Hiroshima Chapter

Motivation and Alienation: Resistance as a Natural Part of Language Learning

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 June 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Joseph Shaules (Juntendo University)

Learners who struggle with a foreign language often suffer from feelings of alienation and failure, and may be seen as lazy or unmotivated. This presentation will argue, however, that negative reactions to language learning are, in effect, a normal part of the learning process. It will also argue that current models of motivation in SLA don’t fully take this into account.

Location: 
To be announced.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

Who Owns English? Exploring Linguistic Ideologies in High School Textbooks

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 21 May 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob McGregor (Hiroshima Motomachi Municipal Senior High School)

While sentence-level ideologies may be readily engaged in the classroom, those manifesting across an entire curriculum are often less apparent. Presenting the results of a corpus-driven study, the presenter will examine discourse on first and second language use in high school textbooks. For details, please see recent Hiroshima JALT emails.

Location: 
To be announced
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

Pragmatics Activities for the Classroom: From spark to publication

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 23 April 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Jim Ronald
Speaker: 
Matt Ragan
Speaker: 
Peter Stachus Tu (all from Hiroshima Shudo University)

The field of pragmatics has become very exciting recently because of a lot of discoveries which are very applicable to the English classroom. After a brief introduction to pragmatics and its potential in foreign language teaching, the three researchers/teachers will each tell the story of one or more activities, and "do" the activities so that they can be easily understood.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

2017 Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) Showcase, plus Graded Reader & Reference Book Drive

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 February 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Simon Capper (Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing)
Speaker: 
Susan Meiki (Okayama University)
Speaker: 
Katherine Song (Hiroshima University)
Speaker: 
Monika Szirmai (Hiroshima International University)
Speaker: 
Fuyuko Takita (Hiroshima University)

Hiroshima JALT volunteers heading to Laos this month will showcase some of the group’s presentations, as well as introduce the THT programme and LaoTESOL.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (students 500 yen)

Who Owns English? Exploring Linguistic Ideologies in High School Textbooks

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 January 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob McGregor (Hiroshima Motomachi Municipal Senior High School)

While sentence-level ideologies may be readily engaged in the classroom, those manifesting across an entire curriculum are often less apparent. Presenting the results of a corpus-driven study, the presenter will examine discourse on first and second language use in high school textbooks.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

Event Report, Hiroshima Chapter July 2016

July 19, 2016 by Hiroshima Chapter

Speaker: 
Brett Walter
Event Date: 
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dr. Brett Walter of Hiroshima University’s Institute for the Promotion of Global Education opened this presentation by describing how an Atla’s Complex often works against language teachers. Thinking they need to hold up all the instructional weight can lead to lessons heavy with highly controlled drills that do not put appropriate communicative load on learners.

Reporter: 
Aaron C. Sponseller

Event Report, Hiroshima Chapter June 2016

July 19, 2016 by Hiroshima Chapter

Speaker: 
David Paul (Plenary)
Event Date: 
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Teacher Journey’s 2016 was held at the YMCA in Hiroshima on June 19th. Organized in conjunction by the Teacher Development SIG and Hiroshima JALT, the all-day event had a total of 18 presenters plus an outstanding plenary from Hiroshima legend David Paul. Drawing on his vast experiences in Japan as a language teacher, language school owner, and founder of ETJ, Mr.

Reporter: 
Aaron C. Sponseller

JALT International Conference "Sneak Preview"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 November 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob McGregor, Daniel Hougham, Brett Walter, Aaron Sponseller, Zeinab Shekarabi, and Joe Lauer

To whet your appetite for the JALT International Conference in Nagoya Nov. 25-28, FOUR presentations will also be featured at Hiroshima JALT on Nov. 13 as a kind of "sneak preview." First, Rob McGregor will give a talk entitled "The Vicious Triangle: CLT, Native Speakers, and 'English Only'.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

My Share & Book Review

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 October 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
To Be Announced

Do you have a good teaching idea, or have you read a high-quality book recently? If so, YOU can speak at the meeting. Please contact Brett Walter or any Hiroshima JALT officer so that a few minutes can be scheduled for your talk. More details will be announced here, and at http://hiroshima-jalt.org

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

Doing Action Research: A project on teacher talk & interactional strategies, plus a brainstorming workshop for practitioners

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 September 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Daniel Hougham (Hiroshima University, Part-time Instructor)

Some children learning English in Japan are very reticent; they are quiet and not used to speaking up. How can such reticent students have a fair and equal chance of participating and succeeding ?

Location: 
YMCA (Red Brick Building), 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students 500 yen)

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