Sendai Chapter

My Share - Classroom Management

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 April 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Chapter Members & Colleagues

Chapter members and local colleagues sharing their knowledge, tips and tricks on classroom management. We had a very successful meeting on this topic last year, and only scratched the surface. Come and pick up some great ideas.
If you'd like to present 1-2 of your ideas/activities, get in touch with Matt Wilson - ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;. It's a great chance to share your ideas, build presentation experience/skills and contribute to our chapter.

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center (仙台市市民活動サポートセンター ) 4F - Seminar Room 5
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Pictures in the EFL Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 March 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Charles Adamson and Ken Schmidt

Charles Adamson - The Socratic Method
Pictures can be a wonderful stimulus for creating comprehensible output. Charles will first discuss some of the reasons for having a class that consists almost entirely of pairs of students talking in their own English with no correction. Then, He will very briefly describe the course that he has developed using pictures. Finally, the group will enjoy playing with one of the lessons from the course in order to understand the students' experience in these classes.

Ken Schmidt - Using Photo News Materials
The pictures and captions from Photo News (写真ニュース) displays, seen in many libraries and schools in Japan, can be a stimulating resource for communication in the language classroom. Ken will discuss a number of ideas for their use, and participants will try several activities, such as… proposing alternate scenarios to explain a photo, drawing a scene based on a partner’s description, finding photos based on captions, creating dialogs to match a scene, and speculating on why a photo was in the news.

Charles Adamson, PhD, has been teaching in Japan since 1976 and is now retired but still teaching part time. His main research efforts have been directed at teaching methodologies, and he was a member of the group that founded JALT.
Ken Schmidt teaches English at Tohoku Fukushi University. One of his main interests is designing classroom learning activities.

For more information/updates see... http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center (仙台市市民活動サポートセンター ) 3F, Seminar Room 2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (Students: 500 yen)

ELT and the Science of Happiness: Positive psychology in the classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 February 2010 - 12:30am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Marc Helgesen

Bonus Pre-session (12:30pm-1:45pm): Join us to watch and discuss the PBS special, "Happiness 101," featuring Tal Ben-Shahar (formerly of Harvard), which introduces some of the key ideas behind "Positive Psychology," which Marc will be expanding on in his session. Feel free to bring a bento and have lunch as we watch.

Regular meeting (2pm-5pm) Positive, motivated students -- engaged in what they are studying and with each other -- learn more. How do we facilitate that positive attitude in the classroom? This activity-based session looks at ways positive psychology (TIME magazine calls it “the science of happiness”) can be combined with clear language learning goals for active, invested learning. This is more than “positive self-talk”. It is sharing with our students the concrete behaviors that happy people engage in. We’ll look at the set-point of personal affect and the tipping point of positivity.

Bio-data: Marc Helgesen is author of more than 100 professional articles, books and textbooks including the popular English Firsthand series and has led teacher development workshop on 5 continents. He is a professor at Miyagi Gakuin Women's University, Sendai and adjunct at Teachers College Columbia University, MA Program, Tokyo. He maintains a website on this topic at http://ELTandHappiness.terapad.com.

Check the JALT Sendai website http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/ for updates/info.

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center (仙台市市民活動サポートセンター ) 4F - Seminar Room 5
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen, (Students - 500 yen)

January Meeting: "Highlights from the 2009 JALT National Conference" followed by "Brainstorming on Future Programs"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 31 January 2010 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Ben Shearon, John Wiltshier, Kumiko Ota, Maggye Foster, Marc Helgesen, Ryan Hagglund

Join us for highlights from the 2009 JALT National Conference. Six of our members have brought back gems from the recent conference in Shizuoka and will share summaries, observations and discussion on these. Topics will include… Teacher training for elementary school English; Long-term effects of extensive reading; English proficiency through reading and storytelling; Developments in Spanish language teaching; 7 ways to look at grammar; and more.

We'll then spend some 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.

See the JALT Sendai website for more details and updates: http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
Sendai Shimin Support Center 仙台市市民活動サポートセンター, 3F-Seminar Room 2, http://www.sapo-sen.jp/ Tel: 022-212-3010
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

December Meeting - "Language Learning Stories," followed by Year-End Party

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 20 December 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Keiichiro Oikawa, Soichi Ota, Ataya Aoki, Tim Phelan, David Gilbey, Marie-Josee Brassard, Ben Shearon, Jarrod O'Flaherty

A number of our colleagues will share stories from their language learning journeys, followed by group discussion of key themes and sharing of our own stories. Join us for a good time of exploration and eye-opening firsthand accounts.

The meeting will be followed by our annual Year-End Party (6pm) at DUCCA Eki-mae (West), on Aoba Dori, across from Sakurano.

See the JALT Sendai website for details: http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
AER 6F, Seminar Room 1A
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Noticing gaps in teacher and student evaluations

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 June 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Sean Mahoney of Fukushima Univ.

This presentation will explain the results of a study comparing university student perceptions and teacher perceptions. Both groups evaluated student writing samples; however, both groups gave different marks, or ratings, to the same writing samples. What this means for teaching and learning will be explored and there will be “hands-on” discussion activities for attendees, during the presentation.

Location: 
Mediatheque, 7F Meeting Room B
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

So Where Are the Working Women?: A Discussion of Gender Roles in High School Textbooks

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 April 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Fumie Togano received an MA in TESL from Saint Michael's College and has been teaching English at Hosei Daini High School in Kanagawa for more than 10 years.

Abstract:
Based on an analysis of example sentences in English writing textbooks for Japanese senior high school students, this presentation shows how traditional gender roles, represented by the mother staying home and the father working outside the home, still persist there in spite of an increasing number of working women in society. Although a certain degree of awareness of gender issues is shown in the sections dealing with gender equality or gender-neutral expressions, gender imbalances still exist in the current textbooks and need to be corrected. The presenter urges that more efforts should be made to raise awareness about sexism in textbooks and take action against it.
For further details, please visit the JALT Sendai webpage at: http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
AER 6th floor seminar room 1B
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Student Projects

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 22 February 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Simon Cooke, Jim Smiley, others

Presenters (teachers) will explain projects they have done in class with students. Some actual students will also give presentations about the class projects they have participated in and give their impressions of the experience.

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

My Share: Starting off the new school year

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 29 March 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Various local members

Ideas and activities for getting the year started on the right foot and in the right direction.
15-30 mins. allotted for each of 5-8 presenters.
Contact Simon or Kevin if you'd like to participate as a presenter!

Location: 
Mediatheque building on Jozenji-dori, Sendai
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

"Best of JALT"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 January 2009 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Various

Reports from the JALT National conference and brainstorming for upcoming JALT Sendai events/themes.

Please see JALT Sendai home page for further details: http://jaltsendai.terapad.com/

Location: 
Aoba-ku Chuo Shimin Center meeting room 5
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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