Sendai Chapter

Comprehension-based and Production-based Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 June 2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Rod Ellis

Traditionally language instruction has emphasized the importance of learning through producing sentences in the target language. This is true of grammar translation (e.g.

Location: 
149 Aoba Aramaki-aza Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi University of Education Primary School English Education Research Center 980-0845 Room 220
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Teaching Pragmatics

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 April 2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Donna Hurst Tatsuki

Language teachers have long been aware of the devastating effect of learners’ grammatically correct, yet inappropriate spoken or written communication. Most classroom teachers need access to relevant information about how speech acts are performed and need to know both the strategies and the grammatical forms generally employed, as well as how the social context.

Location: 
TBA- Check our website for details www.jaltsendai.org
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Exploring The Creation of Teaching Materials

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 29 March 2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Greg Goodmacher

Mass-produced textbooks usually do not match the specific needs of our classes and students. Too often, though, textbooks seem to control the lessons and academic content of our schools. The presenter believes that teachers, not textbooks, should lead classes. The goals of this presentation are to help teachers to improve their skills and to increase their confidence regarding creating teaching materials that suit a variety of learners. Among the topics to be covered are adapting textbooks for students with different learning styles, creating lessons with realia (maps, catalogs, newspapers, YouTube videos, songs, government documents, etc.), personalizing abstract topics, and supplementing textbooks with the imagination and physical responses of students. The presentation will cover materials creation and adaptation for general language classes and for content-based language classes. The presenter invites participants to bring textbooks that they use in their classes and to ask questions about how to use them more effectively. All participants will actively work together while sharing their ideas and experiences in creating teaching materials. Many of the procedures and ideas we will explore can be applied to classrooms for children and older learners, so there should be something for everyone.

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center (仙台市市民活動サポートセンター ) 6F - (On Hirose Dori, just west of Higashi Nibancho Dori) http://www.sapo-sen.jp/
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Weekend with Curtis Kelly including an Off to the Onsen Night

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 February 2015 - 1:00pm - Sunday, 1 March 2015 - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Curtis Kellu

Curtis is now designing a weekend workshop dealing with brain science and language teaching (neuro-elt). We are still working out the details of this event. Please check back here later as we will update this information closer to the event date.You can always check our website www.jaltsendai.org for the most up to date information available.

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center- 6F Seminar Hall
Fee for JALT members: 
TBA
Fee for one-day members: 
TBA

Tips, tricks, and techniques to get your students communicating in the classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Eric Clarke
Speaker: 
Ron Campbell
Speaker: 
Alison Nemoto
Speaker: 
Ataya Aoki
Speaker: 
Kyle McLaughlin

Our annual My Share meeting. Several short presentations. Come out and learn about ways to get your students talking in the classroom. This event is sure to be rewarding for all who come out.

Location: 
Sensai War Construction Memorial Hall, Meeting Room #4 仙台市青葉区大町二丁目12番1号 2-12-1 Oumachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0804
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Mind and Body: The Science and Art of Teaching Children

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 30 May 2015 - 9:00am - Sunday, 31 May 2015 - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Marco Brazil

The science of teaching involves your teaching skills and knowledge you have about your students. The art of teaching lies in your creativity and the personal touch that you bring to the job.

In this workshop apart from Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner), Marco will share with you his inputs on how children learn. He will demonstrate to you why active learning approach works better than the traditional method of listen-and-repeat. He will also speak on the whole language approach to teaching but will focus on using developmentally appropriate activities that integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Come with your singing voice and be ready to move!

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center, Seminar Hall 6F Ichibancho 4-1-3, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-0811 North side of Hirose Dori, just west of Higashi Nibancho Dori
Fee for JALT members: 
FREE
Fee for one-day members: 
FREE

Highlights from 2014 JALT International Conference & Annual Year-end Party

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 December 2014 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Various Local Members

Local members will report on the best presentations they attended at the 2014 JALT International Conference in Tsukuba. This is a great chance to learn about up and coming researchers/teachers in the field of ELT, learn of new innovations which may help us in the classroom, and hear the stories behind this yearly highlight of the Japanese ELT community.

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Kaikan, Room 4
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Off to the Onsen with Alan Maley

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 5:00pm - Sunday, 30 November 2014 - 9:00am
Speaker: 
Alan Maley

After the creative writing workshop in the afternoon, Alan and a group of JALT die-hards will head off to Akiu Hot Springs for a night filled with fun and frolic.

Location: 
Akiu Hot Springs
Fee for JALT members: 
15,000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
15,000 yen

ETJ/JALT Tohoku ELT Expo

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 30 November 2014 - 9:30am - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Over 30 Presentations!

Part of a national series of Expos, the Tohoku ELT Expo is a one day mini-conference offering quality presentations and materials displays for language teachers in any context: college, jr. & sr. high, elementary, kindergarten and private language school. Presentations will be given by speakers from around Japan and the Sendai/Tohoku region.

Location: 
Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School- Miyaginohara Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Putting Creativity into Writing

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 29 November 2014 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Alan Maley

This will be a practical, hands-on workshop. I hope to dispel the impression that creative writing is ‘too difficult’ for EFL students. I also hope to show that creative writing is not about ‘letting it all hang out’ but that it benefits from constraints.

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Kaikan, Room 4
Fee for JALT members: 
1,500 yen- including free admission to the Expo on 11/30
Fee for one-day members: 
2,500 yen yen- including free admission to the Expo on 11/30

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