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
Jason (temporary) Hill
Mary Burkitt
Jason Hill
Peggy Ishikawa

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Upcoming Events

Andrew Boon
Sunday, 27 September 2015 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

We loved the presentations by Andrew Boon in June. We loved them so much, we are bringing him back to do two more presentations on September 27. If you missed him the first time, please be sure not to miss these.

1] The reflective teacher

In the act of teaching, we have little time to reflect on the successes or puzzles that occur within our classes and can lose valuable opportunities for gaining insights into our pedagogic practice. there is a need, therefore, for practical ways to
help us think back upon our experiences more deeply and to discover what is actually happening in our classrooms. This workshop discusses the process of becoming reflective and the journey towards pedagogic self-actualization. It also provides
a number of strategies and frameworks that can be used by teachers to facilitate critical reflection on their teaching and find new discoveries, possibilities, and ideas for research themes there.

2] Negotiated syllabuses: Do you want to?

It has been said that negotiated syllabuses can increase student motivation and involvement in the learning process. And yet, learner and teacher reservations towards gaining or relinquishing control of syllabus design decisions can often mean that negotiated syllabuses are difficult to implement. This presentation will look at three different teaching contexts in which negotiated syllabuses (or certain elements of negotiation) have been implemented (business courses, extension center courses, and university courses). It will describe the results of a qualitative research study into whether teachers and students really want to negotiate syllabuses. Finally, the audience will be invited to share their own experiences by answering the questions; have you and do you want to?


Andrew Boon is an associate professor in the faculty of humanities at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo. He has been teaching in Japan for over 17 years and is an Aston University PhD student. He has been an active member of JALT since 2004, has presented at numerous conferences, and has published several articles on teacher development, motivation, and methodology. He is also co-author of Inspire; a 3-level listening and speaking coursebook (Cengage Learning, 2013-14).

Louis Carlet
Sunday, 25 October 2015 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Over 90% of foreign workers are on contingent employment, temporary contracts.
This means the employer can simply refuse to renew the contract -- no reason required.
In 2013 the law was changed to give workers the right to switch to permanent employment
after five years. Sounds like more job security.
Two problems: One is that the clock started ticking April 1, 2013 - the five-year rule was not
grandfathered back - so we can't use the rule until 2018. The second is that many employers, and universities in particular, have taken measures to fire everyone before the day of reckoning in 2018.
They now only advertise jobs for up to five years. This means the new law has reduced, not elevated,
job security. The only way to fight this and to fight for increased job security is a large labor union movement. Only a powerful focused labor movement can fight for permanent employment for all,
through workplace solidarity.
I will discuss the successes and failures of my labor union then take questions.

Louis Carlet is the general secretary and founder of Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union ("Tozen"), a union representing both Japanese and migrant workers, including foreign language teachers, bank and newspaper workers. Tozen is the only foreign-led amalgamated union (godo roso) in Japan.
Carlet is from the United States and moved to Japan in the early 1990s, originally working as a translator for a Japanese newspaper, called Nihon Keizai Shimbun, and subsequently leaving that position to become a full-time paid trade union organizer.[1] He was the first foreign full-time unionist ever in Japan (excepting so-called zainichi who are ethnically Korean but born and raised in Japan).[2] He has acted as an adviser to English instructors and others with work-related problems through the Japan Times.[3][4]

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