Gifu Chapter

Using the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to Improve Language Teaching in Japan

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 June 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Morten Hunke (Aoyama Gakuin University)

The CEFR has now been available for more than 15 years and is an important point of reference in foreign language teaching. Despite research done on the CEFR in Japan, teachers often feel uncomfortable (having to) use it.

Location: 
JR Gifu Station Heartful Square
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen, first time free

Event Report, Gifu Chapter April 2017

April 17, 2017 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Philip McCasland
Event Date: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

McCasland began by explaining how Japan was the world's third largest economy (having just been overtaken for second position by China). However, it was only ranked 30th in the world in terms of entrepreneurship. This presents a major incongruity, and a challenge for the Japanese nation.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Event Report, Gifu Chapter March 2017

March 29, 2017 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Josh Brunotte
Speaker: 
Chris Hastings
Event Date: 
Saturday, March 18, 2017

“Virtual reality” tools, available for free on smartphones, are now accessible to most students in Japan.

Reporter: 
Alan Thompson

Writing for Fluency or Accuracy—A Catch 22? / Instruction-giving: Effective Procedural Instructions

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Andy Boon (Cengage)

1.Writing for Fluency or Accuracy—A Catch 22? Often in an EFL writing class, we face a catch-22 situation. If students focus on accuracy, they may write very little. If they focus on fluency, they may write a lot, but with many mistakes.

Location: 
JR Gifu Station Heartful Square 2 F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (first time free)

Developing Entrepreneurial Mindsets through Narrative

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 April 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Philip McCasland (Fukushima University)

This presentation will demonstrate how to introduce an entrepreneurship in EMI classes for Economics and Business majors, helping students to better understand how an entrepreneurial mindset can help them imagine their future careers.

Location: 
JR Gifu Station, Heartful Square
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (first time free)

Event Report, Gifu Chapter February 2017

February 18, 2017 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Michael Stout
Event Date: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stout began his workshop by going through the history of the reading circle, from its beginning in Chicago as a social book club, to its developing use in L1 education, and then finally crossing over into L2 pedagogy. The fundamental premise of reading circles is that small groups of students (4-6) read a common text. They discuss it afterwards, and during the discussion, each member has a role.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Applications and Task Development for Smartphone VR in the EL Classroom: an Overview

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 March 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Josh Brunotte (Nanzan University)
Speaker: 
Chris Hastings (Nagoya University of Foreign Studies)

The use of virtual reality in the language classroom is an area that has gone largely unexplored, despite the fact this technology was introduced over two decades ago.

Location: 
JR Gifu Station Heartful Square Room 30
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (first time free)

Academic Reading Circles in the English Language Learning Classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 February 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Michael Stout (University of Tsukuba)

In this workshop, participants will be given an overview of academic reading circles and presented with two examples of how they have been implemented in English language learning classes at universities in Japan. Following this, participants will complete tasks that will help them discover ways in which they can incorporate academic reading circles in their own classes.

Location: 
JR Gifu Station, Heartful Square
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (first time free)

Event Report, Gifu Chapter November 2016

November 30, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Dorothy Zemach
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Teaching process writing entails taking students through the five main stages of producing written work: brainstorming, organizing, drafting, editing (and peer review) and finally publishing. Zemach’s main thesis was that writing teachers should be focusing primarily on brainstorming, organizing and peer review.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

JALT2016 Four Corners Tour: Skilling Up for Academic Success Special

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Dorothy Zemach

Scaffolding the Writing Process

Location: 
JR Gifu Station Juroku Plaza 2F Room 4
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

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