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Osaka JALT Shinnenkai at Krungtep Thai restaurant in Namba, Jan 27, 6:30 pm ~ ?

It's time to ring in the New Year one more time and celebrate the end of the school year! Please join us on Saturday, January 27th, for an evening of reflecting on the past year, planning for the year to come, networking, and some of the best Thai food in Kansai! Meet at 6:30 pm at Krungtep Thai restaurant  in Namba, very near Dotonbori Bridge.

The set-course (with vegetarian option available) including drinks is 3500 yen for JALT members and 4300 yen for non-members. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Friday the 26th to reserve your seat. Friends, family, and students are all very welcome. The more the merrier!

Event Speaker: Everyone! It's a party!
Fee for JALT members: 3500 yen (includes drinks)
Fee for non-JALT members: 4300 yen (includes drinks)

Osaka JALT year-end dinner party in Umeda

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Event Theme: 
Come wine and dine with friends, colleagues, and family as we wind down the year!

JALT members, friends, and family are all invited to join us for our end of year dinner party with all-you-can-eat buffet in the beautiful smoke-free environment with great views of the city at Satoyama Dining Restaurant on the 17th floor of Umeda's Hankyu Terminal Building. The 2-hour dinner buffet is 2600 yen (1300 yen for elementary school children and 650 for pre-schoolers), plus 1000 yen for 3-hour nomihoudai (all-you-can-drink). The buffet has plenty of vegetarian options for those so inclined. RSVP using this form:

Event Speaker: Everyone!
Fee for JALT members:  2000 yen (plus 1000 yen for optional nomihoudai)
Fee for non-JALT members: 2600 yen (plus 1000 yen for optional nomihoudai)

Kansai Four Corners 2017, with Gabriel Díaz Maggioli and John Wiltshier

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm


This year's Kansai Four Corners event features Gabriel Díaz Maggioli of Uruguay, one of the plenary speakers at JALT2017, and is again co-sponsored by Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka Chapters of JALT. This year we also welcome John Wiltshier, co-author of English Firsthand, sponsored by Pearson Japan.

12:30: Registration opens

1:00 - 2:00 - John Wiltshier, co-author of English Firsthand, 5th edition, sponsored by Pearson Japan

Good education versus gamification--Who wins?

     Why do our students, spend so much time gaming, tweeting, clicking, liking, uploading texting? As teachers we can critically observe students’ online activities to determine what — if anything — can be utilized for good education. In this presentation, I will present 6 principles that make online games, apps and internet-use so compelling – even addictive – and invite you to draw parallels to what you do in your classes. What this reveals may well surprise you! Then focusing on the 3Ts; teacher, textbook, technology, we will consider how our choices about what we do and the materials we use include or exclude these 6 principles. Practical examples from the newly published English Firsthand Fifth Edition, with its online component My Mobile World, will be used to illustrate how such principles can be built into textbooks and technology. Finally, when we reconsider the title; “Good education versus gamification -who wins?”, you should feel confident enough to suggest an answer.

John Wiltshier has been a teacher for 26 years and is currently a Professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University in Sendai. He has presented nationally and internationally in Asia, Europe and the U.S being plenary speaker at the PANSIG conference and twice featured-speaker at the JALT International Conference. John is co-author of the highly successful English Firsthand series – 5th edition, published this year. In addition, he is author and series consultant (Japan) of the global six level primary course: Our Discovery Island.

2:15 - 4:15 - Gabriel Díaz Maggioli  (JALT2017 plenary speaker, and Professor at the National Teacher Education College in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University in Punta del Este)

Developing oracy skills in the classroom

     The development of oracy skills is generally cited as one of the difficulties that English language teachers experience. In this workshop we will explore various tried and tested techniques that get students talking...and talking...and talking. Come to this workshop and learn a variety of techniques to help boost your learners' oral expression.
     No matter what level we teach, we are generally confronted with silence whenever we introduce a speaking class. In this session, I will attempt to present a series of techniques that help learners activate their passive knowledge of the language so that they can express themselves orally both with fluency and with accuracy. The techniques range from controlled to free so that they can be usefully applied not just to the development of oracy skills, but also to the development of language as a whole. 

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University in Punta del Este. He also acts as consultant in education-related projects for various organizations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. He is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher and author. His area of research is the application of Sociocultural Learning Theory to the field of teacher learning and has authored, and co-authored, 28 books ranging from coursebooks to reference books, as well as numerous academic articles. He has shared his theories and praxis with colleagues in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Gabriel also works as a consultant for international agencies such as the European Union, UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the US Department of State, and The World Bank. He currently lives and works in Uruguay, where he is Tenured Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University.

For those interested, we'll go to a nearby restaurant after the presentations for drinks and dinner. Please RSVP so we can be sure to reserve you a seat!

Event Speakers: Gabriel Díaz Maggioli and John Wiltshire
Fee for JALT members: Free for JALT members and full-time students
Fee for non-JALT members: 1000 yen
Contact or Queries 

Osaka JALT主催

スピーカー:Gabriel Diaz Maggioli and John Wiltshier


非会員は1000円 ご質問のある方は まで

      開催地:甲南大学 マネジメント総合学部 CUBE(西宮市高松町8-33)


今年は総会でもスピーチをしていただいたウルグアイ出身のGabriel Diaz Maggioli氏をお迎えします。今年も神戸支部、京都支部、奈良支部、大阪支部の共催でおこないます。また「English Firsthand」の共著者であるJohn Wiltshier氏もお迎えして、最近出版された第5版について述べていただきます。

12:30 受付開始 

13:00-14:00John Wiltshier氏 “Good education versus gamification—Who wins?”


注意深く観察すれば、教育に活かすことができるのではないか?このプレゼンではオンラインゲーム、アプリ、インターネットなどに夢中になるような6つの方針と、授業でそれらをどう使うことができるかについて述べます。お楽しみに!その後、3T(teacher, textbook, technology)に焦点を当て、授業でおこなうことや教材の選択が6つの方針とどうかかわってくるか考えましょう。「Firsthand (5th edition)」およびオンラインコンポの「My Mobile World」を使って例を挙げたいと思います。

John Wiltshier氏は26年にわたり教育に携わっており、現在は宮城学院女子大学の教授です。

日本国内だけではなくアジア、ヨーロッパ、アメリカなどで研究発表をされており、PANSIG conferenceの総会スピーチやJALT International Conferenceでメイン講演者として発表していただいています。

14:15-16:15Gabriel Diaz Maggioli氏 “Developing oracy skills in the classroom”



Gabriel Diaz Maggioli氏はウルグアイのNational Teacher Education College TESOL Methodsの教授です。他にもClaeh大学のMATESOLプログラムの理事もされています。またアメリカ、ヨーロッパ、中近東、東アジアの様々な機関で教育関連のプロジェクトの顧問もされています。研究分野はSociocultural Learning Theoryの教員学習への応用で、単著共著含め28冊のコースブック、参考書、学術書などをを執筆されています。また、EU, UNESCO,UNICEFなどの国際機関でも顧問として勤めていらっしゃいます。





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.

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