West Tokyo Chapter

Where do New Ideas Come From?

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 November 2010 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker: 
Professor Alan Maley

JALT's Tokyo and West Tokyo Chapters are pleased to announce an afternoon with Professor Alan Maley – writer of over 30 books, former Editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers, and visiting Professor at Kebangsaan University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Location: 
Tokyo Keizai University, near Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line. Building #2, Room B103 (first building on the right 150m in from front gate).
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Shifting Paradigms in Online Language Learning: The Link between Technology and Organizational Culture

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: 
Larry Davies

Recent literature suggests that learning online (eLearning), and learning in a face-to-face environment involve different processes. Online learning poses its own challenges, including: (1) building an effective and efficient learning community; (2) establishing a coherent and cohesive online presence; (3) understanding administratively the time and effort needed to conceive, develop, implement and revise online courses; (4) balancing the synchronous and asynchronous activities that occur in online courses, and; (5) keeping up with the ever-evolving and quickly-shifting paradigms that newer technologies bring. All of these worthy goals are hindered by Learning Management Systems (LMSs) which were conceived and developed within a mechanistic model of education. Craig (2007) notes that the paradigm behind these LMSs is now out of date with the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies. This presentation will suggest ways that larger institutions can learn to adapt and change at a much faster rate than they have in the past, while addressing faculty and staff-based hindrances to technology adoption. The presenter concludes that institutions that don't undergo technological paradigm shifts at a faster pace will be left behind in the online world by learners who will vote with their virtual feet, and their very real pocketbooks.

Location: 
Tokyo Keizai University, near Kokubunji Station on the JR Chuo Line. Building #3, Room C208 (on the 2nd floor). This room is also known as LL2.
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Micro-Conference #9: A Day with Sandra Savignon

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 7 November 2009 - 10:15am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Prof. Sandra Savignon

The West Tokyo Chapter of JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) is pleased to announce our ninth micro-conference, which is devoted to the work of Sandra Savignon, with presentations on Communicative Competence, Theory vs. Practice, Second Language Acquisition Research, Teaching Strategic Competence, and Learner Attitudes and Interests.

Location: 
Tokyo Keizai University, Building #6, Chuu Kaigishitsu #1 (2nd Floor)
Fee for JALT members: 
500 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
2,000 yen

The 4th Joint JALT Tokyo Conference: Successful language learners and what they can teach us

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 11 October 2009 - 9:45am - 5:30pm
Speaker: 
Chuck Sandy, Rob Waring, Yuka Iijima, Kevin Cleary, Marcos Benevides, Sarah Birchley, and Andy Boon

09:45-10.15 Registration

10:15-12:00 Sarah Louisa Birchley and Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen University)
Making molehills out of mountains: Realizing learner potential and creating opportunities
This presentation will provide an overview of 'What the "Good Language Learner" can teach us' (Rubin, 1975), and detail the theory behind the design of a new 2nd-year English course, ALPS (Academic Learning and Professional Skills), which is aimed at further developing 'good language learners ' at a Japanese university. The strengths and limitations of the course will be discussed. Finally, we will hear from the learners themselves regarding their learner strategies and language learning experiences.

BIO: Andy and Sarah Louisa are teachers at Toyo Gakuen University. They are both engaged in doctoral studies. Their research interests include educational management, teacher development, action research, and motivation.

11:15-12:00 Marcos Benevides (Kansai Gaidai University)
Intensively extensive: My experience as an ESL reader
The presenter will present his experience as an ESL learner and EFL teacher to argue that successful language learners can read both extensively and intensively at the same time with the right input, and that this input need not be at too low a level to be motivating. If the readings are supported by meaningful extension tasks and are inherently interesting and sustainably engaging, then even slightly demanding materials can be both motivating and instructive.

BIO: Marcos Benevides is an assistant professor at Kansai Gaidai University. He is co-author of Widgets: A task-based course in practical English (Pearson, 2008), and Whodunit: Bridge to Extensive Reading, ABAX, to be published.

12:00-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:00 Kevin Cleary (Tokyo Medical and Dental University)
Finding and nurturing successful learners: One teacher's experience
Do you have students who read the assigned text several times over, without prompting? That read the "recommended books" listed on your syllabus? That voluntarily share interesting information they discovered on their own? The presenter will share his experience in finding and nurturing such students. He will also share his thoughts on how find such students and help them use a combination of intensive and extensive reading to develop conversational fluency. Disclaimer: They are not university students.

BIO: Kevin Cleary has enjoyed teaching English in Japan since 1991. An Associate Professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental, his research interests include technical communication by second language learners and the process of simplifying or otherwise adapting texts for language learners and for the cinema. He is the Tokyo Chapter Membership Chair and the Director of Treasury for JALT.

14:15-15:00 Yuka Iijima (Dokkyo University)
Empowering learners through strategy-focused curriculum
This presentation reports how strategy training has been incorporated into a university EFL curriculum. It particularly focuses on listening strategy training which was contextualized in a required EGAP listening course. The presenter will share the results of students' feedback and suggest ways to integrate listening strategy training with different types of texts and language activities, and will look at how to build these strategies into curriculum to empower learners with the tools for success.

