Niigata Chapter

Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:44am

For more information on JALT Niigata and our events, please find at:

2016/7 Executive committee:

President - Carmen Hannah
Treasurer - Mike Ruddick
Program Chair - Melodie Cook
Membership Chair - Cynthia Smith
PR Chair - Nathaniel Reed
Secretary - Matthew Diaz
Hospitality - Ayako Ooiwa
NEAR conference chair - Clare Kaneko

2017 Schedule:

- January 28th. Andy Boon. Getting students researching.

- April 8th. Howard Brown. Current trends and future developments in language education:
Implications for the classroom.

- May 14th. Alison Nemoto. Examining pupils’ images of English, before and after short
storytelling sessions, in a Japanese primary school.

- July 9th. Chris Madden. Using Facebook to enhance motivation.

- October 14th. Julia Kimura. Theory in Second language education research.

JALT Niigata's premier annual event:
The N.E.A.R. Conference.
Saturday June 10th 2017.
For details please see
Call for papers is open until Feb 13 2017.

Chapter Officers

Carmen Hannah
Cynthia Smith
Melodie Cook
Nathaniel Reed
Mike Ruddick

Joining or renewing membership

You can easily join JALT or renew your JALT membership online.


JALT membership offers numerous benefits including: Member-rate admission to JALT conferences such as the annual JALT international conference; free or member-rate admission to JALT Chapter and SIG meetings and events; access to the latest JALT Publications, and more »

Upcoming Events

Alison Nemoto
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Humans have been motivated and inspired by stories since the beginning of civilization itself and can be found in even the most primitive cultures. Regarding literacy skills for native speakers, it is said that; “The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it, (Trelease, 20013, pp.4). Children naturally search for meaning in the pictures, words and sounds presented in picture books, and easily pick up language used repeatedly, so reading picture books aloud could be considered an ideal introduction to foreign languages for young children. In this study, pupils’ preconceived image of English as a subject was compared before and after a series of ten short storytelling sessions. Findings from the completed questionnaires indicate that this narrative based approach of reading picture books out loud and watching university students acting out original plays, were considered enjoyable and easy to understand by the pupils and had the added effect of enhancing the majority of the pupils’ image of English as a subject, in a positive way.

Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 9:30am - 5:30pm

This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of colleagues. Each year both JALT and Non JALT members have the opportunity to present at the event. For more information on the conference and the call for papers, please go to


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