Tokyo Chapter

JALT 2010 Balsamo Asian Scholar/ Four Corners Tour Teaching and Learning English in Cambodian High Schools: Challenges and Prospects

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 13 November 2010 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Speaker: 
Mr. Soryong Om

JALT 2010
Balsamo Asian Scholar/Four Corners Tour
Teaching and Learning English in Cambodian High Schools: Challenges and Prospects

Abstract
English was introduced to high schools in Cambodia as a foreign language component of the high school curriculum in 1992. Despite some significant progress since its inception, the teaching of English has, however, faced considerable challenges in terms of class size, methodology, syllabuses, enthusiasm, students' proficiency level, and learning environment. Many high sch9ool teachers seem complacent about the way they teach English, for they believe that as long as they stick to the syllabuses which were adopted by the Ministry of Education, youth, and Sports for all high schools, they have achieved their course goals. Also, many students take a carefree attitude towards English learning. As a result, they end up having enormous difficulty with English communication despite six years of English study, from grade seven to grade twelve. This paper will identify the challenges that impede the progress of English teaching and learning in Cambodian high schools and look at the chances of its success in an attempt to revitalize the ELT field in high schools in particular and in Cambodia as a whole.

Location: 
Sophia University, Building 10, Room #301
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Talking Emotion in a Second Language

Date and Time: 
Monday, 29 March 2010 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Gabriele Kasper

Abstract:
As a topic in second language studies, emotions have been investigated
from a variety of perspectives: as "individual difference" variables, as
goal and process in language socialization, as matters of multilingual
speakers' competencies, or as experiences available through learner
narratives. This seminar examines emotion talk in a second language
through the lens of discursive psychology. By analyzing emotions as
interactional and rhetorical constructions, it becomes possible to show
how participants engage emotion talk to accomplish social activities
such as assigning blame, claiming and rejecting identities, and
defending their moral integrity.

About the speaker
A brief CV of Dr. Kasper is available here:
::http://www.hawaii.edu/sls/faculty/kasper/::

Location: 
Waseda University Toyama Campus, Building 36, Room 3703
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Human Rights and Language Learning in Rural India

Date and Time: 
Monday, 26 July 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
T. Ravi Kumar

Abstract:
Indian NPO the Association of Relief Volunteers (ARV) founder and
visionary human rights activist T. Ravi Kumar will speak in Japan for
the first time this summer, in hopes to expand ARV's message further
than ever before on the international stage. Kumar will speak to JALT
members about education issues in lower caste rural villages in India.
The presentation will be followed by a dinner at a local restaurant.

Location: 
Room 301, Bldg 10, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Surely You Gest: Gestures, Communicative competence, SLA

Date and Time: 
Friday, 23 July 2010 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Nicholas O. Jungheim

For further information about the room / location, please visit:
::http://www.waseda.jp/itc/av/toyama/top/36/36_681a.html::
::http://www.waseda.jp/itc/av/toyama/::
::http://www.waseda.jp/eng/campus/map02.html::

About the Presenter
Dr. Jungheim is a professor of applied linguistics at Waseda University.
He has been doing research on language learners' acquisition of gestures
and other nonverbal behaviors for the past 20 years and has created a
framework for evaluating Japanese EFL learners' nonverbal ability. He is
currently developing an interactive on-line test of pragmatics using video.

Location: 
Waseda University Toyama Campus, Building 36, Room 681
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

MASH JALT TOKYO EQUINOX 2010

Date and Time: 
Friday, 17 September 2010 - 6:00pm - Monday, 20 September 2010 - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Scott Thornbury, Paul Nation; Daniel Beck, Marcos Benevides, Andy Boon, Phil Brown, Alastair Graham-Marr, Marc Helgesen, Steven Herder, Kim Horne, Roger Palmer, Chuck Sandy, Joanne Sato, Jennifer Yphantides

The MASH (Meet, Ask, Share, Help) Collaboration, JALT Tokyo, West Tokyo and Yokohama Chapters, and Pearson Longman are sponsoring this unique 4-day event. You can attend on a day-by-day or have a full 4-day pass.

Scott Thornbury is the main speaker, and has this to say:

I’m thoroughly pleased to be back in Japan, and I look forward to learning more about many of you and your unique EFL contexts. In this series of workshops and discussions, I aim to sketch in the theoretical background, reinforced with its practical applications, of the approach that underlies the Dogme movement in ELT – as presented in the book I co-wrote with Luke Meddings called ‘Teaching Unplugged’ (Delta Publishing, 2009). After first outlining some general principles of methodology by means of a light-hearted look at the history of methods, I want to focus on the three “pillars” of dogme methodology – in this order:

1) language is an emergent phenomenon
2) language learning can be mediated through talk
3) language learning does not require a lot of material support

In the informal discussion sessions that are interleaved between these workshops, I will attempt to deal with questions and issues raised by the participants in what I hope will be a very relaxed and interactive format.

Please see the schedule below. For abstracts, pre-registration and more information, please visit the MASH JALT TOKYO EQUINOX website:
::http://mashcollaboration.com/mash-jalt-equinox-tokyo/::

Location: 
Toyo Gakuen University, Hongo Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Friday 500, Saturday 1,000, Sunday 2,500, Monday 2,500 (4-day pass - 5,000 yen)
Fee for one-day members: 
Friday 1,000, Saturday 1,500, Sunday 3,000, Monday 3,000 (4-day pass - 7,500 yen)

An Evening with Caroline Pover

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Caroline Pover

Teacher-turned-entrepreneur Caroline Pover has recently released the first in a series of books for Japanese women, with companion editions for women language teachers to use with their female classes. "Ask Caroline 1" has been released with versions for iPad, iPhone and book with CD, taking advantage of new media for language learning.

Join us on 21 September at Sophia University as Caroline shares with us the concept behind the Ask Caroline series, and in particular her thoughts on how teachers can use technology in the language education classroom. She will also talk about developing material for English- language students, and issues related to gender in the acquisition of a new language.

Location: 
Room 301, Bldg 10, Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

5th JALT Joint Tokyo Conference -- "Research that inspires: Where theory meets practice"

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 31 October 2010 - 9:45am - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Yusa Koizumi, Steven Kirk, Alastair Graham-Marr, Kip Cates, Brenda Bushell, Setsu Tsuji

Doors open: 9:45 a.m.
First talk begins: 10:15 a.m.
Last talk finishes: 5:00 p.m.
Coffee with the presenters: 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Location: 
Toyo Gakuen University, Phoenix Hall, Building 1, Hongo Campus
Fee for JALT members: 
Pre-registered: 1,500 yen; At the door: 2,000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
Pre-registered: 2,500 yen; At the door: 3,000 yen

Communication and Relevance

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 17 September 2009 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr.Yuji Nishiyama

Tokyo Chapter Lecture Series Co-sponsored by JALT Pragmatics SIG

"Communication and Relevance"
This seminar will provide an overview of a new approach to pragmatics called 'Relevance Theory,' proposed and developed by Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson. The presenter will introduce the notion of relevance and the basic principle of Relevance Theory, and will show its rich implications for the analysis of verbal communication. Revolutionary aspects of the theory will be emphasized.

Location: 
Hello Kashi Kaigishitsu Nishi- Shinjuku: Stoke Shinjuku (1F) 6-12-7 Nishi- Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo *5 minutes walk from Nishi- Shinjuku Station (Marunouchi Line) #2 Exit or 6 minutes walk from Tocho-Mae Station (Toei Oedo Line) A5 Exit
Fee for JALT members: 
free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:55am

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