Gifu Chapter

Published: Fri, 12/05/2008 - 8:43pm

The Gifu Chapter holds interactive presentations approximately 8 times per year at Heartful Square on the 2nd floor of Gifu JR station. Our speakers focus on practical teaching techniques that participants can apply to many different age groups. We also hold an annual summer BBQ along the Nagara river and a winter Christmas turkey dinner. If you are interested in joining or would like to help out, please contact Steve Quasha at for information. Keep your eye on the JALT Calendar website for the latest event details.

Chapter Officers

Brent Simmonds
Wendy Gough
Steve Quasha
Clair Taylor
Mutsumi Kawasaki

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Upcoming Events

Joël Laurier (Gunma Kokusai Academy)
Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Current reforms in the educational landscape are pushing toward a more student-centered approach to education. The talk is now of learning more than teaching. Cooperative Learning (CL) is a research based teaching pedagogy that provides an effective teaching approach, especially in language learning. Through interactive, task based activities, students learn to take control of their own learning. By making students the center of learning, the role of the teacher becomes that of a facilitator, reducing the need to rely on teacher-centered presentations. The classroom then becomes a place where students and teachers work together to create meaningful and fulfilling learning experiences. 

This hands on workshop will show how attendees how they can use CL to increase active participation between students, build confidence for teachers, and deliver more student-centered English lessons. Attendees will be shown effective CL structures that make learning the student’s responsibility and facilitating the teacher’s concern.

Morten Hunke, Aichi Prefectural University
Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This workshop demonstrates how Japanese cultural formats like haiku, tanka, and kamishibai may be employed in the foreign language classroom. This encompasses areas such as comparative culture, scaffolding, teaching aspects of pronunciation/ prosody, creative language usage, and literature awareness. Workshop participants will have a firsthand opportunity to experiment with the various formats. If this has made you curious, goal number one has been achieved. Goal number two is for you to join in.


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