Nara Chapter

Getting Started with Classroom Research

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 March 2011 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Greg Sholdt :Special Appointment Associate Professor at Kobe University

Being able to conduct good quality research in the classroom can help teachers grow as they gain new insight into their students and teaching practices, better understand published studies, strengthen their credentials for career advancement. However, without adequate training and guidance, getting started in classroom-based research can be a bewildering endeavour. Greg Sholdt has recognized this truth and in this practical, hands-on presentation will outline his scaffolding-based method of helping teachers take the first step and highlight a clear path to becoming a serious researcher. About the presenter: Gregory Sholdt has been an English language instructor in Japan for over 13 years having been based in Tokyo, Okayama, and now Kobe where he is currently employed as a Special Appointment Associate Professor at Kobe University. He was the personnel director and a graduate admissions advisor at a Tokyo company that helped Japanese students gain entry into overseas graduate university programs before starting a career teaching English at the university level. For the past five years, he has concentrated his non-teaching activities on facilitating professional development of language teachers interested in conducting classroom-based research. Sholdt studied Educational Psychology at the University of Hawaii where he received extensive training in quantitative research methods and statistics. During that time, he also independently taught an introductory statistics course that was a requirement for Masters students in Nursing, Social Work, and Education. He has used that education and experience to develop a series of workshops related to action research, quantitative research methods, and statistics specifically addressing the needs of MA level English language instructors who have a desire to conduct research based on their classroom activities.

Footnote re Access: The carpark at Yumekaze will be occupied by festival activities over that weekend so parking at the site will be off limits. Check out the access link for directions from Nara Station. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Location: 
Yumekaze Hiroba, Nara
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Lexical bundles for English: On the other hand

Date and Time: 
Friday, 25 February 2011 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Averil Coxhead: Victoria University of Wellington

What are lexical bundles and why might they be useful to teachers and learners of English? In this talk, Dr. Coxhead will look at research into lexical bundles in written academic English and how these bundles behave in different academic disciplines. She will also examine the opportunities and challenges of bringing lexical bundles into language classrooms.
Averil Coxhead is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the author of Essentials of Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Heinle, 2006) and An Academic Word List. Averil has taught in New Zealand, England, Estonia, Hungary, and Romania. Her research interests include second language vocabulary work such as corpus-based analysis of the phraseology and common collocations of the AWL, science-specific vocabulary for English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and vocabulary in writing.

Many of you may be attending Averil's weekend seminar the following day at TUJ, however this is an exclusive opportunity for you to join a small group, in a picturesque setting near the famous Todaiji Temple in Nara, in intellectual discussion with a world-renowned vocabulary expert. We also strongly encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity to relax and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner with Dr. Coxhead along with fellow colleagues after the presentation at a lovely establishment located within the Yumecaze complex , where the conversation will continue.
As seats for the dinner are limited, we kindly ask you to RSVP as soon as possible to ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;

Location: 
Yumekaze Nara
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500yen

Tenri University–Nara JALT Joint Seminar: "Beyond the New Course of Study – From the Classroom to the World –"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 January 2011 - 12:45am - 5:20pm
Speaker: 
Various

Tenri University–Nara JALT Joint Seminar:

Tenri University, Nara JALT、
KELES (Kansai English Language Education Society) Nara Chapter、NET Forum

Saturday, January 29th, 2011,

Theme:
"Beyond the New Course of Study – From the Classroom to the World –"

Speaker: Various

Time: 12:45 – 5:20pm (12:45 – 17:20)

Opening Addresses 12:45 – 1:00pm

Presentation 1) 1:00 – 1:40pm
"Connecting English Education to the World – Incorporating Developmental Education in English Classes–"
by Miwa Hiroshima (Takada Junior High School)

Presentation 2) 1:50 – 2:50pm
"Facilitating Coordination between Upper Secondary Schools and Universities: English Education through International Education"
by Yoshinobu Yoshikawa (Nikaido High School), Shinji Yamamoto and Akihiro Inoue (Tenri University)

Presentation 3) 3:00 – 3:40pm
"Teaching Locally, Engaging Globally: Global Issues and You"
by Steve Cornwell (Osaka Jyogakuin University)

In this workshop the presenter will demonstrate some activities focusing on global issues that each of us can do with our classes, suggest ways we can engage with other teachers globally, and if time allows, share how his school integrates global issues into the curriculum. He is Director of Program for JALT. He has taught in China, Japan, Ecuador, and the US and has presented to teachers in Bangladesh, Thailand, the US, and Japan. He has worked with business students, university students, adults, junior high and high school students. He has been involved with editing and reviewing articles for academic journals.

