Category Archives: Events

A Journey to the Unseen Iran: From History to Language

Nara JALT is pleased to present a unique presentation and workshop:

Location:            Ikoma Takemaru Hall (Ikoma Chuo Kominkan), Room 6.
Date and Time: Saturday, 10 December 2016 – 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Speakers:            Mehrasa Alizadeh, Parisa Mehran

Iranian History, Culture, and Education: A Brief Overview

This talk will take you on a journey to the unseen Iran. The presenters will briefly introduce the history of Iran (also known as Persia), including various aspects of Iranian culture, literature, cuisine, music, religions, architecture, and heritage sites. Along the way, the history of foreign language education in Iran with the emphasis on the English language will be discussed within its greater educational context.

Why Not Try Learning Persian? Let’s Sympathize with Absolute Beginners!
The presenters will shortly introduce the audience to the Persian language. The participants will then learn some survival phrases and how to write their names in Persian as a hands-on activity.

Biodata
Parisa Mehran is a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University. Born and raised in Tehran, Parisa holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran. Before moving to Japan, she taught English for academic purposes (EAP) at Alzahra University. In 2014, she obtained the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and is now pursuing further education in Japan. Parisa’s research interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL), online course design, and AR/VR applications in ELT. Collaborating with Mehrasa ALIZADEH, her doctoral dissertation concerns the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of an online course for teaching academic English to Japanese students at Osaka University.

Mehrasa Alizadeh is a PhD candidate at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University. Born in Babol, a city in the north of Iran, Mehrasa moved to Tehran to pursue higher education. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran. She taught English at Iran Language Institute (ILI) for eight years. In 2013, she was offered the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship and moved to Japan the following year. Her main research interests include computer assisted language learning (CALL), online course development/quality assessment, and AR/VR applications in language teaching. Her PhD research is focused on developing an online Academic English course targeting Japanese learners at Osaka University.


After the event will be the Nara Chapter Xmas Party/New Year’s Bounenkai at Toyojoytilino restaurant from approximately 6:30 p.m. Please check the Facebook Page of Nara Chapter for further information.

August 2016 Event: Young Learners: Competent Communicators

Date                      Sunday, Aug 21st, 2016
Time                      12:30 – 16:00
Venue                  Yamato Conference Hall やまと会議室 (near Kintetsu Nara Stn.) ACCESS
Fee                        FREE for JALT members. 1000 yen for non-members
Presenters          Hiroko Shikata ・ Scott Crowe

Nara JALT is extremely proud to be presenting this particularly practical event that is sure to benefit all educators involved in the young learner(YL)teaching context. With over 30 years of combined real-world experience, the presenters are certain to leave attendees with fresh ideas on ways to inspire communicative confidence within their pupils and a unique perspective on incorporating creative narratives into the classroom. Time will also be allotted to allow attendees to exchange their on own ideas and methodologies related to the the topic and a Q&A session with the presenters.
Come along to the conveniently located and air-conditioned Yamato Conference Hall on August 21st and join this wonderful summer event.

  • Presentation 1: Hiroko Shikata (13:00-14:00)
    Keep in practice: Fluency before accuracy
  • Presentation 2: Scott Crowe (14:30-15:30)
    Adding a narrative to flashcard games: Making your stories POP!

 

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Presentation 1: Hiroko Shikata
Keep in practice: Fluency before accuracy

Abstract:
Many of the pupils that the presenter teaches at elementary schools are afraid of making mistakes when they speak English. They want to confirm whether their English is accurate and free from errors before they actually speak. Small, simple, yet, fundamental steps to help pupils get used to speaking English in class make a big difference in their attitudes towards speaking English. Speaking English can be something special but nothing to make pupils feel daunted. The presenter will share practical ideas and activities to reduce learners’ anxiety or nervousness about “I-must-speak-perfect-English” by listening, echoing, and practicing as routine work in class. Some classroom activities will be introduced by use of “Hi, friends”, an English textbook published by MEXT.
Presenter Bio:
Hiroko Shikata is a J-SHINE certified teacher trainer. J-SHINE (http://www.j-shine.org) is an NPO dedicated to the promotion of teaching English in Japanese primary education by Japanese instructors. It offers training and seminars to those who are interested in teaching English at elementary school. Shikata is currently teaching at a few public elementary schools and at home. Her 15-year experience of teaching convinces her that teaching English at elementary school is not only to give pupils an opportunity of learning the language, but also to make them feel confident about speaking English before they study it as a school subject in junior high school.
Brief Japanese translation:
J-SHINE (NPO法人 小学校英語指導者認定協議会)公認英語指導者育成トレーナーである志方浩子氏が、児童たちが身構えず、自信を持って話すためのマインドセッティングを促す クラス活動を文部科学省小学校外国語活動テキストHi, Friends!を使って紹介します。

