Akita Chapter

Workshop and Annual General Meeting

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 September 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Sarah Louisa Birchley,

Title:Hard Pressed to Succeed without Soft Skills

Summary: This workshop explores the professional skills necessary for success in international business with a particular focus on Soft Skills and how we can approach these in the classroom. The presenter will begin by defining Professional Skills and how they are taught in universities in Japan, before arguing for the cautious introduction of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach for business students. The content of a Professional Skills course – a key feature of which is the awareness-raising of soft skills - is explained and defined. This includes a Professional Skills for International Business (PSIB) can-do framework that has been developed to assess such skills. She will then share the results of a pilot qualitative analysis of students’ perceptions of the necessity of soft skills for international business in Japan.

The second half of the workshop asks participants to engage in a selection of practical activities that have proved useful in raising awareness of soft skills among Japanese learners. The session concludes with a discussion about professional skills, soft skills and CLIL in the Japanese university context.

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

Designing supplemental materials to study American culture through literature

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 July 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Philip L. McCasland

Creating engaging, authentic, quality classroom materials completely from scratch proves challenging for today's busy teachers. However, adapting and supplementing materials from an already established textbook or classic piece of literature may be a more reasonable expectation.

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

Facilitating written feedback on students' writing

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 June 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Rachael Ruegg

Summary: This presentation will give advice to teachers about how best to go about facilitating written feedback on students' writing. Teachers of writing often wonder when to give feedback, how to give it, how much to give and how often. In addition to this there are different sources of feedback – Should the teacher give feedback on every assignment?

Location: 
Join-us, kenshushitsu 6
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free for students; Non-members - 500 yen

Motivating students by talking about novels

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 May 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Mamoru "Bobby" Takahashi
Speaker: 
Stephen Shucart

Bio: Mamoru "Bobby" Takahashi and Stephen Shucart teach English at Akita Prefectural University, Honjo Campus.

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

Online Tools for Teaching and Learning

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 April 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Christine Winskowski

Join us for a tour of cool online tools – several will be devoted to tools for teachers, several tools for students, and of course some work for both. Online sites may include places to easily construct an online lesson, text-to-speech, quiz construction, rubric construction, graphic organizers, whiteboards, and mindmapping.

Location: 
CALL kyoshitsu (Second Floor of Kyotsu-shisetsuto) at Akita Prefectural University, Honjo Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Students - Free; Non-members - 500 yen

The role of vocabulary in the language classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 December 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Adrian Paterson

Abstract: Vocabulary is an essential part of language, however it is also an often neglected and misunderstood part of language teaching.

Location: 
Join Us (Kenshushitsu 5)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free for students, 500 yen for non-JALT members

English Debate in Japanese High School

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 November 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Cory Koby

Preview: Reflecting on his experience training and coaching teams twice in the All-Japan High School English Debate Tournament, Cory will present on the challenges and rewards of engaging Japanese high school students in English debate.

Location: 
JOIN US (Kenshushitsu #7 on the 3rd floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen for no-JALT members, free for students

Genre pedagogy to lead students to a high stake of learning: Students' voice and critical thinking about environment issues through news item writing

Date and Time: 
Friday, 5 October 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
Inggy Yuliani Pribady

Akita-JALT will host this year's JALT National Conference Balsamo Asian Scholar, Indonesian Junior High School teacher, Inggy Yuliani Pribady. She will speak about genre pedagogy and how to assist students to think critically and learn deeply via scaffolded writing tasks. The event is free of charge and open to all.

abstract:

Location: 
Akita International University D building room 104
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Akita-JALT SPECIAL SESSION with JALT National President, Kevin Cleary

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Kevin Cleary

Saturday, September 29 (After Kathy Kampa's presentation and Annual General Meeting Business)

From 13:00 in JoinUS Room #5 (3rd Floor)

Agenda – Will be talking about all things JALT – upcoming conference, new initiatives, and how JALT is trying to assist members all over Japan accomplish their goals.

All are welcome, and the session is free of charge.

Location: 
Join Us (Kenshushitsu 5)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

The M&M's of Teaching English to Young Learners

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Kathy Kampa

Abstract: Discover the power of music, movement, and multiple intelligences (MI) to create a dynamic learning environment for your students. Music is celebrated in many cultures around the world. Its universality can be found in its shared structures. Music enhances memorization, a critical process in language acquisition.

Location: 
JOIN US (Kenshushitsu-7)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Students - Free, Non-members - 500 yen

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