Gifu Chapter

Event Report, 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

They like reading what?! An introduction to and discussion of boys love manga and other media in Japan

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
James Welker (Kanagawa University)

This talk will focus on the “boys love”—or BL—genre of manga, anime, games, and other media in Japan. Boys love manga, depicting male–male romantic and sexual relationships, were first created by and for adolescent girls and young women in the early 1970s in response to contemporary social norms.

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

Event Report, Gifu Chapter July 2016

September 19, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Craig Volker
Event Date: 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Although not immediately obvious from the presentation title, an exploration into pidgin and creole languages can be very beneficial for language teachers in Japan. The study of these languages raises questions about the definition of the bounds of the English (or French or Spanish) language, which has definite repercussions for how we conceptualize and practice English language teaching.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Event Report, Gifu Chapter September 2016

September 19, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto
Event Date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Teaching 21st century skills is something of a current fad in all areas of education currently, and EFL is no exception. However, as Hoskins Sakamoto argued, it’s possible that we sometimes get so focused on these skills that we lose sight of our primary objective: teaching English. In her highly practice-oriented workshop, the four Cs of 21st century skills (i.e.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Creative teaching for 21st century learners

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 September 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto

In this workshop, teachers will learn teaching techniques to help their learners become strong English users and also critical and creative thinkers. By making every moment of class time count, teachers can help students succeed – on exams and in future jobs.

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

Event Report, Gifu Chapter June 2016

June 22, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Brent Simmonds
Event Date: 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Brent gave an interesting presentation on Saturday evening (June 18). The presentation outlined the various English Project Courses that are available to students as elective courses at Aichi Gakuin University. These courses include topics on sustainable development goals as outlined by the UN, for example goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Reporter: 
Kathleen Cahill

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