Gifu Chapter


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

The Gifu Chapter holds interactive presentations approximately 10 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 a winter Christmas turkey dinner every year. If you are interested in joining or would like to help out, please contact Steve Quasha at quasha@yahoo.com for information. Keep your eye on the JALT Calendar website for the latest event details, or join our Facebook group.

Chapter Officers


Kathleen Cahill
Kathleen Cahill
Steve Quasha
Clair Taylor
Mutsumi Kawasaki

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Upcoming Events


Craig Alan Volker (James Cook University)
Saturday, 16 July 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Pidgin and creole languages are the linguistic results of the globalised economy that since the Medieval Ages has brought together people speaking many different languages in circumstances that have often been catastrophic. This presentation will look at how pidgin and creole languages tended to develop as a survival mechanism by people in enslaved and other colonial situations and how these have become the primary means of communication for millions of people around the world. The use of these languages in everyday life will be examined, using examples from Jamaican Patois, Papua New Guinea Tok Pisin and Rabaul Creole German. The study of pidgin and creole languages has implications for the concept of “native speaker” and for the need to define the idea of “target language” carefully when students go to areas with pidgin and creole languages.

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