Gifu Chapter

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

Engaging with challenging texts and content

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Alan Thompson (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)

Against a backdrop of extensive listening, reading, and fluency-building communication activities, there is a place for small doses of challenging material. Sometimes such material is required by a content-based curriculum, but even if not, wrestling with challenging texts can lead to deeper learning, boost confidence, and give learners a taste of their future progress.

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

English as therapy: Neuroscience in the classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 January 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Spencer Robinson (AUT University)

Humans – through the biological determinants of evolutionary selection – have developed a uniquely social brain. In the human social brain, learning is the principal mechanism that shapes all behavior, and language is the medium through which learning takes place and cognition is acquired. Cognition is the understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us.

Location: 
Juroku Plaza, 4F, Room 1
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Event Report, Gifu Chapter November 2015

November 9, 2015 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
David Barker
Speaker: 
Brent Simmonds
Speaker: 
John Spiri
Event Date: 
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Participants this month were treated to a preview performance of JALT presentations by three of Gifu’s finest. Firstly, David Barker presented on the topic, “What do we know about language teaching and learning?”. Barker argued that there are two types of ‘knowing’, which are: 1) being aware of the truth of something, and 2) being convinced or certain of something.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Event Report, Gifu Chapter October 2015

October 26, 2015 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Ben Shearon
Event Date: 
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Shearon spoke as a man who has been reading, learning and synthesizing all kinds of information about money and investing for more than the last three years of his life. A fellow expatriate English teacher, living and working in Japan, Shearon warned about the three biggest dangers to financial security: doing nothing, doing the wrong thing, and getting ripped off.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

Gifu JALT Conference Preview

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Brent Simmonds (Meijo University)
Speaker: 
David Barker (Gifu University)
Speaker: 
John Spiri (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)

JALT Gifu chapter will again be having a special session to allow local members presenting at JALT2015 a chance to give their presentation to a friendly audience and get valuable feedback before the big conference.
There will be four presentations:

EFL and sustainability: Multiple approaches
Brent Simmonds

What do we 'know' about learning foreign languages?
David Barker

Location: 
Gifu Bunka Center, 5 Chome-7-2 Koganemachi
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Event Report, Gifu Chapter September 2015

October 13, 2015 by Gifu Chapter

Speaker: 
Aya Kawakami
Event Date: 
Saturday, September 26, 2015

Kawakami opened by sharing how awkward she feels presenting in front of a large group of people. Presenting is quite different from acting, because an actor puts on a mask, which gives a sense of security. The dramatic mask used in acting can be put to good effect in the communication classroom.

Reporter: 
Paul Wicking

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