Osaka Chapter

Back to School -- practical ideas to help start the year off right

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 April 2010 - 12:45pm - 5:00pm
Oana Maria Cusen, Steven Herder, Rebecca King, Brian Wojtowicz, Joshua Cohen, Raymond Bolger, Harry Carley, and Jeff Crawford

The theme of this event is practical hands-on activities, tips, & techniques that may be applicable to teachers of a wide range of levels, from elementary school, junior & senior high school, and university level. We intend to make this a time for diverse teachers to come together and share ideas that will help us all get re-energized and off to a great start to the new school year.

Doors and registration opens at 12:45, presentations start soon after 1:00.

1:05 - 1:20 Jeff Crawford - Osaka Shoin Women's University
Dicto-comp - Keeping it Simple
The presenter will introduce a format of dictogloss that is simple to use, takes very little preparation and can be used as a post-task consciousness-raising activity. The input is based on mistakes learners make during a main task. It can be tweaked to accommodate a variety of levels and has been used effectively at junior high school as well as academically oriented universities. It has also been used to implicitly introduce target forms in PPP style lessons.

1:20 - 1:45 Raymond Bolger - Hiroshima Prefectural Junior and Senior High School
Effective Games for Grammar Practice
The presenter will demonstrate how card games and board games can be used to practice a variety of grammar patterns. By playing the games, students can gain valuable speaking practice by repeatedly but enjoyably using selected sentence patterns.

1:50 - 2:15 Brian Wojtowicz - (MA TESL/TEFL, Birmingham University)
Effectively Utilizing Simple Utterances: Preparing to Step Outside the Box
This presentation will not attempt to reinvent the wheel but rather will aim to tighten the spokes and strengthen the frame by reviewing some standard communicative patterns through a unique and versatile perspective. The concept presented is adaptable for teachers of all or most professions and applicable for learners from all or most levels and ages.

2:20 - 2:45 Joshua Cohen - Kwansei Gakuin University
Five Principles for Building Oral Reading Fluency
Successful approaches to improving reading fluency in L1 learners suggest a set of principles which language teachers may find helpful in planning classroom activities for reading fluency development. This workshop will propose five fluency-building principles that can be applied in any L2 or foreign language classroom and suggest multiple ways of implementing each principle.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00 - 3:25 Harry Carley - Matsuyama University
The Eigo Note and…
For the school year 2009-2010, all 33 elementary schools within Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, began utilizing the Eigo Note text. The presenter will offer ideas and tips on what additional material was added to each lesson to make them more meaningful and educationally enhanced for the 5th and 6th graders.

3:30 - 4:15 Steven Herder (Doshisha Women's College) and Rebecca King (Seibo Jogakuin)
Extensive reading ideas both inside and outside the box
Since 2007 we have been using our 1440-book library of graded readers in our junior and senior high school English classes. Simply relying on reading the books for fluency practice and merely doing book reports doesn't sustain younger student interest and it isn't the most effective way to get the most out of this giant learning opportunity. Therefore, in addition to published graded reader activity ideas (Bamford & Day, 2004), we have experimented in a number of ways, using graded readers both creatively and traditionally. This session will begin with a very brief introduction of pedagogical reasons for doing ER and an equally short outline of our program. We will then share up to a dozen or so ideas of things we've done and finish with some reflections on what works and doesn't work for us. We hope to encourage others to share their experiences and spark some new ideas for all participants.

4:20 - 4:50 Oana Maria Cusen - Ritsumeikan University
Blending teaching content with project-based teaching: a classroom project
Combining project-based teaching and content-based teaching allows teachers to shift their roles in the classroom from controllers to facilitators of learning. This presentation will show, through the means of a classroom project, how the teacher can facilitate students' learning by giving them the responsibility for their own projects, as well as the opportunity to use English in a natural way, to accomplish various academic tasks. The project, along with students' work and their feedback at the end of the project will be introduced in detail, along with some ideas for using similar projects in different classrooms.

5:00 ~ Dinner and drinks will follow the presentations at the nearby Supaisu Oukoku Indian restaurant on the fifth floor of the O-CAT building. Feel free to join us there even if you can't make it for the presentations!

Room 4, Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center - Namba Branch), O-CAT bldg. 4F, 06-6643-7010
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen)

JALT Open Forum at Kansai ETJ Expo

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 29 November 2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm
all attending

This will be an open and informal meeting of Osaka Chapter officers, other area JALT officers and members, and anyone interested in helping plan or collaborating with us in our upcoming year of events and activities. Anyone interested in finding out more about JALT or simply interested in networking and sharing ideas are all very welcome to attend. There's a 500 yen charge to enter the ETJ Expo, but no extra charge to attend this meeting.

