraduate students: Free

One-day members: ¥2,000 (You can join JALT or renew your dues online or via postal furikomi, or at the event.)

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