Presentation 2: Scott Crowe
Adding a narrative to flashcard games: Making your stories POP!

Presenter Bio:
Scott Crowe has been teaching children for over 16 years in Japan. He presently runs a chain of English schools in Osaka with some great friends of his who feel very fortunate to have about 500 children at their schools. Prior to coming to Japan Scott got a double major in English Literature specializing in short stories and a degree in Theatre Arts. After graduating he played the lead in a musical and toured through 19 countries. Nothing would prepare him for Japan. He planned to stay for 9 months but …well, he’s still here and still loving it. Early on in his teaching career he became obsessed with the idea of his students wanting to use language of their own volition. This passion became even greater when he met his first son who was from a previous marriage and couldn’t speak English. He began to write and illustrate stories that were designed to have kindergarten children take a vested interest in the language through funny characters in a book who needed help solving the problems in the stories. He was surprised to discover that even with his own students he could get them almost to the point where they would be engaging in imaginative play in English. He loves teaching and is very happy to share his experiences with whoever is as excited about teaching as he is.

July 2016 Event: Technology in the Classroom

Nara JALT presents, in association with CALL SIG:

Speakers: Lee Blowers, Kansai International Academy

Maki Terauchi Ho, CALL SIG, St. Michael’s International School

Date & time: Sunday, July 3, 2016    13:30-16:00

Venue:             Yamato Conference Hall やまと会議室 (Near Kintetsu Nara Stn) (access)

Fee:                 FREE for members. 1000yen for non-members

 Bring:             Your connected device & classroom app suggestions

Like it or not, technology plays an ever more increasing role in how we communicate in today’s world.

Are we doing our students a disservice by not introducing technological platforms into the classroom? Which have already been successfully implemented into classes?

The first presentation at this event will introduce an E-learning portfolio, Seesaw, and how it has effectively been used to encourage and record students’ thinking and learning. The second of the two presentations will look at the suite of Google applications and way in which they may be effectively employed in the classroom.

Please be sure to bring your connected device, such as a tablet or smartphone, and portable Wi-Fi router on the day to fully immerse yourself in these anything but virtual presentations. Come along to hear some digital viewpoints in an analogue setting. We are very much looking to seeing there… in person.

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Presentation 1:

Lee Blowers, Kansai International Academy

Seesaw: An E-learning portfolio to encourage and record students’ thinking and learning

Presenter Biography

Lee Blowers is the deputy head teacher at Kansai International Academy, an IB dual language elementary school in Kobe. He is one of the moderators of the Osaka Google apps for Educators Group (Osaka GEG) and is also an ambassador for Seesaw: The Learning journal. He holds a Bsc in Linguistics and creative writing and completed his PGCE teaching qualification in England before moving to Japan.

Abstract

There are many tools within technology for students to record their learning, but very few that allow students to organise and record their thinking. This workshop will introduce Seesaw: an E-Learning journal and many ways it can be used in various learning environments. The workshop will also allow participants the opportunity to join a class as a student and it will offer support in setting up a class.  As a multi-platform application it is easily accessible for all teachers and students and comes with the added bonus of being incredibly simple to use for everyone! The presenter will also attempt to showcase some other useful technology tools from recent Google developments.

