Kyoto Chapter

Teaching Language and Gender Issues in the EFL Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 30 October 2011 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Speaker: 
TBA

Kyoto JALT and the GALE-SIG are delighted to announce another one-day joint event scheduled for Sunday, October 30, 2011 from 10:00am at the Campus Plaza Kyoto. This event will be an opportunity to share your research as well as exchange ideas on gender and non- gender classroom activities. Abstracts for paper presentations are now being accepted. Please use the convenient online submission form.

Location: 
Campus Plaza (near Kyoto Station)
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, 15 October 2011 - 12:30pm - 3:15pm
Speaker: 
TBA

Presentation practice session for JALT National . We will open up the floor for Kyoto members who are planning to present at the national conference in Tokyo. Join us in Kyoto for a sneak peak at what Kyoto members have in store!

Location: 
Campus Plaza, Kyoto
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

FAB1: Connecting Brain Science with EFL - co-sponsored by Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Himeji, & Kyoto Chapters, TED SIG, and others

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 10 July 2011 - 9:00am - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Curtis Kelly, Robert S. Murphy, Tim Murphey, & Marc Helgesen

This is our First Annual Brain-day event (FAB1). We hope this will turn into a significant annual conference for EFL in Japan and we are therefore looking to gather teachers and researchers, from novice to expert, who are interested in helping make a pivotal connection between neuroscience and EFL.

Location: 
Konan University, Hirao School of Management (8-33 Takamatsu-cho, Nishinomiya .663-8204, tel: 0798-63-5741) (5th Floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
3,000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
4,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Kyoto - Project Based Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 July 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Oana Cusen; Oliver Kinghorn; Syuhei Kimura; Heidi S. Durning

Project based teaching has the potential for bringing the best out of students, both higher- and lower levels. It is an excellent way to get students motivated and work with their English in a productive and fun way. This presentation will bring together several teachers who practice project based teaching.

See http://www.kyotojalt.org/ for further details

Location: 
Campus Plaza (near Kyoto Station)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

The potential of cognates in Japanese to aid language learning

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 May 2011 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Frank Daulton & James Rogers

In recent years, more and more research is being done examining the qualities of cognates in Japanese. While a handful of studies concentrate on the problems involved with cognate recognition, the majority of researchers view them as having a vast amount of potential in aiding language acquisition.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) Dai 3 Kogishitsu, 4th floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

“My Inspiration” Hanami & Fundraising

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 April 2011 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
various

Inspire other teachers and help the victims of the Tohoku Earthquake
Kyoto JALT invites all members, friends and family to an informal hanami on the banks of the Kamogawa River (weather permitting) to share inspiration, food, and drink.
Do you have any books, websites, articles, podcasts, or teaching tips that has revolutionized your teaching? What has inspired your lately? Share some of your inspiration and passion for teaching!

If possible, bring your materials on this day and/or fill out this web form. Share your inspiration with other teachers!
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dDkzZEpmLVp2WDRyVmtTM0x...

Location: On the west bank of Kyoto's Kamogawa River. Take the Keihan Line to Demachiyanagi Staion (the last stop), exit towards the Eizan Train Line, cross the river and walk north on the west side of the river from the Demachiyanagi bridge until you see the Kyoto JALT sign. Call 080-3101-4595 (Bjorn) if you get lost or need directions.

What to bring: Kyoto JALT will supply some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, plates, cups, chopsticks, and tarps to sit on. Please feel free to bring your own alcoholic beverages and food of your choice. Extra tarps are welcome!

Cancellation: In the event of rain or the very strong possibility of foul weather, the event will be cancelled. Check this site for status. Should the event be cancelled, the fundraiser will be held at the Kyoto JALT meeting on May 7th.

Cost: 1,000 yen suggested donation to the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami fund. The funds raised will be donated via NPO JALT National to be distributed on a proportional basis to approved Japan-based relief groups.

Location: 
West bank of Kamogawa River, north of Demachiyanagi street
Fee for JALT members: 
1,000 yen suggested donation to the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami fund.
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen suggested donation to the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami fund.

“My Share”

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 26 March 2011 - 11:15am - 1:30pm
Speaker: 
John-Campbell Larsen, Mizuka Tsukamoto & Richard Miller

Time to get ready for the new academic year! Why not get some tips and ideas from fellow teachers? This Saturday we have an event open to all teachers, from experienced to newbie! It is an excellent opportunity for instructors to get some advice or offer suggestions on language teaching and learning. We have put together 3 excellent teachers who will share with you some of their experiences (see details below). Come and join, listen and learn and maybe you can share something with us as well.

Schedule:
11:15 Registration
11:30-12:00 John-Campbell Larsen: Strategy and discourse of questioning
12:10-12:40 Mizuka Tsukamoto: A cooperative reading activity
12:40-13:00 Break/Discussion
13:00-13:30 Richard Miller: Utilizing the Learning Portfolio in Classes
13:30- Closing remarks

John Campbell-Larsen
Momoyama Gakuin University

Strategy and discourse of questioning.
Asking questions to one’s interlocutor is a key part of any kind of naturalistic conversation. For many Japanese students of English, this area causes a multitude of problems. The grammar of question formation, lack of vocabulary and concerns about politeness and appropriateness often inhibit students in developing adequate questioning skills. Many students stick to well-rehearsed, generic questions that are basically transactional in nature, and the overall result is that many so-called ‘conversations’ more closely resemble interviews or interrogations. This presentation will detail ways in which students have been lead to a more naturalistic style of questioning through repeated practice of certain strategic and discourse patterns, such as strategizing around linguistic shortcomings by exemplification, signaling the phatic nature of the questions by personalizing and use of discourse markers. The presenter will detail classroom implementation of this approach, and provide handouts and worksheets as used in actual classes.

