Okayama Chapter

Okayama JALT December Meeting

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 December 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Bettina Begole
Speaker: 
Tremain Xenos

OKAYAMA– First: Extensive Reading in the Real World by Bettina Begole. Extensive reading has a proven track record, but what about with low-level students or limited resources? This presentation will show you some easy ways to integrate it into your existing classes. Second: Critical Thinking in Language Teaching by Tremain Xenos. Details later at www.sites.google.com/site/okayamajalt.

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

Okayama JALT November Meeting

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 November 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Tom Fast

First: “We’re Going Global?” A look at Local Efforts to Implement Japan's National English Education Goals by Tom Fast. Tom Fast will report on how the Ministry of Education's mandates to become “Super Global” and teach English in English are impacting local secondary school teachers. Second: Okayama JALT’s Annual Meeting. Officers will give yearly reports on their activities within the chapter.

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

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

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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

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