Niigata Chapter

JALT Niigata July Event

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 9 July 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Susan Sullivan

This presentation outlines the successful application of using reading material and three student-generated questions to address issues such as mixed class levels, topical material, and lack of opinions or confidence.

Location: 
Tokimeito (Plaka 1, Second Floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Y500. First timers - Free

Event Report, Niigata Chapter May 2016

May 9, 2016 by Niigata Chapter

Speaker: 
Asako Kajiura
Speaker: 
Greg Goodmacher
Event Date: 
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Although it was a lovely sunny Mother's Day, a sizeable group came out to hear Asako and Greg speak.

Reporter: 
Melodie Cook

Graded Readers: Teaching Reading & Writing to Low Level Students and, Interweaving Content and Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 8 May 2016 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Speaker: 
Asako Kajiura
Speaker: 
Greg Goodmacher

Asako Kajiura will focus on using readers for reading and writing with low performing students. Greg Goodmacher will discuss principles that teachers can follow when choosing, adapting, and creating materials for content based language (CBI) classes.

Location: 
Tokimeito (Plaka 1, Second Floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Niigata Chapter April 2016

April 11, 2016 by Niigata Chapter

Speaker: 
Lesley Ito
Event Date: 
Saturday, April 9, 2016

It was a gorgeous day outside, but many opted to stay indoors to hear Lesley Ito's talk. Lesley introduced her presentation by sharing with the group how she came to CLIL. She then defined it and explained how it is more common in Europe than in Asia. After that, she listed the advantages of using CLIL with young learners.

Reporter: 
Melodie Cook

Experience the Power of CLIL Lessons for Young Learners!

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 9 April 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Lesley Ito

CLIL ELT lessons combine English with other subjects to interest and motivate young learners and give them a chance to use the English they have learned in a real context. These types of lessons are quite common in ESL classes throughout Europe, but are rare in EFL classes in Japan.

Location: 
Tokimeito (Plaka 1, Second Floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Event Report, Niigata Chapter January 2016

January 25, 2016 by Niigata Chapter

Speaker: 
Joseph Falout
Event Date: 
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Joe braved the cold and came all the way to Niigata to give his talk to a receptive audience. To start off, he asked participants to rearrange the seating in order to work more easily with a partner and feed back to the whole group. Joe asked us to talk about our past experiences as language users; that set the scene for Joe's focus on "academic emotional baggage" which students carry.

Reporter: 
Melodie Cook

Positive past selves and possible others in language learning

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker: 
Joseph Falout

A presentation focusing on the positive psychology perspective, with research data from college classrooms, to propose ways that teachers can help students find greater optimism, and protect positive outlooks, for learning English right now in their present experiences and environments.

Location: 
Tokimeito (Plaka 1, Second Floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Event Report, Niigata Chapter October 2015

October 19, 2015 by Niigata Chapter

Speaker: 
Atsushi Iida
Event Date: 
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Although it was a beautiful fall day, many came to hear Atsushi Iida speak on problems of traditional EFL pedagogy in Japan, the teaching of haiku, and implications and suggestions for doing so. He first gave background about the limitations of traditional grammar translation and audio-lingual teaching methods in Japan, with their focus on memorization of grammar and vocabulary.

Reporter: 
Melodie Cook

8th Annual NEAR Language Education Conference

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 11 June 2016 - 9:00am - 5:15pm
Speaker: 
various Speakers

Join us in Niigata for the 8th annual NEAR Language Education Conference. The conference features more than 25 presentations on language learning and teaching by experts from across Japan and around Asia. See teh conference website and call for papers at http://nearconference.weebly.com/

Location: 
University of Niigata Prefecture
Fee for JALT members: 
1,500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
2,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

JALT Annual International Conference Preview

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
various Speakers

Several local JALT members are heading to the JALT International Conference in Shizukoka later this month. This is your chance to catch up with them and see their presentations here at home.

Location: 
Tokimeito Meeting Venue
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

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