Kyoto Chapter

Presentations: Practice makes perfect!! and Annual Business Meeting

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 October 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Daniel Mills, Jhana Bach, Kelly Butler & Stephen Dalton

1:30-2:00 Registration and Opening
2:00-2:45 Examining the “carry-over effect” by Daniel Mills (Room 1)
From Boxed In Daughters to Carnivore Women by Jhana Bach (Room 2)
2:45-3:15 Break
3:15-4:00 Thinking Outside the Film by Kelly Butler (Room 1)
Novel Strategies with Content in EFL Classrooms by Stephen Dalton (Room 2)
4:00-5:00 Annual Business Meeting with Chapter elections

Presenters & Abstracts

Examining the “carry-over effect”
By Daniel Mills – E English House

In recent years, research in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) has shown that technology can be used to increase students’ willingness to communicate and decrease foreign language anxiety. Yet, few studies have examined whether these positive effects will “carry-over” when students return to a face-to-face communication environment. The proposed case study, which will attempt to examine the long term effects of CMC in relation to affective factors, will be conducted over a 15-week period with an intact class of Japanese University students. Students will alternate between task-based conversation activities in both f2f and CMC environments. Data collection pertaining to foreign language anxiety and willingness to communicate will be collected using the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale and length of utterance and turns taken during conversation activities respectively. CMC activities will be conducted using the Language Education Chat System developed by Kanto Gakuin University.

From Boxed In Daughters to Carnivore Women
By Jhana Bach - Mukogawa Women's University

The presenter will focus on methods of analyzing gendered language through the process of a university English seminar. Participants will learn ways in which the text Womansword, a collection of Japanese expressions relating to women, can be used as a springboard to engage university students in analysis of attitudes and assumptions about gender in Japan, and shed light on the ways these change over time.

Thinking Outside the Film
By Kelly Butler Kansai University of International Studies

The use of films within language classrooms has steadily increased as they have been shown to be motivational for learners; for example, students mention they want to understand Hollywood films without subtitles. Thus, teachers are creating entire classes centered around feature-length films and a multitude of activities have been created by teachers hoping to utilize this motivational tool while students learn a variety of skills and content: listening comprehension, grammar, pronunciation and intonation, culture, etc. While whole films can be a good source of course material, this presentation shares insights gained from using a variety of short film excerpts within a semester to demonstrate a variety of language features as well as conversational situations. Two communication courses were taught intermittently with the use of short, unit appropriate film clips under a variety of circumstances, i.e. with or without English or Japanese subtitles, with the intent of discovering an effective method to increase student listening comprehension as well as understanding of situational discourse. The students were given quizzes following the clip to check for comprehension and surveyed at the end of the course to assess the value of the clips within the course, the film clips’ affect on student motivation and the effectiveness of video clips as a teaching tool.

Novel Strategies with Content in EFL Classrooms
By Stephen Dalton - Ryukoku University

Using authentic materials in a university EFL classroom can motivate students, but it can just as easily backfire. Original texts often require too high a level of vocabulary and cultural competence, resulting in loss of student motivation. Boxed in between the necessities of teaching the canon and reaching students, teachers often resort to adapted texts, such as graded readers. Although graded readers are valuable, this talk presents an alternative. This alternative method is based on assessment of student needs, careful selection of original texts, and posing questions rarely used in literature or history classrooms for native speakers. The exercises generated by this approach inspire students to ask more questions. After sharing examples of these novel exercises, a rubric for creating exercises of this type will be presented. Using the rubric, workshop participants will then brainstorm EFL exercises in various disciplines such as literature, history, economics and intercultural communication.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) 5F #2 Enshushitsu;
Fee for JALT members: 
Free and "Bring a Friend Free"
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Garr Reynolds - Presenting Naked with Slides: How thinking like a designer can help

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Garr Reynolds

Garr Reynolds, is the author of award-winning and international best-selling books Presentation Zen and Presentation Zen Design. In this presentation, Garr will introduce ten fundamental design principles and will speak in depth with examples and before/after samples. The lessons in this talk are not about dressing up presentations or decorating slides, they are about understanding and embracing concrete design principles that will help make your presentations clear, powerful, and memorable.
Biodata
Garr Reynolds is currently Associate Professor of Management at Kansai Gaidai University where he teaches Marketing, Global Marketing and Multimedia Presentation Design. Garr is active in the Japanese community and can often be found presenting on subjects concerning design, branding, and effective corporate communications.

Visit Garr's official website (www.garrreynolds.com) for more information on branding, design basics, presentation tips, and heaps of resources. Also, view Garr's bibliography page at amazon.com.

This is one presentation you will not want to miss!