Lee Blowers
関西国際学園(国際バカロレア認定校) 神戸校 初等部 教頭
大阪グーグル教育者グループ(Osaka GEG)モデレーター
Seesaw: The Learning Journal アンバサダー
英国にて言語学、クリエイティブ・ライティングで学士号を取得し、
公立学校教員免許を得て来日
生徒の学習内容を記録するテクノロジーツールはたくさんありますが、実際に生徒が
考えをまとめて記録することのできるツールとなるとほとんどありません。
このワークショップでは、様々な学習環境において活用できるイーランニング・ジャーナル
機能を持つSeesawというアプリを紹介します。
皆さまには、実際に生徒の一人としてこのアプリを使用したクラスを体験していただく
とともに、セットアップのサポートも提案します。
マルチプラットフォーム・アプリの利点は、どの先生や生徒も皆が簡単にアクセスでき、
さらに誰にでも驚くほどシンプルに利用できるという嬉しい特典がついてきます。
その他、最新のグーグル開発による数々の便利なテクノロジーツールを併せて紹介します。

 

Presentation 2:

Maki Terauchi Ho, CALL SIG, St. Michael’s International School

An Introduction to Bringing Apps to the Classroom

Presenter Biography

Maki Terauchi Ho works for St. Michael’s International School. She has experience teaching English and Japanese to both native and non-native children. She is currently taking Master program at Temple University. She is also an officer at Computer Assisted Language Learning SIG.

Abstract

Digital devices are becoming very popular tools in education. This workshop will demonstrate some basic uses for computers and iPad with students in the classroom, mostly focusing on Google Chrome, Google Apps, in addition to some practical iPad apps. Most of the apps are for beginners who have never employed technology in the classroom before or for those who are looking for more effective ways to do so. Finally, all participants will be invited to share their concerns and possible classroom management problems regarding to the use of the technology in their teaching environment.

Maki Terauchi Ho:
聖ミカエル国際学校(セントマイケルズ・インターナショナルスクール)にて
ネイティブ及び非ネイティブ児童に英語及び日本語を教授、
現在はテンプル大学にて修士課程を受講。
JALT CALL SIG(コンピュータ利用語学学習研究部会)役員

デジタルアプリ教材導入の手引き
教育現場においてのデジタル教材活用に注目が集まっています。
今回のワークショップでは、主にGoogle Chrome、Google Apps、
iPad Appsなど初心者向けアプリケーションパックに焦点を合わせ、
教室でコンピューターやiPadを用いての基本的な利用方法や
一歩進んだ活用方法等、実践を交えて紹介します。
IT教材導入に際しての教室運営や懸念事項等について、
参加者の皆様と共有する絶好の機会となります。

 

April 2016 Event:Annual Round Table

-The New Academic Year: Resolutions, Reflections and Revelations from the Classroom-

Speaker(s): Various Participants

Date: Sunday, 24th April 2016, 1:30-4PM

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室) (access)

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1,000 yen for non-members

We invite you to join this informal discussion to share your professional achievements and/or challenges from the classroom in 2015 and some of your teaching objectives for the new academic year.

Attendees will each be given the floor for approximately 10 minutes to share their teaching activities and are encouraged to bring along sample materials, reports or even items of realia to convey their experiences as we reflect on observations in a supportive setting with friends and colleagues.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow Nara JALT members, new and old alike. We would be delighted to have the company of members from any of the surrounding chapters and guests are of course most welcome. We hope to see you there!

昨年好評を博した円卓会議の開催です!
「新学年度に向けて:決意・振り返り・新発見」をテーマに掲げ、2015年の成果及び新年度の教育目標と共に、
一人持ち時間10分程度で教授法や教材の活用法などを発表し、参加者の皆様で共有します。
メンバーとの交流を楽しめる良い機会です。是非ご参加ください。

 

 

 

 

February 2016 Event: English for High School Education: Professional Development through Teaching Practice

How did your university students study in HS? What will your JHS students be studying when they get there? What is happening in HS classrooms at present? What is in store for the future?

We very much look forward to seeing you at the event to join the conversation.

In this event, several high school English educators from different backgrounds and teaching contexts are going to share their teaching practices in class. In general, teaching English at high school in Japan has specific duties such as a necessity to prepare students for taking university entrance exams. Considering such, the presenters will share their teaching activities. Audience members will have an opportunity to develop their understanding toward current situations and issues in the English education of high school students.