Lecture 3:50 – 5:20pm
"Beyond the New Course of Study –Making Your Students Think and Aware through Learning English– "
by Mamorui Morizumi (Oobirin University)

The lecturer is the ex-president of JACET and has been deeply involved in editing junior and senior high school textbooks. His major interests are incorporating cross-cultural education in ELT and developing students’ balanced and healthy perception about language. He will talk about the importance of other goals of English teaching other than skill training.

Snack Party 5:40 – 6:50pm

For further details or to register, please contact Hidetami Nakai of Tenri University at: ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&; (Just write your name and "I will attend.")

DIRECTIONS:
For directions to the event, please refer to the Tenri Uni's official homepage.
If you drive, first go to the Tenri City Hall which is on the route 169 (Nara to Tenri to Sakurai). Turn left (if you are coming from Nara) and go along the gingo avenue for about a kilometer, then you'll get to the Tenrikyo Headquater. Tenri Uni is across the street.
Or if you get off at Tenri Higashi Intersection of Meihan highway, and drive along for about 2miles, then you'll hit Isonokami Shrine.
You can see Tenri from there. (You'll see the two tall chimneys.)
Just turn right at the first traffic signal in front of the Shrine.
From there you'll find the event posters.

NOTE:
Tenri Univ has two campuses, the PE Department right behind Tenri station and Somanouchi campus in front of the Tenrikyo Headquarters (kyokai-honbu).
The venue is Somanouchi campus, which is near Isonokami Shrine.
If you come by train, please walk up the main arcade up to the Headquaters. It takes about 25 minutes. 5 – 10 minutes by taxi.

Location: 
Tenri University, Somanouchi Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Tenri University–Nara JALT Joint Seminar: "Beyond the New Course of Study – From the Classroom to the World –"

Tenri University–Nara JALT Joint Seminar:

Tenri University, Nara JALT、
KELES (Kansai English Language Education Society) Nara Chapter、
NET Forum

Saturday, January 29th, 2011,

Theme:
"Beyond the New Course of Study – From the Classroom to the World –"

Speaker: Various

Time: 12:45 – 5:20pm (12:45 – 17:20)

Opening Addresses 12:45 – 1:00pm

Presentation 1) 1:00 – 1:40pm
"Connecting English Education to the World – Incorporating Developmental Education in English Classes–"
by Miwa Hiroshima (Takada Junior High School)

Presentation 2) 1:50 – 2:50pm
"Facilitating Coordination between Upper Secondary Schools and Universities: English Education through International Education"
by Yoshinobu Yoshikawa (Nikaido High School), Shinji Yamamoto and Akihiro Inoue (Tenri University)

Presentation 3) 3:00 – 3:40pm
"Teaching Locally, Engaging Globally: Global Issues and You"
by Steve Cornwell (Osaka Jyogakuin University)

In this workshop the presenter will demonstrate some activities focusing on global issues that each of us can do with our classes, suggest ways we can engage with other teachers globally, and if time allows, share how his school integrates global issues into the curriculum. He is Director of Program for JALT. He has taught in China, Japan, Ecuador, and the US and has presented to teachers in Bangladesh, Thailand, the US, and Japan. He has worked with business students, university students, adults, junior high and high school students. He has been involved with editing and reviewing articles for academic journals.

Lecture 3:50 – 5:20pm
"Beyond the New Course of Study –Making Your Students Think and Aware through Learning English– "
by Mamorui Morizumi (Oobirin University)

The lecturer is the ex-president of JACET and has been deeply involved in editing junior and senior high school textbooks. His major interests are incorporating cross-cultural education in ELT and developing students’ balanced and healthy perception about language. He will talk about the importance of other goals of English teaching other than skill training.

Snack Party 5:40 – 6:50pm

For further details or to register, please contact Hidetami Nakai of Tenri University at: ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&; (Just write your name and "I will attend.")

DIRECTIONS:
For directions to the event, please refer to the Tenri Uni's official homepage.
If you drive, first go to the Tenri City Hall which is on the route 169 (Nara to Tenri to Sakurai). Turn left (if you are coming from Nara) and go along the gingo avenue for about a kilometer, then you'll get to the Tenrikyo Headquater. Tenri Uni is across the street.
Or if you get off at Tenri Higashi Intersection of Meihan highway, and drive along for about 2miles, then you'll hit Isonokami Shrine.
You can see Tenri from there. (You'll see the two tall chimneys.)
Just turn right at the first traffic signal in front of the Shrine.
From there you'll find the event posters.

