Nara Chapter

Videotaping and Self-Reflection. What Do You See?

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



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.

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.

Manabunara ( just to the right of Starbucks)
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Scaffolding Output Activities For Greater Learner Independence

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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, ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;.

Yumekaze Hiroba.
Fee for JALT members: 
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1,000 yen


Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 April 2010 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
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
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.

Nara Park
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English teaching in the Japanese EFL Environment. How Efficacious?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 March 2010 - 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Rintaro Sato

Rintaro Sato
Rintaro Sato is an associate professor in the Department of English Education at Nara University of Education. His research interests include intake and output processing, feedback and negotiation of meaning. Before he came to Nara , he taught English in public high schools in Hokkaido for over 15 years. It’s very difficult for him to stop playing rugby( though he is not young ). Email: ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;

Title: English teaching in the Japanese EFL Environment. How Efficacious?

In the presentation I discuss how English can effectively be taught in the Japanese EFL (English as a foreign language) context. In this environment, learners do not often have an actual need for communication in English. It is rare for them to have exposure to English; Rather, English is taught as a knowledge-based subject; Some students study it for tests or entrance exams. Thus I believe teachers should create teaching approaches for this input scarce in EFL situations. In learning English, the utilization of tasks has been gaining a high profile recently, and the long-established traditional teaching methodology based on the Presentation-Practice-Production (PPP) model is now being replaced by Task-Based Language Learning (TBL) in SLA. (Skehan, 1998). However, in the Japanese EFL learning environment, we might be skeptical of the effectiveness of TBL in grammar teaching. In the presentation, the suitability of TBL and PPP in the Japanese school context and the effectiveness of PPP from the point of view of skill acquisition theory will be discussed. I also discuss effective teaching from other aspects.

Nara Nishibu Kouminkan, above Starbucks at Gakuen Mae Station.
Fee for JALT members: 
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500 yen

"What Do We Know about English Education at Elementary Schools?"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 January 2010 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Various Speakers

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

Presentation 1) 1:20 – 12:30pm
"Connecting Elementary School English to Junior High School English"

by Nobuyoshi Osawa (Takada Nishi Junior High School)

Presentation 2) 2:40 – 3:50pm
"Our Favorite English Language Activities for Elementary School"
by Steven Nishida (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)

and Ann Mayeda (Osaka Shoin Women's University):

Co-Coordinators of the MEXT-funded Manabinaoshi Practical Teacher Training

at Osaka Shoin Women's University.

In this workshop the presenters will outline a few of their favorite
activities for promoting communication in elementary school English classes. We
will briefly look at the build up of a lesson and each activity in terms of what
is being taught, what is being learned, and the way in which each sequence
promotes some form of authentic communication.

Lecture 4:00 - 5:30pm
"Language Acquisition and Use in Children and Adults"
by Shigenori Wakabayashi (Chuou University)

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

For directions to the event, please refer to Tenri University's official
If you drive, first go to Tenri City Hall which is on route 169 (Nara to Tenri
to Sakurai). Turn left (if you are coming from Nara) and go along Gingo Avenue
for about a kilometer, then you'll reach to Tenrikyo Headquaters. Tenri Univ is
across the street.
Alternatively, if you get off at the Tenri Higashi exit of Meihan highway and
drive along for about 2miles, then you'll hit Isonokami Shrine.
You can see Tenri Univ 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.

Tenri University has two campuses, the PE Department right behind Tenri station
and Somanouchi campus in front of Tenrikyo Headquarters (kyokai-honbu).
The venue is on the 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.

Tenri University Somanouchi Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
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500 yen
  • Chapter President: McDowell, Leigh
  • Membership Chair: Teraoka, Motoko
  • Program Chair: Takano, Masayuki
  • Publicity Chair: Apple, Matthew
  • Treasurer: Sharrard, Richard

Chapter Meeting

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 December 2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Chapter Organization and Planning

Nara Chapter Officers, members and guests will share their perspectives on future Chapter activities, including practical, actionable ideas to expand member services, diversify meeting formats, and increase Chapter and meeting participation.

