Niigata Chapter

The Brain, The Self, and The Successful Learner

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 9 July 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Chuck Sandy

Sponsored by Cengage Learning

We are happy to present Chuck Sandy. He will present on the following topic:

Location: 
EIR Manshon
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Thinking About Pairwork: Teacher Preferences and Student Feedback

Date and Time: 
Friday, 18 February 2011 - 3:00pm - Saturday, 19 February 2011 - 5:00am
Speaker: 
Kevin Maher

For February's meeting we are very pleased to welcome Kevin Maher of Keiwa College, who will sharing his ideas and classroom experiences with us for the first time.
His presentation, Thinking About Pairwork: Teacher Preferences and Student Feedback, considers how dynamics between pairs of students effect the EFL/ESL classroom and how teachers can take advantage of pair work activities to increase the use and re-use of vocabulary and phrases, as well as enhance cohesion and collaboration among class members. This promises to be a very interesting talk with a wide range of practical application.

Location: 
EIR Manshon, Next to Niigata Station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Introducing Students to Multicultural Perspectives

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 January 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Greg Goodmacher & Asako Kajiura

Combining foreign culture studies with language studies in an EFL classroom can help students to develop self-awareness, global awareness, critical thinking and language skills. Students feel motivated when teachers use a variety of stimulating materials. Materials that explire multi-cultural perspectives of common themes that match the interests of students are particularly successful. Some of the themes to be considered in the presntation are the following: becoming an adult, concepts of beauty, eating animals, and marriage. The presenters will demonstrate many activities and materials, including a new textbook titled Multicultural Perspectives. Attendees will be asked to share their ideas and suggestions regarding teaching culture, too.

Location: 
EIR Manshon, next to Rococo on the south side of Niigata Station.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Designing a themed task-based syllabus

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 September 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Marcos Benevides

There are many advantages to themed syllabuses for L2 instruction: the natural recycling of core vocabulary and language forms; the inclusion and scaffolding of otherwise inaccessible content; the possibility for a rapid increase in task complexity; the engaging exploration of a specific subject matter; the creation of relatively authentic L2 spaces for FL contexts. Based on his experience in materials development, the speaker will demonstrate how themed syllabuses can be developed for any teaching level.

Location: 
EIR Manshon.This is an apartment building 5 minutes walk from the south side ("Ekinan") of Niigata Station. As you walk past the Plaka buildings you will quickly come to a large intersection, where you will see the Don Quixote store (ドンキホーテ). This is marked in the google map. Our venue is right across the road in EIR Manshon (エイルマンション)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500yen

Teaching haiku for communicative purposes in a Japanese EFL college writing classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 July 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Atsushi Iida

The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate how the use of haiku, a short, three-line Japanese poem with a spe¬cific number of syllables in each line, can help students to develop an awareness of voice in a Japanese EFL freshman college writing classroom. The presenter conducts a workshop on haiku writing not only to enhance the sense of identifiable voice but to improve their written communication skills while clarifying some issues Japanese EFL college freshmen may encounter in their L2 writing.

Location: 
EIR Manshon next to Rococo, 5 minutes walk from Niigata station
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

The 2nd Annual North East Asian Region (N.E.A.R.) Language Education Conference

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 May 2010 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Various (Keynote speaker Joseph Shaules)

第2回北東アジア言語教育学会

The 2nd Annual North East Asian Region (N.E.A.R.) Language Education Conference will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 on the campus of the University of Niigata Prefecture in Niigata, Japan.

The organizers are now preparing to hold conference. Click here for conference registration, and a preview of the presentation schedule, the presentations, and the plenary speech by Joseph Shaules.

第2回北東アジア言語教育学会(N.E.A.R.)を2010年5月29日(土)新潟県立大学で開催いたします。

http://www.iuj.ac.jp/language/conference/near/index.html

Location: 
University of Niigata Prefecture
Fee for JALT members: 
Not Free
Fee for one-day members: 
See online details for pre-registration conference fee

Basic statistics for applied linguistics

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 April 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
David Coulson

In this session David will look at some of the fundamental statistics tests that are most commonly used in language teaching research. He will look into what the statistics do and do not tell us and work through examples of how to calculate the statistics with some sample data. If you bring a laptop (with excel) you can follow along with the demonstrations.

The meeting will be held in the assembly room (2F) of EIR Manshon, less than 10 minutes walk from Niigata station. Come out on the
south side of the station (not the bandai side) and walk past the Plaka buildings. Within 5 minutes you will come to a large intersection,
where you can see Don Quixote on the other side, which has a large videoscreen. Cross the road and walk on the other side of the road
from Don Quixote. After a couple of minutes you will come to a restaurant called Rococo. EIR Manshon is directly next to Rococo. This is
a private building, so if there is no one there to let you in when you arrive, just call David Coulson on 09065040192.
JALT Venue

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

N.E.A.R. Language Education Conference

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 30 May 2009 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Various

The conference organizers are proud to announce the formation of a new conference in Niigata City. The International University of Japan, the new University of Niigata Prefecture and the Niigata Chapter of JALT are cooperating to bring the N.E.A.R. Language Learning Conference to Niigata City in May 2009.

Considering Niigata's position on the Japan Sea Coast and our strong connections to the other countries around the Japan Sea Rim, we are focusing the conference on Language Learning in the North East Asia Region (N.E.A.R.).

The conference will feature key note addresses by Tim Murphey and Kensaku Yoshida, displays of publishers' materials, a poster session and 30 presentations from local, national and international teachers. We are opening the floor to presenters who work with not only English, but also any of the N.E.A.R. languages - Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

The conference will be an excellent opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of colleagues. Be sure to mark your calender for May 30, 2009.

http://www.iuj.ac.jp/language/conference/near/index.html

Location: 
University of Niigata Prefecture
Fee for JALT members: 
1000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
1500 yen

Teaching Children

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 May 2009 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Aleda Krause

Aleda Krause, co-author of the kids' text series Super Tots and Super Kids, is coming to speak about teaching children. This will be our first JALT Niigata event to be focused on teaching kids so we are looking forward to meeting some new people and learning some new approaches.

Location: 
EIR Mansion (South of Niigata Station)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Practical Presesntation for the New School Year

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 April 2009 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Alastair Graham-Marr

We all use strategies when we speak: to confirm or clarify what we are saying and what we are hearing, to show interest, to maintain and develop conversations, to help with fluency, to compensate for language we don’t have. Alastair Graham-Marr, author of Communication Spotlight, a text that teaches students how to use these strategies, will ex-amine the whys of teaching strategies and look at the sort of strategies he argues should be taught. Alistair is a very well-known speaker in the TESOL community and his presentation is sure to be very inspiring. We will be going out for supper after the session, where you will be able to chat more with Alistair. All are welcome!

Location: 
EIR Mansion (South of Niigata Station)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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