NOTE:
Tenri Univ has two campuses, the PE Department right behind Tenri station and Somanouchi campus in front of the Tenrikyo Headquarters (kyokai-honbu).
The venue is Somanouchi campus, which is near Isonokami Shrine.
If you come by train, please walk up the main arcade up to the Headquaters. It takes about 25 minutes. 5 – 10 minutes by taxi.

Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Equinox 2010

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Speaker: 
Scott Thornbury and Paul Nation

This is a special and unique collaborative event coordinated by MASH with support from Osaka Jogakuin College, KOBE, OSAKA and NARA JALT Chapters, and Pearson Longman Publishing.

Schedule:
1:30 Registration opens
2:00 Welcome
2:10 Group Discussions “Defining our EFL contexts” facilitated by Steve Brown, Ann Mayeda, Steven Nishida
2:55 Question writing for Thornbury/Nation discussion
3:15 Scott Thornbury and Paul Nation Discussion
4:30 Break
5:00 Scott Thornbury Livestream to the British Council in Spain
6:00 Finish
(An informal gathering for drinks and food is way more than likely to happen - stay tuned for more info)

More details here:
http://mashcollaboration.com/mash-jalt-equinox-osaka/

Location: 
Osaka Christian Center near Osaka Jogakuin College and Tamatsukuri station
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Harold Palmer in Japan: A Lesson from History

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 October 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Leigh McDowell and Yoko YaKu

Title:
Harold Palmer in Japan: A Lesson from History

Description:
Eighty-eight years ago, Harold E. Palmer—a language educator widely renowned for his creativity and expertise—was invited to Japan as Linguistic Advisor to the Ministry of Education. For fourteen years, Palmer worked tirelessly in Tokyo creating a wealth of language learning tools and techniques that would help Japanese reform their English language teaching.

Come and hear the story of this great man’s attempts to improve English language teaching in Japan in the 1920–30s. This is a story of success and failure; an episode in history from which we can all draw inspiration and learn something about what it means to teach English here in Japan.

Speakers:
Leigh McDowell
Leigh McDowell has been teaching and learning in Japan for over ten years now. He currently teaches scientific writing and presentation at Japan’s top ranked national university, the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST). After coming across the work of Harold E. Palmer in the Master’s in TESOL Program at Temple University, Leigh was inspired to research more and share with others the story of this great figure in the history of English language teaching.

Yoko Yaku
Yoko Yaku teaches English at the Osaka Pprefectural Matsubara Senior High School. She has also recently completed her Master‘s in TESOL from Temple University, Japan. Yoko is convinced that her English would be much better now if she had been taught in junior high school with Palmer’s methodology instead of the traditional Japanese way of teaching English. In this presentation, Yoko will share her reasons for that conviction.

Location: 
Yumekaze Hiroba
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: Strategies for energising students

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 September 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ray Santos and Catriona Takeuchi

MUSIC and MOVEMENT
Making Them Work For You

It’s the first class on Monday morning or the last class on Friday afternoon.
It’s a suffocatingly hot day or you’re shivering in a frigid classroom.
Your students are suffering from post-exam fatigue or too much 'undoukai' practice.
Your English lesson is jammed into a time spot between 'soraban' and karate.
Your students are busy, tired or just distracted.
Before you can deliver the stellar, multi- skill, fully interactive English lesson you spent hours researching and preparing for, you need to get them interested, motivated, AWAKE!!

What can you do?

Catriona Takeuchi and Ray Santos will be looking at ways in which we can use music and movement in the classroom to increase energy levels and energise students, maximizing the potential to fully absorb your brilliant English lesson and thus go on to enjoy a fabulous multi-lingual career.

The best part is that these strategies can be used for Elementary, Junior High, High School or University students.

Location: 
Yumekaze Hiroba, Nara
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
free

Videotaping and Self-Reflection. What Do You See?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 July 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Greg Dunne and Sean Toland

VIDEOTAPING AND SELF-REFLECTION

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

In addition to physical conditioning and hitting thousands of balls at a driving range, a professional golfer will spend hours upon hours carefully examining videotape of his/her swing in order to observe any flaws or elements of the swing that could be improved. In fact, the majority of PGA/LPGA golfers would view videotaping as an essential and valuable part of their professional development. This sentiment stands in sharp contrast to the feelings about videotaping that exist in the EFL teaching arena. Most English teachers will curl their toes in obvious discomfort when the words “videotape” and “your lesson” are mentioned in the same sentence. In all probability, this negative feeling stems from the fact that video recording is often used as an evaluative tool, especially during the pre-service teaching practicum, and not as an effective professional improvement device.

