Kitakyushu Chapter

Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 2:51pm

Kitakyusu JALT usually meets on the second saturday of the month. See our website for full details.

Chapter Officers

Zachary Robertson
Charlie Bell
David Wilkins
Jason McDonald
Juha Vaittinen

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Upcoming Events

Paul Collett
Malcolm Swanson
Saturday, 8 April 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Extensive Reading (ER) is regarded by many as an effective way to help language learners improve their language skills, with a general acknowledgement that "a wide range of learning benefits accrue [from ER but] the benefits do not come in the short term. Nevertheless, the substantial long-term benefits justify the high degree of commitment needed” (Nation, 2001, p. 156). To be effective, an ER course must be sustainable, and implementing such a programme involves a number of challenges. Instructors and administrators need to ensure a range of suitable reading material is available and easily accessible, either in the learning space or the institution’s library. Students should be able to access books often and easily if they are to read at the levels required for successful extensive reading. Then some system to check if reading is actually being done may be required, especially if it is part of a required or for-credit course. All this needs to be manageable for administrators and teachers who are often hard-pressed for time, and in a way that won’t be overwhelming for students.

In this presentation, we will draw on our experiences of coordinating, managing, and teaching a university-level extensive reading course to illustrate how such a programme can be set up. We will consider the challenges involved, and how these can be overcome to keep the programme running smoothly. We will also report on student reactions to, and outcomes of, the ER course with particular focus on our use of Moodle Reader and the online xReading system as the backbone of our ER courses.

Paul Collett currently teaches at Shimonoseki City University, and helps run the ER programme at Seinan Jo Gakuin University. His interests are in teacher and learner psychology, and research methodology.
Malcolm Swanson teaches English and media studies at Seinan Jo Gakuin University. His interests revolve around the implementation of technology in active learning programs.

Todd Jay Leonard
Saturday, 13 May 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This presentation will outline the current publishing market in Japan for EFL/ESL textbooks by reviewing the various points of views of the publishing industry. The presenter has published extensively within the ESL/EFL market in Japan and will offer helpful advice to budding authors who wish to pursue projects geared to Japan's domestic market and has spoken on this topic at Kitakyushu JALT before. The industry is constantly changing, however, and he offers updated insights into ESL/EFL publishing for budding authors wanting to break into the publishing field.

Most likely, every language teacher in Japan has (at some point during his/her tenure) contemplated writing a textbook to fill a void in the that constant search for the perfect, all encompassing textbook. In today's competitive publishing world, getting the proverbial "foot in the door" can seem daunting and nearly impossible. What are publishers looking for in the current market? What appeals to editors who ultimately decide which titles go to production and which ones do not? What are the salespeople on the front lines hearing from their market base? What must an author do in order to get his/her book published?

This presentation focuses on these very questions, offering inside insights from all the various points of view that must be considered when writing a proposal to publish a textbook--the publisher, the editor, the salesperson, and the author. The presenter will explain the realities within the publishing industry and addresses some common myths associated with EFL publishing.

Todd Jay Leonard has been actively involved in book publishing for nearly thirty years and has published twenty books. He has published books with a number of different Japanese publishing companies and this experience has given him a unique perspective in offering advice to potential authors on what the market is looking for currently and what the publishing industry is searching for in new titles.


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