「高等学校における英語教育 ~授業実践から専門性を高める~」

今 回の講演では、経歴・背景の異なる高等学校教育者たちが集い、それぞれの授業実践を紹介します。一般に、日本の高等学校での英語教育においては、大学入試 に備える必要性などの拘束があります。このようなことを考慮した授業活動を皆様に紹介し、高等学校における英語教育の現状と論点について、より理解を深め て頂ける機会を提供します。

Date & Time: Sunday, 28 February 2016 – 1:30pm4:30pm
Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室) (access)
Speakers:

Masayuki Nakano, Angela Wren, Rachel Stuart, Kazuhiro Iguchi & Adelia Falk

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1000 yen for non-members

ABSTRACTS

Presentation 1: Masayuki Takano (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)
Introduction to English for High School Education

Recently, Japan’s educational policy has seen an increasing emphasis on preparing its youth for the global economy. As a result, there have been significant changes in its university entrance exam requirements, which in turn impacted Japan’s high school English education. The Ministry of Education also began to place more emphasis on cultivating global citizens who, while remaining rooted to their Japanese heritage, are able to succeed in the global economy. This presentation discusses the changing expectations for high school English teachers, while touching upon its connection with Japan’s university English education.

1.「高校教育の英語教育概論」

高野 正之 奈良県立法隆寺国際高等学校

近年、若者への「グロー バル化対応」を意識した日本の教育方針が、大学入試要件の大きな変更を余儀なくさせ、加えて、そのことが高等学校の英語教育に影響を及ばしています。日本 の大学の英語教育との関連性に触れ、高等学校の英語教師への期待がどのように変化しているかについて議論します。

Presentation 2: Angela Wren & Rachel Stuart (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)
A Step by Step Introduction to Debate

This is a 10 lesson debate unit that takes students from simply giving their opinion to fully participating in a full team debate. In the first half of the unit, the concept of debate is introduced, such as, disagreeing and giving strong reasons. In the second half, the students learn about the structure of debate and prepare for their final debate. To build confidence in the students, interactive games are used throughout the unit. This debate unit is suitable for all high school level students, even those with no previous experience with debate.

2.「ステップバイステップ ~ディベート入門~」

アンジェラ・レン、レイチェル・ステュアート 奈良県立法隆寺国際高等学校

単に意見を述べることからチームの一員としてディベートに参加できるまで、10段階に分けたディベートの授業実践を紹介します。対話型のゲームを用い生徒に自信をつけさせるこの方法は、ディベート未経験者からすべての高校生のレベルに対応できます。

Presentation 3: Kazuhiro Iguchi (Kansai Soka High School)

3.井口和弘 私立関西創価高等学校 *Schedule change: Due to unforeseen circumstances Kazuhiro Iguchi will unfortunately not be able to present. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Presentation 4: Adelia Falk (Nara Prefectural Nishinokyo High School)
Textbook discussions – a “four-skills” approach to studying high school English textbooks

It can be difficult to integrate classroom communicative activities and textbook lessons. Therefore, an approach to teaching textbook lessons that is based on a discussion model will be introduced. Using discussion projects as a means of understanding the textbook promotes cooperative learning and speaking in English. In this presentation, discussion-based lessons will be introduced, including how discussion groups are structured and the roles performed by each student before and during the discussion. Exercises based on each of these roles can also be used separately, outside of a discussion project. The roles are designed to teach skills students may find useful for future language learning.

4.「テキストブック討論~高校英語教科書学習よる4技能アプローチ~」

アデリア・ファーク 奈良県立西ノ京高等学校

「英語で話す」「協働学習」を促進するために、ディスカッション形式をベースにして教科書の内容を教える方法を紹介します。また、グループの分け方や、各生徒のディベート前とディベート中の役割分担についても触れます。

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December 2015 Event: Inspire Or Perspire? Getting Students Speaking

Speaker: Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo)

**This event will be followed by a joint Osaka-Nara Xmas Party**

Date & Time: Saturday, 12 December 2015 – 3:30pm5:00pm

Venue: Ikoma City, Takemaru Hall (Ikoma Chuo Kominkan), Room 6  (access)

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1000 yen for non-members

ABSTRACT

This presentation will introduce the audience to a number of strategies that can help break the silence in the Japanese classroom and get students engaging in meaningful communication. Audience members will be asked to try out a number of tried and tested speaking activities and also be encouraged to share their ideas for getting students talking to one another in the L2. Inspire is a listening and speaking course with additional content reading designed to create a richer speaking experience. The spectacular National Geographic photos and video provide enduring images that inspire learners to discover the world in all its brilliance.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY

Andy Boon is an associate professor in the faculty of humanities at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo. He has been teaching in Japan for over 17 years. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University. He has been an active member of JALT since 2004, has presented at numerous conferences, and has published several articles on teacher development, motivation, and methodology. He is also co-author of Inspire; a 3-level listening and speaking coursebook (Cengage Learning, 2013-14).

