Okayama Chapter

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
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

A framework for selecting appropriate online vocabulary learning environments

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 24 November 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob Waring

This talk will first present an overall view of the vocabulary needs of learners - receptive and productive as well as language focused and fluency focused activities.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin University Logos Hall room 712L
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

1) Guiding student discussion of graded readers; 2) Demotivation, amotivation or overmotivation? An action research project

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 October 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Jason Cox
Speaker: 
Peter Burden

1) Guiding student discussion of graded readers by Jason Cox.

Student discussion of graded readers within an ER course can be enhanced with guidance from the teacher. The presenter will introduce a framework for analysis
and discussion of texts.

2) Demotivation, amotivation or overmotivation? An action research project by Peter Burden.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin University Logos Hall room 712L
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Students (and Teachers) as Legitimate Peripheral Participants

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 September 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Akiko Nagao
Speaker: 
Ian Willey

The university context is viewed through the lens of Lave and Wenger’s (1991) situated learning theory. Nagao shows how a Japanese student in Australia attempted to learn the social practices of the classroom community. Willey describes how situated learning theory relates to English teachers at Japanese universities who learn the ropes of scientific editing.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin University Logos Hall room 712L
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Online Corpus Workshop

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 July 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ted O'Neill

This hands-on workshop will guide teachers through several applications for online corpus analysis tools. It will include three types of activities useful in teaching practice and in research such as: diagnostic exercises, using Range to investigate materials for teaching and to help with curriculum development choices and tools for comparing texts and a simulation of a short research project.

Location: 
Okayama University LEC, Room A-12
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Project work: What is it and why, when and how to use it

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 23 June 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Paul Moritoshi

Project-Based Language Learning is gaining popularity in post-high school Japanese EFL classes but what exactly is it and why are increasing numbers of teachers trying it? When is it (in) appropriate to use it, what are its limitations and what do you need to know to make it work for you? These questions and more will be answered, some through experiential learning.

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

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