Osaka Chapter


Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:46am

Osaka Chapter aims to actively facilitate and promote the exchange of ideas regarding good practices in language learning and teaching as well as greater cross-cultural understanding by producing and co-sponsoring a wide variety of events in the greater Osaka and Kansai area. If you or your group would like help in producing or promoting an event, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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Bob Sanderson
Parisa Mehran
Robert Sheridan
Paul Mathieson
Ryan Smithers

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Upcoming Events


Keynote speaker: Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology
Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Back to School 2017 is Osaka JALT's 7th annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone in the new school year. With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (including a dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant), there is sure to be something for everyone.

The list of presentations is here: http://tinyurl.com/lm3ea5k

And the schedule can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m6t4a5j (Please double-check closer to the 27th for any possible changes.)

This year's Keynote speaker is Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology http://www.kochi-tech.ac.jp/kut_E/about/prof/bateson-gordon.html

His plenary session entitled "Theory and Practice of Gamification in the Language Learning Classroom" is sure to be of interest to teachers of all tech levels and teaching situations. This presentation will consider ways in which ideas from game theory and game design can be applied in education to improve students' motivation and engagement. These ideas will be illustrated with examples from the presenter’s own experience creating activities and courses for language learning.

Of central importance in these learning materials is making the goals of the course, and the steps to achieve those goals, clear to the students. To this end, the presenter has made use of the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) to create blended learning environments that support students of varying ability and aptitude, and encourage active learning through collaborative work in pairs and groups. The result is a “flipped classroom” in which students prepare outside class for performances and assignments done in the classroom. Responses from student surveys show that students have found these courses useful and enjoyable.

The Moodle-supported courses employ various tools and techniques. Some of the technologies, such as conditional activities and digital badges, are available in standard Moodle, while others, such as the Scoreboard block and extended Reading activity, have been developed by the presenter and can be added to a Moodle site as 3rd-party plugins.

This presentation is intended for teachers from across the spectrum of computer literacy. Whether you have never used an LMS before, or use one every day, it is hoped that this presentation will improve your awareness of the versatility of a modern LMS, and how it can support you and your students in and out of the classroom.

Gordon Bateson has a B.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College, London and a M.Sc. in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (TESP) from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. He has lived and worked in Japan for the last 27 years. He teaches English at Kochi University of Technology (Japan) and develops add-ons for Moodle. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Aizu university (Japan).

To get a sense of what last year's Back to School event was like, please see http://www.osakajalt.org/home/2016/2/17/back-to-school-2016-sat-april-23...
and for previous years, please see http://bts.osakajalt.org/ .

Any questions can be directed to us at osakajalt AT yahoo.com .

Back to School 2017 is co-sponsored by Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence Research on Language Learning, by Cambridge Centre West Japan, and by englishbooks.jp .

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