Okayama Chapter

New Ideas from New Language Educators

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 19 May 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Sachiko Iwamoto
Speaker: 
Tsukasa Nakamura
Speaker: 
Rikako Nakanishi
Speaker: 
Mika Yunoki

Four recent graduates of the Okayama University Graduate School of Education will discuss their research on how to improve English language education in Japan. Sachiko Iwamoto will talk about difficulties Japanese English learners have in acquiring certain

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

Global Issues Films in English Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 April 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Tom Fast

The speaker will talk about why he chose to use film to teach global issues in English, and how he went about creating activities and teaching the topics portrayed in the selected films. He will also discuss his experience as an American instructor teaching Japanese high school students about WWII using film.

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

Okayama JALT January Meeting 2012

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 21 January 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Jason Williams
Speaker: 
Eri Mizuno and Aya Morisawa

We have 2 presentations on the day.

1) Student use of electronic dictionaries (EDs) during oral communication activities by Jason Williams

This presentation will look at results of an investigation in which university students kept track of how often and for what purposes they consulted bi-lingual EDs during in-class speaking activities.

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

Discourse frames and materials development- What's the connection?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 10 December 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Mike Guest

From teaching basic self-introductions to professional interactions within specialized domains, setting up frames for discourse enables better learner comprehension, deeper internalization, and greater transferability of both language form and skills.

Location: 
Okayama University, General Education Building, Room C32
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Expert Teachers: What Are They Like And What Do They Do?

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Keith Johnson (Lancaster University, UK)

What characteristics do expert language teachers have? What do they do in the classroom that distinguishes them for novices? This presentation will invite participants to think about such questions. We will briefly consider expertise in general, and will then concentrate on language teaching expertise.

Location: 
Okayama University, General Education Building Room D33
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

1) Ethical ELT; 2) Popular Songs, Active Neurons, and High-frequency Vocabulary

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 15 October 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Maggie Lieb

1) Ethical ELT

In keeping with many professions that have ethical codes to guide their practice, this presentation will explore how to incorporate ethics into ELT and ensure our profession contributes to intercultural understanding and tolerance.

2) Popular Songs, Active Neurons, and High-frequency Vocabulary

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

Okayama JALT July Meeting and Beer Garden

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 23 July 2011 - 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Speaker: 
All participants

At the meeting we will open the floor to all participants to discuss what types of meetings and presentation topics would be most useful for JALT Okayama in the future. Some preliminary topics include:

- Our Share: an idea marketplace where everyone brings small teaching ideas, lesson plans, etc.
- Job-hunting seminars; tips for writing resumes, textbooks, scholarly publications, etc.

Location: 
Kibi Kokusai Daigaku Okayama Ekimae Campus (吉備国際大学岡山駅前キャンパス)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

What do English teachers need to know about English?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 June 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
David Barker (BTB Press)

This presentation will focus on what teachers need to know about the “EL” part of the “ELT” equation. I will argue that English teachers who wish to be regarded as professionals need to have a sound knowledge of how the language works.

Location: 
Okayama University, General Education Building Room C31
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Social Justice and Critical Consciousness in the university EFL

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 May 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Alexis Pusina

What place, if any, does social justice and critical consciousness have in EFL learning? How can EFL teachers instill a sense of critical social consciousness into university EFL students?

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

Connecting the brain to teaching

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 April 2011 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Jason Lowes

Have you ever looked at your students and wondered, “What’s going on in there?” If you have, this presentation may help you answer that question, for it will explore some recent findings in neuroscience and consider how this contemporary knowledge can be brought to the classroom to facilitate learning. Following a quick overview of brain anatomy, we will examine the mechanisms of memory and the learning theory of connectionism. In addition to the technical and theoretical aspects of the subject matter, we will also spend time investigating the practical implications of brain related research through group discussions and experimentation.

Location: 
Kibi International University Ekimae Campus, Room B, 4F
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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