Back to School is our annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone start the new school year on a positive note.
This year Osaka JALT is co-sponsoring the event with JALT's Materials Writers SIG and Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence (RIICC).
With the Olympics on the horizon, the challenge of providing hospitality to visitors is gaining in importance. Hospitality, however, is not simply putting on a welcoming attitude. What many people do not know is that hospitality is a serious and respected field of study with a long history in Europe. European universities and colleges specialize in this multi-faceted area.
This event aims to shed light on several facets of Iran in a similar way that Lafcadio Hearn's classic Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, first published in 1894, did for Japan to Westerners. Our time will be divided as follows:
A Brief History of Iran: Language, Culture, and Education
This workshop will show how the features of text types such as recipes, instructions, and memos, can be recognised, mixed and subverted in order to generate inventive new texts. Participants will be able to experiment with these activities for themselves, to experience the ways in which the activities can develop both language awareness and creative writing skills.
JALT's College and University Educators (CUE) SIG will be holding its annual annual conference at Kinki University's Higashi-Osaka campus, with support from Osaka JALT. Volunteers will be needed to help in what should be an excellent conference. Please see the CUE website to find out more about what they're about: http://jaltcue.org/ and check back closer to the date for more details.
We spend too much time sitting indoors at work and in meetings, so this "My Share" event aims to get people meeting more informally and sharing ideas about what they learned and experienced at JALT2015 (and elsewhere) while enjoying the beautiful fall foliage, traditional shops and temples, and the iconic waterfall in Minoh Park.
This presentation will introduce the audience to a number of strategies that can help break the silence in the Japanese classroom and get students engaging in meaningful communication. Audience members will be asked to try out a number of tried and tested speaking activities and also be encouraged to share their ideas for getting students talking to one another in the L2.
This will be an informal chance for officers and regular members to share ideas and discuss plans for the coming year and gear up for JALT2015 (happening Nov 20-23 in Shizuoka). We'll meet in the back area of the pub by the pool table, which should be fairly quiet on a Sunday evening.
(1) "Focusing on Increasing the Metaphorical Competence of Japanese EFL Learners through Subtitle Translation" by Shoko Toyokura, Osaka Jogakuin University (in English)
This event is co-sponsored by JALT's GALE SIG. Doors open at 1:00 with presentations starting at 1:30.
1:30 - 2:00
Samuel Sorenson - Cultivating Creativity through Video Sharing Projects