Toyohashi Chapter

Power Teaching and Intercultural Activities for Young Learners

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 January 2010 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Kim Horne

Using whole brain teaching techniques, learn how to craft a lesson from start to finish that will engage your students with movement, music, interactive reading, drama and MORE! The second half of the presentation showcases how to make a cultural exchange accessible to young students. See how fifty Japanese 4-6 year olds got into the homes and hearts of their American counterparts without ever leaving Japan

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

Task Sequencing and Student Motivation *followed by annual bonenkai

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 20 December 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
John Gunning

The presenter will briefly introduce tasks related to motivational theory based on Pintrich & De Groot, before taking participants through a receptive listening lesson focusing on task sequences and their effect on student learning/motivation. An action research project will provide evidence of how task sequences improved student motivation. Participants will discuss how teachers and educators can improve student motivation in their own teaching situations.

Following this presentation, everyone is invited to attend our annual bonenkai at the restaurant Rosiere at the Associa Hotel. It is 5000 yen. Please contact Mr. Shiga by December 15th if you wish to attend. Either e-mail the chapter using the link on this page or telephone him. More details will follow in our monthly e-mail. See you there!

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

Using Video and Audio Files for Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 October 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Ruth Reichert

In this presentation, Ruth will share ideas about using audio and video files in a language class. She will walk through the technical side of creating those files and give a tutorial on using “Audacity,” an audio editor and recording application which can be used to produce podcasts. With “Audacity” your own podcast will become more interesting because music and other sounds can be integrated after recording.

Next Ruth will present audio and video files, illustrate ways to apply them to language lessons, and discuss the usability of video and audio files as a tool for language learning.

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

Sharing 18 Years of Experience with Language Immersion in a Japanese K-12 School: Insights and Implications

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 September 2009 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Dr. Mike Bostwick

The presentation describes the development of Katoh Gakuen’s English Immersion Program - the first English immersion school in Japan, and the only one with accreditation from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the prestigious International Baccalaureate Organization.

The presentation will highlight two areas of interest:
1) The overall organization of the program and how the program came into existence. The school has developed a unique model of bilingual education in order to meet the challenges and goals of the school. A video and discussion of how students learn academic content through a foreign language will be presented.
2) What we have learned from our experience as a pioneer in immersion education in Japan will be shared. Areas of discussion include – first and second language development, language and identity, and implications for language instruction in non-immersion contexts.

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

Corpus Linguistics for Dummies: Technophobe-Friendly Applications of Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 July 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Ken Slater

This presentation will explore the potential benefits of incorporating corpus-based material and activities in the language classroom. From material relevancy to learner autonomy, applied corpus linguistics may afford teachers a digital edge without the necessity of becoming a computer expert.

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

My Share and Topic Discussion

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 21 June 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Everyone!

Our June meeting will feature presentations by members on various activities and ideas relevant to language learning. There will also be an open-floor discussion of selected topics. As this meeting is free, please bring along a friend or two!

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

May Barbecue

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 May 2009 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Speaker: 
None

Toyohashi JALT will hold its annual May barbecue and picnic at the usual place, in Takashi Ryokuchi Park. Everyone is welcome - members, guests and visitors - and although barbecue will be provided, we would ask you to contribute something to eat and drink. There are stores located around the park, which lies to the south of the Aichi University campus.

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

Can Adolescents Become Autonomous Language Learners?

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 26 April 2009 - 9:30am - 12:00pm
Speaker: 
Marshall R. Childs

The best advice we can get from experts on language teaching is that we should try to make our learners into autonomous (self-driven, independent) learners. In this mode, they are to choose their own avenues of learning, measure their progress against their goals, and motivate themselves to persevere.

To what extent is it realistic to expect adolescents to take control of their own learning? Evidence of two types suggests that adolescents may be reluctant or even unable to take this responsibility. First, circumstantial evidence of the conventional organization of secondary schools shows that students are typically guided and herded rather than given their heads. Second, neurological evidence of the developmental pattern of the pre-frontal cortex (the part of the brain that sets goals, looks to the consequences of actions, and guides behavior toward goals) suggests that adolescents have limited ability to govern their own behavior.

Shall we, then, hoot the experts off the stage when they try to recommend autonomy for adolescents? Not completely, perhaps. The experts would benefit from a degree of humbling, but we need to examine realistic circumstances under which autonomous motivation can be encouraged in adolescents. To do so will require some re-thinking of how we can teach them, and how we can best position them to take advantage of whatever autonomy they can muster.

*Special thanks to the Hamamatsu chapter for co-hosting this presentation.

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

Gender Differences in Hearing

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 March 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Gregg McNabb

There are verifiable physiological differences that prove that boys and girls hear and process sounds and language input differently. Should these gender differences in hearing require us to teach boys and girls differently, and should they affect our expectations regarding L2 language learning outcomes? Some people think so. The presenter will try to separate the facts from fiction.

Location: 
Aichi University, building 5, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Connecting University Classrooms to a Language Interaction Space

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 February 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Robert Croker

Learners speaking together in English doesn’t need to stop at the classroom door! This presentation introduces task-based, communicative activities that can connect a university classroom to any ‘language interaction space’ - a resource-light, activity-focused interaction space that could be an empty classroom, a teachers’ office, a self-access center, or a corner of a cafeteria. These activities stretch the classroom walls, and scaffold learners towards greater learning independence.

Location: 
Aichi University, Toyohashi campus, building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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