Nara JALT MyShare 2021: Successful use of online tools and effective in-class activities. *Updated with video links*

Nara JALT hosted an excellent online event in April. Four educators kindly shared their successes and reflections they experienced when implementing either online tools or in-class activities in their teaching practices during academic year 2020. We would like to share these videos with you because they are all immensely helpful and still relevant.

Here are the links to the complete event and to the individual presentations:

Nara JALT April Myshare Event:https://youtu.be/2yZzMKFUYTU

MyShare 1: “The successful implementation of a commercial online proficiency test”Jason Moser (Kanto Gakuin University)https://youtu.be/CknfoF0UCv8

MyShare 2: “Using the app Padlet in online classrooms”Rachel Patterson (Berlitz/ Kindai University Language Center)https://youtu.be/lZyO-pj4ThE

MyShare 3: “Building learner confidence and fluency with mini-poster presentations”Paul McAleese (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)https://youtu.be/i7LlT68q8Qw

MyShare 4: “Activities to address sensitive topics: Discussing sexual harassment and assault in a gender studies class”Elisabeth Williams (Doshisha Women’s College)https://youtu.be/KZpw8ZAKO-A

Nara JALT April MyShare: “Successful use of online tools and effective in-class activities in academic year 2020”

Coinciding with the unprecedented situation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic in academic year 2020, which saw many education institutions being forced to switch from in-class teaching to online teaching (and back again), or even a blend of both,  Nara JALT is pleased to announce its April MyShare event.

This MyShare event will highlight four educators who will share their successes and reflections they experienced when implementing either online tools or in-class activities in their teaching practices during academic year 2020.  

Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Time: 10~12:30

Venue: Online event via ZOOM. Free for JALT members.

Pre-registration: https://bit.ly/2O8L2em

To receive the link to this online event, participants must first pre-register via the link (above). Deadline is 9:30 am on the morning of the event (i.e., Apr 18).

Cost: 500 yen to non-JALT members.

MyShare 1: The successful implementation of a commercial online proficiency test. Jason Moser (Kanto Gakuin University).

MyShare 2: Using the app Padlet in online classrooms.
Rachel Patterson (Berlitz/ Kindai University Language Center). 

MyShare 3: Building learner confidence and fluency with mini-poster presentations. Paul McAleese (Nara Institute of Science and Technology). 

MyShare 4: Activities to address sensitive topics: Discussing sexual harassment and assault in a gender studies class. Elisabeth Williams (Doshisha Women’s College).

More details of each presentation is included below:

MyShare 1: The successful implementation of a commercial online proficiency test. Jason Moser (Kanto Gakuin University) will share with participants the importance of orientation prior to the implementation of a commercial online proficiency. After briefly introducing the test features, he will outline the steps he implemented that ensured the successful implementation of the test across four faculties (480 students) for both faculty and students, and the positive test results that were obtained. 

MyShare 2: Using the app Padlet in online classrooms. Rachel Patterson (Berlitz/ Kindai University Language Center) will introduce and demonstrate effective ways to use the interactive cork board app “Padlet”. She will show how she was able to give her students opportunities to post their input, participate in class discussions, and get feedback from their teachers via this non-threatening platform. 

MyShare 3: Building learner confidence and fluency with mini-poster presentations. Paul McAleese (Nara Institute of Science and Technology) will present on how he was able to get learners to overcome their apprehension about speaking in front of the whole class through the successful implementation of a poster presentation task in an in-class setting, that required learners to “mingle” around different presentations while completing simple listening tasks. 

MyShare 4: Activities to address sensitive topics: Discussing sexual harassment and assault in a gender studies class. Elisabeth Williams (Doshisha Women’s College) will share her experiences of discussing the difficult topic of sexual harassment and assault in an introductory gender studies class at women’s university. Specifically, the presentation will focus on two activities that were used to facilitate discussion about these issues: Creating a list of “common myths” of sexual harassment/assault and watching a street-interview style video about the topics. The presenter will also introduce the successes and challenges of the lesson.

Professional Development and Nara Jalt

Nara JALT’s third online event: 

Recently, Nara JALT president, Leigh McDowell, sat down with former Nara JALT members, Steven Nishida and Jim Swan, for a Zoom conversation. Both Steve and Jim have stepped back from JALT now but have taken leading roles in JALT in the past, including Vice President and President, respectively, at the national level of JALT, and we reflect on their time with JALT and how it helped them develop professionally. 

Please click on the link below to go to the Nara JALT YouTube channel and you too can be part of the conversation by leaving comments in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. Please show your support by subscribing to the channel.

Emergency Teaching and Online learning. A conversation with Garr Reynolds.

Emergency Teaching and Online learning.
A conversation with Garr Reynolds.

Nara JALT’s second online event:

In lieu of our traditional face-to-face program, Nara JALT brings you an online interview with Garr Reynolds. Garr, a world-renowned author and professor at Kansai Gaidai, was generous to freely give his time to talk about coping with emergency remote teaching during the pandemic. 

The interview is hosted on the new Nara JALT YouTube channel and can be accessed via the following link:

Emergency Teaching and Online learning.
A conversation with Garr Reynolds.

Nara JALT presents: Content and Language Integrated Learning: An Online Panel Discussion.

The start of 2020 has brought all of us unimaginable challenges and sacrifices. Many of us have had to fundamentally change the way we go about doing even the simplest of things. Spring is usually the time when we begin new journeys and challenges. This year has certainly given us plenty of them already. 

The officers at Nara Jalt had prepared a wonderful selection of events for you this year. Attending these events gives us all the chance to learn new things while meeting like-minded people. April’s event was going to be a panel discussion with 3 CLIL experts and we were so disappointed when we had to cancel it. 

The world is fighting an invisible enemy, and this battle is causing us all immense pain and stress. It is at these times that we must remember that we are all part of a wonderful community that loves and supports one another. So, the officers at Nara Jalt decided to take our April event online and share it with all of you. We wanted to try and bring a little bit of normality back at such a crazy and unpredictable time in all our lives.

We would like to thank Laurence Anthony, Francesco Bolstad, and Brian Shaw for taking the time to participate in Nara JALT’s first online event. This would not have been possible without their support. Thank you so much.

Stay safe and practice social distancing.

Nara JALT Officers.