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.

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Kathleen Cahill
B simmonds
Jon Catanzariti
Clair Taylor
Alan Thompson

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Upcoming Events


Philip McCasland (Fukushima University)
Saturday, 15 April 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This presentation will demonstrate how to introduce an entrepreneurship in EMI classes for Economics and Business majors, helping students to better understand how an entrepreneurial mindset can help them imagine their future careers. Participants will be asked to develop their own definition of entrepreneurship and classify it under the following headings: skills/mindsets, teachable/discoverable, hard skills/soft skills. We will then look at definitions of entrepreneurship from around the world, along with the definitions from the stated policy of the Japanese Ministry of Education. Next, we will take a look the frameworks of International Posture (Nakata, 1995) and Possible Selves (Markus and Nurius, 1986) that provide guideposts for entrepreneurial education. On the practical side, I will demonstrate how narratives delivered in the form of short commercials can be used in the classroom to encourage students to view themselves as business people both currently and in the future. Engaging with such narratives helps students apply principles already learned about global business and professional skills, including soft skills. By identifying with stories of success, students imagine what it takes to be a real business person by empathizing with the character, drawing timelines, personalizing their own needs and conceptualizing what they may need to be successful. Finally, we will have a spirited discussion about what the role of the EMI teacher is in the CLIL classroom and what forms of content we as teachers should be providing our students.

Andy Boon (Cengage)
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

1.Writing for Fluency or Accuracy—A Catch 22? Often in an EFL writing class, we face a catch-22 situation. If students focus on accuracy, they may write very little. If they focus on fluency, they may write a lot, but with many mistakes. This presentation will describe a new writing coursebook that blends extensive writing and noticing tasks to encourage students to get writing first and focus on accuracy later. It will also provide a number of practical activities for the writing classroom.

2. Instruction-giving: Effective Procedural Instructions Providing students with effective procedural instructions is important for facilitating understanding and encouraging successful learning outcomes in our classes. This presentation examines the communication process between teacher and students during instruction-giving and describes a number of classroom instances where miscommunication took place. After analyzing the nature of these misunderstandings, different methods of issuing task directions in lessons are suggested.

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