Gifu Chapter

Developing a Motivational Classroom Environment

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Steven Paydon, Tokai University

How can we create the conditions in which classroom motivation can thrive? Classroom group dynamics play a vital role in the answer to this question. First through theory, and then fun, interactive exercises, explore how removing barriers to interaction and building positive interpersonal relationships between group members can enhance student motivation and increase learning gains.

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

ELT 2.0

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 September 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Michael Stout, Full time Lecturer, Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo

Web 2.0 is about user-generated content. ELT2.0 is about learner-generated content. In this workshop, participants will learn how to integrate Web 2.0 tools into ELT classes. This presentation will provide hands on practice and discussion of ideas for using learner-generated content in the classroom.

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

Vocabulary: Meaning, Form, Pronunciation, and Beyond

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 July 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Brad Deacon, Nanzan University, Seto

In a well-balanced language program, how can we develop student’s L2 vocabulary? In this workshop we will answer this critical question through lively discussion and practical hands-on activities that will show you:

-What kinds of vocabulary students should learn
-in & out of class study techniques
-effective ways to teach across the four skills
-relevant theoretical support

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

Fluency in Reading Classes

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 April 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Bjorn Fuisting

Developing fluency is often overlooked in reading classes. Extensive Reading (ER) and a speed (timed) reading course are two ways of working on fluency. This workshop will deal with the practicalities of how to incorporate these two activities in your reading class; how to select the material, organize the levels, activities in class, evaluation, and more.

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

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

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