(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.
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 - #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com. It's a great chance to share your ideas, build presentation experience/skills and contribute to our chapter.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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/
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.
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.
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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.