Gifu Chapter

A Virtual Asian Textbook Tour

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 June 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Najma Janjua, Kagawa Prefectural University of Health Sciences

Can textbooks tell why Japanese lag behind other Asian countries on standard tests of English proficiency? This workshop will take the audience on a virtual Asian textbook tour with stops in China, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. At each stop the audience will taste a local ELT textbook sample and try to see if it can help them answer the above question.

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

Empowering Young Readers with the Brain in Mind

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 May 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Mari Nakamura

Promoting young learners’ reading skills is one of the biggest challenges among EFL teachers of young learners. Will there be any ways to accelerate their literacy development when we see them only once a week? What does current research in brain science inform us about effective approaches in literacy education?

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
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Program-Tailored Student Placement

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 March 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
David Laurence
Speaker: 
Matt Smith

The presenters will share the process creating a student placement test at a university-level English program from design to implementation, showing how a single test based on receptive skills was replaced with two parallel tests based on productive skills: one speaking test based on the SPEAK test, and one writing test based on a learner corpus.

Location: 
Gifu City: Gifu JR Station - east side Heartful Square 2nd floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

"Embrace your power to connect: Creative techniques to improve teamwork and communication"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 February 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Mhairi Anne Robson, from Sunnyside International

For our next workshop, Mhairi Anne Robson, from Sunnyside International will offer . . .

"Embrace your power to connect: Creative techniques to improve teamwork and communication"

This interactive workshop will use engaging and energetic activities to explore and better your communication skills to improve teamwork with your colleagues and students. We all could use a little bit of this!

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

Serious Fun: Creativity in the Classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 January 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Chris Stillwell, Assistant Director, Curriculum Sojo Univ. International Learning Center, Kumamoto

What does "Serious Fun: Creativity in the Classroom" entail? It involves taking typical language learning objectives and WHACKING THEM ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! You'll learn how to use humor, improvisational comedy and storytelling to develop student interest, motivation and fluency. See how to engage your students in discovering language talents they never knew they had.

Location: 
Gifu JR - Juroku Plaza - 4th Floor - Room 1, Juroku Plaza is to the left of the north exit of the JR Gifu Station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Getting inside your students' minds using think-aloud protocols (TAPs)

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 September 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Robert Croker

Are you interested in understanding your students' actual learning processes? Verbal reports, or think-aloud protocols (TAPs), are an effective way to get inside your students' minds and see the learning process from their point of view.

Location: 
Heartful Square, Gifu Station, East Wing
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

On The Drawing Board: Thoughts on ELT Materials Development

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 9 July 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Marco Benevides

Marcos Benevides will present and explain several of his unreleased ELT coursebook materials and proposals, and how he came about conceiving of them. These materials are under various stages of completion, from soon to be commercially released, to own-classroom-use only, to on indefinite hold.

Location: 
Heartful Square (southeast section of Gifu JR Station)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

"An Introduction to the Montessori Method"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 June 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Presenter: Karen Ricks, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture (this event was voted a 'Best of JALT' winner in 2009)

"Montessori is a well-respected, but often misunderstood educational philosophy that focuses on maximizing student potential. This will be a dynamic presentation with plenty of hands on training with unique didactic materials, that will open up peoples eyes to new options in early childhood education.

Location: 
Heartful Square, Gifu Station, East Wing
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Experience the Power of Cross-Curricular Lessons for Young Learners!

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 May 2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Lesley Ito

Cross-curricular ELT lessons combine English with other subjects to interest and motivate young learners and give them a chance to use the English they have learned in a real context. These types of lessons are quite common in ESL classes throughout Europe, but are rare in EFL classes in Japan.

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

Designing and Implementing Discipline-specific Projects to Motivate Non-majors

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 June 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Paul Moritoshi

Low motivation to study English is a common concern among teachers because it adversely affects students’ attendance, participation and L2 gains and can make teaching more difficult. This workshop outlines, exemplifies and works through a framework for developing discipline-specific projects intended to increase students' motivation by virtue of their more obvious academic and vocational relevance. Participants will apply this framework to generate ideas for, and design projects relevant to their own contexts.

Location: 
2nd floor Heartful Square, East side of Gifu JR station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free for first time participaants; 1000 yen for day members

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