Kitakyushu Chapter

Event Report, Kitakyushu Chapter April 2017

April 16, 2017 by Website Adminis...

Speaker: 
Paul Collett
Speaker: 
Malcolm Swanson
Event Date: 
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Paul and Malcolm discussed how they have implemented an extended reading programme at their institution with the primary goal of increasing student reading fluency, comprehension, and fostering the the growth of intrinsic motivation towards reading and language study.

Reporter: 
Zack Robertson

Event Report, Kitakyushu Chapter February 2017

March 4, 2017 by Website Adminis...

Speaker: 
Colin Thompson
Event Date: 
Saturday, February 11, 2017

In his presentation, Colin discussed how practice relates to language acquisition from both a theoretical and research perspective. The first half of the presentation focused on theoretical aspects of practice and how it relates to language skill development. Certain factors of practice that were mentioned included production vs. input based practice, intensive vs.

Reporter: 
Zack Robertson

Event Report, Kitakyushu Chapter January 2017

January 24, 2017 by Website Adminis...

Speaker: 
José Cruz
Speaker: 
Robert Long
Event Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2017

In the first half of the presentation, José discussed how traditional textbooks and classroom materials often fail to expose students to authentic spoken English conversation due to the limitations of the textbook medium and the tendency for instructors to use a “teacher” voice rather than a natural voice when addressing students in the classroom.

Reporter: 
Zack Robertson

The Brain is Built for Stories: Using them in ELT

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Curtis Kelly

Stories, the original Wikipedia, are the oldest tool of teaching, and still the most potent. For most of human existence, we have used stories to share information and educate our offspring about the world. It is no wonder our brains have evolved to process stories so much more effectively (or did stories evolve to fit our brains?) than other formats of information delivery.

Location: 
Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Helpful Hints on How to Get Published in the EFL Market in Japan

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Todd Jay Leonard

This presentation will outline the current publishing market in Japan for EFL/ESL textbooks by reviewing the various points of views of the publishing industry.

Location: 
Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

EFL Conversation Tests

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 11 March 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Adam Stone

Many English Teachers will encounter a conversation or speaking evaluation test at some stage in their career. These may be for placement of students in a course, for needs analysis, or assessment for the students’ grades. While all tests need to be as valid and reliable as possible, for the teachers carrying them out, they also need to be practical and manageable.

Location: 
Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Practice makes Perfect?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Colin Thompson

The term practice has been viewed positively and negatively within the field of SLA. In other fields of pursuit however, practice is considered a vital part of skill learning. Whether it involves learning to drive a car or play the piano, practice is deemed a necessary cognitive process that people have to participate in order to perform any skill of high level.

Location: 
Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Developing a Sustainable Extensive Reading Programme

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 8 April 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Paul Collett
Speaker: 
Malcolm Swanson

Extensive Reading (ER) is regarded by many as an effective way to help language learners improve their language skills, with a general acknowledgement that "a wide range of learning benefits accrue [from ER but] the benefits do not come in the short term. Nevertheless, the substantial long-term benefits justify the high degree of commitment needed” (Nation, 2001, p. 156).

Location: 
Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Online Learning, Fluency, and Dysfluency

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 8 January 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
José Cruz
Speaker: 
Robert Long

This presentation will review two websites: http://genderfluency.com and http://goldfish365.com. The first is designed to both present the findings regarding the fluency and dysfluency of gendered interactions and to show the importance of closely examining videos and transcripts of Japanese L2 interactions.

Location: 
Wel-Tobata, Tobata, Kitakyushu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Kitakyushu Chapter November 2016

November 13, 2016 by Website Adminis...

Speaker: 
Zack Robertson
Speaker: 
Michael Phillips
Speaker: 
Stephen Case
Speaker: 
David Wilkins
Event Date: 
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Our chapter held its annual Pecha Kucha night and four people gave presentations on a variety of topics. For the first presentation, Zack Robertson (“Quiet Learners: What to do?”) talked about different factors that can contribute to quiet, unenthusiastic classes and what can be done to improve them.

Reporter: 
Zack Robertson

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