Shinshu Chapter

Pedagogical applications of digital video clips

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 April 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
David Ockert

As an example of CALL integration, consider the features of today’s digital video cameras. Some models are smaller than a deck of cards and can also be used to record video with sound. This technology enables educators to capture ‘live’ events in the so-called ‘real world’ for use in the classroom. The advantages of such events include: authentic speech, including, but not limited to: auto-corrections; natural pauses; facial expressions; pragmatic speech acts; interruptions, and the required handling of them; background noise, and the various ways to overcome this interference. Furthermore, student presentations, role-plays, and speeches can all be recorded for feedback and evaluation purposes. Finally, to promote and encourage autonomy, students can make videos of themselves and their friends for feedback, evaluation, and just plain fun.

Video can be taken at any time and with ease. The classroom uses are both innovative and original ways that educators can use to take advantage of the most up-to-date technologies to help their students learn language. With these digital materials/technologies, for example, educators can make cloze exercises, quizzes, listening comprehension questions, and practice dictation skills.

The presenter will show various video clips of his children, friends, and colleagues to the participants for practical, hands on experience. The participants may also have a chance to give the technology a hands-on test by taking video of themselves and/or other attendees (time permitting). It’s a simple, useful, and cost-effective way to get the whole group involved in the learning process.

All are welcome, so please join us!

Location: 
Location: Room 12, Zengaku-Kyoiku-Kikou Building, Shinshu University Address: 3-1-1 Asahi, Matsumoto, Nagano
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Legitimate participation in academic publishing—from the periphery to the core

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 22 February 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Mr. Theron Muller

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.

Location: 
Monzen Plaza, Rm. 802
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Intercultural team teaching: The good, the bad, and the beautiful!

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 14 March 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Sean Mehmet

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.

Location: 
The Ueda City Chuo Community Center
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Let's hit the slopes!

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 January 2009 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
All welcome

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.)

Location: 
TBA
Fee for JALT members: 
Lift ticket cost
Fee for one-day members: 
Lift ticket cost

The Annual Christmas Bash

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 7 December 2008 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
All are welcome

Please join us for food, fun, and friendship at our annual Christmas party.

Location: 
Yasuharuchiku Kominkan, Japanese style room on the first floor (Phone: 0263-39-0701; next to the koban on the corner to the south of Shinshu University Hospital, good-sized parking lot)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

An online system for an Extensive Reading programme

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 January 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Mark Brierley

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.

Location: 
Room 32, 3rd floor, School of General Education, Shinshu University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

The 20th Annual Lake Suwa Charity Walk

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 3 May 2009 - 8:10am - 1:30pm
Speaker: 
TBA

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.

Location: 
The south shore of Lake Suwa near the Swan Boat dock
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Mini-conference: How to Proceed with English Activities in Primary Schools

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 June 2009 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Hideki Sakai, Hiroshi Nishizawa, David Ockert, Tami Kaneko, Fred Carruth, Sean Mehmet and Taya Pitt

Workshops include:
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 ;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;
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.

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Co-sponsored by Shinshu JALT and the Matsumoto Group for International Understanding

Location: 
2930-1 Satoyamabe, Kyoiku-Bunka-Centre
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Voices from the Team-Teaching Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 30 November 2008 - 2:00pm - 4:45pm
Speaker: 
Nao Adamson

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".

Location: 
Irufu Plaza (ILF), Okaya, 3rd Floor, Room 7. Turn right outside Okaya Station and walk 3 minutes through the shopping area.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
  • Chapter President: Aruga, Mary
  • Membership Chair: Fukase, Heather
  • Program Chair: Birch, Greg
  • Publicity Chair: Gowland, Damian
  • Treasurer: Kirchhoff, Cheryl

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