This presentation aims to alleviate some of the discomfort and apprehension that educators have with video recording their EFL classes. In addition, it highlights the preliminary findings of an ongoing, truly synergised teacher development project that promotes professional development. The project required participating teachers to videotape each other’s university English lessons before engaging in critical self-reflection and peer feedback. In essence, the varied perspectives enabled the teacher to raise his/her own self-reflective awareness. Preliminary observations from the study report; i) differences between how each teacher initially perceived his/her lesson regarding achievement of objectives, student participation/performance, teacher/student rapport, and issues regarding learning environment; and ii) how collaborative feedback examined these issues through inter-teacher reflection.

About the Presenters

Greg Dunne:  EFL Program Coordinator, Osaka Shoin Women’s University

Greg Dunne has followed on from a high school English teaching career in his native Australia by teaching EFL in Japanese universities for the past 12 years. Currently, he is a tenured instructor at Osaka Shoin Women’s University where he coordinates the EFL program. He holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) degree from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Tasmania and a Diploma in Teaching from Sydney Advanced College of Education. His research interests include teacher development, CALL, task-based learning and world Englishes.

Sean Toland  EFL Instructor, Osaka Shoin Women’s University

Sean Toland has taught English as a foreign language in Japan and Korea at every level from elementary to University. In addition to his EFL experience, he has also spent three years teaching high school students in two geographically remote Inuit settlements in Canada’s far north. Sean holds a Masters in Education degree from Brock University, a diploma in Education from McGill University, and an Honours B.A. with a double major in History and Religion & Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently working as an English instructor at Osaka Shoin Women’s University in Osaka, Japan.

WHEN. July 17th 2010. ( Saturday)

TIME 6-8pm.

WHERE. Manabunara at Gakuenmae station, kintetsu line. http://www.manabunara.jp/

Seating may be limited so please RSVP

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The presentation will be followed by a Midsummer’s Yakiniku party at a local restaurant,

everyone welcome.

Many thanks.

Nara JALT.

Location: 
Manabunara ( just to the right of Starbucks)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
free

Scaffolding Output Activities For Greater Learner Independence

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Jeff Crawford.

Our very own Jeff Crawford, currently gainfully employed at Tezukayama,Kwansei Gakkuin University and Shoin women's University, will demostrate for us how he scaffolds activities from lower to higher levels, creating greater learner confidence and autonomy in output.
He feels that employing devices such as game based activities distracts learners from the typical face threatening exercises commonly found in most text books.
He will be happy to share activities and welcomes, nay desires, instructor-participant feedback in the true spirit of MYSHARE.

This promises to be one of those presentations that has something to offer everyone regardless of the situation you are currently teaching in.
Please join us for the inaugural meeting at our wonderful new meeting room, at YUMEKAZE HIROBA, conveniently situated in the heart of Nara.

If coming by car, free parking is available.
If coming by train, take the Kintetsu Nara Line to Nara station, walk alongside the park towards Todaiji ( well signposted), YUMEKAZE HIROBA is on the left hand side,
just before the top of the lane leading to Todaiji.
For further directions please email, ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;.

Location: 
Yumekaze Hiroba.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Nara JALT HANAMI

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 April 2010 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Anyone Can Speak

Come one and all, dust off your shuttlecocks, and join us for good old family
fun in Nara Park.

Kick off at 11am -ish, BYO refreshments.

We'll be in the park, about 10 mins walk from Nara Kintetsu Station,
kitty corner to the lane leading to Toudaiji Temple.

Not sure how to get there? Follow the signs for Toudaiji Temple from the
station, walk straight along the side of the park, meet at 11am
at the big intersection where Toudaiji is signposted left.

Kids, balls, frisbees, haiku welcome.

After eating, relaxing, playing and viewing of the blossoms ( if they are still
there)we'll
wander across the street and take a peak at our fabulous new meeting room,
conveniently located in the lovely village atmosphere of YUMEKAZE HIROBA, enjoy
the old world charm that is Nara.
Peruse the quaint shops, all stocked with exclusively Nara made products.

We'll continue the fun and games at the bar/restaurant there.
Look forward to seeing you all.

Location: 
Nara Park
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
free

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