Gifu Chapter

The Communicative Classroom: What can be taught?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 May 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Alastair Graham-Marr

This talk looks to examine what elements in a communicative classroom can be taught and what elements can only be developed through enough exposure and practice and then at how these two groups of elements should be introduced/emphasized. It will then look at how learning materials should perhaps be structured in order to take these emphases into account.

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 participants; 1000 yen for day members

Words, Types and Patterns: Beginning Corpus Linguistics

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 April 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Matthew Smith Chubu University

This presentation will introduce concordancing as a means of investigating language. Words will be analysed in terms of their typical behaviours and patterns. By applying this approach, words can be categorised into 'families' for a more organic and authentic description of language.

Practical classroom applications will be demonstrated with a number of exercises, tasks and handouts for students at different levels. Participants will engage in materials development and concordancing tasks with genuine corpus data to investigate and evaluate this approach.

BIO
Matt Smith received his MA TEFL from The University of Birmingham and has
been teaching in Japan for the last ten years. He is currently teaching at Chubu
University where his interests include the study of learner corpora and teaching academic
writing.

Date:! ! Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 19:00-21:00
Venue: Gifu JR Station – Heartful Square 2nd Floor

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

Materials production and evaluation for Young Learners: Six principles - Catherine Littlehale Oki

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 10 July 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Catherine Littlehale Oki, MA (Teaching English to Young Learners) Assistant Co-ordinator, Kyoto English Teachers of Japan -

The presenter will propose six principles to guide the selection and design of materials for young learners. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how they currently select or produce materials, with a view to integrating their current practice with these six principles.

Catherine Littlehale Oki has been teaching in Japan for 9 years and enjoys doing Young Learners (YL) Research.

Location: 
TBC - Venue will be next to Gifu JR Station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen - first time visitors are free - please bring a friend or colleague.

From Curiosity to Competency: Intercultural Activities for the EFL classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 February 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Jon Dujmovich

Educators often speak of using activities appropriate for each language learning stage. However, when incorporating "cultural elements" into lessons, there is usually little consideration of the learners' developmental stage of intercultural learning. Consequently, ill-matched activities can reaffirm or deepen cultural misunderstandings, with questionable growth in intercultural competency. This workshop will demonstrate incorporating activities according to the learners' intercultural developmental stage, age, and language ability, and how to adjust the activities for learning stage appropriateness.

Location: 
TBC - Venue will be next to Gifu JR Station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen - first time visitors are free - please bring a friend or colleague.

Stirring the Senses: Reflective Portfolios and Online Assessments by Suzanne Bonn Miyake, Nanzan University

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 23 January 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Suzanne Bonn Miyake

In this workshop, participants will learn how portfolios allow for reflection on learning and provide an alternative to standard methods of evaluation. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the reflective portfolio by going through each step of the portfolio process in hopes of recreating such a similar project in their own contexts. Ample materials will be provided.

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 - first time visitors are free - please bring a friend or colleague.

Christmas & Bonen-kai Party

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 12 December 2009 - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
N/A

Join us for our annual turkey dinner with all the fixings. If you would like a map or train info, please contact Mike Stockwell at
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Location: 
Aoi's Kissaten-Kasamatsu City
Fee for JALT members: 
2500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
3000 yen

JALT GIfu Presents Pecha Kucha Group Share - Highlights from the JALT International Conference and Educational Exposition 2009

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 November 2009 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Jon Catanzariti, John Gunning, Mark Kulek, Steve Quasha, Brent Simmonds and Mike Stockwell

Not able to attend the JALT National Conference in Shizuoka? Not a problem. Come join some of the Gifu chapter members for a group share from this big event. Six presenters will use the Pecha Kucha method of using 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide to demonstrate which presentations stood out to them. Discussions will follow all 6 presentations. This will provide teachers with an excellent way to pick up some great ideas in less than 2 hours time.

Location: 
Juroku Plaza Building 4th Floor Meeting suite - Just a 1 minute walk north east of Gifu JR Station.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
First time visitors are free - please bring a friend/colleague. One day members 1,000 yen

Creating Classroom Props for Language Learning

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 February 2009 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
David Stephens

Students learn more when they are interested and their curiosity is aroused. As language teachers, it can be difficult to create lessons that make language points challenging and engaging. However, teaching new vocabulary and language points can be enhanced using interesting tools such as magic, puppetry, 3D effects, and unique props. Stephens will share some interesting perspectives that illustrate how emotions and different teaching methods can influence various types of learners.

Location: 
Heartful Square
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Published: Fri, 12/05/2008 - 8:43pm

The Gifu Chapter holds interactive presentations approximately 10 times per year at Heartful Square on the 2nd floor of Gifu JR station. Our speakers focus on practical teaching techniques that participants can apply to many different age groups. We also hold a winter Christmas turkey dinner every year.

The Pecha-kucha Group Share from JALT National

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 November 2008 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Various Members

Six of our members will attempt to utilize the growing trend of "pecha-kucha" (using 20 slides for 20 seconds each) to showcase one activity that they learned about at the recent JALT National Conference.

Location: 
Heartful Square (southeast section of Gifu JR Station)
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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