Nara JALT June Event Call for Presenters

Nara JALT is planning to hold a chapter event in June under the theme of “Debate and Discussion in Second Language Education”, and is seeking a presenter who can talk on this topic from a university context. Here are the details of the event:

Date: Sunday, June 17th, 10:00-12:30

Location: Yamato Conference Hall

Venue Address: 大和ビル 〒630-8213 Nara-ken, Nara-shi, Noboriōjichō
Nara-shiNara, 6318213 Japan 
Anyone who is interested in presenting at the event, please contact Masayuki Takano, a Nara JALT officer in charge of the event (takanomasayuki8@gmail.com), by April 22nd.

 

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April 2018 Joint meeting SIETAR Kansai and JALT Osaka, Kyoto and Nara GALE SIG (Gender Awareness in Language Education)

Nara JALT is pleased to announce a joint April event of SIETAR.

 Sexual Harassment: From Two Vantage Points

Speakers:             Dr. Robert O’Mochain, Ritsumeikan University

Dr. Fiona Creaser, Kitakyushu University

Date:                   Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time:                   15:00-18:00

Venue:                 Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center

(one minute from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel. 0726-85-3721

https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/高槻市立会館総合市民交流センター

Fee:                     Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language:           English

Social event:   We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant.

Reservations are required by Thurs., April 19.

Contact fujimotodonna@gmail.com

JALT 奈良支部 「円卓会議”マイシェア”」

JALT奈良支部より4月開催イベントのお知らせです。

 

「円卓会議“マイシェア”」

 

日 時: 4月8日(日) 10:00~12:00

場 所: やまと会議室

参加料: 会員無料 ゲスト歓迎

 

新たなアイデア芽吹く春がやってきました。

JALT奈良支部開催「円卓会議“マイシェア”」イベントでは、言語学習活動や研究発表、意見交換を行い、参加者の皆さまで共有できる絶好の機会となります。イベント終了後は、近隣の奈良公園にて“ピクニック”を予定しております。

発表を希望される場合は、事前に奈良支部(narajalt@gmail.com)までご連絡ください。

皆さまのご参加をお待ちしております。

 

My Share Roundtable Discussion Event

Date: April 8th (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室), Nara City

Cost: Free for all members. Guests welcome.

Spring is a time for fresh ideas and inspiration. Join the Nara JALT team at
this year’s Myshare Roundtable Event. This is a chance for you to share
your favorite activities, introduce your current/past research project, or
walk us through the ups and/or downs of the last academic year.

This event will be followed by Picnic in Nara Park. Meet up with old
friends and make some new ones (deers!).
Nara Jalt looks forward to seeing you.

Please get in contact with Nara Jalt (narajalt@gmail.com) if you are interested in sharing some of your experiences at this event.

 

Are you listening? Responding to the challenges of diversity

Mehran, who, along with another Iranian speaker, had mesmerized the Nara Chapter audience with their talk about the beauty of Iran a year before, shared with the audience this year her realities of harassment around gender and nationality. Her personal accounts of the “microaggression” she experienced since she left her country revealed how people, in general, are ignorant of others and stuck into stereotyped ways of judging others. This would lead to irrational fear, anger, insult or even pity toward others. The painful path she had to go through has made her an activist and change-agent, serving as a wake-up call to all of us in the fight against macro and microaggressions. Yokota warned us that we could easily become both victims and offenders of any sort of harassment and misconduct. She emphasized how dangerously a snowball effect can happen and how important it is to deal with the initial stage of a potential incident. The audience also had a chance to look at and discuss the recently implemented JALT Code of Conduct <https://jalt.org/main/jalt-code-conduct&gt;. We all agreed that the JALT Code of Conduct should be a prototype of our professional behavior toward any human rights issues and thus permeate us. The following end-of-year dinner party further strengthened our bonds of friendship and made us look forward to another exciting year for the chapter.

