This interactive workshop will have two primary focuses. The first will be to encourage audience members to become legitimate participants in academic publishing by explaining different journal systems, including The Language Teacher, JALT's monthly member publication, the JALT Conference Proceedings, and the Asian EFL Journal family of journals, free access online journals. Attention will be given to where participants could contribute to the different publications by becoming members of their communities of practice, either through volunteering or through authoring papers for publication in the journals.
This interactive presentation will begin with a brief overview of some of the more widely-recognized theories and paradigms of intercultural communication. These will serve as a theoretical springboard to examine more prevalent and recurring intercultural workplace differences between Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) and Assistant English Teachers (AETs) or Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs). The final discussion will focus on the practical issues of information dissemination, privacy, and different conceptions of professional conduct.
Join us for a day of fun on the slopes of one of Nagano prefecture's many scenic ski and snowboarding venues.
More information will be made available as it is decided by the members, family, and friends who commit to making this exciting event possible.
All are welcome to join. Please come!
(Please note that the day and/or time may change depending on slope and weather conditions.)
Please join us for food, fun, and friendship at our annual Christmas party.
An online system has been developed to facilitate a university Extensive Reading programme that has been running for four years and currently involves two thousand students. For administrators and teachers, the system shows a record of what books students have borrowed, what they have read, whether and what they are enjoying reading, and the level of books they can read easily. For the readers, there are many potential benefits beyond an easy way to see how much they have read. An online system can involve the students in a reading community that transcends the walls of the classroom, in which they can see which books are the most popular and share their ideas about books. In the same way as online book retailers, the system can recommend books that readers are likely to enjoy, based on what they have read and what other students have read.
Please join us for an educational walk halfway around Lake Suwa! After meeting at 8:10 at the "Katakura Fureai Nagisa", we will walk appr. 8 km to the "Kamaguchi Suimon" while learning about life in the lake from Shinshu University graduate students. After lunch (please bring your own), you can enjoy a forum at the Shimohama Kumin Center in Okaya.You will be able to get back to the starting point by a free ride on the Swan Boat which leaves after the forum. Donations (optional, of course!) will be collected for the "Suwa Environmental Town-planning Seminar". Bring a lunch and something to write with.
1. A realistic look at Foreign Language Activities conducted by homeroom teachers by Hiroshi Nishizawa (Nakajo Elementary School)
2. Brush up your English (Please join the group you wish.)
1) Classroom English for conducting classes in English
2) What to pay attention to in teaching the pronunciation of words in “English Note”
3) Roundtable: JTE’s free discussion with ALT’s,
3. How not to create “English haters”
4. English Activities in primary school and how to use the teaching materials
Notes: 1) There is plenty of free parking
2) If you are coming by train or bus, please contact Fred Carruth for information about how to get to the venue. Please email #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com
3) There are no restaurants or convenience stores in the immediate area of the venue, so please prepare accordingly.
4. Anyone interested in English activities in primary schools is welcome.
5. Please bring along the “English Note”, if possible.
Contact Tatsuto Tagami at #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com to R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, June 9.
Co-sponsored by Shinshu JALT and the Matsumoto Group for International Understanding
This presentation investigates team-teaching between a Japanese teacher and an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in an English classroom in a junior high school in Japan. I visited a junior high school located in Nagano Prefecture and observed one team-teaching lesson. Afterwards interviews were conducted with all direct stake holders of team-teaching, the Japanese teacher, the ALT and their students, to discover more about the context of the lesson.
The results of the data analysis have revealed that although there were some merits to team-teaching, it was not always performed effectively. Looking back though the history of English language education in Japan, it is clear that the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Programme is one instance of the autocratic introduction of educational policy, yet to improve and sustain the programme in the long-term, it is necessary to encourage accessible means of investigating local practice. This study in itself represents a potential example of such an investigation.
This presentation has received Okaya School Board's "Koen-meigi".