Hiroshima Chapter

Maintaining Young Learners’ Motivation

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Marianne Nikolov (University of Pecs, Hungary)

Teaching English as a foreign language to young learners is a complex undertaking involving both cognitive and affective considerations. This talk, by a Plenary Speaker at JALT2010, will explain how the key to success is to sequence motivating and cognitively challenging tasks that match learners’ interests, background knowledge and age.

Location: 
Seminar Room A, 5th floor (研修室A, 5F), Hiroshima City Plaza (広島まちづくり市民交流プラザ), 6-36 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 広島市中区袋町6-36
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

National Conference Sneak Preview

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 October 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Hiroshima Area Speakers

To whet your appetite for the National JALT Conference in Nagoya, Nov. 19-22, various Hiroshima area speakers will give special previews of their National presentations. The presentations will surely be high-quality and exciting, so don't miss it.

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

New Perspectives on Pragmatic Instruction: Moving Beyond Monolingual Norms

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 September 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Carol Rinnert (Hiroshima City University)

In this multicultural world, what is appropriate language in various situations? This presentation will argue that L2 learners should not be aiming to acquire monolingual L1 speakers’ pragmatic norms. Rather, all participants in interaction, regardless of the language they are using (L1 or L2), need to become multicompetent language users or "intercultural speakers."

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

Corpling: A More Efficient Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Vocabulary

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 July 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Warren Tang (various schools) and Simon Fraser (Hiroshima University)

Corpus linguistics (corpling) is one of the most powerful tools available to language teachers today. By using simple software programs, teachers can create better curricula and help students learn vocabulary systematically and efficiently. First, Warren Tang will explain the basics of corpling, and introduce user-friendly programs such as Antconc. Then, Simon Fraser will show how corpling can be helpful in setting vocabulary-learning goals for learners of specialized language.

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

How Native English Speakers See Gairaigo in Japan, followed by My Share

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 20 June 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ashley Souther (Takeda Junior and Senior High School), Jerry O'Sullivan (Hiroshima Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School) and Everyone

Is gairaigo a helpful and snappy tool for teaching analogous English terms, or is it a corrupting influence on learners' understanding and pronunciation of real English words? During the first hour, the two main speakers will discuss the results of a survey of the opinions of native English teachers about gairaigo, and they will examine the assumptions held therein. During the second hour, everyone present is welcome to speak for a few minutes about effective teaching ideas.

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

JALT Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Carol Rinnert (Hiroshima City University), Jim Ronald (Hiroshima Shudo University), Keith Hoy (Suzugamine Women's College), and Eleanor Kane (University of Shimane)

Pragmatics, Teaching Children, Extensive Reading, and Learner Development will be some of the topics discussed at this multifaceted meeting, devoted to JALT Special Interest Groups. First, each of the speakers will give a brief introduction of those groups, and will explain some "important findings and trends in the field." There will also be a short talk about other SIGs. Then, in small groups, there will be more detailed discussions.

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

Being Constructive with Moodle

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 April 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Peter Ruthven-Stuart (Future University Hakodate)

In this workshop, the audience will learn how to blend Moodle into their language classes. They will get hands-on experience in setting up a course and populating it with resources and activities. The presenter will emphasise those aspects of Moodle that facilitate collaborative learning.

Peter Ruthven-Stuart has been using Moodle since 2003 as both a teacher and administrator. He is interested in constructivist and collaborative online task design.

Location: 
Hiroshima University (Higashi Hiroshima Campus), The Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Room J209
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Teaching Children English Mini-Conference

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 March 2010 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Aleda Krause, David Paul, Corazon Kato, and many others

If you teach children, then this mini-conference will be perfect for you! You will get lots of ideas from the innovative presentations as well as from the other teachers you will be sure to meet there. There will also be book displays and teaching materials for sale. Check http://jalt.org/events or http://hiroshimajalt.wordpress.com/ for details. For more information, call 082-224-3816 (JALT Hiroshima chapter).

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

Two Parts: Teaching English Verbs, followed by The Silent Way

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 February 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Tomoaki Iguchi (Kwansei Gakuin University, graduate student) and Don Cherry (Hiroshima Kokusai University, Associate Professor)

During the first hour, Mr. Iguchi will explain about the nature of English verbs, such as go, come, take, and give. These verbs have multiple meanings and are difficult for Japanese learners of English, but can be taught effectively. Mr. Iguchi has been a teacher in senior high schools for almost 20 years. During the second hour, Mr. Cherry will demonstrate some techniques inspired by the Silent Way teaching approach. The uses of gestures and other visual cues are vital in the approach.

Location: 
Hiroshima Peace Park 3f Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Extensive Reading, Public Speaking, TOEIC, & More

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 January 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
John Letcher (Cambridge University Press) and Marcos Benevides (ABAX)

Speakers from two major ELT publishers will visit Hiroshima JALT. Both John Letcher and Marcos Benevides are known to be exciting speakers, and the presentations will be FREE to all!
First, Mr. Letcher will speak about "Three Answers to Three Questions": 1) Have you got anything for TOEIC? 2) Have you got any public speaking books? and 3) What range of graded readers do you have?
Next, Professor Benevides of Kansai Gaidai University will lead a talk entitled "A Task-Based Approach to Narrow Reading." His new book, entitled Fiction in Action: Whodunit, is an intriguing detective story. Students engage in authentic tasks, making the reading very enjoyable.
The publishers will also have their best books on display. There will be games & prizes!
For more information, call 082-224-3816 or go to http://jalt.org/events/

Location: 
Hiroshima Peace Park 3f Conference Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

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