Matsuyama Chapter

(1) L2 Possible Selves of Japanese University Students; (2) Applying the ARCS Model of Motivational Design

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 July 2015 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
(1) Sarah Faherty, Sojo International Learning Center, Sojo University
Speaker: 
(2) Roderick Lange, Faculty of Engineering, Ehime University

(1)This presentation will discuss the extent to which 6 non-English major students have clear L2 Possible Selves. First, the terms will be defined and the current research in this field summarized. Several learner archetypes will then be identified and the implications for future teaching will also be discussed.

Location: 
Aidai Muse M215, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

The 6th Annual Shikoku JALT Conference (Matsuyama + East Shikoku Chapters, with OUP)

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 June 2015 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Neil Cowie, Okayama University (Keynote)
Speaker: 
Ben Shearon, Tohoku University (OUP)

For more info visit East Shikoku JALT:
http://esjalt.org/2015/01/17/6th-annual-shikoku-jalt-conference/#more-429

(Keynote address) Language Teaching, Digital Technology and Assessment
E-learning of foreign languages is spreading exponentially. Some of the many different ways this is manifested include textbook based websites, blended classrooms and wholly online environments. In turn, teachers and researchers are becoming more and more knowledgeable about the various components of e-learning. These include choices of online materials and applications, ways to organize different kinds of e-learning lessons, and the uses of different kinds of digital technology (both hardware and software). In order to try to understand the way in which e-learning is heading the presenter and his colleague carried out a three year study of university teachers in six different countries (Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, and the USA). The study examined the practices of expert teachers and found that there were many commonalities in teaching philosophy, use of technology, and classroom approach; there was, however, less information available on types of assessment. Subsequently assessment became the focus for the next round of research. This presentation will, therefore, attempt to:
1) Give an overview of current e-learning practices in EFL/ESL.
2) Report on ways that teachers can give feedback and assess student work using digital technology.
3) Identify a number of topical issues linking assessment and technology.

Location: 
Tokushima University in Tokushima
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

English for beyond the classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 May 2015 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Jim Ronald, Hiroshima Shudo University

Much of the spoken language found in English textbooks or classrooms may appear strange, or even rude, in real communicative situations. We will first consider the ways that pragmatics may offer insights into how language is actually used in social contexts, then try out a range of pragmatics-focused classroom activities.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Approaches to Student Writing Feedback

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Junko Otoshi, Okayama University
Speaker: 
Luke Draper, Ehime University

This presentation considers various effective methods of feedback beyond comments written in red pen. The first speaker (Otoshi) will discuss a project in which upperclassmen have been trained to advise students on their writing. The second speaker (Draper) will present a case study and student evaluation of peer feedback workshops.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Useful Websites and Apps for Language Education

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 March 2015 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Kevin Tang, Ehime University
Speaker: 
Ian Brown, Matsuyama University

This presentation introduces websites and apps ideal for learners of all levels. It shows participants how these technologies help manage classes, and incorporate aural and visual elements to foster greater communications and creativity. It also outlines the benefits of using these technologies to supplement language learning and extend classroom interactions.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Improving students’ communication ability: A how-to

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 February 2015 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Mutsuko Nagasaki, Ehime University
Speaker: 
Gerardine McCrohan Kagawa University

Japanese L2 students often have difficulty communicating in English. This presentation offers concrete advice on mitigating this problem. The first speaker will discuss rehearsal and show how it can improve spoken fluency. The second speaker will introduce communication strategies and outline teaching activities to help students navigate linguistic deficiencies.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

My Share: Five practical activities to increase student engagement

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 January 2015 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Michael Delve (Junko Yamamoto), Luke Draper, Rod Lange, Kevin Tang, Ehime U. , and Katrin Niewalda, Matsuyama U.

This workshop presents five activities that can be used to increase student engagement. Facilitators will give a short introduction of their activities, along with any materials/handouts that participants might need. Finally, breakout sessions will be held to assist participants in adapting the activities for their needs.

Location: 
M23(2nd floor), Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Integrating Elements of Local Identity into Communication Activities

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 7 December 2014 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Linda Kadota, Matsuyama Shinonome College
Speaker: 
Laura Kawaguchi, Ehime University Fuzoku Primary School & Senior High School

Many local events, such as the Shikoku Pilgrimage, invite visitors and residents to enjoy the cultural, historic, spiritual and artistic aspects of the area. These events provide opportunities for sharing local customs and for creating a sociable environment in English.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Remarks on the Function of Discourse Intonation in English―from the viewpoint of Pragmatics

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 October 2014 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Yoshio Ido, Prof. Emeritus, Ehime University

Basing upon the principle established by Brazil (1985), the function of discourse intonation shall be elaborated upon not as a well ruled form of utterance, but as a speaker’s intention, which conveys information involved in an ever-changing context of interaction.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Developing life skills: Presentations in a foreign language

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 July 2014 - 2:15pm - 4:20pm
Speaker: 
Paul Spijkerbosch, Matsuyama University

Most people shy away from presenting in their native language, let alone a second one. In fact, presenting in a second language can be incredibly intimidating for students. Reasons for this include fear, low self-esteem, poor preparation, and of course, foreign language skill. This talk will focus on methods I use to help my students overcome these challenges.

Location: 
M33, Aidai Muse, Ehime University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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