Kobe Chapter

Being Bilingual in Japan - Speaking from the heart!

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Takara Allal
Speaker: 
Edward Sumoto
Speaker: 
Ai Willis
Speaker: 
Tristian Willis

Panel Discussion (2:00PM - 4:00PM) and BBQ (4:00PM - 6:00PM)

This event will be a great opportunity for JALT members to get together, to know each other, and to exchange information in a cozy and relaxing atmosphere!

BBQ Prices

Adult (13 ~): ¥2,000 include one drink
Child (5 ~ 12): ¥1,000 includes one soft drink

Please RSVP for BBQ here by MAY 21.

Location: 
Kobe Regatta and Athletic Club (1-20, 2-chome, Hachiman-dori Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0085. tel: 078-231-2271)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Meet the Real Iran

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 April 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Mehrasa Alizadeh
Speaker: 
Parisa Mehran

A Short Introduction to Iranian History, Culture, and Education

Location: 
Sannomiya Terminal Hotel, 4F Seminar Room
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

End-Year Presentation and Bonenkai/師走プレゼンテーションと忘年会

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 December 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Cameron Romney
Speaker: 
John Campbell-Larsen

二度のベストJALT賞を受賞したJohn Campbell-LarsenとCameron Romneyによるプレゼンテーション
Kobe JALT welcomes two-time best of JALT award winners John Campbell-Larsen and Cameron Romney as they present their award winning workshop for teaching speaking.

Bonenkai will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Bruge Belgian Beer Cafe (4,000 yen all you can drink plus food).

Cameron Romney will present about how to design textbook supplements that increase the opportunities for speaking and John Campbell-Larsen will talk about what teachers really need to know about teaching speaking.
Cameron Romneyによる教科書を補足して発話機会を増やす方法とJohn Campbell-Larsenによる教師が知っておくべき発話教授

Presentation 1: Cameron Romney
Creating supplements that increase opportunities for spoken interaction

Despite publisher claims that coursebooks, especially four-skills coursebooks, provide everything a teacher requires, no coursebook can actually satisfy all student and teacher needs. In Japan many teachers feel their students need extra speaking practice but struggle make their own materials that fit together with their textbook.

This presentation will introduce a systematic approach developed by the presenter over the last several years called ACoPE (Analyze, Consult, Produce and Evaluate) to help teachers create supplemental materials that focus on speaking

Presentation 2: John Campbell-Larsen
A Page Full of Text to a Mouth Full of Air

This presentation takes as its starting point the supposition that conversation is the main venue for language in use and as such should be given a prominent place in any syllabus. Furthermore, because of the differences between the spoken form of the language and the written form, the written form of the language serves as a poor model for teaching conversation.
The presenter will refer to findings from the fields of conversation analysis and corpus linguistics that describe some features that are specific to spoken English, such as turn structure, discourse marking, backchanneling, assessments and upgrades, the grammar and semantics of reported speech and others. The presenter will go on to outline the ways in which these points can be presented to students and how to design classroom activities that can maximize opportunities for use of the taught language in naturalistic ways.

Cameron Romney has taught ESL/EFL in both the United States and Japan for the last 19 years. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver and is an assistant professor in the Global Communications Faculty of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

John Campbell-Larsen is an associate professor of English at Kyoto Women's University. He received his master's degree in TESOL from Birmingham University and his research interests include Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and teaching the spoken language.

Location: 
Kobe International House (神戸国際会館)Room 804
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Focusing on learner psychology: Motivation and willingness to communicate/モチベーションと第2言語における自発的にコミュニケーションを図る傾向

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Tomoko Yashima, Kansai University/八島智子 関西大学

In this presentation, I will first introduce the concept of willingness to communicate (WTC) as a psychological construct used to investigate individual differences in L2 communication along with motivation, anxiety, and self-confidence.

Location: 
Kobe International House Room 806
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Authentic Language Learning Through Video Clips

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 September 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Kim Kanel, Kinki University

Video clips (short MP4s) not only stimulate interest in the language-learning classroom, but they can also be used to teach virtually any area of the syllabus. This presentation will describe how specific language skills can be taught through video, and provide suggestions for selection, preparation, and classroom procedures.

Presentation Outline

Location: 
Kobe International House Room 804
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Kobe JALT Nepal Family and Friends Project and JALT THT SIG Joint Event

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 June 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Randall Bollig
Speaker: 
Catriona Chalmers Takeuchi
Speaker: 
Ann Mayeda
Speaker: 
Brent Jones
Speaker: 
Steve Cornwell

Donations for project appreciated

Charity Dinner June 19th Sunday 5pm to 7pm at Shankar Indian Restaurant near KIH. 3000 for set meal including a donation to the Nepal project.

Location: 
Kobe International House room 806
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Raising Bilingual Children Forum and BBQ

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 May 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Jania Tubby, Kobe Bilingual School
Speaker: 
Jonathan Bunch, St. Michael's Saturday School
Speaker: 
Kaoru White, Canadian Academy

Please join Kobe JALT for our annual Raising Bilingual Children BBQ.

Location: 
Kobe Regatta & Athletic Club (KR&AC)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Changes Seen on the Horizon of Japan's English Education

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 January 2016 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Kensaku Yoshida/吉田研作

Kensaku Yoshida will return to Kobe to give a talk titled "Changes Seen on the Horizon of Japan's English Education". Kensaku Yoshida is a Professor at Sophia University in Tokyo and the director of the Center for Language Education and Research. He is also well known in Japanese English Education circles, a consultant for MEXT, and often interviewed in the Japanese media about education issues.

Location: 
Kobe International House/神戸国際会館 Rm901
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Getting Them Speaking

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 December 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Andy Boon

Speaker: Andy Boon. Andy Boon is an associate professor in the faculty of Global Communications at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo. He has been teaching in Japan for over 17 years. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University.

Location: 
Kobe International House room 806
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Language Awareness and International Understanding

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 October 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Kip Cates

In our increasingly global age, students not only need to learn English for international communication but should also become familiar with the languages of the world. The English classroom can be an exciting place to teach this linguistic awareness. This presentation will introduce ideas for designing a content-based thematic unit on "world languages and writing systems".

Location: 
Kobe International House Room 703
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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