This event will be followed by a joint Osaka-Nara Xmas party at a restaurant close to the venue. Start time approx 6.30 pm. Full details to follow, RSVP only.

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JALT 2015 4 CORNERS TOUR- KANSAI CHAPTERS

Speaker: Dr. Jane Spiro

Date & Time: Sunday, 15 November 2015 – 3:00pm5:00pm

Venue: Kobe International House Room 902 (access)

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1.000 yen for non-members

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT

Genre as a recipe for writing

This workshop will show how the features of text types such as recipes, instructions, memos, can be recognised, mixed and subverted in order to generate inventive new texts. Participants will be able to experiment with these activities for themselves, to experience the ways in which the activities can develop both language awareness and creative writing skills. The workshop will also include examples of student writing, and explore how the activities can be adapted to meet a variety of student needs and levels.

There will be a dinner with the author following the presentation. Details and registration for the dinner will be provided before the start of the presentation.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Jane Spiro has been an active member of the ELT community for 35 years, directing language, literature and teacher development programs in England, Switzerland, Poland and Hungary. She has taught English to asylum-seekers newly arrived in the UK; retrained Russian teachers in Hungary supporting the replacement of Russian with English in the Hungarian school curriculum; and run programs on teacher development, literature and language, creative writing, academic literacies, and materials writing worldwide, including in the Netherlands, Mexico, Japan, Kenya, China and India. Her publications include two books on creative writing pedagogy.

October 2015 Event: How do Japanese-university English learners look to you?

Speaker: Etsuko Shimo, Kinki University, Faculty of Applied Sociology

Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2015.   Time: 10:00 ~ 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室). Less than 100m from Kintestsu Nara Stn.

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1.000 yen for non-members

**Optional lunch at a nearby restaurant to follow the event**

Abstract

Have you ever felt that English L1 teachers (ETs) and Japanese L1 teachers (JTs) have different opinions of their Japanese students? In many university-level English learning programs in Japan, ETs and JTs work together for shared curriculum goals. However, they are often assigned different teaching roles and may have different expectations towards their students. The presenter will discuss the results of a teacher belief survey which explored Japanese university English teachers’ perceptions about their students’ characteristics (e.g, personalities and attitudes towards learning English). The presenter will also share implications and suggestions for classroom pedagogy and curricular designs based on the study findings.

「日本の大学英語学習者の印象は?」

近畿大学総合社会学部准教授、下絵津子氏が教師ビリーフ研究(日本の大学で英語を教えている教員が学習者についてどのような思いや考えを持っているかを調査する研究)の研究結果を紹介します。また、研究で明らかになったことをもとに、教授法やカリキュラム開発に関する提案も議論します。

Presenter Biography

Etsuko Shimo (Ed.M. in TESOL), associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Sociology, Kinki University, teaches English and other related courses in their undergraduate programs. Her research interests include student and teacher beliefs, can-do based curriculum development, learner autonomy, and collaborative learning activities in language learning and teaching.

MELODIC METHODOLOGIES: a movement to motivate young learners

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Time:10:00-16:00 **Please be sure to bring your lunch**
Speakers: Nanae Yukioka, Greg Crawford & Bevan Joseph Bulmer (BJ) and Scott Crowe
Location: Yamato Conference Hall
Guide to Location: Link to meeting location
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

Beat the heat and feel the beat!
Anyone involved in teaching Young Learners should make every effort possible to attend Nara JALT’s mammoth August event: Melodic Methodologies
This promises to be a memorable and motivating event with three marvelous presentations. Feel free to join just one or all three! There shall be plenty of time between presentations to mingle, network and discuss, with an open mic and Q&A session planned for  later in the afternoon to share your experiences and seek advice.

