Fukuoka Chapter

Publishing: Past, Present and Future

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 February 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Steve King

How did educational publishing get to where it is today? What is the current state of educational publishing in terms of where authors, publishers, educators and students stand? How will this look in five, ten or fifteen years from now and what clues do we have today that can shape any predictions we can make about the future?

In this talk, the presenter will take a short tour through the history of how educational publishing has developed into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today and examine several case studies from the present that make up a snapshot of how this industry will grow and develop in the coming years. The presenter also looks forward to fielding questions from the participants on any aspect of educational publishing they may have.

Bio: Steve King is the Market Research Manager for Pearson Education in the Asia Pacific and has worked in the field of educational publishing for eight years. Pearson Education is the world&;s largest educational publisher. He completed a post-graduate Diploma in Publishing Studies in 2008 from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and is a frequent speaker on publishing and ELT-related topics on the Asian ELT conference circuit.

Location: 
Hakata Bus Terminal building, 9F, 第4ホール Take the elevator (#4) beside the entrance to the bus terminal up to the 9th floor, the room is directly in front of you. 
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

An Introduction to CALL: What is available?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 January 2011 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Robert Chartrand

CALL has been used in one form or another for over fifty years; however, it has only become readily available to language learners and teachers since recent advancements in computer technology and the Internet. The presenter will talk about his experiences using different courseware packages, including commercial software packages as well as freely available innovative programs on the Internet. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using these learning tools and make specific recommendations for use in different classroom situations. Finally, he will briefly outline how to use corpus linguistics for language learning and teaching and introduce his research analyzing modal auxiliaries with the British National Corpus.

Presenter Bio
Robert Chartrand is an assistant professor in the Institute of Foreign Language Education at Kurume University, Fukuoka, and is the national JALT CALL SIG Coordinator. He has presented on CALL related topics at conferences in Japan, Canada, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. His main research interests are in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), Podcasting and Corpus Linguistics.  He is the author of a book chapter in the TESOL Classroom Practice Series: Speaking, “From Podcasting to YouTube: How to Make Use of Internet 2.0 for Speaking Practice” (2009) as well as numerous articles in journals and conference proceedings. He holds a Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.

Location: 
Seinan Community Center
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

English Teaching and Research Conference

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 2 October 2010 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Gregory Sholdt and Nicholas Bovee

The main purpose of this conference is to begin an academic dialogue between teachers and researchers interested in improving the quality of their work in preparation for the fall conference season. Presentations will be symposium style, with two presentations on related topics for 20 minutes each followed by a 15-minute roundtable discussion led by a moderator.

Plenary Workshops:

Moodle for Language Teachers
Nicholas Bovee
Kyushu Sangyo University
Moodle is a free learning management system (LMS) used by many teachers to extend classroom activities and traditional pen-and-paper assignments. Moodle can also be a useful management tool for teachers in charge of large classes, or a large number of classes. This 90 minute workshop is geared toward the novice user who has had little or no prior experience with Moodle. Only a basic knowledge of computers is required (using a Web browser, saving files, creating folders, etc.). The presenter will explain in clear, jargon-free language. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to create and maintain a fully-functional Moodle site, and learn about publications and free materials that will help them learn more about Moodle on their own.

An Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Classroom-Based Research
Gregory Sholdt
Kobe University
Getting started in action or classroom-based research can be a bewildering endeavor. The goal of this workshop is to provide novice teacher-researchers with a simple and versatile quantitative research design template that can be easily implemented in most language classroom settings. Participants will complete a set of worksheets that outline a clear research plan from research question to data analysis, run a sample data set through an on-line statistical analysis program, and leave the workshop with an easy-to-follow research plan tailored to their personal interests.

Location: 
Kyushu Sangyo University
Fee for JALT members: 
1000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
2,000 yen

Beyond knowing words: Assessing the quality of vocabulary knowledge

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 4 September 2010 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
John Read

One of the basic goals for second language learners is to increase the number of words they know, and we now have good measures of vocabulary size, such as Paul Nation’s Vocabulary Size Test. However, it is also important for learners to develop the quality, or depth, of their vocabulary knowledge. This talk will consider various approaches to testing vocabulary depth, including the speaker’s own word associates format, which has been investigated in a variety of educational contexts over the last 20 years, along with other word association measures. Another perspective on vocabulary depth is knowledge of multi-word lexical units, or collocations, and there will be some discussion of how that kind of knowledge can be assessed.

Presenter Bio
John Read is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and was Head of Department from 2007 to 2010. He has taught applied linguistics, TESOL and EAP at institutions in New Zealand, the United States and Singapore. His main research interests are in assessing second language vocabulary and the testing of English for academic and professional purposes. He is the author of Assessing vocabulary (Cambridge, 2000) and was co-editor of Language Testing from 2002 to 2006. He is currently Vice-President of the International Language Testing Association and will serve as President in 2011-12.

Location: 
Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Satellite Campus, (9F), Tenjin 2-8-38, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Communication Spotlight: Rationalizations and Developments

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 July 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Alastair Graham-Marr

Over the past several years, the Communication Spotlight textbook series has been growing quickly in the Japanese EFL market, representing a break from some of the more standard texts. In this presentation, the author will share his experiences in the process of developing the textbook. He will elucidate some of the deeper reasons behind the choice of activities, and discuss some of the alternative ways that other teachers have been applying the text to positive effect. Finally, he will discuss how the text and his own teaching approach has changed through the development process, and talk about changes currently in the works. The discussion will conclude with questions and concerns regarding the text from the floor.

