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 Osaka JALT Journal Vol. 6 Call for Papers --Deadline February 24th--




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Authentic Language Learning Through Video Clips

Date and Time: 
    Sunday, 25 September 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
     Kim Kanel, Kinki University

Video clips (short MP4s) not only stimulate interest in the language-learning classroom, but they can also be used to teach virtually any area of the syllabus. This presentation will describe how specific language skills can be taught through video, and provide suggestions for selection, preparation, and classroom procedures.

Presentation Outline
· Research about the pedagogical validity of using video clips.
· How video clips can develop specific skills, and increase interest and motivation.
· My own experiences using video.
· Demonstration and audience participation.
· Suggestions for selection, material preparation, and classroom procedures.
· How to obtain video materials from the Internet and other resources.
· Participants share their own ideas, experiences, and concerns about using video.

Kim Kanel, language teacher, administrator, musician, with English, Japanese and Spanish fluency, and an MA in Applied Linguistics, has taught in Japan for 38 years, published numerous articles in professional journals, and nine textbooks currently being used in Japan.

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

Literature in Language Teaching

LiLT in Kyoto

LiLT is proud to announce a special one day conference to be held in conjunction with the Kyoto Chapter of JALT.

Conference Title:

LiLT in Kyoto, a festival of ideas.

September 17, 2016


Featured Speaker: Dr. Paul Hullah,  poet, literary critic, materials writer, Associate Professor of British Literature and Culture at Meiji Gakuin University

The conference will be held at Campus Plaza Kyoto, Near Kyoto Station.

The conference is free for JALT members and 500 yen for non-members.


Temple Distinguished Lecture Series, September 17th

English Education Discourse Analysis in the Language Classroom

     Dr. Noël Houck (California State Polytechnic University, U.S.A.)

     Saturday, September 17, 14:00 - 21:00
     Sunday, September 18, 10:00 - 17:00

Most teachers have some idea about what happens in different types of language classrooms. However, a closer look may reveal that something entirely different is occurring. In this course students will gain a deeper understanding of what goes on in EFL classrooms, with the result that they are able to ultimately make more informed, intelligent choices about their own classes.

In this course we will look at language classrooms with an eye to describing (rather than evaluating) what is happening in them. Using methods developed to identify activity types and analyze teacher and learner interactional practices in the language classroom, students will dissect stretches of classroom discourse and assess their implications for language pedagogy, comparing their findings with claims made in research on second language acquisition and language pedagogy.

By the end of the course students will be able to use different approaches to discourse analysis to

  1. Identify the function of a stretch of classroom discourse
  2. Identify the effect of certain teacher on classroom interaction
  3. Identify often-unrecognized student practices and their implications for language acquisition
  4. Assess second language acquisition research claims on the effect of certain classroom practices on language acquisition.

Rakugo: A Discourse Analysis of Japanese Traditional Comic Storytelling

Date and Time: Saturday, 9 July 2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Chiho Kitagawa

Rakugo is a Japanese form of minimalistic comedic performance, which has been passed down from master to apprentice through the generations for more than 300 years. This presentation will bring to light some pertinent points of language use that are particular to Rakugo, and will analyze and explain them. It is the speaker’s belief that the special linguistic features of Rakugo are related to and strongly influenced by the restrictions posed by the genre--the storyteller performs alone; there is no set or costume to indicate place or character; he uses only a fan and hand towel for props to represent various objects; and he speaks while kneeling on a cushion. All of the storyteller’s energies, and all of the rules, techniques and traditional ways of doing things in Rakugo, are focused on one single aim: to bring the audience fully into the fictional world being created and making them enjoy it. This presentation will present examples of how the genre’s restrictions, as well as the storyteller’s relationship to the audience, influence the Rakugo storyteller’s use of language.

Language: JAPANESE (Q & A in English and Japanese)

Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2) is two minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station.

We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant. Reservations for dinner required by Tuesday, July 5. Contact fujimotodonna AT

Chiho Kitagawa (Ph.D.) is a part-time lecturer at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Kobe University, and Osaka Shoin Women’s University. Her research theme is discourse analysis of Rakugo. She has taught “Rakugo in English” in several universities, and she has taught with professional Rakugo performers since 2007. She is also deeply involved in producing events introducing Japanese culture in countries around the world. With Rakugo storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, she has visited 13 countries, including four countries in Africa in 2015. Her translations of Rakugo into English have appeared widely, including the subtitles of the 10-DVD set of Rakugo Master Katsura Bunchin's Rakugo series at the Imperial Theatre, Tokyo, in 2010.

Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free for JALT and SIETAR members and students
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
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Back to School 2016, thank you

On Saturday, April 23, Osaka Jogakuin University hosted Osaka JALT's annual Back to School event which featured many great speakers and provided a forum for discussion of a wide range of issues in the field of TESOL. We at Osaka JALT would like to thank all those that helped make this event a success.