Osaka Chapter

Six Principles for Foreign Language Classes

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 31 May 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
David Beglar

A number of leading authorities in the field of second language teaching and learning have stated that teachers should be guided by pedagogical principles that are primarily based on empirical research, rather than strictly adhering to a single teaching method, and particularly one that has little or no theoretical or empirical support. The purpose of this presentation is to propose six pedagogical principles that can be applied in any foreign language classroom and to suggest multiple ways of implementing each principle. These principles also influence instruction by allowing teachers to quickly assess their course syllabus and course materials for strengths and weaknesses. Through the use of these principles, teachers can create a more acquisition-rich learning environment in which students can both enjoy learning and make substantial progress in their attempts to acquire the foreign language. Attendees will be asked to participate frequently in pair and group discussions, react to the ideas proposed in the presentation, and make suggestions regarding how they would implement the six pedagogical principles.

David Beglar, Ed.D., is Director, Graduate Programs in Education at Temple University, Japan Campus

Doors open at 1:30. Workshop starts at 2:00.

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

2nd Annual Extensive Reading in Japan Seminar 2009

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 5 July 2009 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Rob Waring & others

Join us at Kinki University's Language Institute July 5th from 11:00 - 16:00!

ER is a growing phenomenon and an excellent way of reaching your students at the same time as building their fluency and vocabulary. If you are new to ER or a seasoned pro, there will be something for you to learn!

We have lots of graded readers from different publishers for raffle prizes!

• Rob Waring, one of the giants of Extensive Reading (ER), is the Plenary Speaker
• a full day of presentations and poster sessions to help you develop a successful ER program from the classroom to the curriculum level
• a chance to see the latest offerings from a wide range of publishers, who can offer you information and helpful suggestions on how to develop your graded reader library.

For further information and pre-registration please check our website:
http://sites.google.com/site/jalt2009erconference/Home

Those who pre-register before July 3rd will get a free conference bag and an additional chance to win free graded readers in the post-plenary raffle!

Co-sponsored by the ER SIG, the Osaka Chapter and the Kyoto Chapter

Location: 
Kinki University, Higashi-Osaka campus, Gogaku Center
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

"Sour Strawberries": a documentary film on Japan's hidden guest workers by Tilman Konig and Daniel Kramers

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 26 March 2009 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Speaker: 
Arudou Debito

Co-sponsored by Amnesty International, Democrats Abroad-Kansai, and others, and with introduction and discussion led by Arudou Debito (blogger www.debito.org, Japan Times columnist, and author of Japanese Only and Handbook for Newcomers),
"Sour Strawberries" is a 60-min. film on migrant workers, human rights, exploitation and discrimination in Japan. It tells the story of two Nikkei-Jin workers from Peru and Brazil and three Chinese participants of the International Training Program. It also features interviews with former Vice-Minister of Justice Kono Taro, Upper House Member Tsurunen Marutei, Union-Leader Torii Ippei, Arudo Debito, Keidanren represenative Inoue Hiroshi and the German political scientist and Japan expert Dr. Gabriele Vogt.

Shot in March 2008 by a German-Japanese film crew in Tokyo. The movie shows migrants fighting for their rights as workers and citizens. The people concerned are always at the center of interest. While describing their situation, they are the protagonists of the movie.

See the trailer here: http://www.vimeo.com/2276295
Subtitles in English and Japanese. 500 yen optional donation

日独合作のドキュメンタリー映画である。日本で自らの権利のために戦う外国人労働者の姿を描いた本作品では、当事者たちの感じたことが中心に位置づけられ、彼ら自身が主人公となって自らの状況を語っている。

Location: 
The Blarney Stone Irish Pub in Umeda, 6F Sonezaki Centre Building, 2-10-15 Sonezaki, Kita-ku (Umeda)
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen optional donation
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen optional donation
Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:46am

Osaka Chapter aims to actively facilitate and promote the exchange of ideas regarding good practices in language learning and teaching as well as greater cross-cultural understanding by producing and co-sponsoring a wide variety of events in the greater Osaka and Kansai area. If you or your group would like help in producing or promoting an event, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Party with National JALT Directors, Officers, and Representatives from throughout Japan

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 February 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Everyone (it's a party!)

JALT's National Directors, Chapter and SIG representatives, and appointed national officers from throughout Japan are meeting in Osaka this weekend for business meetings required by NPO rules and will be coming to The Beer Company on Saturday evening to continue discussions and let off steam. All are welcome and encouraged to come and mingle with all sorts of fellow language teachers at this lively event.

Please be sure to contact osakajalt@yahoo.com by 9:00 pm on Friday, Feb 6, if you'd like to reserve a seat with us and the dinner set with all you care to drink (4000 yen) or just the all you can drink set (2000 yen). You can also order a la carte. We hope to see you there!

