Kyoto Chapter

Using drama activities with diverse levels of university students

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 27 September 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Sandra Healy and Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

As teachers, we are always looking for ways to motivate and engage our learners, particularly at university level in Japan. One way to do this is through the use of drama and drama-related activities.

Amanda Gillis-Furutaka and Sandra Healy will discuss practical ways in which to introduce drama into the classroom.

Sandra Healy will describe approaches using Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with lower level students. Amanda Gillis-Furutaka will describe an elective course, which follows a task-based approach, for 3rd year English majors.

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

2nd Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar 2009

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 5 July 2009 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob Waring & others

Join us at Kinki University's Language Institute July 5th from 11:00 - 16:00!

ER is a growing phenomenon and an excellent way of reaching your students at the same time as building their fluency and vocabulary. If you are new to ER or a seasoned pro, there will be something for you to learn!

We have lots of graded readers from different publishers for raffle prizes!

• Rob Waring, one of the giants of Extensive Reading (ER), is the Plenary Speaker
• a full day of presentations and poster sessions to help you develop a successful ER program from the classroom to the curriculum level
• a chance to see the latest offerings from a wide range of publishers, who can offer you information and helpful suggestions on how to develop your graded reader library.

For further information and pre-registration please check our website:
http://sites.google.com/site/jalt2009erconference/Home

Those who pre-register before July 3rd will get a free conference bag and an additional chance to win free graded readers in the post-plenary raffle!

Co-sponsored by the ER SIG, the Osaka Chapter and the Kyoto Chapter

Location: 
Kinki University, Higashi-Osaka campus, Gogaku Center
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Stories that Need to be Told—A Film Screening by an Award-winning Japanese-Canadian

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 July 2009 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Linda Ohama

Linda Ohama, a Japanese-Canadian filmmaker and visual artist, will show and discuss her international award-winning film, Obaachan’s Garden, the story of a remarkable journey of strength, love and determination of one woman`s life of over 100 years. This is a moving film about the life of Asayo Imamoto Murakami, born in Onomichi, Hiroshima-ken, who was sent to Canada in 1923. She was the last picture bride living in Canada when she passed away just short of her 105th birthday. Her first home and flower garden in Canada are now a national historic site and museum. Ohama, the granddaughter of the film’s heroine, will share some behind-the-scenes experiences of the making of this film and also speak of her work on her next film. Ohama will also speak about her artwork and the community work she has been involved in both in Canada and Japan. Doors open at 1:30, presentation starts at 2:00. Japanese subtitles.

Linda Ohama, a third-generation Japanese-Canadian, is an accomplished filmmaker, visual artist, educator, and an active citizen, strongly committed to preserving cultural heritage and promoting educational and cultural exchange. Her artwork and films have received numerous international awards. She is currently in Japan working on her next project.

This event is co-sponsored by Kyoto JALT, Osaka JALT, SIETAR Kansai and Osaka Gakuin University.

Location: 
Osaka Gakuin University, Building 2, near Hankyu Shojaku and JR Kishibe stations
Fee for JALT members: 
members and students 500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
1000 yen

Brain-based teaching and Learning-Centered Activities

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 June 2009 - 1:15pm - 4:45pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Curtis Kelly and MASH Collaboration

With the overwhelming success of the Kyoto JALT MASH '09 meeting in February, we have decided to adopt that format again. This time, the focus will be on brain-based teaching and learning-centered activities, with a keynote presentation on brain studies by Dr. Curtis Kelly, a poster session by five teachers and discussion circles for everyone.

Schedule
1:00 - Registration

1:15 - Keynote Presentation: "Brain Studies and the Science of Learning" by Dr. Curtis Kelly
2:15 - Break
2:30 - Poster Session: Five Teachers Share Learning-Centered Methods & Activities
3:30 - Break

3:45 - Discussion Circles: Issues and Action Plans

4:45 - Wrap-up and clean up

Details
1. Keynote Presentation: Brain Studies and the Science of Learning 1:15 – 2:15
Brain studies give us a better picture of how learning occurs. A growing movement called “brain-compatible teaching” calls on us to develop teaching practices that focus less on language and more on how it is learned. In an updated version of his popular featured speaker JALT2008 workshop, the presenter discusses discoveries such as the roles of deep processing, sleep, interaction, body maps and emotion.