Seifu Gakuen High School, 12-16 Ishigatsuji-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, near Kintetsu Uehonmachi station or subway Tanimachi 9-chome station
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Overcoming Common Challenges for High School and University Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 6 February 2010 - 10:00am - 4:30pm
Various, TBA

English teaching is changing. Students have more exposure to foreign culture and travel. English is being introduced as part of primary education. International travel is becoming part of many high school students’ experiences. Asia is growing rapidly and English is becoming the common language of the region. Speaking is becoming part of International tests like TOEFL. In effect, the world is changing, and we need to change with it. This seminar will focus on the 5 years that comprise the three years of Senior High School with the first two years of university. We hope to add to the discussion on how to overcome challenges in preparing students for the future.

(Keynote Lecture) 13:00-14:30
“Be prepared to speak: Teachers as public speakers with confidence and presence.”
Prof. Kazuhiro Nomura, Kobe City University of International Studies

Workshops in Japanese:
1) 10:00-11:00 小学校外国語活動指導実践~英語ノートを楽しむアクティビティ~
               牧野眞貴 (関西国際大学)

2) 11:10-12:10 日本の英語教育で養成すべきコミュニケーション能力_中等高等教育の役割と連携
               佐々木緑 吉田桂子 安川佳子 (関西国際大学) 白木智士 (立命館大学)

3) 14:40-15:40  中高の教科書を用いた発音 音読指導
                有本純 河内山真理 (関西国際大学) 山本誠子 (神戸学院大学)

"Workshops & Presentations in English (Room 501 & Room 502)
Room A: 501
1) 10:00-10:30 “Who said Japanese students can't speak English?”
Jonathan Aliponga & Eugene Vahknenko (Kansai University of International Studies)
2) 10:35-11:05 “Using real-world content to promote cross-cultural communication”
Michael Cahill (Cengage Learning)
3) 11:10-11:40 “Movie Novelization: An ER variant”
Michael Redfield (Osaka University of Economics)
4) 11:45-12:15 “iZone and blended learning: the means to embrace challenges in English pedagogy” Roger Palmer (Pearson Longman)
5) 14: 40-15:10 “E-learning skills checklist for students (and teachers!)”
Michael Wilkins (Kansai University of International Studies)
6) 15:15-15:45 “TOEFL IBT - Understanding the TOEFL test and how to help students prepare” Gerald Williams (Kansai University of International Studies)
7) 15:50-16:10 “Fostering more student autonomy” Craig Gamble (Kansai University of International Studies)
Room B: 502
1) 10:00-10:30 “Creating a community of learners: KUIS model”
Midori Sasaki (Kansai University of International Studies)
2) 10:35-11:05 “Joy of learning English as a foreign language - What forms learners' motivation” Daisuke Kimura (Kansai University of International Studies)
3) 11:10-11:40 “Teacher and Student expectations of effective language teaching as a problem for motivation” Ryan Richardson (Ritsumeikan University)
4) 11:45-12:15 “Confidence is your student’s passport to success”
Yoshiko Hashimoto (Oxford University Press)
5) 14: 40-15:10 “Computers in the classroom: The practices and perceptions of Japanese English teachers” Andrew Sowter (Kansai University of International Studies)
6) 15:15-15:45 “Overcoming challenges and preparing learners for the future through travel motivated projects” Simon Thomas (Osaka Prefecture University)
7) 15:50-16:20
“Attaining proficient pronunciation and reading fluency in high school may contribute significantly to overall English performance for Japanese college students”
Trent G. Spriggs (Kinki University)

"Display of teaching materials (10:00-16:15) Room 505 & Room 506)
Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Pearson Longman,
ž ***Lunch is provided by the publishers! (Room 504)

This event is co-sponsored by Kansai University of International Studies, Kobe JALT.

Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 

Teaching the Strategies of Speaking & Teaching Listening to Low-level Learners

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 16 January 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Alastair Graham-Marr

Alastair Graham-Marr, teaches full-time at Tokai University's Shonan campus and is author of Communication Spotlight, published by ABAX. He'll make two presentations:

1. Teaching the Strategies of Speaking: helping students with fluency, involvement and clarification strategies

All of us use strategies when we speak. We use strategies to confirm or clarify what we're saying and what we're hearing. We use strategies to show interest, to maintain and develop conversations. We use strategies that help with fluency. Learners of English in particular use strategies to compensate for their lack of language. Helping students be aware of and learn to apply different communication strategies is both motivating and a knowledge they can put to immediate use.