Starbucks in Sanwa City shopping mall across from Kintetsu Station entrance
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

The Immediate Method

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 July 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Marc Sheffner and Konrad Bayer


The 2 presenters will introduce the Immediate Method, developed in
Japan by French teachers several years ago (see their website for more
details They will show how they
use it in their university language classes (although the method is
also used in J and SHS. What is "immediate" about this method? Simply,
the instructor drills the class in a small number of grammar and
lexical items that are grouped around a central theme, and, after
allowing some time for independent practice, the instructor then
"tests" students individually or in small groups by requiring them to
"immediately" use what they have learned in conversation.

The developers of this method have created textbooks to be used with
it, but it is possible to use this method with other textbooks or no
textbook. The presenters will describe how they use this method both
with and without the official textbook.


A linguist by education and personal history, Marc learnt French from
his mother, English from his father, and has taught himself other
languages since then, with varying success. He came to Japan with the
Black Ships, and is now full-time at some university in Nara he can
never remember the name of.


A musician by education and necessity, Kory decided to become an
English teacher rather than an employee of a fast food restaurant. He
has taught in English in Canada, Korea, and Japan. He is currently
working at 5 universities in Kansai. He plays in a hard rock band and
writes music with a few friends. For 5 years he played in a Funk `n'
Soul band called BumpSkool.

The presenters have been using this method for ages, at least two
years, and have used it both with the IM textbook and with other
(required) texts. They have used the method with both English majors
and with non-majors, in small (15 students) and large (50 students)
classes. They will report the successes and problems they have
encountered using this method, and ways they have adapted it.

As long as nobody asks any long questions, we can all be finished
early and go out for a drink afterwards!

Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
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Self-Access and Other Keys to Student Empowerment

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 June 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Title: Self-Access and Other Keys to Student Empowerment
"In recent years, there has been growing discussion in Japan on the importance of autonomy in language learning. One of the results of this discussion has been an increase in the number of ‘self-access’ centers that have been established in universities throughout the country. These centers range from state-of-the-art technoplazas to cubby holes with a few CD players. Whatever their services, they can offer students equal opportunities to help themselves. In this talk, Juanita will discuss the journey she has had fostering autonomy among students at her university, in part through self-access, and then open the floor for questions and group discussion."

Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
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Tasked-Based Language Learning in Japan.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 May 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Marcos Benevides

Title: Task-Based Language Teaching ( TBLT) in Japan .

Speaker: Marcos Benevides.
Marcos Benevides is an assistant professor at Kansai Gaidai University. He has
taught EFL in Japan for ten years, at every level from elementary school to
university, from private tutoring to graduate courses. He has been an invited,
sponsored, featured or keynote speaker at dozens of ELT seminars and conferences
in Japan and abroad. He has recently guest edited the "TBLT in Japan" special
issue of The Language Teacher (March 2009), and co-authored Widgets: A
task-based course in practical English.

Task-based language teaching (TBLT) represents the evolution of communicative
language teaching. It is fast becoming the dominant ELT approach worldwide, as
evidenced by task-based concepts emerging in tests such as the new TOEIC, in
language descriptor systems such as the Common European Framework of Reference
for Languages, and in an increasing number of commercial textbooks.

However, resistance to TBLT continues in Japan on grounds ranging from "Japanese
students are too shy" to "Japanese students are not creative enough", and "the
Japanese demand a teacher-centered approach" to "communicative approaches have
been tried here already and they failed". In this presentation, Benevides will
explain why each of these arguments is fundamentally flawed.

This presentation will draw on the speaker's co-authored textbook, Widgets
(Longman 2008) to explain a variety of TBLT concepts. Participants will walk
away with new ideas regarding lesson planning, motivating students and, yes,
clear evidence that Japanese students are extremely creative!

Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
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