2. Poster Session: Learning-Centered Methods & Activities 2:30 - 3:30
How can we use what we know about learning in the classroom? Look at some of the things our colleagues are doing to make English teaching more brain-compatible.


3. Discussion Circles: Issues and Action Plans 3:45 – 4:45
Let’s put our heads together and discuss some of the issues raised in the presentation and poster sessions. A variety of group discussion circles will be organized with specific topics, such as “What kind of action research could we do to test these claims?” or “How can we adapt our teaching to fit the multiple intelligences theory?” Participants choose circles, work together to find answers to these questions, make action plans and offer ideas back to the whole group.

For more details see http://www.kyotojalt.org/

Location: 
Aranvert Hotel (Subway Karasuma-Line-Gojo Station) Takao Room
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen (suggested donation)
Fee for one-day members: 
1000 yen

Group Building in the Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 31 May 2009 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Warren Decker

As teachers, how can we…
• learn or at least use all of our students’ names?
• help our students feel comfortable with us and with each other?
• encourage them to work together and help each other?
This is a workshop for anyone interested in these questions. We will start with some simple name games, progressing through to increasingly challenging team work activities. The latter portion of the workshop is open for a discussion and idea exchange.

This workshop will feature lots of active participation, so please wear comfortable clothing, and come prepared to share your favorite name learning and group building activities with everyone else. Come on down to Kyotofor a great afternoon of group building activities!

Speaker biodata:
Warren Decker currently teaches at Momoyama Gakuin University in Osaka. Formerly he was in Sendai on the JET program where he taught at elementary, junior high, and special needs schools. After two years as an ALT, he became the Chief Educational Advisor in the Sendai City Board of Education, responsible for professional development of 70 ALTs. He has a Master's degree in English Education from the University of North Carolina. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and exploring mountains.

Location: 
Campus Plaza, Kyoto JR station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Workshop on D.R.E.A.M Management in the ELT Context

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 April 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
John Honisz-Greens

The DREAM Management workshop introduces a thought provoking alternative model of management designed for the ELT context. DREAM, an acronym, suggests policies that will help keep quality teaching and learning as the core value of the institution. The workshop introduces the DREAM principles while at the same time causing reflection on current coordinating and management practices. Through the sharing of the DREAM principles and each other’s experiences, participants will leave with ideas on how to improve as managers, to bring the best out of themselves and their staff.

Speaker Biodata
John Honisz-Greens is a Associate Lecturer of English in the School of Policy Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has been living in Japan for 12 years and his academic interests also include Socio-linguistics, EAP Writing, and Vocabulary acquisition.

Location: 
Campus Plaza, near Kyoto JR station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Meet, Ask, Share and Help – KYOTO MASH'09

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 22 February 2009 - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
JALT members, MASH collaborators and language teachers

MASH originated in 2006 by MA TEFL students in the University of Birmingham distance MA program. MASH focuses on professional development through collaboration. We invite you to a full day of Poster sessions and 20-minute presentations – and a great way to meet new interesting people.

Kyoto JALT Chapter is pleased to co-host this one-day event focusing on a wide range of current issues within our EFL context. By sharing our research, our insights and our innovations with one another, we all continue to grow as ELT professionals.

Please see the MASH website for more details and schedule http://www.mash-collaboration-efl.com/

Location: 
Kyoto Kyoiku Bunka Centre
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:25am

The Year in Review: Round Table

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 6 December 2008 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Guest speakers and members

The year is drawing to close, and every teacher must have hit highs and lows in this calendar. Some of the experiences have enriched us and throughout the year, we have collected little gems of activities or classroom management techniques that have greatly helped us. Would you like to share with other language educators what has worked for you this year? Come along to the December Kyoto JALT meeting and share your ideas with other teachers. There will be a Christmas party after the meeting.If you have an idea to share with us and/or are planning to attend please send us an email at ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;

We are pleased to announce the presenters will be Bjorn Fuisting, Robin Russ, Oana Cusen, Trent Spriggs, Michi Saki and David Clayton.

Location: 
Kyoto Kyoiku Bunka Center, Marutamachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
  • Chapter President: White, Jeremy
  • Membership Chair: Syquia, John
  • Program Chair: Amundrud, Thomas
  • Publicity Chair: Fuisting, Bjorn
  • Treasurer: Hawkes, Martin

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