Kitakyushu Chapter

Teaching/Learning Principles for Oral Communication Courses

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 11 July 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Kristen Sullivan

Every teacher has certain principles, be they based on theory or developed through teaching/learning experiences, which shape their classroom decisions. The presenter will introduce the teaching/learning principles she believes are crucial for oral communication courses and will discuss how they were incorporated into the oral communication textbook Impact Conversation 1 & 2 (Pearson Longman) and how she applies them in her own classes.

Kristen Sullivan is a lecturer at Shimonoseki City University where she teaches Academic English, TOEFL, Composition and Oral Communication. She is co-author of the oral communication textbook Impact Conversation published by Pearson Longman.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Choosing Topics for Writing Classes

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 9 May 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Itsumi Ohmura and Margaret Orleans

In a workshop setting, the presenters will explore topics that stimulated the best writing from their high school students and analyze the factors that characterize the best topics, illustrating their findings with examples of student writing and comparing them with the results of a simple student survey. Participants should bring along some successful topics to share.
Margaret Orleans has been teaching English in Asia for over twenty years. Itsumi Ohmura loves drama and hopes to teach it in English. She has taught in both public and private secondary schools in Japan. The two of them team-taught an Advanced Writing course at Meiji Gakuen.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Conference Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Neuroscience and Psychology for TEFL

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 11 April 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Robert Murphy

The Harvard Graduate School of Education focuses on connecting the mind, brain, and education (MBE). It is an exciting, highly relevant field of study for educators. Robert Murphy, a Harvard MBE Institute certificate recipient, will introduce a few of the major points of Harvard's MBE and make them relevant for EFL teachers in Japan.
Robert Murphy is a university instructor, school owner and local TV/ radio personality. He has been living in Japan for over 22 years.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Conference Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Learn through ENIE (English Newspaper in Education)

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 June 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Toshihiro Yamanishi

I would say that I have not taught English but taught through English. Through this session I would like to share with the participants various merits of ENIE: English Newspaper in Education. Many kinds of activities of ENIE will be introduced.

Originally from Hokkaido, Toshihiro Yamanishi received his master’s degree from Heidelberg University. He has taught English at both public and private high schools, as well as at the tertiary level. He is currently an associate professor at Okayama University. His research areas vary from TESOL, Testing, and Lexicography to ENIE. Yamanishi is the author of several bilingual dictionaries and textbooks for Japanese students.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Japanese Culture Presentations

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 14 March 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Dave Pite

Learn more about Japan from your students while stimulating meaningful communication in apparently fluent English. (Teacher tweaks the video with iMovie software.) This presentation will explain how first-year high school students are encouraged to plan, organize and present some coherent and entertaining descriptions of Japanese culture. Selected videos will be shown.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 2:51pm

Kitakyusu JALT usually meets on the second saturday of the month. See our website for full details.

How SELHi has changed our students

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 14 February 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Matsushita Norie and Chiba Atsuko

Since 2005, Seinan Jo Gakuin has been designated as a SELHi (Super English High School) by the Ministry of Education and Science. For the last three years, our task has been to try and improve students’ English skills within the remit of a SELHi research and development project entitled: "Research for developing students’ integrated ability for self- expression: The development of a step-by-step teaching and evaluation method for communication and writing ability."
In this research project, we aimed to improve students’ ability of self-expression and communication. To this end, our main focus was on the following aspects:

  • The development of a step-by-step teaching method for improving students’ ability in oral self expression and communication.
  • The development of writing ability by using a process-writing approach as a means of self-expression, and creation of an evaluation method for this.
  • The development of reading ability as an input for self-expression.

The results have been much more successful than expected. The increase in students’ motivation through the integrated teaching of four skills was outstanding and the GTEC (graded test of English Communication) scores have improved considerably.
We will explain how we practically improved our classes over the three years, and how our students have changed as a result.
Matsushita Norie and Chiba Atsuko teach English at Seinan Jo Gakuin Junior & Senior High School in Kitayushu.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Conference Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

“Podcasting” and Digital Recording for Pedagogical Purposes

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 10 January 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Kristen Sullivan

Recent technological advancements are not only influencing our personal and work lives, but are also making waves in the world of education. The terms blogging, wiki-ing, podcasting, and vodcasting may still be unknown to some students (and teachers), but they are being seriously considered by language teachers around the world for application in the classroom and use in self-access learning.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Centre, 3F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

End of Year Party & Book Swap

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 December 2008 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
All Welcome

Join us for our annual year-end/Christmas party. Chat about the year gone, and the year ahead, in an informal setting with other chapter members. We'll provide light snacks; please bring a bottle of something you'd like to drink and share with other attendees. Bring a friend, too!

We will also be running a book swap—a great chance to clear some space off your bookshelves, or find something new to read over the New Year break.

Location: 
Kitakyushu International Centre
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
  • Chapter President: Robertson, Zachary
  • Membership Chair: Bell, Charlie
  • Program Chair: Wilkins, David
  • Publicity Chair: McDonald, Jason
  • Treasurer: Vaittinen, Juha

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