Hiroshima Chapter

Administrative Practices as Institutional Identity: Local impediments to the globalization of HEIs in Japan

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Greg Poole (Doshisha University)

This presentation will show how administrative practices constitute an institutional identity that impedes the facilitation of interdisciplinary and transnational education programs at universities in Japan.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Ideas and Inspiration for Raising Bilingual Kids

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Adam Beck (Bilingual Monkeys)

This presentation will examine key issues associated with raising bilingual children in Japan. Mr. Beck is the founder of the popular blog "Bilingual Monkeys" (http://bilingualmonkeys.com), and was co-editor of JALT's monograph "The ABCs of Bilingualism."

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Pragmatics and Language Education Workshop

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 March 2015 - 9:30am - Sunday, 8 March 2015 - 5:15pm
Speaker: 
Noriko Ishihara (Hosei University/ Temple University Japan)
Speaker: 
and others

This exciting 2-day workshop will help teachers learn about many of the sociocultural aspects of language acquisition. Prof. Ishihara is a renowned researcher and practitioner in the field of pragmatics and language education. Other speakers will include Seiji Fukazawa, Ryota Nagata, Michiko Kasuya, Mayu Konakahara, and Yoko Nogami.

Location: 
Aster Plaza (3 blocks south of Peace Park)
Fee for JALT members: 
4,000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
Non-members 7,000 yen, Full-time Students: 4,000 yen, JALT Student Members 2,000 yen

Teaching English to Junior High School Students, followed by My Share/ Book Reports

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 January 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Allan Antonio (Higashi Hiroshima City Board of Education) and others

First, for about 40 minutes, Allan and his colleagues will explain about teaching basic English skills to junior high school students. Next, several local members will give short talks about good ideas for the language classroom, interesting research findings or book reports. For more information, see hiroshima-jalt.org

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Task-Based Self-Access Reading Materials on Computer for Secondary School Students

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Speaker: 
Sonthida Keyuravong (King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thailand)

Ms. Keyuravong is a Balsamo Asian Scholar and a Featured Speaker at the JALT Annual International Conference this November. She is visiting Hiroshima as part of the Four Corners Tour. She will explain how students can engage in effective self-access task-based learning online. Participants will have a chance to look at two example lessons: eco-tourism and dinosaurs.

Location: 
Bluestone English Studio, 3-8 Hatchobori (5F above Poplar, across the street from Cusco Cafe)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Storytelling From the Beginning

Date and Time: 
Monday, 10 November 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speaker: 
Bill Harley (two-time Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and storyteller0

This plenary speaker is featured at the JALT Annual International Conference this November in Tsukuba, and will give a special presentation in Hiroshima on a Monday evening. He’ll talk about the value of storytelling in language teaching.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

JALT2014 Annual International Conference Sneak Preview

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Eleanor Carson (Hiroshima City University)
Speaker: 
Jack Bower, Arthur Rutson-Griffiths, and Richard Sugg (all from Hiroshima Bunkyo Women's University),
Speaker: 
Eleanor Kane (University of Shimane) and Yukari Rutson-Griffiths (Hiroshima International University)
Speaker: 
Joe Lauer (Hiroshima University)

To whet your appetite for the National JALT Conference in Tsukuba, Nov. 21-24, various local speakers will give special previews of their National presentations.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Entrance Exams

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Melodie Cook (University of Niigata Pref. and Editor of JALT Journal)

This meeting focuses on research on expatriate ELT faculty participation in entrance examination creation. Four themes will be highlighted: assumptions that we bring to examination creation; the multi-functional nature of entrance examinations; how these tests stand up to recommendations for “good” language test creation practices, and recommendations for changing them.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

What Phoneme Acquisitions Studies Imply for Foreign Language Teachers

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Jim Jensen (Author of "Travel Instincts" and Director of Aka-kara English)

This presentation will discuss the relationship between phoneme acquisition studies and teaching a foreign language. The neural mechanisms that support language acquisition will be explained, along with other key concepts such as the critical period, Native Language Magnet Theory, and bilingualism. Finally, the teaching methodologies that are the most effective will also be proposed.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

Content-Based Instruction for Japanese as a Foreign Language

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Akemi Morioka (Okayama University)
Speaker: 
Akiko Kobayashi (University of Shimane)

This presentation will show how teaching about Japan and its culture is an effective way for students to elevate their Japanese language abilities. The two motivating speakers will explain about theories and effective practices. Audience members will be encouraged to share their philosophies and approaches.

Location: 
Peace Park, 3F Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen (Students 200 yen)

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