Maebashi City

Ready or Not, Here it Comes! High School English Curriculum Changes 2013

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 11 January 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Cory Koby

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology introduced its once-in-a-decade “Course of Study” in 2009, and the final phase of the mandated changes took effect in April of this current school year. Cory will outline the changes in high school English language curriculum, with particular attention paid to what is NOT changing.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Exposing English Education in Gunma Elementary and Secondary Schools

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 November 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Anastasia Letcher
Speaker: 
Terry Dassow
Speaker: 
Elizabeth Bender
Speaker: 
Tomoko Nagaoka
Speaker: 
Michiyo Imaizumi
Speaker: 
Hiroaki Kanai

- Do you want to know what kinds of language classes your students attended before they arrived in your classroom?
- Have you ever wondered how English education in Japan has changed since you were a teacher/student in public school?
- Are you interested in the current teaching conditions of elementary and secondary school English teachers here in Gunma?
Then this is the meeting for you.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Classroom Management Strategies for Reluctant Learners: Deconstructing and Working with Student Silence.

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Susan Bergman Miyake

Putting aside the usual, more sexy topics of content and language learning theories, let's consider the elephant in the room; classroom management. Especially, strategies for the more "problematic" classes of reluctant learners. How do we manage those larger required classes, or classes of lower level learners with a possible pre-learned aversion to English Language learning?

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Building Strategies and Skills in Critical Media Literacy: Empowering English Learners to Access, Understand, and Engage with News

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 8 September 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Anna Husson Isozaki

English news media can be overwhelming for students, especially in this age of information overload. How can our students sort through it all and learn to enjoy it, with English not their first language?

Location: 
Maebashi Institute of Technology (Maebashi Koka Daigaku)
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Why Extensive Reading? Seven Reasons

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 20 July 2013 - 2:15pm - 4:45pm
Speaker: 
Mark Brierley

Extensive Reading (ER) is supported by research. However, as with all methodologies, for ER to work effectively, students and teachers must believe in it. Julian Bamford and Richard Day gave us the "ten commandments" of ER. Kunihide Sakai reduced them to just three.

Location: 
The Learning Commons Gunma University Library, 1st Floor 4-2 Aramaki-machi
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Peace Education in Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 23 June 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Charles Kowalski

This workshop will explore ways of teaching peace in EFL. It will begin with an overview of the concept of peace, and introduce the model of peace as a series of concentric circles - inner peace, peace in relationships, peace in society, peace in the world. Participants will join in sample activities at each of these levels, and take home a variety of materials and resources.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

Cooperative learning and the changing role of the teacher in the new MEXT revisions

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 May 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Joël Laurier

April 2013 marked the beginning of the final phase of implementation of the newest revision of the Course of Study (CoS) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). While some recommendations in it are reiterations of prior CoS revisions, the MEXT’s call for increased group work in English classes throughout Japan is a step toward more communicative classes.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

First ever Omiya/Gunma My Share Collaboration - Part 2

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Michelle Williams
Speaker: 
Atsushi Iida
Speaker: 
Robert Rowland
Speaker: 
Masa Tsuneyasu
Speaker: 
Ivan Botev

For the second-half of the Omiya/Gunma My Share, two JALT Gunma Chapter members will share the stage with three Omiya members to give short demonstrations of classroom activities, lesson plans, and on other topics related to language learning and teaching. Details of the presentations and presenters can be found below.

When: Sunday, April 14 from 2:00 to 4:30
Where: Kyoai Gakuen College

Location: 
Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free

First ever Gunma / Omiya My Share Collaboration - Part 2

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 April 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Michelle Williams
Speaker: 
Atsushi Iida
Speaker: 
Robert Rowland
Speaker: 
Masa Tsuneyasu
Speaker: 
Ivan Botev

For the second-half of the Gunma/Omiya My Share, two JALT Gunma Chapter members will share the stage with three Omiya members to give short demonstrations of classroom activities, lesson plans, and on other topics related to language learning and teaching. Details of the presentations and presenters can be found below.

Location: 
Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

From Dutiful Daughters to English Professors: How Gender Shapes the Professional Lives of Japanese Female University English Professors

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Speaker: 
Diane Hawley Nagatomo

This presentation examines the role of gender in the professional identity development of seven Japanese female university English teachers ranging in age from their early thirties to their early sixties.

Location: 
Kyoai Gakuen College
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen (First-time attendees free)
Contact or Queries: 
Email contact form

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