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Monday
Nov072016

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline November 18  

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline November 18
 
It’s almost that time of year again when we are required to hold chapter officer elections. Officers serve from the end of one national JALT conference to the next, so we plan to hold elections just before JALT2016 begining on November 19-24. Our current officers would like to cordially invite you to throw your hat into the ring as a way of actively participating in running the chapter.
 
We’re required to have at least four but preferably five members fill the positions of Chapter President, Treasurer, Program Chair, Membership Chair, and Publicity Chair. (According to JALT rules it’s possible for one person to fill two of these positions, except that the President and Treasurer must be different people who are unrelated.) The past several years we have also had several Officers at Large that help in various ways, and it’s also possible to have other specific officers, such as Web-editor, Facilities Chair, Recording Secretary, Disaster Relief Chair, and so on. The possibilities are fairly limitless.

Duties of the required “Executive” Officers ideally are roughly as follows:
 
The Chapter President coordinates and oversees the running of the chapter, recruits and liaises with and assists other officers as necessary, represents the Chapter at JALT’s 3 annual national Executive Board meetings and in ongoing online JALT-wide discussions, and submits an annual report to the Executive Board.

The Treasurer manages the chapter’s money and maintains and submits monthly and annual financial reports.
 
The Program Chair oversees the organizing of our events, in collaboration with other officers and volunteers.
 
The Membership Chair focuses on our regular members by signing up and welcoming new members, sending reminders to those whose membership dues are coming or have come due, and maintains our membership records.

The Publicity Chair primarily focuses on spreading the word about what we’re doing to non-JALT members via our email list, facebook group, and any other way that is deemed appropriate.
 
I hope you’ll consider volunteering as an officer in the coming year, though of course you don’t need to be an officer to be actively involved.
 
Please let us know by Sunday, November 18, if you’d like to nominate or be an officer in the coming year.

Saturday
Nov052016

Temple Distinguished Lecture Series, November 12th

Second Language Pragmatics: Learning, Teaching and Testing

Professor:
     Dr. Carsten Roever (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

Schedule:
     Saturday, November 12, 14:00 - 21:00
     Sunday, November 13, 10:00 - 17:00

This seminar will provide an overview of research on development of second language (L2) pragmatics, and more in-depth coverage of teaching and testing of L2 pragmatics.

Second language pragmatic development has been investigated from a variety of theoretical and content perspective, describing learning of speech acts, implicature, routine formulae, extended discourse, and other areas such as humor, address terms, or specific interactional practices. Some developmental trajectories have been identified, and the influence of individual difference factors has been investigated. Participants will acquire a broad understanding of research findings, approaches and issues in L2 pragmatic development research.

Less research has occurred on teaching of L2 pragmatics, most of which has focused on effects-of-instruction studies comparing implicit and explicit approaches to L2 pragmatics teaching. While more explicit teaching approaches tend to show stronger effect than implicit ones, the latter are not ineffectual and under certain conditions can be superior. Systematic teaching of L2 pragmatics as part of a coherent curriculum is still in its infancy but the possibility of such curricular integration will be explored in this seminar together with a range of teaching approaches.

Testing of learners’ L2 pragmatic ability has developed strongly in the last two decades and a variety of testing instruments exist for assessing learners’ ability. Providing adequate coverage of a complex construct like L2 pragmatics has been challenging, however, and the context sensitivity of pragmatic performance has led to tension between the need for broad construct coverage and practicality. Assessment instruments for L2 pragmatics will be critically examined in the seminar.

Students taking this seminar for credit should read Chapter 5 and 8 of Second Language Pragmatics before the seminar. A PDF copy of the reading will be provided to those registered credit students from the Office before the seminar.

Required Reading:

  • Taguchi, N., & Roever, C. (in press). Second Language Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Saturday
Oct222016

Temple Distinguished Lecture Series, November 5th

Learner Corpus Research

Professor:
     Dr. Yukio Tono (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan)

Schedule:
     Saturday, November 5, 14:00 - 21:00
     Sunday, November 6, 10:00 - 17:00

The primary purpose of this seminar is to explore how corpus linguistics as a methodology can contribute to SLA research and foreign language learning/teaching. The seminar will begin with a brief introduction to fundamental concepts in corpus linguistics, types of available corpora, and how corpora are used in different fields of applied linguistics. The lecture is then focused on learner corpus research and a discussion of various approaches, such as contrastive interlanguage analysis, that are used to explore learner corpora in SLA and ELT research.

The second day of the seminar will be dedicated to hands-on data processing using concordancers such as AntConc (for PC/Mac), CasualConc (for Mac), and KH-Coder (for PC). Participants will learn word analysis techniques in corpus linguistics, such as wordlists, keywords, collocations, n-grams, and P-frames. Participants will also explore the results of corpus search using multivariate analyses for data summarization and data modeling and discuss the merits and demerits of using corpora as a methodology to answer research questions. No previous familiarity with concordancers is necessary, but some prior knowledge of statistics is helpful.

Recommended Textbook:

  • McEnery, T., Xiao, R., & Tono, Y. (2006). Corpus-Based Language Studies: An Advanced Resource Book. London, UK: Routledge. (Buy on Amazon.co.jp)
  • Granger, S., Gilquin, G., & Meunier, F. (Eds.) (2015). The Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (Buy on Amazon.co.jp)
Sunday
Oct162016

Focusing on learner psychology: Motivation and willingness to communicate

Presented by Kobe JALT

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Tomoko Yashima/八島智子, Kansai Unversity

In this presentation, I will first introduce the concept of willingness to communicate (WTC) as a psychological construct used to investigate individual differences in L2 communication along with motivation, anxiety, and self-confidence. Next, I will introduce a number of recent studies that explore the situated nature of WTC as emerging in language classrooms through the interaction of various individual, social, and contextual factors. I will then discuss the characteristics of the L2 communication behaviors of Japanese learners as phenomena that are both culturally constructed and dynamically emergent. Finally. I will explore teaching interventions that can enhance learners’ WTC.

Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Wednesday
Oct052016

Bunyo Ishikawa Exhibitions at Osaka Jogakuin University

Documentary - 石川文洋を旅する (Bunyo Ishikawa's Journey) October 8th, 2016
 October 8 will feature a documentary film( English subtitles) on Ishikawa's work in Vietnam and Okinawa, along with a lecture. The film will be shown twice, once before and once after the lecture.
First showing 13:00 to 14:50
Lecture 15:00 to 16:30
Second showing 16:50 to 18:40
Mr.Ishikawa will lecture from 15:00 to 16:30 on Saturday, October 8

By 松岡明芳 - 松岡明芳, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15402915

The documentary will be shown on the first floor of Osaka Christian Center next to Osaka Jogakuin University.

 

Photo Exhibition -  石川文洋写真展 ―心の眼 (In the Mind's Eye) NOVEMBER 3-5 (LECTURE ON 5th)
November 3-5 we will host a photo exhibition of his work with a lecture on Nov. 5
Thursday, November 3 10:00 to 17:00
Friday, November 4 10:00 to 20:00
Saturday, November 5 10:00 to 5:00
Mr.Ishikawa will lecture from 15:00 to 16:30 on Saturday, November 5

The photo exhibition will be on the second floor of Osaka Jogakuin University's office building located right inside the south gate.

 

Both Events are 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for high school and junior high students. JALT members can enter for 500 yen (bring your membership card if possible).

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