Okayama Chapter

Focus on Canada and Cognitive Load and the Competent Teacher: Considerations and Strategies

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
David Townsend
Speaker: 
Jason Lowes

First: Focus on Canada by David Townsend. This presentation will detail a course designed to tap into the students’ collective knowledge of their own country while at the same time presenting the parallel information of a common travel destination, Canada. Second: Cognitive Load and the Competent Teacher: Considerations and Strategies by Jason Lowes.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin Univesity Logos Hall 7-2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Expatriate ELT Faculty Members and University Entrance Examinations: Beliefs, Assumptions, and Recommendations for Change

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
Melodie Cook

This presentation focuses on several years’ research on expatriate ELT faculty participation in English entrance examination creation.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin Univesity Logos Hall 7-2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Classroom Management

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 May 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
David Townsend
Speaker: 
Magnus Kuwahara Magnusson

While classroom management issues lie at the heart of the student–teacher relationship, little time is given to discussing them in a more formal setting. The presenters will offer some choice examples of practices that have worked well (e.g., learning names; dealing with problem students; organizing pair/group work), followed by a chance for discussion and the fruitful exchange of ideas.

Location: 
NDSU. Logos Hall, Room 7-2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Okayama JALT April Meeting

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 12 April 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Chuck Sandy

Collaborative Critical Thinking For Real World Change by Chuck Sandy. What is critical thinking really if it doesn’t lead to real-world action and changes in behavior?

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin University, ND Building, Room 630
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Okayama JALT February Meeting

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Paul Delaney
Speaker: 
Bob Lamitie

First, An alternative to speech writing by Paul Delaney. Breaking away from the traditional speech writing format of a high school public speaking course by incorporating task based learning to generate a group presentation in which the students teach the audience how to cook a three course meal.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin Univesity Logos Hall
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Okayama JALT January Meeting

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
John Rucynski, Ayako Namba, and Scott Gardner
Speaker: 
Matt Gilhool

Exploring cultural differences through humor by John Rucynski, Ayako Namba, and Scott Gardner What are the cultural boundaries of humor? This presentation reports on a research project in which students from various cultural backgrounds viewed and discussed a variety of “controversial” comedy clips.

Location: 
Okayama Fukushi Kaikan, on Shiroshita-Suji, 8th floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Motivating the unmotivated: Do teachers have to do all the work?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 December 2013 - 3:00pm - Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Ken Wilson

OKAYAMA

Location: 
NDSU. Room 630 ND building (not our usual room, but nearby)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

WordEngine Vocabulary System - Case Studies

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 6 July 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Guy Cihi

WordEngine e-learning system provides students with a personalized vocabulary supplement, and the V-Admin LMS provides teachers a way to assign, track, and grade their students’ self-directed study.

Location: 
Okayama University Language Education Center
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Active Participation through Student Response Systems

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 January 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Bill Pellowe, Kinki University (Fukuoka Campus)

We can motivate students to stay focused in the classroom through student response systems (SRS) that require all students to respond simultaneously. Low-tech SRS include giving students batsu-maru paddles to show the teacher. In more complex SRS, students use remote clickers to send in answers. Regardless of the level of technology, SRS improve student concentration, and encourage an active engagement with the material.

Location: 
Tenjinyama Cultural Plaza
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Brain Plasticity and Learning: The Role of Emotion, Cognition and Movement

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 December 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Curtis Kelly

We learn because the brain is plastic. It is not hard-wired as was long believed, and we are now learning how the reward system affects plasticity and learning, including the super-learning we call addiction.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin University at Logos Hall
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
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