One-day members: pre-register by September 23rd at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VD7HPVB and pay 500 yen
One-day members: At the door 1,000 yen

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) 4F Dai 3 Kaigishitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Pre-registered one-day members 500 yen. At the door 1,000 yen

Teaching Gender-Related Issues in the Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 July 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Folake Abbass and Robert Ó’Móchain

Two presenters will provide a much-needed focus on gender-related issues in the EFL classroom. Abass will address gender stereotypes and explore ways to encourage students to develop the critical intelligence necessary to move beyond culturally inherited stereotypes.'Mochain will discuss representations of masculinities on Japanese television and how his observations can be reported in EFL classrooms as part of a gender-awareness syllabus. Discussion circles will follow for opinion and idea exchange.

Specific Schedule:
1:30 – 2:00 Registration
2:00 – 3:00 Folake Abass - presentation (workshop) discussion
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3: 15 – 4:15 Robert O’Mochain – presentation (workshop) discussion
4:20 Closing remarks

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto 2F Dai 2 Kaigishitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

The 9th Annual JALT Pan-SIG Conference 2010

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 May 2010 - 9:00am - Sunday, 23 May 2010 - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Plenary: Kip Cates, Judy Noguchi + 85 more

This year, the theme of our conference is “Learner Perspectives.” During two days of presentations, workshops and poster sessions, we hope that all conference participants will find something that will stimulate their research and ideas for teaching in their classrooms! There will be over 85 teacher-researchers from 13 JALT special interest groups (SIGs) and two JALT Chapters discussing “what the learner thinks about what is occurring in the classroom.”

We are also very pleased to welcome our wonderful plenary speakers, Professors Judy Noguchi and Kip Cates, and our featured speaker, Larry Davies.

For schedule, handbook and more details see:
http://www.pansig.org/2010/index.html

This conference is co-sponsored by:
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL),
College and University Educators (CUE),
Extensive Reading (ER),
Framework and Language Portfolio (FLP),
Global Issues in Language Education (GILE),
Japanese as a Second Language (JSL),
Lifelong Language Learning (LLL),
Other Language Educators (OLE),
Pragmatics (PRAG), Study Abroad (SA),
Teacher Education (TEd), Testing & Evaluation (TEVAL
Kyoto Chapter and supported by the Osaka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).

Location: 
Osaka Gakuin, University, Suita City, Osaka
Fee for JALT members: 
5,000 yen for 1 day, 8,500 yen for both days
Fee for one-day members: 
6,500 yen for 1 day, 10,000 yen for both days, student discount available

Getting Back to Basics in English Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 April 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
David Barker

In this presentation, veteran English instructor and author of seven books and several newspaper columns for Japanese learners of English, David Barker,argues for a renewed focus on 'old-fashioned' approaches that have served language teachers and learners well for centuries.

"The history of English Language Teaching has been characterized by a stream of ever-changing fashions and trends. Proponents of new methodologies have urged teachers and learners to abandon all their old tools and techniques and embrace the new dogma, and all too often teachers have been willing to follow unquestioningly. Barker argues that an obsession with 'communicative' activities and educational materials can be detrimental to both teachers and learners."

Barker will outline what he considers to be the most important 'basic principles' of language learning, and will present 'basic principles' of language learning and discuss how these can be applied to classroom methodology.

Note: This presentation, a semi-commercial event, was awarded Best of JALT 2009, Best Presentation of 2008 by Toyohashi JALT, and also well-received by Hokkaido JALT at their annual conference.

Location: 
Kyoto Kyoiku Bunka Center (near Keihan Marutamchi Station), Room 102
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Troubleshooting & My Share

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 March 2010 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Julian Pigott, Paul Evans, Ted Bonnah & Carl Nommensen

This event is 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 four excellent teachers who will share with you some of their experiences (see details below).

Schedule
2:30 - Registration
2:45 - 3:15 Thoughts on Teaching Large Classes, Julian Pigott
Abstract: In this presentation, Pigott will suggest techniques for teaching large classes in high school and university. He will focus on social aspects of learning and teaching such as teacher-student rapport, group-cohesion, classroom management, and the Japanese context. Finally, he will present examples of lessons he feels work particularly well.

3:15 - 3:45 Using Cell Phones for ESL Learning, Paul Evans
Abstract: All students have cell phones, and use them with great enthusiasm, every day, all day. Evans will outline the work he has done on cell phone use in the EFL classroom, share his vision for where and how he thinks it can be carried further, and explain his ideas for how other people might join him.

3:45 - 4:00 Break

4:00 - 4:30 Methods for Successful Group Work, Ted Bonnah
Abstract: Unsatisfied with group work in your classes? Bonnah will explain the methods for getting the most from group activities. Based on experience in university and junior and senior high classes, this presentation is for all teachers grappling with large class sizes, demanding syllabi, and evaluation requirements.

