Gunma Chapter

From Study to Learning: Process Drama Projects in the Japanese English Language University Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 10 April 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Eucharia Donnery

This presentation outlines the framework design of a tri-semester process drama project. Students chose the theme of “homelessness” as a subject that they wanted to research about. There were many possible points of access into the subject, but for the purpose of this project, the issue of homelessness was experienced through the eyes of Japanese-Americans, incarcerated in internment camps, during World War II. Through video clips, role-plays, writing-in-role, a guest speaker from Afghanistan, students traced the journey from wealth to involuntary homelessness and subsequent homelessness on return. In a similar vein to current events, the students took all the news stoically and almost every student commented on the value of family and hope for the future.

Eucharia is a PhD student of Drama and Theatre Studies under the supervision of Dr. Manfred Schewe, University College Cork, Ireland. Her field of specialty is process drama in language acquisition for the Japanese university level student in particular. She completed and a tri-semester long process drama project which focused on the social issues of bullying, emigration and homelessness while working as an English instructor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. She currently works as an English lecturer for Sophia University, Tokyo and is adapting her previous teaching drama-based pedagogy to be used in classes with large student numbers.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Moving Music to Center Stage

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 June 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Deborah Murao

Why do we remember the jingles and theme songs we heard on television ten, twenty, thirty or more years ago?
What is memory and what role does it play in language learning?
How does music and rhythm trigger long-term memory and how can we tap into that as a virtually gold mine in our classroom?

Location: 
Maebashi Institute of Technology (Maebashi Koka Daigaku)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Pursuing the Perfect Presentation: Content, Design, Narrative, Structure and Delivery

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 29 May 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Rab Paterson

Most teachers present at some time in their careers. Yet the process of researching, planning and delivering presentations is seldom treated with the same level of care and attention to detail used when gathering / analysing the data presented. This session aims to address this by providing a detailed overview of current theory that can improve your presentations.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

The Brain, The Self and The Successful Learner

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 10 July 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Chuck Sandy

How can we break students out of their cycle of failure brought on by feelings of inadequacy? How can we inspire drive, encourage success and nurture personal growth? How can we take critical thinking to the next level so it deepens learning and leads to real-world action and changes in behavior? Why is this essential for language learning? Participants will explore these questions before being introduced to a variety of projects and activities designed for Active Skills For Communication but appropriate for any classroom where teachers wish to promote success, growth and active learning. Come try some. 

Chuck Sandy is an ELT materials writer, professor, teacher trainer, essayist and poet who has coauthored several English Language Teaching series including Active Skills For Communication with Curtis Kelly for Cengage Learning ELT. He’s a frequent presenter at conferences around the world where he passionately speaks about the joys of engaging students in project work, the need for materials and practices that promote critical thinking, and the necessity of learning / teaching practices which encourage positive personal change.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

GPWU Graduate School Communication Students' Presentations: Discourse, Communication and the World

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 27 February 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Nao Irikawa, Sayo Nakamura, Ikumi Miyagawa & Yuki Sakaguchi

Graduate School Student Presentations
1. What are the rules for turn-taking in a conversation? In this presentation, the researcher will compare how different groups took turns. She compared a Japanese discussion of the economy, a panel discussion, a TV program discussion and a political discussion to see if there were any differences between the various groups.

2. Talking on the telephone has been a primary means of communication for many years; however, the cell phone has recently become a greater necessity in Japanese society. Because cell phones are different from non-mobile phones, there has been a change in the way phones are answered. In this presentation, the researcher will examine how university students answer their cell phones.

3. Biases specific to particular newspapers are reflected in how they report on a story. In this presentation, the researcher compared discourse from The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, both London newspapers. How the newspapers reported on war events in Afghanistan revealed their general opinion of the events and the war.

4. Communication on Facebook has become commonplace even among Japanese. Because Facebook is an American-based social networking site, the language users tend to use English. This study looked at Japanese to Japanese propositions on Facebook to see how often users opted for Japanese, how often they used English and how often they engaged in code-switching and code-mixing.

