Okayama Chapter

Writing a graded reader

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 February 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob Waring

In this presentation, Rob Waring will focus on the process of writing a graded reader. He will look at the story formation stage by identifying story plot and development, and showing key elements that should or should not be in place for a good story to be told. Then Waring will look at how a graded reader syllabus is created by investigating in detail how words are selected and grammar syllabuses selected. Following this, the presenter will show how to put it together to write motivating graded reading materials.

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

Task-based learning in a themed context

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 January 2010 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Marcos Benevides

Task-based language teaching (TBLT) represents the evolution of communicative language teaching into a more structured performance-based approach. Gone is the day when anything-goes "free conversation" passed for language teaching; instead, TBLT's emphasis on achieving clear, quantifiable, authentic goals allows students to gauge their strengths and weaknesses in meaningful ways, boosting motivation and the possibility for a sustained virtuous cycle of language learning.

Location: 
Okayama Chuo-kominkan
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

The functional literacy theory and the contextual learning theory as applied to English language learning

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 November 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
April Mella-Alcazar

The presenter, the 2009 Balsamo Asian Scholar, will kick off her participation in the Four Corners Tour by discussing these theories with regard to her own language learning (English and Japanese) as well as her work advocating for better English language teaching in her native Philippines.

This will be followed by two short presentations by local speakers.

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

From textbooks to TESOL Quarterly: Publishing for EFL teachers

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 October 2009 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Keiko Sakui (Kobe Shoin Women’s University) and Neil Cowie (Okayama University)

Many teachers want to publish but are often put off by the challenging and frustrating publishing process. The two presenters will attempt to give advice and information on how to make this process clearer and more ‘doable’. Based on a little bit of success and a huge amount of failure, the presenters will share their experiences of publishing a textbook and academic articles in journals and books with tips on how and what to write.

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

Do teacher beliefs really influence classroom practices?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 26 September 2009 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Takako Nishino (Temple University, Japan Campus)

This study investigates Japanese high school teachers’ (N = 139) beliefs and practices regarding communicative language teaching (CLT). Results show that CLT has not yet been widely used in Japanese high schools despite teachers’ positive beliefs about CLT. They also demonstrate that contextual factors and teachers’ perceived teaching efficacy influence the teachers’ use of CLT.

Location: 
On the 4th floor of Nishigawa Ai Plaza Library, 10-16 Saiwai-cho
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

In search of the ‘real’ Johnny Depp: The co-construction of identity through an interview

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 July 2009 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ian Nakamura, Foreign Language Education at Okayama University

This workshop-lecture will highlight how celebrity interviews are organized to draw out new and interesting information. Special attention will be paid to what can be learned by examining transcript excerpts to appreciate how talk-in-interaction is a co-accomplished social activity.

Location: 
Sankaku A Bldg, 2F near Omotecho in Okayama City
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

TASK based learning in the CLT classroom

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 June 2009 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Peter Lutes

The speaker will discuss TASK based learning in CLT programs he has developed, offer suggestions for developing TLB programs that consider learners’ needs & ability, teacher experience & training, and program constraints.

Location: 
On the 4th floor of Nishigawa Ai Plaza Library, 10-16 Saiwai-cho
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Native Checkmate

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 June 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Ian Willey and Kimie Tanimoto

Many Japanese journals require native checks for English abstracts. Are these native checks effective? The presenters describe a study that explored nursing researchers' experiences with and attitudes towards native checks.

Location: 
On the 4th floor of Nishigawa Ai Plaza Library, 10-16 Saiwai-cho
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Enhancing EFL Instruction Through the Use of Manga

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 May 2009 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Chad Godfrey

Through this one hour workshop, educators can discover techniques to tap into a learner's use of English through comics. Educators will be able to see how manga is a relevant tool in helping reluctant learners to share language and for instructors to channel instruction.

Location: 
Sankaku A Bldg. 2F near Omotecho in Okayama City
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Interview Discourse and National Sports

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 May 2009 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Chie Yamane-Yoshinaga (Sanyo Gakuen University)

This presentation will examine the interview discourse of athletes, coaches and supervisors who participate in the national sports of four countries (Australia, Korea, China and Japan). Differences will be discussed and theories considered for these differences.

Location: 
Sankaku A Bldg. 2F near Omotecho in Okayama City
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
5000 yen

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