Sendai Chapter

TPR Storytelling and Classical Total Physical Response (TPR) Techniques for Japanese Adults and Younger Learners.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 July 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Dominic Jones

TPR Storytelling and Classical Total Physical Response (TPR) Techniques for Japanese Adults and Younger Learners. In this workshop, Dominic Jones will show practical ways of using Classical Total Physical Response (TPR) and TPR Storytelling successfully with Japanese adult language learners and younger learners.

Location: 
Shimin Kaikan, Conf. Rm. 4
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Can’t Win for Losing: Teaching Optimism and Self-motivation to Language Learners

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 June 2011 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Mark Neufeld, Assistant Professor, Sakura no Seibo Junior College

Motivation is usually thought of as a willingness or enthusiasm to do something. However, it might be more useful to look at it in terms of a person’s perception of their ability to do something. Looking at it in this context, how of much what takes place in your classes actually motivates your students to learn? In this presentation we will look at ways to create a classroom environment that fosters “learned optimism” in students who may be more inclined to seeing themselves as failures than successes at learning English. As always, the event will be followed by an optional fun-filled evening of dinner, drinks, and laughs. For further information, please check out our website: http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
TBA: See our website for full details
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen. Students and First-time Visitors 500 yen

Instructional Conversations: Looking at Teacher/ Student Collaboration in the Classroom.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 June 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Joanne Sato, Sakura no Seibo Junior College

This event listing is just a preview of the scheduled seminar. Complete event description will be posted here in the coming weeks. Please check our website for further details. http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
TBA: See our website for full details
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen. Students and First-time Visitors 500 yen

Intercultural Communication

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 29 May 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Kikue Yamamoto, Miyagi Gakuin University

Exploring the complex world of intercultural communication. Complete event description will be posted in the coming weeks. This is just a preview of the event topic so you can plan your schedule and be sure to make it out for this very interesting seminar. Check out our website for further information. http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
TBA: See our website for full details
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen. Students and First-time Visitors 500 yen

My Share: Extensive Reading Seminar.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 April 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Local Members

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 ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&; 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/

Location: 
TBA: See our website for full details
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen. Students and First-time Visitors 500 yen

Performances, Skits and Drama: Getting students to play with language.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 27 March 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Matt Wilson

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/

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Katsudo Support Center (Room 5)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

English Education in Elementary Schools: New Challenges, New Ideas

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 27 February 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Iain Campbell and Sendai ALTs

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/

Location: 
TBA: See our website for full details
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Student Success Stories

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 30 January 2011 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Various speakers

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: ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;).

Location: 
Sendai Katsudo Support Centre
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (students free)

Best of JALT 2010: Highlights from the 2010 JALT National Conference (with short brainstorming session on future programs)

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 December 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
JALT Sendai Members

Abstract
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.

Location: 
TBA: See our website for full details
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Helping Students to Write Creatively

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Alan Maley

Speaker bio
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.

Abstract
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.

Location: 
Sensai Fukkou Kinen-kan / 仙台市戦災復興記念館 (War Memorial Hall), Meeting Room 1, 4F. 宮城県仙台市青葉区大町2丁目12番1号 (2-12-1 Oomachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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