Extensive reading （多読) or (楽読) is increasingly popular. And there are many, many interesting things you can do with it. In this “My Share” meeting, Sendai JALT chapter members will share a series of activities they use in the own extensive reading programs. Activities will include SSR (Sustained Silent Reading), variations on oral reports, the use of guided imagery and more. Want to present an ER idea? Contact #109;ailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15. As always the event will be followed by a fun-filled evening of laughs, dinner, and drinks (optional). Check http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/
In this workshop, we will look at the value of giving students the chance to creatively explore, or ‘play’, with the language, with the idea that this will develop into more meaningful output, and an overall more effective language learning experience. These ideas will be discussed and supplemented with examples of student work. Participants will also be able to offer their opinions and examples on the topic. As always the event will be followed by a fun-filled evening of laughs, dinner, and drinks (optional). Check http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/
The February meeting will look closely at the state of English education in Japanese elementary schools. The Sendai Board of Education has always been a strong supporter of English education, but recent changes coming at a time of scarce economic resources are creating some creative, yet imperfect solutions. We will examine what the Ministry of Education is mandating; how the elementary schools are meeting these requirements; what materials are being used, and how the Sendai Board of Education is supporting its elementary schools and its teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to representatives from the Sendai BoE and Sendai elementary schools. There will also be a discussion, and a chance for attendees to examine the materials, offer their opinions, and ask questions directly to those involved with this large undertaking. Check out our website for further information http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/
Some students' English soars. Others struggle with little progress. Why? This meeting will
focus on students who are successful in learning English. Several successful learners will be interview by their teachers. We will ask about their learning histories and strategies, frustrations and successes. These interviews will be followed by a group discussion. (Several teachers and students have already committed to this meeting. If you would like to bring one of your successful students to present, contact Marc Helgesen: #109;ailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org).
Several of our members will bring back gems from the 2010 JALT National Conference in Nagoya and will share summaries, observations and discussion on these. We'll then spend a bit of time brainstorming on ideas for future programs of JALT Sendai.
Join us for a good time of learning, discussion and contributing your "two cents" toward a strong lineup of coming programs. Then come along to the bonenkai for a great time of food, fun and fellowship Friends & family welcome.
Alan Maley worked for the British Council from 1962-88 in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, China and India. He was Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge from 1988-93 and then worked as Senior Fellow at NUS, Singapore until 1998. From 1999-2003, he set up and ran the graduate program in ELT at Assumption University, Bangkok. Currently Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, Alan is also a freelance writer and consultant, having published more than 40 books and numerous articles.
The poetic function is central to language, at all levels, from young learners to young adults. Poems carry within them the beat and rhythm of the language, they provoke a response (physical, visual, cognitive, affective, associative, etc.), they prompt connections with personal experience, they open the way for learning through vicarious experience, they foster language play, they offer non-tedious repetition, and they encourage learners to take risks with the language.
We will conclude by looking at the very positive advantages creative writing has to offer, both to students and to teachers.
But literature can be written as well as read. In this workshop, therefore, we will explore a number of simple techniques for generating original and interesting texts. These will mainly be poems, with a few techniques for creating stories for good measure.
Harry Wong's international bestseller, The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher, has been acclaimed by novice and experienced teachhers, alike. At our August meeting, we will look together at some of the principles Wong presents and share our own ideas and strategies for building and running effective classes. The session will be relevant to teachers working with learners of all ages. Join us for a good time of ideas, discussion and learning together.
Silence in a classroom can be terrifying. It can signal a lack of understanding or an activity that isn't working. But this presentation will argue that rather than fearing silence, teachers need to consciously use it in creative and pedagogically sound ways. We will examine "mindscaping" -the art of managing sound and silence in the classroom. We will discuss Caleb Gattegno's concept of "ogdens" and the role of silence in language planning. We will look at cultural differences in expectations about silence in the classroom, and learn techniques to use silence in classroom management. We will see that how we use silence can reveal hidden assumptions about the role of the teacher and how people learn languages. This presentation will ask you to reflect on, and possibly rethink your approach to the use of sound and silence in the classroom. A goal of this reflection is a greater development of the ability to be perceptive of the learning needs of students.
Born in California, Joseph Shaules (PhD) has worked in language and intercultural education for more than 20 years. He is a specially appointed associate professor at the Rikkyo Graduate School of Intercultural Communication in Tokyo. He is a successful author, with books including Identity (Oxford University Press), and Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of Global Living (Multilingual Matters). His most recent book is A Beginner's Guide to the Intercultural Experience (Intercultural Press). He is a co-presenter of the NHK television program English Through the News. He does intercultural training in Japan, and has lived and worked abroad (Mexico, Japan, and France) for more than 20 years. He is proficient in English, Japanese, French and Spanish. He created the PICO Intercultural Learning System and is the director of the Japan Intercultural Institute.
(Joint meeting with ETJ)
Abstract: This workshop is designed to introduce participants to voice techniques used to train actors, but have been adapted for the lifestyle and demands of teachers. They will learn how to improve their projection and articulation; develop a voice that students want to listen to; subconsciously affect the quality of students’ speech; as well as protect their voices from long-term damage.
Bio: Claudine graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2005 with a BA in Theatre and Performance; majoring in Acting, English Literature and Drama. During her four years at the UCT Drama Department, she received extensive voice training under Liz Mills, Yvonne Banning and Anthea Haupt. From 2006 to 2009, Claudine worked for various production companies as an actress and a stand-up comedian. She moved to Japan in 2009, and is currently an ALT at Tsurugaoka Junior High School.
Steve King, Market Research Manager for Pearson Education in Asia, will present on "Publishing: Past, present and future." John Wiltshier (Miyagi Gakuin University), co-author of the new edition of the English Firsthand series, will present on "My learning curve"—a look at his journey into the world of materials publishing. These will be followed by Q&A and discussion on publishing, including tips on getting published.
We're very happy to welcome the JALT Materials Writers SIG as co-sponsor of this event. Information on this very active SIG http://www.materialswriters.org/ will be available at the meeting.