Presentation 1: Title: 1+1>2!: The Power of Team Teaching –Nanae Yukioka

Presentation 2: Using Songs as Effective Tools in the YL Classroom –Greg Crawford and Bevan Joseph Bulmer(BJ) 

Presentation 3: Introducing Magic House Books!-Scott Crowe

Finalised schedule and presenter line up:
10.00                  Doors open
10.30- 11.30   Presentation 1: 1+1>2: The Power of Team Teaching – Nanae Yukioka
11.30-12.30    Lunch and discussion
12.30- 1.30     Presentation 2: Using Songs as Effective Tools in the YL Classroom – Greg Crawford and Bevan Joseph Bulmer (BJ)
1.30- 2.00        Mingle break
2.00-3.00        Presentation 3: Introducing Magic House Books! – Scott Crowe
3.00- 3.30       Open mic session, Q&A, Chapter announcements
3.30- 4:00      Clear the room

Presentation 1: Abstract
Have you ever experienced team-teaching? Have you ever had difficulty making a lesson with someone who has a different perspective on teaching styles and methodologies or someone who has other teaching responsibilities? Have you ever made students confused by team-teaching with a blurred focus? Team-teaching is not easy, but team-teaching itself can show students an authentic model of communication in our real life. The presenter will explore the essence of inter-teachers communication in team-teaching, ways to form the foundation of communication skill through a foreign language, and also share some classroom practice of activating “mind”, “body” and “heart” through classroom interaction using Hi, friends! , an English textbook published by MEXT.
Presenter Bio:
Yukioka is a J-SHINE certified teacher trainer. J-SHINE (http://www.j-shine.org) is an NPO whose aim is to help promote the teaching of English in Japanese primary education by Japanese instructors. It offers training and seminars to those who are interested in teaching English at elementary school. She is currently teaching at a public elementary school in Hirakata and at home. Her 10-year experience of teaching English to young learners convinces her that teaching English is not only to give children an opportunity to learn a foreign language but to foster their intercultural communicative competence.
枚方で活躍されているJ-SHINE (NPO法人 小学校英語指導者認定協議会)公認英語指導者育成トレーナーである行岡七重氏がチーム・ティーチングの極意を伝えます。外国語を通じて、いかにコミュニ ケーション能力の素地を養うか、友だちや自分との対話を通し、「頭」「体」「心」を動かす授業の一例を、文部科学省小学校外国語活動テキストHi Friends! を使った実践より紹介します。

Presentation 2: Abstract
Not getting the most out of using songs in your Young Learner classroom? Take home some great tips and techniques to help you squeeze every last drop of language learning juice out of songs in this highly energetic and exciting presentation. Songs are incredibly powerful and effective learning tools in the Young Learner classroom. Unfortunately, they are also often underutilized. Let Greg and BJ show you how to get the absolute most out of songs in your classroom in this fun and energetic presentation from Fun Kids English. Take home the tools and practical applications to maximize the fun and learning potential of songs in your Young Learner classroom! Your students will thank you with big smiles, great participation and improved language learning.
Presenters’ Bios:
Greg Crawford has been teaching Young Learners of English for 15 years and is a creative director of Fun Kids English. He is a co-creator of Fun Kids English’s Fun Kids Songs CD series and is also the author of Fun Phonics Readers, a series of graded children’s readers from Fun Kids English. Greg is a regular presenter on the English language teaching circuit in Japan and is the owner and principal of Aire English School based in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Greg is particularly interested in Young Learners, music for learning, using songs in the classroom, reading for children and phonics..
BJ Bulmer has been teaching Young Learners of English for 18 years and is a creative director of Fun Kids English. He is the owner and principal of Koala English School, based in Wakayama Prefecture in Southern Japan. BJ is a co-creator of Fun Kids English’s Fun Kids Songs CD series and is a regular presenter on the English language teaching circuit in Japan. He has been playing music both as a live and studio musician for the past 25 years. BJ’s interests are Young Learners, songwriting, creating captivating music and reading for children.

Presentation 3: Abstract

Why are so many parents so excited about Magic House Books?Magic House Books are designed to get kids speaking more naturally. Magic House Books are designed to get kids emotionally involved in the imaginative world of the story and help the characters to solve problems using English. Here are some examples of Magic House Books vs regular textbooks.

