Nara Chapter

English teaching in the Japanese EFL Environment. How Efficacious?

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

Bio
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: ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;

Summary
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.

Location: 
Nara Nishibu Kouminkan, above Starbucks at Gakuen Mae Station.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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

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

JOINT SEMINAR
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
program

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
attend.")

DIRECTIONs:
For directions to the event, please refer to Tenri University's official
website.
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.

NOTE:
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.

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

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

The Immediate Method

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

SUMMARY

The 2 presenters will introduce the Immediate Method, developed in
Japan by French teachers several years ago (see their website for more
details http://www.almalang.com/about.html) 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.

BIO - MARC

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.

BIO - KORY

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!

Location: 
Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Self-Access and Other Keys to Student Empowerment

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

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."

Location: 
Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Tasked-Based Language Learning in Japan.

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

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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!

Location: 
Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

POETRY FOR LANGUAGE LEARNING AND PERSONAL GROWTH

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 April 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
JANE JORITZ- NAKAGAWA

All students in Japan have some background in poetry
that can be utilized as a springboard for classroom
activities. Poetry can be an occasional classroom
resource material, or the basis for an entire content
course in a foreign language. Jane Joritz-Nakagawa
will bring poems and techniques that can be used at a
variety of language levels, and participants will
brainstorm how they can use poems effectively in their
own classrooms.
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa is a long time resident of Japan
who currently works as associate professor at Aichi
University of Education. She has taught for twenty
years, most of that in Japanese universities.

Location: 
Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Everything You Need To Know About Teaching English in Elementary School

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 March 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Lena Okada

Lena Okada has been training elementary school teachers to teach English for almost two decades.
She has an array of impressive credentials, and a wealth of knowledge and experience behind her.
She has great passion and enthusiasm for her topic and a comprehensive understanding of the internal workings of Japanese elementary schools
and their educational objectives.

Her very comprehensive presentation will include;

Curriculum guidelines.
Teaching Aids;
Creating Teaching Aids
When and how to use them.

ALTs
The role of the ALT in the classroom.
How to effectively use ALts.

What and when to teach?
Grade specific advice on what and when to teach.
When to introduce reading/writing.

Detailed demonstrations on using,
Story telling
Games/quizzes
Worksheets.

Location: 
Tezukayama Gakuenmae Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Joint Seminar: "Bridging the gap in English education"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 January 2009 - 12:45pm - 5:45pm
Speaker: 
Various

A Joint Seminar from:
Tenri University, Nara JALT、KELES (Kansai English Language Education Society) Nara Chapter、NET Forum

Opening Addresses 12:45 - 13:00pm

Panel Discussion 13:00 - 14:40pm
"What do we know about each other – junior and senior high schools"
Panelists: Four junior high teachers and two senior high teachers

Workshop 14:50 - 16:00pm

Location: 
Tenri University Somanouchi Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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