Special Events at JALT2010

Special Events

Welcome Reception

Friday, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Room 1003. Sponsored by Oxford University Press

If you are coming to Nagoya early to attend a TnT workshop or to get a head start on networking and collaborating, or just to settle in before things get busy, we invite you to join the VIPs (our invited plenary and featured speakers), conference organizers, overseas delegates, the President and other officers of JALT, and your fellow early-birds at our Welcome Reception on Friday! Thanks to Oxford University Press, there’ll be some tasty snacks and drinks. Stop by and say “Hello,” and start your conference weekend with a friendly chat over a free drink.

JALT2010 Sake Bar

Saturday, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm, SIG Room 1001

Don’t miss this great chance to fully explore and experience the flavors of sake from Aichi and Gifu with representatives from local sake breweries who will personally introduce their lines.
Find out about four boutique breweries in the local Chubu region and enjoy 12 bottles that are hard to find anywhere else. Come for the great jizake to wind down at the end of your day at the conference.
JALT2010 Sake Bar…not to be missed! 1,000 yen for 3 servings (approximately 50-60 ml per serving)

Best of JALT Social

Sunday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, SIG Room 1001

Sponsored by English Central and JALT Chapters
This year we are pleased to honor our Best of JALT award recipients at our Best of JALT Social which is co-sponsored by English Central and JALT Chapters. Please come out and show your support for the outstanding efforts of these excellent presenters. Take the opportunity to network and wind-down after the conference with some drinks and light refreshments. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Rakugo: Japanese Sit-Down Comedy

Performer: Kanariya Eiraku

Join us for a Rakugo performance in English on Sunday, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Room 1101

Rakugo can be best described as Japanese sit-down comedy of comic storytelling. Just as there is stand up comedy in Western countries, there is sit-down comedy in Japan. The performer sits on his knees and wears traditional, formal Japanese clothes. He is usually equipped with a fan (sensu), and hand towel (tengui). These items help the performer express and act out the story. In Rakugo, only the conversations between characters appear in the story. Therefore, the performer must be able to play the role of each distinct character. In most cases, the characters have strong stereotypical personalities so that, as the performer switches from one character to another, the audience readily detects the change.

Not Rocket Science: A Teacher Ed Networking Fair

Sunday, 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm, Room 1002

Who’ll be there? People with answers to all your questions! The Teacher Education & Development SIG invites everyone who is interested in learning more about post-graduate and professional development opportunities in TEFL to come to a unique social/networking event. Featuring wine, cheese, and a chance to meet informally with graduates and representatives from a wide variety of Certificate and MA programs based in Japan and overseas, this innovative fair is open to all. Brochures and formal program information will be available, too. Join us and enjoy the conversation!

Graduate Student Showcase

The JALT Graduate Student Showcase (GSS) is in its 4th exciting year and is bigger and better than ever! This year more than 40 masters and doctoral level students from nine graduate school programs will have the opportunity to present their cutting edge research in this unique forum. The presenters represent graduate programs from Aston University, Birmingham University, Kansai University, Kobe University of Foreign Studies, Macquarie University, Meikai University, Meisei University, Teachers College Columbia, and Temple University, Japan. The GSS has become a vital part of JALT outreach to the teaching community by encouraging the participation of highly talented and motivated educator/researchers who in many cases have never had the opportunity to attend a JALT conference before. If you want to catch a glimpse of some of the best and brightest researchers in today’s teacher training programs, be sure to visit the Graduate Student Showcase.
All Graduate Student Showcase events are being held in Room 1201.