Iwate Chapter

Published: Fri, 12/05/2008 - 9:11pm

Iwate JALT *usually* meets on the 4th Sunday of every month except March and August when there are no meetings. Depending on the JALT conference dates, there may or may not be a November meeting. Meetings will usually be held at Aiina in Morioka, accessible from the west exit of Morioka Station. The venue may vary occasionally. Please join us!

Chapter Officers

Mary Burkitt
Kathryn Akasaka
Mary Burkitt
Jason Hill
Peggy Ishikawa

Kyushu disasters and recovery

The Board of Directors on behalf of JALT members want to express our sadness at the recent earthquakes and other resulting disasters in Kyushu and are concerned for the welfare of all those in the affected areas. We hope that our members find appropriate ways of assisting with recovery efforts. One way might be to provide contributions.

While there are many organizations starting to provide relief, one group with a proven track record is Second Harvest Japan. Donations can be made at this link.

Upcoming Events

Lesley Ito (Big Bow English Lab, Nagoya)
Sunday, 29 May 2016 - 10:00am - 5:00pm

2016 Michinoku English Education Summit

Co-sponsored by the Iwate Chapter of JALT and Hachinohe Gakuin University

Sunday, May 29, 2016

at Hachinohe Gakuin University


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Conference theme:

“Exploring Age and Motivation:
Different EFL Methods for Different Generations”?

This year’s topic will explore motivational issues concerning learner age and age-associated teaching methods and techniques. EFL for any group, from young learners to seniors, and even special populations can be inspiration for this year’s MEES presentations and discussions.

Plenary speaker:
Lesley Ito (Big Bow English Lab, Nagoya)

Children studying for the TOEIC test? Pre-teens being asked to spend most of an English lesson coloring with crayons?
Parents expecting their children’s writing to be completely grammatically correct and error free? These are just three examples
of what may happen when teachers, parents, and administrators do not pay attention to what is developmentally appropriate in
EFL education for children. This presentation will address real-life examples of inappropriate lessons and testing situations and
then provide easy guidelines to follow to help teachers, parents, and administrators avoid this from happening. A step-by-step
guide to how the same lesson can be adjusted in order to be appropriate for kindergarteners, early elementary, and late elementary
school students will also be shown.

Call for Presenters:

Proposal deadline: March 31, 2016

Session or poster presentation, as described below:
All proposals should be 100-200 words in Word or PDF format
and address the conference topic.

1. Session Presentation:
40 minutes (25 minute presentation, 15 minute Q & A). Please advise about your presentation style: Hands-on Workshop, Lecture, PowerPoint Presentation, etc.

2. .Poster Presentation:
Maximum size 150x150cm.


For presentation proposals or any other conference-related inquiries, see details posted on 2016 MEES Facebook event page, or contact this page’s administrator.

Ben Shearon
Sunday, 19 June 2016 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm


Many teachers in Japan would like to get their finances in order, but aren’t quite sure where to start. This exposes them to three big potential dangers: not doing anything, doing the wrong thing, and being taken advantage of by ‘advisors’ or financial institutions.

This workshop will cover basic aspects of personal finance and investing, as well as specific investing and retirement options for residents of Japan. A reading list of websites and recommended books will also be provided.

Come with questions, and leave with information and a road map of where to find answers. Putting your financial affairs in order is like planting a tree: the best time to do it was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.


Ben Shearon is an English teacher based in Sendai, Japan. He is passionate about extensive reading and personal finance. Ben runs the teaching blog sendaiben.org and the personal finance site retirejapan.info.


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