Gunma Chapter

Story-based approach: exploring the world of stories with your young learners

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 February 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Chiyuki Yanase

In this workshop, we will explore how story-based approach can develop essential language learning skills of young learners as well as explore a number of storytelling styles and story-based activities. Participants will also be invited to develop their own story-based lessons using a picture book.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (1st-timers free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Gunma Chapter January 2016

January 26, 2016 by Gunma Chapter

Speaker: 
Yuka Kusanagi
Event Date: 
Sunday, January 24, 2016

This workshop introduced the participants to some techniques and activities of gundoku, or reading aloud as group performance. Gundoku is similar to Reader’s Theatre which is widely practiced in English-speaking countries. Although they are similar in practice, they developed independently in the East and West.

Reporter: 
John Larson

Gundoku Workshop: Integrating a Performing Art into Foreign Language Education

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 January 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Yuka Kusanagi

This workshop will introduce the participants to some techniques and activities of gundoku, or reading aloud as group performance. Gundoku is similar to Reader’s Theatre which is widely practiced in English-speaking countries. Although they are similar in practice, they developed independently in the East and West.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-timers free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Gunma Chapter November 2015

November 4, 2015 by Gunma Chapter

Speaker: 
Various
Event Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015

The first part of our November 1st meeting was a Materials Exchange! Attendees were asked to bring some kind of classroom material or idea they can present in three to five minutes. Lesson plans, activities, games, textbooks, worksheets - anything and everything was presented! Attendees took turns explaining their materials in a group-work style. It was a lively and laid-back atmosphere.

Reporter: 
John Larson

Event Report, Gunma Chapter October 2015

October 25, 2015 by Gunma Chapter

Speaker: 
Stephen Howes
Event Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2015

In the past 5 years, many schools around the world have been rushing to introduce technological devices in the hope of developing an e-learning environment, particularly for blended learning. In some cases, this has happened at a pace greater than the desires of the staff, leading to negative attitudes and ill-prepared implementation.

Reporter: 
John Larson

Materials Exchange and AGM

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 1 November 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
You!

The first part of our November 1st meeting will be a Materials Exchange! Attendees are asked to bring some kind of classroom material or idea they can present in three to five minutes. Lesson plans, activities, games, textbooks, worksheets - anything is welcome!

Location: 
Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Towards a better blend

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 October 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Stephen Howes

In the past 5 years, many schools around the world have been rushing to introduce technological devices in the hope of developing an e-learning environment, particularly for blended learning. In some cases, this has happened at a pace greater than the desires of the staff, leading to negative attitudes and ill-prepared implementation.

Location: 
前橋プラザ元気21
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-timers free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Gunma Chapter September 2015

September 30, 2015 by Gunma Chapter

Speaker: 
Joël Laurier
Event Date: 
Sunday, September 27, 2015

The reliance teachers place on themselves as the primary source of knowledge often contradicts academic gains made possible according to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Having students teach each other is an effective way to build knowledge while enabling the teacher to more easily evaluate the progress of each student on a more regular basis.

Reporter: 
John Larson

Sometimes the most effective way to teach is to let the students teach

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Joël Laurier

The reliance teachers place on themselves as the primary source of knowledge often contradicts academic gains made possible according to Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Having students teach each other is an effective way to build knowledge while enabling the teacher to more easily evaluate the progress of each student on a more regular basis.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (first-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Gunma Chapter August 2015

August 22, 2015 by Gunma Chapter

Speaker: 
Dr. Mark Pegrum from the University of Western Australia
Speaker: 
Stephen Howes
Event Date: 
Thursday, August 20, 2015

This two-part workshop gave an overview of emerging and future developments in educational technologies, suggesting that the adoption of new technologies will largely be determined by their fit with ongoing educational trends.

Reporter: 
John Larson

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