Toyohashi Chapter

In My Life: Conversation Strategies and Personalized Content to the Max / Annual Bonenkai

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 19 December 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
David Kluge

How can we get our students interested and participating in conversation classes? This is a question the presenter had struggled with until a little over ten years ago. The answer he came up with was to use the students own lives as the basis for all the lessons. His new book, In My Life (Macmillan LanguageHouse) is the result of fine-tuning the idea for over a decade. This book teaches conversation strategies while using information on the students' lives as content material. The author will give a very brief introduction to the book. Participants will then create their own materials and go through an entire unit. (For a preview of the book, see: http://www.mlh.co.jp/catalog/product/714.)

Following this presentation, we will be holding our annual Bonenkai. It will be from 5:00pm to 6:50pm at the Restaurant Rosiere at the Associa Hotel Toyohashi. The cost is 5000 yen for all-you-can-eat/drink. Please contact Mr. Shiga (;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;">&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;) as soon as possible (latest registration is December 15th) if you plan to attend.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Information Gap Activities: Theoretical Support and Effective Use

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 October 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Jack Ryan

Information gap activities have long played an important role in the English conversation classroom. However, a surprising number of teachers don't use information gaps in their classes. This presentation will discuss some of the research supporting the use of information gap activities in English conversation classes and share examples of various types of info gaps. We will also discuss practicalities of designing info gaps and managing their use in the classroom.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Leveraging Intercultural Experience for Motivation in Language Learning

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 September 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Grant Black

A transformative intercultural experience facilitates the language learning process giving both the conceptual imagination—a vision of entering into the group of those who can communicate in the other language—and a personal connection, a meaningful highpoint that is part of one’s mythology of self, personal story and journey, and which helps propel forward the motivation and effort required for the long haul of language acquisition. This presentation will explore intercultural awareness as an educational-experiential tool to help students develop self-regulated learning strategies. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for cultivating intercultural awareness and leveraging student experience for language-learning motivation.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Learner's Acquisition of Language at Different Stages of Development - A Professional Development Seminar

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 July 2010 - 9:30am - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
Bernadette Luyckx, Noriko Nakano, Masako Nakamichi, William Matheny, Albert McCann, Jeff Singal, Richard Miller, Zane Ritchie, Mark Gerrard, Jack Ryan, Martha Robertson, Jim Matchett, Rory Davies, Carolyn E. Fish, Dan Frost, Anthony Robins, Jon Dujmovich, Andrew Kean

Co-hosted by Hamamatsu and Toyohashi chapters, and sponsored in part by the Bilingualism, Jr. / Sr. High, and College and University Educators (CUE) SIGs, this is the meeting that promises to have something for everyone! Held at the Maisaka Bunka Centre, this one-day seminar will feature several presentations on topics related to language learning at various stages of development. There will also be poster presentations and displays throughout the day. Don't miss out on this opportunity to benefit from such a wealth of experience packed into one event!

* Registration opens at 9:00am.

Location: 
Maisaka Bunka Center
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
2,000 yen (half day [9:00 - 13:00] is 1500 yen)

Annual barbecue

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 23 May 2010 - 11:30am - 2:30pm
Speaker: 
Local members

The Toyohashi chapter annual barbecue will be held at the usual location, Takashi Ryokuchi Park (just south of Aichi University), on May 23rd from 11:30 to 2:30. All are welcome, JALT members and friends.

Location: 
Takashi Ryokuchi Park
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Designing and implementing discipline-specific projects to motivate non-English undergraduates

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 20 June 2010 - 9:30am - 11:30am
Speaker: 
Paul Moritoshi

Low motivation to study English is a common concern among teachers because it adversely affects students' attendance, participation and L2 gains and can make teaching more difficult. This workshop outlines, exemplifies and works through a framework for developing discipline-specific projects intended to increase students' motivation by virtue of their more obvious academic and vocational relevance.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Developing Personalized Portfolio Rubrics for the EFL Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 April 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Steve Quasha

In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate how portfolio assessment plays an integral part in his communicative English courses at a Japanese women's university. Participants will experience tasks and activities that will enable them to successfully develop their own grading rubrics, coordinate peer assessment, and learn why shared accountability improves language acquisition based on interactional theories of language.

Creating portfolios provides students with the chance to learn the skills of reflection, self-evaluation, critical thinking and independent learning. Portfolios can be used in a variety of teaching situations to promote student generated experiential learning.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

The Communicative Classroom: What can be taught?

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 10:00am - 12:30pm
Speaker: 
Alastair Graham-Marr

This talk looks to examine what elements in a communicative classroom can be taught and what elements can only be developed through enough exposure and practice and then at how these two groups of elements should be introduced/emphasized. It will then look at how learning materials should perhaps be structured in order to take these emphases into account.

In cooperation with the Nagoya and Gifu chapters of JALT, we are pleased to be part of this "Three Corners Tour of Chubu" by well-known and respected speaker, Alastair Graham-Marr.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Presentation Title: Communication Breakdowns and Repair

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 28 March 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Douglas Jarrell, Naoko Hazumi

This presentation will focus on a study where the researchers investigated the cause of communication breakdowns during conversations between Japanese and native speakers of English, and the means of repair initiated. It was hypothesized that the majority of breakdowns would occur due to incomprehensible pronunciation. The findings indicate that there were a number of other factors that caused the breakdowns. In addition, students used a wide variety of repair tactics, rarely involving adjustments in pronunciation.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Extensive Reading and Reading Circles

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 21 February 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Andy Kean

For people with either some experience with extensive reading or none at all, this presentation will explain its benefits as well as how to get students engaged with reading books that are appropriate for their levels so that they make reading a routine. How to start using reading circles will also be discussed and shown how they can be incorporated into speaking classes to make engaging conversations.

Location: 
Aichi University, Building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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