This year's all-Kansai JALT year-end party is taking place at the Blarney Stone Irish pub in Umeda, and will include a Pub Quiz from 7-8pm, and followed by the ever-popular Tardy Boys live band playing classic rock music covers.
Join us for a relaxing evening over dinner and drinks with Elka Todeva of the SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont (USA), and one of this year's Featured Speakers at JALT2013. Meet at Satoyama Dining restaurant on the 17th floor of the Hankyu Terminal Building. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP so we can be sure to reserve enough seats.
Our Annual General Meeting is a low-key time for regular members and potential members to meet with our chapter officers to reflect on the past year and discuss plans and the general business of the chapter. Everyone is welcome.
Two presentations, co-hosted by JALT's Pragmatics SIG and Osaka Chapter:
1. Interactional Competence versus Pragmatic Competence: Implications for Language Teaching
Chris Jenks - City University of Hong Kong
Nikki Nojima Louis is a Japanese-American playwright, educator, and performer who is bringing her cast to Japan for the very first time in order to perform the oral history play called "Breaking the Silence: The Japanese American Experience." This play debuted first at the University of Washington in 1986, and since then it has been performed throughout the U.S.
No matter how advanced some of our 21st Century learning tools have become, educators still need to get their students fully engaged in order to maximize their learning potential. In this workshop, participants will experience various practical and effective instructional strategies that facilitate students’ engagement in learning activities.
After a year's break, Tech Day Plus is back! Tech Day started as a casual get together in 2005 but has grown to become one of JALT's biggest and best loved events in Kansai of the year. Our goal is to share ideas on a wide range of topics, both tech-related and non-tech alike.
This conference is hosted by the Research Institute for Communication and the Department of English Education of Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS Amagasaki campus) in Hyogo, and is co-sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kobe JALT, Cengage Publishing, and Oxford University Press.
This year's plenary speakers are Atsuko Takase of Kinki University and Hajime Narita of Osaka University.
Much like in the aftermath of the Hanshin Earthquake, official response to the 3/11 disasters was inadequate and slow in coming. And much like in 1995, local businesses, community groups and NPOs are filling the breach. One of these is Minna no Te, a community action group of Tohoku evacuees living in Kyoto.
Back to School is our annual spring one-day 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. It's one of our favorite events of the year.
This year's plenary session is by Yuko Nishiyama & Stephen Dalton:
"Two years since 3/11: Where are we now in the healing process?"