Are You Listening? Responding to the Challenges of Diversity

Date: December 16th (Saturday)

Time: 13:30 – 17:00

Venue: Takemaru Hall, Ikoma City

Speakers: Parisa Mehran (Osaka University), Gerry Yokota (Osaka University

Cost: Free for JALT members, 1,000 yen for non-JALT members

This final event in the 2017 Nara JALT Program is dedicated to professional development, and particularly to the issue of diversity in our workplaces and communities. The recent implementation of the JALT Code of Conduct has highlighted the need for JALT to formalize the values that help to make it an inclusive and supportive professional network. As members of JALT, it is important we recognize and share those values, especially at times when they are challenged. Along with an overview of the Code of Conduct, this event features direct voices on the realities of harassment, and experienced views on how we can respond. The presentations will be followed by the annual Nara JALT End-of-Year Dinner Party.

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English Language Teaching through Japanese Eyes

Date and Time: October 1 (Sun) 13:00 – 16:30

Venue:  Yamato Conference Hall, Nara City

Speakers:

Hideyuki Kashimoto (Shijonawate High School)

Michi Yonezaki (Konan Women’s University)

Tetsuro Nishiyama (Todaijigakuen Junior & Senior High School)

This Nara JALT event features Japanese speakers specializing in English language teaching. Three Japanese presenters in various teaching contexts with different career backgrounds will share their practical teaching activities and ideas, and their current teaching projects. The audience will have the opportunity to ask any questions or seek teaching advice on completion of all the three presentations.

(日本語版はこちらまたはスクロールしてください。)

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Best of JALT 2017 Awardees

BestofJALT2017Nara JALT is pleased to announce that the award for the Nara JALT 2016 Best of JALT goes to Angela Wren and Rachel Stuart from the Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School for their presentation titled “A Step by Step Introduction to Debate.” Angela and Rachel’s presentation was part of the very well received February 2016 event dedicated to practical English education at the secondary school level. Their presentation focused on debating and a systematic approach to empowering high school students with the linguistic resources, skills and confidence required to participate actively and successfully in this challenging form of public speaking. This was one of the best-received presentations hosted by Nara JALT in 2016, and participants had this to say:

“Their debate curriculum includes invaluable implications for teachers who want to implement debate or communicative language activities” (Masayuki Takano, Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School).

“Their well-organized and well-thought out 10-lesson debate unit easily gets students engaged in interactive learning activities” (Motoko Teraoka, Kindai University).

Congratulations to Angela and Rachel for their outstanding efforts. As recipients of the Best of JALT award, Angela and Rachel will be honoured with an award certificate as part of the Best of JALT reception party held during the JALT 2017 International Conference in Tsukuba in November. If you are fortunate to attend the conference and reception party, be sure to offer them your personal congratulations.

A Night with Day: An interactive evening with Richard Day

CANCELLED.
We regret to inform you that this event was unfortunately cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Date: August 8th (Tue)
Time: 18:30–20:30

All You Ever Wanted to Know About ER

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A joint Nara Chapter-ER SIG Event

DATE: Sunday, June 18th

VENUE: Yamato Conference Hall

TIME: 10.00 a.m. — 4.30 p.m.

Speakers:

(1) Ann Mayeda

Integrating ER into the Curriculum

 

(2) Paul Goldberg

The benefits of doing extensive reading online with Xreading

 

(3) Mark Brierley

How to persuade them to read

 

(4) Ann Flanagan

ER:  Building a better foundation for language learning

 

(Click on the presenter’s name to jump to the abstract and bio.)

 

Programme

9.30 Doors open.

10.00 – 10.50: Ann Mayeda

11.00 – 11.50: Paul Goldberg

11.50 – 12.50: Lunch

12.50 – 13.40: Mark Brierley

13.50 – 14.40: Ann Flanagan

14.40 – 15.10: Tea Break

15.10 – 15.40: Panel Discussion

15.40 – 16.10: Closing / Announcements / etc.

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Abstracts and Bios

(1) Integrating ER into the Curriculum

ANN MAYEDA

Ann will talk about the extensive reading program in place at Konan Women’s University. She will outline its framework and then share some of issues and challenges faced by the department in gradually implementing the ER component in the two-year core English program.  She will also delve into some of the reasons why teacher uptake may well be just as, or even more important than learner uptake.