2. Teaching Listening to Low-Level Learners

Teaching listening effectively means teaching both phonology and knowledge of discourse. A working knowledge of the phonology of natural connected speech, elisions and liaisons, weak forms and reductions helps students with their 'bottom-up' decoding skills. Developing student knowledge of discourse, particularly of scripts (those discourses in English that tend to follow a set pattern) helps them with their 'top-down' predictive skills.

This event is co-sponsored by ABAX publishing. Dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant will follow the meeting.

Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center - Namba Branch), O- CAT building 4F, tel: 06 6643-7010
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

JALT 2009 Conference Review, The Joy of Action Research, and Annual Bonenkai

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 December 2009 - 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Greg Sholdt and Tim Greer, of Kobe University

This will be our last chapter event of the year. Doors open at 1:00 and we'll start by socializing and discussing our impressions of the National JALT conference in Shizuoka, held Nov 21-23. What impressed us and what did we learn?

From 2:00 to 5:00, Greg Sholdt and Tim Greer, of Kobe University, will lead us in an interactive workshop designed to sharpen our research skills, entitled "The Joy of Action Research: Goals, Principles, and Methods"

Getting started in action or classroom-based research can be a bewildering endeavor; however, the benefits include a better understanding of students and teaching practices, a rationale for making changes in classrooms, and even a renewed interest in teaching. Furthermore, teacher-researchers are able to contribute their findings to the community of language instructors, enhance their professional skill-set and employability, develop a fuller understanding of the research process, and better understand published research. In this interactive workshop, the presenters will review the fundamental principles of action research and discuss quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and techniques for ensuring project success. Participants will then work in small groups to develop their own personalized action research projects. In the first part of the workshop, the presenters will review the goals, benefits, and methods of classroom-based or action research. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be discussed in terms of methods of data collection and analysis and appropriateness for research goals. In the second part of the workshop, participants will work together in small groups to develop research studies that can be tailored to their specific language learning classrooms and research interests. The workshop will provide a relaxed and fun setting to discover the joys of action research and enable participants to leave with concrete plans for conducting their own projects.

Greg Sholdt is a short-term associate professor teaching English for the School of Languages and Communication at Kobe University. He has a background in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on quantitative methods for educational research. His interests center on extensive reading, English for academic purposes, and action research as a means for professional development. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the JALT Journal and has experience teaching Introductory Statistics at the University of Hawaii and an online course on quantitative research methods for language teachers in Japan.

Tim Greer is an associate professor in the School of Languages and Communication at Kobe University, Japan. His research interests focus on naturally occurring interaction in Japanese and English. His doctoral dissertation looked at the accomplishment of identity by so-called “half-Japanese” teenagers in bilingual interaction and he is currently investigating the way Japanese students make use of various interactional practices in English. His research combines ethnography and qualitative approaches with micro-discourse analytic approaches such as conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis.

Afterward we'll head to a nearby restaurant for our annual bonenkai.

Temple University Japan, Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3, 21st Floor, 1-1-3-2100 Umeda, Kita-ku, Tel: 06-6343-0005
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Autumn Potpourri: Job-Hunting, Corpus Linguistics, and Curriculum Design

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 October 2009 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Doug Meyer, Matt Smith, Gerald Williams, Jonathon Aliponga, Jonathan Watkins, Craig Gamble, Michael Wilkins, and Eugene Vakhnenko

This event will have three presentations. Doors open at 12:45.

1:00-1:40 Douglas Meyer - Job-Hunting Workshop

The present-day language teacher needs much more than a university degree and a winning smile. Drawing on his own experiences and those of participants in this interactive workshop, he'll offer tips and ample resources to help sharpen your skills and improve your chances of landing the job you're looking for.

Doug Meyer has been teaching EFL in Korea and Japan since 1995, currently at Momoyama Gakuin High School in Osaka. He recently completed his MA in the Temple University Linguistics program. He is Publicity Chair for Osaka JALT and Coordinator of JALT's Job Information Center.