4:30 - 5:00 Wringing the Text, Carl Nommensen
Many teachers use textbooks containing written texts. Most classroom manipulation of those texts ends with follow-up exercises outlined in the text itself. In this presentation, Nommensen will introduce two classroom activities in which students enthusiastically engage with a written text in review, developing familiarity and productive competence with the vocabulary, while practicing syntax, writing, speaking, and listening, and having fun.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto; 5F, Daisan Enshushitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Privilege’-a Photography Project of English Teachers in Japan

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 6 March 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Gary McLeod

Presented by digital artist and English teacher, Gary McLeod, PRIVILEGE is a photography project that bridges artistic and academic practices. Having photographed and interviewed 97 English teachers around Japan, McLeod will present the collection of photographs and read aloud samples of his participants' words. Followed by Q&A / Discussion Circles.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto; 2F, Daisan Kaigishitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Apple Day: Using iPods/iPhones in the ELT classroom + workshops

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 January 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Matthew Walsh & Craig Haggerman

This event is for veteran techies and newbies alike! Matthew Walsh of Momoyama Gakuin High School and Craig Hagerman of Osaka Jogakuin University will lead a cutting-edge session on using Ipods and Iphones in your ELT classroom. Learn the basics, discover ELT related applications, and participate in a hands-on model lesson workshop! Sat 17Jan 13:30-16:30; Campus Plaza Kyoto 2F Dai 2 Kaigishitsu; One-day members 1000 yen.

1:30–1:45 Registration
1:45–2:15 Matthew Walsh on using iPods/iPhones in the classroom
2:15-2:45 Craig Haggerman on apps for the classroom
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-3:30 Workshop 1
3:30-4:00 Workshop 2

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

Presentations by Professional Development Scholarship Recipients and End-of-the-Year Luncheon

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 December 2009 - 10:30am - 1:30pm
Speaker: 
Paul Evans and Glen Cochrane

Winners of Kyoto Chapter’s first annual Professional Development Scholarship Fund will present about their experiences at the 35th Annual JALT International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exposition. A sandwich luncheon to follow presentations.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station), 5F Daiichi Enshushitu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Kyoto – ARE YOU READY?

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 October 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:45pm
Speaker: 
Kim Bradford-Watts, Bjorn Fuisting & Michael Furmanovsky

Get a taste of the JALT conference when we invite three conference speakers to do a practice run as well as hold the elections for Kyoto Chapter Officers for 2010.

Schedule
2:00 – 2:15 Set up and registration
2:15 – 2:35 Metaphorical patterns in textbook prefaces (Kim Bradford-Watts)
2:35 – 2:45 Q & A + Feedback
2.45 – 3:05 The Nuts & Bolts of ER (Bjorn Fuisting)
2:05 – 3:15 Q & A + Feedback
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 3:50 Using Movies with Graded Readers (Michael Furmanovsky)
3:50 – 4:00 Q & A + Feedback
4:00 – 4:45 Chapter business meeting with 2009/2010 chapter elections
4:45 Pack up and cleaning
5:00 Election party at ???

Presenter: Kim Bradford-Watts
Title: Metaphorical patterns in textbook prefaces (poster session)
Abstract: Our thought processes are largely metaphorical, and metaphors are incorporated into larger metaphorical patterns in texts in order to create cohesion and consistency and to lessen cognitive load. This presentation describes the major metaphorical patterns discovered through analysis of a sample of the prefaces of 25 textbooks written in English. The study investigated the major patterns that emerged, the entailments, and implications for those working in EFL education.

Presenter: Bjorn Fuisting
Title: The Nuts & Bolts of ER
Abstract: Want to start an ER program? Have one but it isn’t going the way you hoped? Or just want to borrow some ideas? This presentation is for you.

The presentation will go through the basics of putting an ER program together and re-organizing one, everything from getting the budget, selecting the books, organizing the levels to activities, book reports and projects you can do. As well as what the students think and where the future of ER is going.

Presenter: Michael Furmanovsky
Title: Using Movies with Graded Readers
Abstract: Many of the most popular Graded Reader titles are also literature classics. At their best, Level 3-6 Readers based on these novels, can and do capture some of the power and appeal of the original story, despite the need to cut many details of their intricate plots. Almost invariably, however, the compromises involved in making them into Readers--especially the removal of rich vocabulary designed to reduce headword counts--results in a loss of the charm and appeal that characters in the full-length novel possess. It also makes it more difficult for the instructor to use the characters in the book as a vehicle for teaching vocabulary, especially adjectives that can describe the personality traits, values and ways of thinking exhibited by these characters. By using short segments from the best movie versions of these novels, however, students who are reading the same novel in a class, can not only enjoy seeing scenes that they have read come to life--a highly motivating experience--but also engage more deeply with the key characters' personalities, thus giving the instructor a chance to introduce or teach vocabulary that may not actually appear in the Reader, but is highly appropriate to these characters.

Location: 
Campus Plaza Kyoto (near JR Kyoto Station) Dai 4 Kougishitsu
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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