BIO: Yuka Iijima is a full-time lecturer at Dokkyo University. She holds a Diploma in TESL from Victoria University of Wellington and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. She is especially interested in English for general academic purposes in EFL context and curriculum development.

15:15-16:00 Rob Waring (Notre Dame Seishin University)
Building an academic vocabulary through reading
Most of what we read in real-life and in standardized tests is non-fiction. This presentation will put forward the case that students should read interesting non-fiction materials on a wide range of topics at various difficulty levels. Part of learning to read non-fiction, means learning an academic and 'technical ' vocabulary. One of the most effective ways to do this is by a combination of direct intentional study complemented by graded reading of academic non-fiction texts. This presentation will show how this might be done.

BIO: Dr. Rob Waring is an acknowledged expert in Extensive Reading and second language vocabulary acquisition. He has presented and published widely on these topics. He is Associate Professor at Notre Dame Seishin University in Okayama, Japan. Professor Waring is a board member of the Extensive Reading Foundation.

16:15-17:00 Chuck Sandy (Chubu University)
Just because you are teaching doesn't mean everyone's listening
Why is there so often a disconnect between what we teach and what students learn? How can we make it more likely that what's taught is actually learned and learned deeply enough to be retained? Participants will explore the answers to these questions before being introduced to techniques and activities to better connect teaching and learning so that each class has real take away value. Discuss the issue and view handouts at http://tinyurl.com/teaching-learning

BIO: Chuck Sandy is a well-known ELT author, teacher trainer, essayist, and poet who has coauthored Passages, Connect (Cambridge), and Active Skills for Communication (Cengage). He works in the School for Humanities at Chubu University.

17:00-17:30 Coffee with the presenters

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Location: 
Toyo Gakuen University, Phoenix Hall, Building 1, Hongo Campus, Hongo, Tokyo
Fee for JALT members: 
Pre-Registered: 1,500yen / Non-Registered: 2,000 yen
Fee for one-day members: 
Pre-Registered: 2,500 yen / Non-Registered: 3,000 yen

TESOL Action Research Mini-Conference #3 - More Astonishing Research

Date and Time: 
Friday, 24 April 2009 - 5:45pm - 9:00pm
Speaker: 
Andrea Little, Terry Fieldsend, Sarah Haas, Andy Boon, and Alastair Graham-Marr

Professional development for EFL teachers: Aston University in collaboration with JALT West Tokyo and Tokyo Chapters, Abax, and Toyo Gakuen University invite you to an evening of presentations exploring the topics of task-based learning, and communication.

17.45-18.00: Doors open

18.00-18.45: Form-focused tasks using semantically enhanced input - Andrea Little and Terry Fieldsend (Aston U)

Andrea Little and Terry Fieldsend will describe a small research project using realia (a miniature apartment) to target prepositions. Using Samuda's (2001) design framework, the research investigates whether tasks which illuminate areas of meaning (semantically enhanced tasks) might be effective in leading learners to notice a “gap” in their language, seek language input on a highlighted form, and then apply that form with a greater degree of accuracy and control as a result of their increased appreciation of that particular meaning-form relationship.

18.45-19.00: Break

19.00-19.45: The value of non-evaluation in the research and writing process - Sarah Haas (Aston U) and Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen U)

It is well-established that giving/receiving feedback is an important part of the research/writing process. However, feedback is often synonymous with evaluation. This is not surprising, given that the established discourse of higher education is evaluative—ideas are moved forward by criticism and debate. However, in certain stages of research, evaluative feedback may not always be the most preferable for some. While not denying the importance of constructive criticism, Sarah Haas and Andy Boon will discuss how non-evaluative interaction may facilitate understanding for the individual teacher/researcher.

19.45-20.00: Break

20.00-20.45: Communication strategies: Why training is helpful - Alastair Graham-Marr (Tokai U and Abax)

We often observe that, all other factors being equal, some people communicate better than others. Communication strategies are often the difference. Learning to use communication strategies is not so much a matter of education as it is a matter of training. We all use and understand such strategies to varying degrees in our first language. The key is having enough experience to transfer these skills over to our second language. Alastair Graham-Marr will look at some of the L1 cultural interference issues with respect to acquisition of strategies and suggest an explanation for differing research results between Asian and European studies.

20.45-21.00: Closing remarks

Location: 
Toyo Gakuen University, Building 1, Hongo Campus, Tokyo - Room (To be arranged)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

Input and Output: Toward Integration

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 April 2009 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
John Fanselow and many others

West Tokyo, Yokohama, Tokyo Chapters, Pragmatics SIG and Tokai University are co-sponsoring a professional development symposium featuring a dozen presentations, poster sessions, and a two-part workshop led by Dr. John Fanselow, comparing practices used in teaching input and output. See http://jwt.homestead.com/home.html for further details and a map. Sat 25 April 10:00-17:00.

Location: 
Tokai University, Shonan Campus near Tokai-Daigakumae Station on the Odakyu Line, or a 30-minute bus ride from Hiratsuka Station on the JR Tokaido Line
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
  • Chapter President: Ross, Peter
  • Membership Chair: Yanase, Chiyuki
  • Program Chair: Yearley, Terry
  • Publicity Chair: Boon, Andy
  • Treasurer: Ishida, Tadashi

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