Location: 
Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Satellite Campus, (9F), Tenjin 2-8-38, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Elementary School English Activities: Are we there yet?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 June 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Ann Mayeda

In this workshop, the presenter will begin by defining and clarifying MEXT’s course of study (beginning in 2011) for elementary school foreign English language activities and look at the reasons for some misunderstanding of this policy by various stakeholders amongst the public and private school sector. We will then focus on how schools are implementing or changing current programs based on their interpretation of the teaching guidelines. The session will include a few activities that promote a ‘foundation for communication.’ The audience will also be asked to share how activities are currently conducted at their schools and discuss whether they would be considered suitable under the aims of the guidelines. By the end of the workshop, the participants should come away with a better understanding of their role as HRT, ALT, JTE, or NT in the entire elementary English schema.

Ann Mayeda has co-coordinated (with Steven Nishida) a MEXT-funded teacher-training program hosted by Osaka Shoin Women’s University between 2007 and 2010. Her work with over 350 in-service teachers has provided her with an insider’s view of the current situation facing public elementary school teachers in their struggle to implement English in accordance with MEXT’s mandate. She has worked with young learners for over 20 years, is a teacher-trainer and consultant for several public elementary schools in the Osaka and Nara area, and has also conducted workshops for the Osaka Education Center. She also has a keen interest in learner autonomy, motivation, and learner development as it applies to children and young adult learners. She currently teaches at Konan Women’s University near Kobe.

Location: 
Fukuoka Jogakuin University, Tenjin Satellite Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Collaborative Professional Development through Peer Observation

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 May 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Christopher Stillwell

Teaching has been famously referred to as the ‘egg carton profession’
because teachers are typically isolated from one another in their
classrooms, but teachers are fortunate in that they have a valuable
and free resource in their midst- other teachers. This presentation
will provide guidelines for tapping into this resource through peer
coaching, with suggestions for ‘safe’ practices of observing peers and
sharing feedback. On the basis of a review of the literature, the
presenter will share important ground rules for setting up
observations, and techniques for guiding post-observation conferences
in such a way as to maximize the benefit for all parties involved,
particularly when it comes to the prickly issue of giving peers
feedback on their work. Techniques include ways to minimize the
evaluative/judgmental aspect of observations, thereby making it easier
for observers to see themselves in their peers’ teaching and for
observees to feel safe candidly discussing the ups and downs of a
lesson. Additional benefits of the work include the possibility of
gathering peers’ feedback on new material being tried, getting a
second pair of eyes to find out more about classroom behavior, and
having a partner from whom to learn a new style of teaching.
Discussion will also focus on how a third party ‘conference observer’
can promote a deeper level of reflection in post-observation
conferences.

Presenter Bio:
Christopher Stillwell has conducted workshops on teacher observation
and collaborative professional development throughout Asia and the
USA, and he has written on the topic for ELT Journal and an edited
volume titled “Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language
Teaching”. He has worked as a teacher trainer at Teachers College
Columbia University, where he received his MA. He is currently
assistant director of the Sojo International Language Center at Sojo
University in Kumamoto.

Location: 
Fukuoka Jogakuin Tenjin Satellite
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Developing Lexical Competence: From Theory to Classroom Practice to Online Application

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 3 April 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Charles M. Browne (Meiji Gakuin University)

This seminar will consider the development of Lexical Competence from several
points of view. Through a review of some of the core research in second language
vocabulary acquisition we will first try to dispel some of the "myths" about vocabulary
learning that are still prevalent among classroom practitioners and researchers. After
developing a basic understanding of how vocabulary should be tested, taught and
learned, we will then move on to consider a range of classroom vocabulary teaching
and testing techniques based on current research. Finally, we will look at and get
hands on practice in using a variety of online tools for testing, teaching and
conducting research on second language vocabulary acquisition. Papers required for
those who take this course for credit will ask participants to use and assess one of
the many online tools in the context of current research in this area.

This seminar is co-sponsored by Temple University Japan. The first three hours (Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.) are free and open to the public.

Location: 
Fukuoka Jogakuin, Tenjin Satelite campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Grant and Questionnaire Writing Workshop

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 March 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Keita Kikuchi

Presentation 1 - 18:30-19:30: Since 2009, the Ministry of Education has been accepting applications for research funds in English. This presentation will detail the procedures and pitfalls involved in successfully applying for government sponsored research grants. Examples of applications are shown so that the audience can understand what should be done.

Presentation 2 - 19:30-20:30: Many second language researchers use survey research to explore latent constructs and students' attitudes toward learning. This presentation will explain some of the mistakes that researchers commonly make in doing survey research, explore methods for determining well grounded items. There will be some hand-on activities to construct a questionnaire together and understand the idea with other participants.

Presenter bio: Keita Kikuchi is a Junior Associate Professor at Tokai University, Japan. After obtaining an M.A. in ESL from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, he has taught English in Singapore and in Japan. His research interests include curriculum development and second language acquisition, especially individual differences. 

Location: 
Fukuoka Jogakuin University, Tenjin Satellite Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Keynote: An introductory workshop

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Jane Harland

This joint JALT/Apple Store event will prepare teachers to use Keynote software for presentations, lessons, and other educational purposes. The first half of the event will be aimed at those who have never used this software before, while the second half will focus on more experienced Keynote users. Please note space is limited to 16 participants, so you need to contact Jane Harland via the link below to reserve a place. There are still a few openings left.

Contact Jane Harland at http://www.fukuokajalt.org/membership-chair.html

Location: 
Apple Store, Tenjin
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

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