Mizuka Tsukamoto
Osaka Jogakuin College

A cooperative reading activity
Students find L2 reading materials difficult. Examples of the reasons are that they are unfamiliar with the topic and that the texts include too many words they do not know / understand. In the latter case, students spend a lot of time using their dictionary, word for word to check the meaning. This makes it difficult for them to grasp the ideas of the content. Covering the reading text in four stages and incorporating some pair work and group work, explained in this activity, enable students, especially in a class with both relatively weak and relatively strong, to grasp and to understand the content. The four stages include: context setting, pre-teaching vocabulary, skimming and reading for details. Students’ comprehensions of the reading are checked by comprehension questions within the activity.

Richard Miller
Kansai University

Utilizing The Learning Portfolio in Classes
Reflecting on what has been learned is an important and integral part of the learning process for several reasons. It allows the learner to reflect and to deepen the understanding of the skills and knowledge that they have acquired. In addition, the portfolio can become a record for the student to keep of what they have taken away from the class. For the instructor it can be a measure for the progress of the class and as a feedback tool to have the instructor understand what the learner thought was important. It can also be utilized as a testing device to test students speaking ability as well as a peer to peer reviewing exercise where students are able to compare and contrast with classmates. This presentation will explain how I successfully integrated this learning device in a communications course with students at Kansai University.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) 5F Dai 2 Enshusitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Kyoto JALT with Osaka/Kobe JALT brings you Pecha Kucha Night & Bonenkai

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 December 2010 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker: 
Various

The Kyoto Chapter in association with the Osaka and Kobe Chapters co-sponsored a Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) style event at Konan University, Hirao School of Management (CUBE) in Nishinomiya (just south of Hankyu Nishinomiya Kita-guchi station). A year-end party (bonenkai) was also held at the Busy Bee Cafe from 6:30 p.m. Good food and good times were had by everyone. Admission was free.

This was the second attempt at moving our annual potpourri meeting to a Pecha Kucha Night format (20 slides x 20 seconds each). Last year's (2009) event was a big success and it was even more this year. More information about PKN is available here.

Location: 
# : Konan University, Nishinomiya Campus # 8-33 Takamatsu-cho, Nishinomiya Room TBA
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

The power of visual images in EFL

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 January 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Sandra Healy (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - Penny Sugihara (Kansai Univ.)

The power of visual images to convey messages, send affective signals and to stimulate the imagination is undeniable. We now have available infinite resources for accessing; storing and retrieving digitally generated images.

In EFL teaching images can be used to illustrate or present language points, to offer systematic practice or to stimulate creative and imaginative spin-offs.

The presenters will introduce simple yet effective ways of enriching the visual landscape of the classroom through the use of images. They will demonstrate how images can be used to engage, stir up curiosity, provide inspiration and motivation for writing and speaking and generally enhance learners' classroom experience.

The importance of involving learners in resourcing visual materials for themselves will be emphasized and examples of student-made visuals will be included.

Location: 
Location: Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) Room: Dai 4 Enshushitsu, 5F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Paul Nation - Evaluating your vocabulary program

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 9:30am - 12:10pm
Speaker: 
Paul Nation

Paul Nation - Evaluating your vocabulary program

Schedule:
9:30-10:15 Registration
10:15-11:30 Evaluating your vocabulary program
11:30-12:00 Q&A
12:00-12:10 Clean up
12:45- Lunch with Paul Nation (limited seats)
Pre-register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JTJS562

This presentation looks at a set of questions that teachers can use to check if the vocabulary component of their language course is adequate or not. The questions include what vocabulary is focused on, how it is focused on, how it is sequenced, and how it is taught and learned. These questions cover the important parts of the curriculum design process. The presentation also describes how these important aspects of teaching and learning vocabulary can be included in a course.

Biography
Paul Nation is Professor in Applied Linguistics at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He supervises MA and PhD research on vocabulary. He has taught in Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland and Japan.
Paul has published extensively and his books include Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (Heinle and Heinle, 1990), New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary (TESOL, 1994), Learning Vocabulary in Another Language (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Focus on Vocabulary (with Peter Gu) (Macmillan Australia, 2007).

His publications include articles and books on teaching and learning vocabulary, language teaching methodology, and curriculum design. Paul Nation's most recent book on vocabulary is called
Teaching Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques (2008) Heinle Cengage Learning, Boston.

There are three highly recommended books from Routledge Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (with Jonathan Newton), and Teaching ESL/EFL Reading and Writing, and Language Curriculum Design (with John Macalister)

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) Room: Daini Kogishitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Pre-registered: 500 yen. At the door: 1,000 yen

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