Gunma Chapter

Building Strategies and Skills in Critical Media Literacy: Empowering English Learners to Access, Understand, and Engage with News

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Anna Husson Isozaki

English news media can be overwhelming for students, especially in this age of information overload. How can our students sort through it all and learn to enjoy it, with English not their first language?

Location: 
Maebashi Institute of Technology (Maebashi Koka Daigaku)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

The 24th Annual Workshop in Kusatsu

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 August 2013 - 1:00pm - Sunday, 25 August 2013 - 2:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Ema Ushioda

Registration is now closed. Thanks for your interest!

Location: 
Kusatsu Seminar House, Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture
Fee for JALT members: 
4000-9000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
4000-9000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
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Why Extensive Reading? Seven Reasons

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 July 2013 - 2:15pm - 4:45pm
Speaker: 
Mark Brierley

Extensive Reading (ER) is supported by research. However, as with all methodologies, for ER to work effectively, students and teachers must believe in it. Julian Bamford and Richard Day gave us the "ten commandments" of ER. Kunihide Sakai reduced them to just three.

Location: 
The Learning Commons Gunma University Library, 1st Floor 4-2 Aramaki-machi
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
Contact or Queries: 
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Peace Education in Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 23 June 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Charles Kowalski

This workshop will explore ways of teaching peace in EFL. It will begin with an overview of the concept of peace, and introduce the model of peace as a series of concentric circles - inner peace, peace in relationships, peace in society, peace in the world. Participants will join in sample activities at each of these levels, and take home a variety of materials and resources.

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

Cooperative learning and the changing role of the teacher in the new MEXT revisions

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 May 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Joël Laurier

April 2013 marked the beginning of the final phase of implementation of the newest revision of the Course of Study (CoS) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). While some recommendations in it are reiterations of prior CoS revisions, the MEXT’s call for increased group work in English classes throughout Japan is a step toward more communicative classes.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
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First ever Gunma / Omiya My Share Collaboration - Part 2

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Michelle Williams
Speaker: 
Atsushi Iida
Speaker: 
Robert Rowland
Speaker: 
Masa Tsuneyasu
Speaker: 
Ivan Botev

For the second-half of the Gunma/Omiya My Share, two JALT Gunma Chapter members will share the stage with three Omiya members to give short demonstrations of classroom activities, lesson plans, and on other topics related to language learning and teaching. Details of the presentations and presenters can be found below.

Location: 
Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

From Dutiful Daughters to English Professors: How Gender Shapes the Professional Lives of Japanese Female University English Professors

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Diane Hawley Nagatomo

This presentation examines the role of gender in the professional identity development of seven Japanese female university English teachers ranging in age from their early thirties to their early sixties.

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

What Young People Should Know About Energy and Nuclear Power Issues: Lessons from Content-based University English Classes

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 27 January 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Keiko Kikuchi

Kikuchi will talk about her experiences of teaching energy and nuclear power issues in her content-based university English classes.

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

Teaching English: It's YOUR Business

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 November 2012 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Miguel Gervais

Why did you become a teacher? I doubt that it was part of a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, I don't expect your decision to be a teacher had much to do with money at all. Does that mean that you took a vow of poverty when you became a teacher? I hope not. In this seminar, I will be discussing the business-side of teaching. Whether you are an eikaiwa teacher, a part-time university lecturer, a school teacher or even if you are tenured, this seminar should provide some interesting ideas for improving your cash-flows and managing your affairs in a turbulent economy. We will sketch out a personal business plan and discuss some of the nuts and bolts of the business of teaching English in Japan.

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

Genre Pedagogy to Lead Students' to a High Stake of Learning: Students' Voice and Critical Thinking About Environmental Issues Through News Item Writing

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 6 October 2012 - 3:30pm - 5:50pm
Speaker: 
Inggy Yuliani Pribady

Genre pedagogies have drawn on Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, which views language as a social semiotic system, i.e. a resource for making meaning in social context (Eggins & Martin 2002). It is the idea that the grammar of the English Language is a system to facilitate certain kinds of social and interpersonal interaction, represent ideas about the world and connect these ideas and interaction into meaningful text and make them relevant to their context (Halliday, 1978:12). This paper aims to describe ways in which appropriate scaffolding teaching and learning activities in genre pedagogy can be provided to guide the students to shape their ideas critically to the issues of environment in their writing. The scaffolding takes the form of a particular sequence of activities known as teaching and learning cycle which are Building Knowledge of The field, Modeling of the Text, Join construction and Independent Construction.

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

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