1:50-2:50 Matt Smith - Words, Types and Patterns: an Investigation

This presentation suggests an approach to grammar that does not rely on syntactic trees or exhaustive categorisation of parts of speech and clauses. Instead, using only the most simple coding, words are analysed by their behaviours and the patterns that they typically create. By applying this approach, words can be categorised into 'families' for a more organic and authentic description of language. Participants will engage in concordancing tasks with genuine corpus texts to investigate and evaluate this approach.
The presentation will include a brief description of how this approach is being applied to the analysis of the Chubu PASEO Learner Corpus.

Matt Smith received his MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Birmingham. He has been teaching in Japan for nine years, currently at Chubu University in Aichi prefecture in both the Humanities department and in the Preparation for Academic Study in English Overseas (PASEO) programme. His areas of interest include the lexical approach to language description, written discourse analysis, and the study of super corpora and learner corpora for better informed teaching practices.

3:10-4:50 Gerald Williams, Jonathon Aliponga, Jonathan Watkins, Craig Gamble, Michael Wilkins, and Eugene Vakhnenko - Integrating Part-time Instructors in a Coordinated Curriculum

English courses are compulsory at university. After six years of required English courses, it is unsurprising if unsuccessful students show a lack of interest in English upon entering university. Part-time instructors are often given little direction and support to determine what to teach and how to positively affect students' overall English learning. This seminar will introduce a coordinated program with a focus on, first, structures that aim at improving student English level and, second, the role of part-time instructors. The presenters will do a short introduction on each segment, followed by discussion from the participants. The segments will include using English, dealing with homework, and socializing, among other things.

Gerald Williams is Chair of the Department of English Education at Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki, Hyogo.
Jonathan Aliponga is Program Coordinator in the Department of English Education at KUIS.
Jonathan Watkins, Craig Gamble, Michael Wilkins, and Eugene Vakhnenko
are part-time lecturers in the Department of English Education at KUIS.

5:30-7:30 Dinner, drinks, and further discussion will follow the presentations at Satoyama dining restaurant on the 17th floor of the Terminal Building (near Hankyu Umeda station). All you can eat dinner buffet is 2,480 yen, and with all you can drink add 1,050 yen. If you're unable to attend the afternoon sessions but would like to join us at the restaurant, please contact us before Sunday 10/25 at ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&; so we can reserve you a seat.

Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center, 5F, Umeda's Eki-mae Dai-2 Building, across the street from the Hilton and the Maru building. Tel: 06-6345-5000.
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen, Students: 500 yen

An Evening with Scott Thornbury - My ten favourite grammar lessons

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 - 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Scott Thornbury

It’s been my privilege - as a teacher trainer, examiner and former director of studies – to observe some really memorable classes. Let me share a few of these with you, and let’s see if we can draw up some principles for good grammar teaching.

Scott Thornbury is Associate Professor on the MA TESOL program at the New School in New York, and has an MA (TEFL) from the University of Reading. He has taught and trained in a wide range of contexts, including the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has written extensively on areas of language and methodology, his most recent books being Conversation: From Description to Pedagogy (with Diana Slade, CUP) and The CELTA Course (with Peter Watkins, CUP). He is currently the series editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers (CUP). He divides his time between New York and Barcelona.

This presentation is sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Lecture from 6:15-7:15, followed by wine social until 8:00 pm.

Shoin Women's University - Kosaka campus,
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 

Living and Teaching in Qatar, followed by Beer Garden Party

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 1 August 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Larry Metzger

Long-time Kansai resident Larry Metzger is visiting from his current teaching post in Qatar where he serves as Vice President of Qatar TESOL. He'll share his perspectives on making the multi-faceted transition from Japan to Qatar, characteristics of Arabic learners of English, raising 3rd culture children in the Middle East, the Japanese/Expat community in Qatar, and more. He'll also access the Qatar University online portal to demonstrate their use of Blackboard, anti-plagiarism software, discussion boards, and so on. Those interested in setting up collaborative cross-cultural research, teaching, and summer school projects between students studying to be teachers in the Gulf (UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar) and Japan, are particularly encouraged to attend.

Larry's specialty at Qatar University is in teaching research-based academic writing in the argumentative and problem-solution genres across the curriculum using Blackboard and online search engines (J-stor, Pro-quest, E-brary, Lexis nexus, and others). He piloted the Safe Assign anti-plagiarism software used now in all classes to curb collusion and plagiarism. In May, he gave a workshop on writing course reforms to teachers at the International Conference on Education (ICE 2009) at the University of Brunei. He has also written and received an MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative) grant for $50,000 from the US State Department for Qatar University to establish a democratically elected student senate. Currently, as Vice President of Qatar TESOL, he is setting up the national and international network to expand and develop effective Special Interest Groups within the Gulf, Iran, and Asia. He is interested in connecting with teachers and schools interested in skype-, pod-cast-, and email-exchanges or discussion boards on global topics among teachers and students.