Location: 
The Beer Company (DD House) near Hankyu Umeda, 1st floor, 06-6375-2461‎
Fee for JALT members: 
4000 yen for dinner course and all you care to drink, 2000 yen for just all you can drink. You can also order a la carte.
Fee for one-day members: 
Same as members

Good Practices that Help Students Learn and Teachers Grow

Date and Time: 
Friday, 6 February 2009 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Wilma Luth, Hokkaido JALT Chapter President

Changes in classroom practice generally have a ripple effect. For example, a teacher’s primary reason for learning their students’ names might be to simply foster a caring environment in the classroom. But students also stay more motivated when the teacher knows their names, and teachers are better equipped when problems do arise in the classroom or when assessment time rolls around.

Location: 
Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center - Namba Branch), (O-CAT 4F, 06 6643-7010)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free, but donations welcome and appreciated
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen suggested donation

Zen and the Art of Statistics, followed by Year End Party in Kobe

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 December 2008 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker: 
Greg Sholdt (Osaka Chapter's "Best of JALT" winner, 2006)

What is the true meaning of the mean? During this unique and fun workshop designed for those who don't like numbers, the presenter will guide participants in an exploration of statistical concepts and reasoning. The primary goal is to deepen participants' understanding of statistics and demonstrate techniques for self-study. During the workshop, participants will solve quantitative riddles that are loosely modeled after Zen koans and carefully designed to lead participants to higher levels of quantitative clarity.

The meeting will be followed by a bonenkai at the amazing Pashiya Turkish restaurant < http://r.gnavi.co.jp/c675400/ >. The set menu with nomihodai is 5000 yen for men and 4300 for women. Space is limited to 24, so please contact ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&; soon to reserve yourself a place!

Location: 
Kobe YMCA (2-7-15 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe. tel: 078-241-7204) Room 301
Fee for JALT members: 
Free for meeting (but donations welcome and appreciated)
Fee for one-day members: 
Free for meeting (but donations welcome and appreciated)

The Use Of Student Evaluation Of Teaching Surveys In Higher Education: Is English Language Teaching A Disadvantaged Profession?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 January 2009 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Peter Burden, Okayama Shoka University

Little is known about the actual processes students follow when responding to end-of-semester student evaluation of teaching surveys (SETs). What do first year university students think about their English learning experiences, and do these experiences influence how they evaluate their university English classes? This presentation will explore these and other questions and share results of the presenter's study of 144 first year university students' beliefs about their English learning experiences and whether these beliefs have influenced how they evaluate.

Peter Burden holds an EdD in TESOL from Exeter University in his native Britain and has presented widely on student evaluation in Japan, Korea and Australia. He has published in “Teaching and Teacher Education”, “System” and “Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education” journals and has served on the evaluation committee at his university. He currently serves as an officer for his university kumiai (union).

Location: 
Room 3 of Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center - Namba Branch), (O-CAT 4F, 06 6643-7010)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free, but donations welcome and appreciated
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Peer Support Writing Workshop

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 23 November 2008 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Myles Grogan, Matt Apple, Deryn Verity

Contributions for the JALT 2008 Proceedings are due on December 1st. In this workshop, we hope to provide peer support for anyone planning to submit a paper. We will be looking at both content- and form-related features that should improve your chances of having the paper accepted for publication.
After Myles Grogan's brief review of requirements for the Proceedings http://www.jalt-publications.org/proceedings/2008/call.html , Matt Apple will provide a refresher on APA style. This will be followed by a comment from Deryn Verity, former Associate Editor of the JALT Journal, who will give an editor's perspective on the writing process.
Finally, we will break out into small groups and give feedback on the pieces you are preparing.
Bring a copy of your paper for the proceedings, and get the benefit of feedback from peers.

Myles Grogan, of Momoyama Gakuin University, is Osaka JALT Program Chair and editor of the My Share column in JALT's The Language Teacher magazine.
Matt Apple, of Nara National College of Technology, is coordinator of JALT's CUE SIG (College and University Educators' Special Interest Group).
Deryn Verity, of Osaka Jogakuin College, is former Associate editor of JALT Journal.

Location: 
Abeno Life-long Learning Centre (大阪市立 阿倍野市民学習センター)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Osaka/Kansai JALT organizational meeting at Kansai ETJ Expo

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 November 2008 - 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Speaker: 
All are welcome

This year's Kansai ETJ Expo will again be held at Seifu High School, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. From 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Osaka JALT and other Kansai area JALT chapters will meet to discuss various issues related to organizing various upcoming events.
Presentation schedule: http://www.eltnews.com/ETJ/events/expos.shtml
Map: http://www.eltnews.com/ETJ/events/exposched/2008expo/2008_osaka_venue.pdf
General information: http://www.etjkansai.com/expo/expo.html
Detailed directions: http://www.etjkansai.com/expo/map/map.html

Location: 
Seifu Gakuen High School, 12-16 Ishigatsuji-cho, Tennoji-ku, Tel. (06) 6771-5757
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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