Local Knowledge

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Bill Jones
Jaime Morrish
John Wilson
Chris Davanzo
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

The theme of this month’s meeting is “Local Knowledge”. Four speakers will be featured presenting on a variety of topics.


Bill Jones
Workshop: Effective Use of Playing Cards in Language Learning

Playing cards are an inexpensive, durable and extremely practical tool that can be effectively used in a variety of classroom situations. They provide not only excitement, but also contribute to active participation regardless of the motivational level of the students. These time-tested techniques have been developed and refined while teaching several thousand university and junior college students. Most importantly, cards encourage interpersonal communication and require teamwork that helps reduce a dependency on distractions such as cell phones. Participants will be shown examples of how to use cards for some of the following: Days, Dates, Time, Numbers, Fractions, Vocabulary, History and Content. These techniques can be adjusted to match the level and interest of students.

Participants are to bring their own deck of playing cards if possible.


Jaime Morrish
Presentation: Intensive and Extensive Listening, building a Listening portfolio

This presentation/workshop will focus on making Listening classes more interesting and engaging for students and teachers alike. The presentation will demonstrate how, through the use of websites, podcasts and using weekly activities, students build up a portfolio which they can use for reflection to become more autonomous learners. There will also be time for audience members to participate in one or more of the activities, to see how they are implemented in the classroom. As most of the activities are based around in class Listening using websites and computers, this presentation will be best suited to teachers who have regular access to multi-media classrooms where their students can access computers during class time.


John Wilson
Presentation: TED.com Videos: Introducing Global Issues into EFL Classroom for Speaking and Listening / Presentation

Today’s youth share a connectivity that has been unparalleled in human history. Globalisation, innovation and the emergence of English as the global lingua franca have served to forge borderless interactions and friendships. At the same time, humanity continues to suffer from worldwide problems such as human-created climate change, war, poverty, displacement, and pollution, among others, leading to an uncertain future. Our burgeoning global community and interconnectivity, however, present an opportunity for dynamic understanding of these issues and provide a chance to collectively seek solutions for them. Thus, English language instructors should find methods to integrate them and cooperative learning into their curricula. In recent years, Ted.com has been creating authentic videos by progressive leaders that help increase awareness while also improving the English language skills of university students. Using TED.com as a medium, the presenter will share a presentation format, materials and templates for teachers, and demonstrate additional activities to help introduce global issues into classrooms. Participants will leave with the tools to better prepare their students for important cross-cultural exchanges and assist them in becoming more cooperative, globally minded citizens.


Chris Davanzo
Workshop: Improving classroom dynamics

There’s a lot more to being an effective classroom teacher than subject knowledge, teaching methods, and lesson plans. What are ways that teachers can create an optimal learning environment for a given set of students? How can teachers get the best possible results in their classrooms? These questions and others are examined and answered in this short talk about methods and practices that help teachers establish a non-threatening and academic atmosphere conducive to everyone’s mutual benefit. The presenter will offer the audience advice, tips, and guiding principles that he has employed over the span of his teaching career to improve the dynamics of his classes.