Gifu Chapter

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

Pidgin and Creole Languages

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 July 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Craig Alan Volker (James Cook University)

Pidgin and creole languages are the linguistic results of the globalised economy that since the Medieval Ages has brought together people speaking many different languages in circumstances that have often been catastrophic.

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 May 2016

May 30, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Melodie Cook
Event Date: 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cook reported on research she had conducted into expatriate perceptions of entrance exams in Japan. The research was not taking a validity or reliability approach, but a sociocultural one. Cook’s presentation addressed four key questions. Firstly, why do entrance exams exist?

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

English Project classes and the Global Goals

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Brent Simmonds (Aichi Gakuin University)

Teachers at Aichi Gakuin University have been providing an elective courses connected to “The UN Millennium Development Goals” and “The Sustainable Development Goals” since 2014.

Location: 
JR Gifu Heartful Square Room 50
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Event Report, Gifu Chapter April 2016

April 18, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Anna Loseva
Event Date: 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Loseva began her workshop by reading a Russian folk tale about a fresh-baked bun called Kolobok. Participants were told to just sit back and listen – there was no pressure to remember details or answer comprehension questions. This absence of demand on students to perform or produce is central to Loseva’s approach to reading, which focuses on reading for enjoyment.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Expatriate perceptions of entrance exams in Japan / How to get published in JALT publications

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 May 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Melodie Cook (University of Niigata Prefecture)

Expatriate perceptions of entrance examinations in Japan
In this presentation, Melodie gives highlights from her research on expatriate university ELT faculty member perceptions of the entrance examination creation process. Themes to be discussed include test purpose, test characteristics, test creators, and ways in which change to these tests can be made.

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

Event Report, Gifu Chapter March 2016

March 21, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Cameron Smith
Event Date: 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Smith’s presentation focused on the different understandings of creativity as held by those in the West and those in the East. The past decade has seen governments worldwide pushing policies that are geared towards promoting creativity in education, and Japan is no exception. However, many of these policies have failed to operationalize the concept of creativity in any meaningful way.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

“Once upon a time…” Folktale in Extensive Reading class

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 April 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Anna Loseva (Rikkyo University)

Probably few teenagers and even fewer grown-ups return to reading folk tales past their childhood age, yet folklore in many cultures offers a simple way of learning about the world. Reading such a story may surprise or disappoint you, but it will never leave you indifferent.

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

Creativity: East & West, Inside & Outside the Box

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 March 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Cameron Smith (Aichi Gakuin University)

Everyone knows that creativity is a Good Thing: Governments want more of it in schools, and teachers want more of it in classrooms. Yet the educational champions of creativity frequently leave its meaning undefined, often deliberately so.

Location: 
Heartful Square, Gifu Station, East Wing, 2F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Event Report, Gifu Chapter January 2016

January 18, 2016 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Spencer Robinson
Event Date: 
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Spencer Robinson began by observing that growing interest in applying the findings of neuroscience to English language teaching (NeuroELT) is welcome, but fraught with misconceptions and misapplications. He then gave a good introduction to what we know about the brain and the physiology of learning, and highlighted the importance of a supportive environment that encourages and rewards curiosity.

Reporter: 
Alan Thompson

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