Location: 
Gunma Prefectural Women's University (Kenritsu Joshi Daigaku)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Report on "Gunma Seminar for Teachers of Young Learners of English (Gunma Jido Eigo Shidosha Koza)"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 30 January 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Yoko Kamo, Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College

The Gunma Seminar for Teachers of Young Learners of English (Gunma Jido Eigo Shidosha Koza) was held at Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College on November 21, 2010. It was supported by the Gunma International Education Foundation. In this presentation, I will explain the rationale of the seminar and report on the lectures and presentations. I will also present an overview of “English Activities” which will officially start at public elementary schools in April this year. After the break, the participants will be invited to discuss how we can support “English Activities” locally.
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Location: 
Maebashi Institute of Technology (Maebashi Koka Daigaku)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time visitor: free)

From EFL Teacher to Peace Activist

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 November 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Anna Baltzer

For global language teachers, “thinking outside the box” means addressing world issues and considering our social responsibility as educators. In this workshop, US-based educator and organizer Anna Baltzer will describe her background as a Fulbright scholar in the Middle East, her transformation from EFL teacher to peace activist, and her thoughts on how teachers can promote peace with justice and empower students to become active agents of the change they seek.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

22nd Gunma JALT Summer Workshop at Kusatsu

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 August 2010 - 1:00pm - Sunday, 22 August 2010 - 2:00pm
Speaker: 
David Newby, Graz University, Austria

Theme: Theory and Practice of L2 Teaching

David Newby, Graz University, Austria. Dr. Newby is associate professor of linguistics and language teaching methodology and research at Graz University. He has taught English in Thailand, Kuwait, Austria and the UK, and has lectured and held workshops for teachers and teacher trainers for both the Council of Europe and the British Council in a variety of countries. He has worked for the European Center for Modern Languages and is author and coordinator of the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages, which appeared in 2007. In this workshop, he will offer two lectures: 1) European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages, 2) Cognitive + Communicative Grammar

Presentations: You are welcome to apply to give a presentation. If you would like to do so, please inquire to the Program Chair.
There are 4 slots (30 min each) for presentations.

日 程: August 21 (Sat)           
13:00 – 13:30 Registration
13:30 – 13:50 Orientation
14:00 – 14:30 Presentation 1
14:30 – 15:00 Presentation 2
15:30 – 17:00 Newby Lecture (1)
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner & Party
August 22 (Sun)
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:30 Presentation 3
09:30 – 10:00 Presentation 4
10:30-12:00 Newby Lecture (2)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Discussion and Closing

Sponsored by: JALT Gunma Chapter; Co-Presidents: Michele Steele 0277-45-3233, Hideto Harashima 027-266-7101; Program Co-Chairs: Barry Keith 027-220-7571, Morijiro Shibayama 027- 263-8522, Hisatake Jimbo 0274- 62-0376

Location: 
Kusatsu Seminar House, Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture
Fee for JALT members: 
9000
Fee for one-day members: 
NA

Designing a Themed Task-Based Syllabus

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Marcos Benevides

There are many advantages to themed syllabuses for L2 instruction: the natural recycling of core vocabulary and language forms; the inclusion and scaffolding of otherwise inaccessible content; the possibility for a rapid increase in task complexity; the engaging exploration of a specific subject matter; the creation of relatively authentic L2 spaces for FL contexts. Based on his experience in materials development, the speaker will demonstrate how themed syllabuses can be developed for any teaching level.

Location: 
Maebashi Institute of Technology (Maebashi Koka Daigaku)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

How to promote reflection in professional development

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 31 October 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Akiko Takagi

[Summary]
I first overview the importance and effectiveness of reflection in professional development, which is widely recognized in the field of teacher education. I also present how I have prompted reflection using journals and videotaped microteaching in my pre-service teacher training course. After the overview, the participants will engage in reflection on their own practice and share their reflections with others.

[Bio]
Akiko Takagi is an Associate Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University. She completed her MA in TESOL from the State University of New York in Buffalo and is an EdD candidate at the University of Exeter. Her research interests include professional development and learner autonomy.

Location: 
Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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