  1. There’s a ball under the table: This grammar is one of the most useful grammar structures in the English language yet when we teach it to children most textbooks use a ball and a table. Where is the ball? The ball is under the table. The ball is on the table. This is clear and easy to understand but it is not emotionally engaging for children so the teacher will have to make the children repeat it. In Magic House Books, there is a character who is trying to go to bed but there are bugs hiding in the room. So the children must warn the character. “Watch out! There’s a spider under the bed!” Not only do kids use the English naturally, they love to speak and help out the characters.
  2. TPR: TPR is Total Physical Response, which is a way to teach English by having kids do the actions that a teacher says such as jump, walk, run and after a while the kids learn the language. This is very good for children. What Magic House Books has done is take those same actions and added an emotional value to doing those actions. WHY are they running? They are running because all the bugs jumped in the window. As well, all of the action words that kids need to learn are built into the storyline so the kids not only learn the words but they are able to act out the stories in a fun way.
  3. Emotional Positioning: This technique was created by the author of the books. This technique is a very special technique created to help children learn language in a very natural and enjoyable way. It is also used to teach language that is extremely useful but difficult to teach with traditional methods. For example, here are a few of the most used words in children’s books go, come, away, here, this, is and there. In regular books, some of these words may not be taught until the second or third year but in Magic House Books they are taught right away in an enjoyable way that kids love. “Go away.” is used to tell the mosquito to leave and “Come here.” is used to call the cute bugs like the ladybug to the children.

We are so excited to use these books to help your children enjoy English and speak naturally!

Presenter Bio:

Scott Crowe has been teaching children for over 16 years in Japan. He presently runs a chain of English schools in Osaka with some great friends of his who feel very fortunate to have about 500 children at their schools. Prior to coming to Japan Scott got a double major in English Literature specializing in short stories and a degree in Theatre Arts. After graduating he played the lead in a musical and toured through 19 countries. Nothing would prepare him for Japan. He planned to stay for 9 months but …well, he’s still here and still loving it. Early on in his teaching career he became obsessed with the idea of his students wanting to use language of their own volition. This passion became even greater when he met his first son who was from a previous marriage and couldn’t speak English. He began to write and illustrate stories that were designed to have kindergarten children take a vested interest in the language through funny characters in a book who needed help solving the problems in the stories. He was surprised to discover that even with his own students he could get them almost to the point where they would be engaging in imaginative play in English. He loves teaching and is very happy to share his experiences with whoever is as excited about teaching as he is.

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June 2015 Event: THT-SIG Projects: Dedicated to the aid and assistance of fellow educators and students in and around Asia

Date and Time: Sunday, 14 June 2015 – 1:00pm4:30pm
Speakers:

Roger Palmer on Krygzstan

Mike Furmanovsky on Vietnam and THT

Guest speaker on Bangladesh.

Brent Jones on the Philippines.

Ann Mayeda and Randy Bollig on Nepal.

With the cooperation of the THT-SIG(Teachers Helping Teachers), Nara JALT is proud to present this eye-opening and inspiring special event.
Multiple presenters will talk about their projects and passions, supported through the THT SIG. They will talk extensively on activities in Nepal, Vietnam, Kyrygystan and Bangladesh as well as their work to develop overseas volunteer opportunities.
A THT-SIG representative will also give a brief insight into what THT is and how it helps to make a positive difference to so many.

Further details of THT-SIG activities can be found at:

http://www.tht-japan.org/   http://jalt.org/groups/558

Location: Yamato Conference Center(やまと会議室)
Guide to Location:  Link to meeting location
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

      **Post-event dinner**

Fittingly, a post event dinner shall be held at a local Vietnamese restaurant from 5PM-7PM for those interested in continuing the discussion, mingling with the presenters or just catching up with fellow Nara JALT members after the official event has finished. Seating is extremely limited so should you be interested in reserving a place, please RSVP to Nara JALT Publicity Officer, Luke Rigano, by email [lukerigano (at) hotmail (dot) com] with ‘Nara JALT June event RSVP’ as the subject, followed by your name and number of guests in the body of the email, no later than 6PM, Friday, June 12th. Please be aware that guests are asked to cover the cost of their own meal and drinks: 2,160 yen,  (course menu: Beto teishoku).