Gifu Chapter

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

JALT 2015 4 Corners Tour

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 November 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speaker: 
Hà Phạm Việt

*Hosted jointly by the JALT Nagoya and Gifu chapters*

Location: 
WINC Aichi, Room 1309
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Money 101: Personal Finance, Investing, and Retirement for Residents of Japan

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 October 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Ben Shearon (Tohoku University)

Many teachers in Japan would like to get their finances in order, but aren’t quite sure where to start. This exposes them to three big potential dangers: not doing anything, doing the wrong thing, and being taken advantage of by ‘advisors’ or financial institutions. This workshop will cover basic

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

Character Development for Meaningful Communication

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Aya Kawakami (Nanzan Junior College)

Role-plays, sample dialogues, and free conversation are staples of EFL classroom activities. What can we, as teachers, do to create more diversity and breathe more life into such tasks? One possible solution is to incorporate some basic drama techniques, many of which focus on character development.

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

Teacher Employment Issues

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 June 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Richard Miller (Kobe Gakuin University)

This presentation will begin with an overview of the job market for language professionals in Japan, and the current trends for the job market. Results from surveys and questionnaires that the presenter has obtained through his role as the Job Information Centre (JIC) editor will be given.

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

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