Akita Chapter

Creating a Student Friendly, Technology Supported, Course Delivery System: A Tale from the Middle East

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 26 March 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Patrick Dougherty

Based on work that the presenter did when he was Chair of Graduate Studies in Education at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates, he’ll share findings from several studies that examined a special course delivery system that was developed to serve the needs of Emirati women as they faced the challenge of embarking on graduate studies.

Location: 
Join-us (Floor 3, Room 6)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Akita Chapter October 2015

November 30, 2015 by Akita Chapter

Speaker: 
Bryan Hahn
Event Date: 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

The presentation was divided into two parts. The first part explained a research project surveying the language learning attitudes towards English at four universities in one Japanese prefecture. The purpose was to investigate whether attitudes might have changed today compared to a decade and a half ago, when it was proposed that English should become the second official language in Japan.

Reporter: 
Stephen Shucart

Teaching Haiku and Haiku Composition to English Language Learners

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 12 December 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Ben Grafström

Summary: The presenter teaches an English immersion-style course titled "Journey to the Interior" at Akita University. This presentation introduces the two-pronged approach that he took to the planning and preparation of the course. The first approach he took was to make the English language-course content-based: the course is an in-depth study of the haiku poet Matsuo Bashō's Oku no hosomichi.

Location: 
教育推進総合センター2F 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Student Support Center, Akita University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Students Free, Non-members 500 yen

Event Report, Akita Chapter September 2015

October 5, 2015 by Akita Chapter

Speaker: 
Rachael Ruegg
Speaker: 
Taku Sudo
Speaker: 
Hinako Takeuchi
Speaker: 
Yuko Sato
Event Date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

This presentation introduced Akita International University’s (AIU) Academic Achievement Center (AAC), a place that employs peer tutoring to support students. The presentation included an overview of the AIU curriculum, the theoretical background of peer tutoring, and the implementations of the peer tutoring method conducted at the center.

Reporter: 
Mamoru “Bobby” Takahashi

English as a Co-Language: Perspectives by the Foreign Language Learner

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 October 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Bryan Hahn

Summary: This research examines the language learning attitudes of English at four universities in one Japanese prefecture. All four schools have different requirements for the amount of English they need to learn to earn an undergraduate degree.

Location: 
Join-us (Floor 3, Room 6)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Students Free; Non-members 500 yen

Event Report, Akita Chapter July 2015

August 6, 2015 by Akita Chapter

Speaker: 
Rachael Ruegg
Event Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Words are the basic building blocks of the language and the most important factor influencing language proficiency. Despite learning English for 6 years in junior high school and high school, many Japanese students report feeling that they lack sufficient English vocabulary. This presentation explained why vocabulary is such an important aspect of language.

Reporter: 
Stephen Shucart

Peer tutoring: A whole new world of academic support

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Rachael Ruegg, Taku Sudo, Hinako Takeuchi and Yuko Sato, Akita International University

Summary: This presentation will introduce the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) at Akita International University (AIU), a center which employs peer tutoring to support students. The AAC has been successful in helping AIU students, both tutors and tutees, to succeed academically.

Location: 
Small Lecture Room 1 at Collage Plaza: It is located on the second floor of the building of Akita Meitokukan High School.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
students Free; Non-members 500 yen

Why, What and How of Teaching and Learning English Vocabulary

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 July 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Rachael Ruegg

Summary: Words are the basic building blocks of the language and the most important factor influencing language proficiency. Despite learning English for 6 years in junior high school and high school, many Japanese students report feeling that they lack sufficient English vocabulary. This presentation will briefly explain why vocabulary is such an important aspect of language.

Location: 
Join-us (Floor 3, Room 6)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Students Free, Non-members 500 yen

Medical English and Medical Anthropology for Large Classes

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 June 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Donald C. Wood

Summary: Large class size is of the most common problems facing teachers of English in Japanese medical schools and similar environments.

Location: 
Joinus in Akita City, room kenshushitsu #6
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Students Free; Non-members 500 yen

Teaching the spoken language

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 30 May 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
John Campbell-Larsen

As language teachers, it is essential that we base our teaching on robust and verifiable descriptions of what spoken language is rather than relying on intuition or purely written forms. The advent of computerized corpora and availability of digital recording technology has enabled researchers to gain new insights as to how language is actually used by speakers in the real word.

Location: 
Join-us
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

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