Gifu Chapter

Tailoring Digital Music Material for the EFL Classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 January 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Steve Quasha (Sugiyama Jogakuen University)

One major challenge for teachers using music in EFL classes is choosing appropriate material to both stimulate student interest while serving as a worthwhile linguistic activity. In this workshop, the presenter will introduce a four skills approach utilizing a smartphone app that helps make music more comprehensible.

Location: 
Gifu JR Station, Juroku Plaza
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Gifu JALT Conference Preview

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Brent Simmonds
Speaker: 
Kathleen Cahill
Speaker: 
Mike Stockwell
Speaker: 
John Spiri

Four JALTGifu members will present on the theme they will be presenting on at the national conference in November. This will give those of us who can't make it to Tsukuba a chance to see some of the presentations. It will also be a great way for the presenters to get feedback.

NGO Gender Awareness Material (Brent Simmonds)

Location: 
Room 2, Juroku Plaza, Gifu City. Juroku Plaza is to the left of the north exit of JR Gifu Station じゅうろくプラザ 岐阜市橋本町1丁目10番地11研修室2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Mind And Body: Active Learning And Teaching Strategies

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Marco Brazil (Smart Kids Circle)

Research shows the brain is more activated by movement than by sitting which increases fatigue and reduces concentration. Learning by doing creates more neural networks in the brain. Moreover children find active learning to be more fun and engaging, which means they’re more incline to learn. In this workshop the presenter will share some classroom-tested games you can use right away.

Location: 
Heartful Square, Gifu Station, East Wing, 2F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
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Dictation and internet media: activities integrating old and new

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Mark Rebuck (Meijo University)

This workshop will introduce several variations on ‘standard dictation,' focusing in particular on combining dictation with talk-radio audio clips and YouTube videos. The presenter will introduce examples of such dictation-authentic media activities from both general English and EMP (English for Medical Purposes) classes.

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

Humor in EFL: Gold Mine or Mine Field?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Scott Gardner (Okayama University)

This workshop discusses humor’s potential in EFL instruction. It looks at two intertwined applications of humor in the classroom: “humor as subject”—giving students input showing how humor pervades contemporary English usage; and “humor as medium”—encouraging humor as a teaching/learning/socializing tool in classroom interaction.

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

Workshop: Using Japanese cultural techniques in the foreign language classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Morten Hunke, Aichi Prefectural University

This workshop demonstrates how Japanese cultural formats like haiku, tanka, and kamishibai may be employed in the foreign language classroom. This encompasses areas such as comparative culture, scaffolding, teaching aspects of pronunciation/ prosody, creative language usage, and literature awareness. Workshop participants will have a firsthand opportunity to experiment with the various formats.

Location: 
JR GIFU - Heartful Square Culture Centre 2nd Floor (Southeast end of Gifu Station)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Cooperative learning: It’s not about teaching, it’s about learning

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Joël Laurier (Gunma Kokusai Academy)

Current reforms in the educational landscape are pushing toward a more student-centered approach to education. The talk is now of learning more than teaching. Cooperative Learning (CL) is a research based teaching pedagogy that provides an effective teaching approach, especially in language learning. Through interactive, task based activities, students learn to take control of their own learning.

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

Yardsticks of quality in Japanese higher education

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Sarah Louisa Birchley (Toyo Gakuen University)

This presentation and workshop will explore and seek to make sense of the concept of quality in HE institutions in Japan. We will discuss what quality means, how it is measured, how it is interpreted by those involved and whether it's a habit or an act.

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

Practical and Unique Ideas for Student Engagement and Classroom Management

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Howard Higa

This presentation will focus on generating and harnessing student engagement and motivation, covering aspects of developing creative lessons, keeping students accountable, classroom management, utilizing simple technology, etc. My university students tend to be actively engaged for a full 90 minutes, week after week. I have almost never had a student sleep or use a keitai in my classes.

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

Pecha Kucha Event

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Wendy Gough (Saint Mary College)
Speaker: 
Clair Taylor (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)
Speaker: 
Nami Sakata (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)
Speaker: 
Naoki Akahane (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)
Speaker: 
Corazon Talam Kato (Chubu Gakuin College)
Speaker: 
Kim Horne (Izumi Chuo Kindergarten)
Speaker: 
Seiya Kojima (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)
Speaker: 
Satoshi Hoshiai (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University)

Speakers from a variety of language teaching and learning perspectives will give dynamic presentations with 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. There will be plenty of time for q & a. Titles include:

Techniques for Community Building in Writing Classes (Wendy Gough)

Volunteer Work in English Spaces (Clair Taylor, Naoki Akahane & Nami Sakata)

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

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