Doors open at 1:30, presentation starts at 2:00. Dinner party afterward at a nearby beer garden with all you can eat/drink for 3500 yen. Please contact us at ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&; if you'd like to join us just for the party as details may change prior to Saturday.

Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center, multi-media lab, 5F, Umeda's Eki-mae Dai-2 Building, across the street from the Hilton and the Maru building. Tel: 06-6345-5000.
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen, Students: 500 yen

Stories that Need to be Told—A Film Screening by an Award-winning Japanese-Canadian

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 July 2009 - 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Linda Ohama

Linda Ohama, a Japanese-Canadian filmmaker and visual artist, will show and discuss her international award-winning film, Obaachan’s Garden, the story of a remarkable journey of strength, love and determination of one woman`s life of over 100 years. This is a moving film about the life of Asayo Imamoto Murakami, born in Onomichi, Hiroshima-ken, who was sent to Canada in 1923. She was the last picture bride living in Canada when she passed away just short of her 105th birthday. Her first home and flower garden in Canada are now a national historic site and museum. Ohama, the granddaughter of the film’s heroine, will share some behind-the-scenes experiences of the making of this film and also speak of her work on her next film. Ohama will also speak about her artwork and the community work she has been involved in both in Canada and Japan. Doors open at 1:30, presentation starts at 2:00. Japanese subtitles.

Linda Ohama, a third-generation Japanese-Canadian, is an accomplished filmmaker, visual artist, educator, and an active citizen, strongly committed to preserving cultural heritage and promoting educational and cultural exchange. Her artwork and films have received numerous international awards. She is currently in Japan working on her next project.

This event is co-sponsored by Osaka JALT, Kyoto JALT, SIETAR Kansai and Osaka Gakuin University.

Osaka Gakuin University, Building 2, near Hankyu Shojaku and JR Kishibe stations
Fee for JALT members: 
members and students 500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

5th Annual Tech Day at Hannan University: Tech Day Plus

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 21 June 2009 - 12:15pm - 5:45pm
Marcos Benevides, John Campbell-Larsen, Neal Chambers, Stuart Cunningham, Mark Donnellan, Henry Foster, Craig Gamble, Myles Grogan, Troy Guze, Robert Hamilton, Justin Harris, Salem K. Hicks, John Honisz-Greens, Arthur Lauritsen, Paul Marlowe, Doug Meyer, John Rylander, Steve Silsbee, Mai Tran Thanh, and Matthew Walsh.

The themes of Tech Day are simplicity and practicality - ideas that teachers can use with a minimum of preparation or technical knowledge. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever: in addition to our "Tech" presentations that will take place in two fully equipped computer labs, we’re adding a “Plus” stream on a wide range of topics.

This year's presentations:

Marcos Benevides and John Rylander -- Pragmatics in a Hurry: Teaching speech acts with very short video clips

John Campbell-Larson -- Raising Awareness of Spoken Discourse

Neal Chambers -- Increasing Student and Teacher interaction with Twitter

Stuart Cunningham -- Consciousness-raising grammar instruction

Mark Donnellan -- Using Moodle chat and podcasts

Henry Foster -- Building learner-generated vocabulary logs using

Craig Gamble -- Creating and using podcasts in your classroom

Myles Grogan -- Making pictures - Illustrations for the classroom

Troy Guze -- Getting Started With Moodle - Setting it up from scratch

Robert Hamilton -- Getting a grip on Subtitles: using free software to convert DVD subtitles into usable text files

Justin Harris - Photo Story 3: A simple way to make multi-media projects in the classroom

Salem Hicks - Using Skype to Foster International Communication and Understanding

John Honisz-Greens - 1. Using Lexical Profiling to Aid Student Fluency and Vocabulary Acquisition
2. D.R.E.A.M. Management in the ELT Context

Arthur Lauritsen - Multimedia and its use in vocabulary acquisition

Paul Marlowe - Using Google tools for writing in the L2 classroom

Doug Meyer - Using to make dialogs and videos

Steve Silsbee - Online Resources for Finding and Creating Comics

Mai Tran Thanh - Making video presentations with Windows Movie Maker

Matthew Walsh - Basics of using an iPhone for Language Classes

Hannan University's main campus, near Kintetsu Kawachi Amami station
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen / 500 yen for full-time students


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