Ann Mayeda is a lecturer and teacher educator at Konan Women’s University. Her research interest focuses on learner development and issues surrounding autonomy as it applies to young learners and young adult learners. She is currently involved in a research project to implement extensive reading programs in schools in Nepal. 

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(2) The benefits of doing extensive reading online with Xreading

PAUL GOLDBERG

Most educators understand that to successfully learn a language, students need comprehensible input, the kind of input that extensive reading provides. However, implementing an extensive reading program can be challenging. Obtaining enough graded readers, and making sure students are actually reading them are among the many challenges.  An online extensive reading system can provide an effective solution. However, it is important to understand that online extensive reading means much more than students being able to read graded readers on their computers or smartphones. It can put powerful tools like an interactive dictionary, character lists, audio-on-demand, and book ratings, right at their fingertips. Another, benefit is students can read whenever and wherever they want, not just while at school or at the library.

Additionally, online extensive reading also provides benefits to educators.  It allows teachers to monitor and track their students’ reading progress with greater accuracy. Teachers can know which books their students have selected, how many words they read, and even their reading speed which is useful since reading fluency is a key aspect of extensive reading. Finally, because of all of the rich reading data that can be collected, online extensive reading is ideal for academics interested in doing research on extensive reading.  In this presentation, the speaker, who developed the extensive reading website, Xreading, will explain how teachers can get the most out of using online extensive reading with their classes, and give a demonstration of the Xreading system.

Paul Goldberg has taught EFL in Venezuela, Spain, Korea, the US, and is currently at Kwansei Gakuin University in Hyogo, Japan.  His main areas of interest include extensive reading and extensive listening.  He is also the founder of Xreading, which he developed because of his desire to make extensive reading more accessible for students and easier for teachers. 

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(3) How to persuade them to read

MARK BRIERLEY

There is plenty of evidence that ER is effective for language acquisition but conclusive evidence is difficult to find, and we often hear that more research is needed. Meanwhile, ER advocates are often convinced that this an optimum activity for the learner, and all that is needed is more reading. However, ER will not work if students do not believe in reading, and teacher beliefs are critical to the success of institutional ER programmes. It is therefore essential to persuade students, and sometimes teachers, of the reasons for reading. It is helpful to have a variety of reasons to meet the variety of values within the audience, and to periodically remind them why they are reading. This presentation will look at seven different reasons: input, vocabulary, collocation, fluency, narratives, literacy and learner autonomy. While linguistic research strives to be more scientific, language teaching may actually be more like a religion.

Mark Brierley teaches English at Shinshu University in Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture. He edits the JALT ER SIG newsletter and works on the Extensive Reading Foundation Placement Test. As well as Extensive Reading he is interested in Low Energy Building.

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(4) ER:  Building a better foundation for language learning

ANN FLANAGAN

Our second language learners are constantly being challenged to achieve higher scores on English proficiency tests like TOEFL, TOEIC and EIKEN to name a few, but fail to hit the mark due to slow reading, and a limited range of vocabulary and knowledge.   This also can be a contributing factor to demotivation in the language classroom.  As Richard Day states in Extensive Reading – Into the Classroom, “Using authentic texts that are too difficult for most language learners, is a little like learning to play the piano. Learners start with easy pieces. Teachers do not ask their pupils to move straight on to music by Beethoven, Mozart or Liszt. In order to reach that goal, beginners start at the beginning by learning to play music written for beginners.”  Not only does ER give students a better foundation in reading skills, but it also transfers to other areas of language learning such as grammar, listening, speaking and writing. ER provides students with an additional support structure to be more proficient in language acquisition. Furthermore, it provides students a tool for lifelong learning and enjoyment. In today’s workshop, the presenter will share her journey both the joys and tears as an ER Coordinator in a private secondary school in Kyoto.

Ann Flanagan has been teaching at Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High School in Nagaokakyo, Japan for the past 19 years.  She has an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training. Her research interests include extensive reading, teacher training and curriculum development.

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