This presentation will begin with an overview of the job market for language professionals in Japan, and the trends that the job market seems to heading. Results from surveys and questionnaires that the presenter has obtained through his role as the Job Information Centre (JIC) editor will be given.
The first half of this meeting will feature a short presentation by one of the founding members of JALT Toyohashi, Takashi Miura. His speech is entitled, "The Challenges of Innovation in High School English Classes." The second half of the meeting will focus on the history, present state, and future of the Toyohashi JALT chapter.
1st half of the meeting:
A teacher is someone who gives stories to others so they can make their own. Regardless of the subject taught, story is central to how people make sense of the world and build a community with others. In this workshop, participants will look at how stories work in people's lives, what stories define their own lives, and how to use story in an educational setting.
For JALT Toyohashi's September meeting, we will be joining the Literature in Language Teaching SIG's conference, "The Heart of the Matter".
Award winning author, editor, and teacher Marcos Benevides will be giving the plenary, entitled “A lexical approach to developing western cultural fluency," and there will be numerous other presentations related to using literature in teaching.
This collaborative meeting will showcase digital class administration tools currently being used by presenters. It is hoped attendees will come away with practical and useful information to improve efficiency in this sometimes burdensome and time-consuming area of a teacher's responsibilities.
Sponsored by Oxford University Press, this presentation will look briefly at some of the key issues involved in writing from text, writer, and reader orientations. Relevant findings in L2 writing research will be introduced to explore the pedagogical issues in “learning to write” and teaching writing together with some of the controversies involved.
JALT Toyohashi will be holding our annual barbecue again at the usual location, Takashi Ryokuchi Park (south of Aichi University’s Toyohashi Campus). Please find us at the covered shelter near the southeast corner of the park. Anyone is welcome to join us for some delicious food and good conversation. Please bring something to add to the feast. We look forward to seeing you there!
Motivation is one of the most important factors for successful language learning outcomes. This presentation will focus on motivation from teachers’ perspectives, exploring how teachers theorize motivation, how they observe student motivation in classroom settings, and how they try to (or not) enhance learner motivation.
The focus of this meeting will be on Japanese language learning and use in Japan. It will include a Japanese language workshop (essential Japanese for administrative duties) and presentation by professor Atsumi Miyatani on various aspects of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
Due to the scheduled speaker having a sudden health emergency, this meeting became a discussion group. Focusing on the same topic as was planned, attendees talked about their experiences in the Japanese teaching environment. Questions were raised and discussed about the future of the profession and how to best adjust to the changing situation.