English Language Teaching through Japanese Eyes

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

Venue:  Yamato Conference Hall, Nara City


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.


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A Night with Day: An interactive evening with Richard Day

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

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.

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.

May Event 2012:Invaluable Techniques for Teaching English to Kids Under the Age of 10

Date: Sunday, May 27th, 2012       Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


  • Matthew Reynolds, Director and Owner, English-Please! Kids Eikaiwa School (Kashihara)
  • Catriona Takeuchi, Director and Owner, One World English (Osaka)
  • Lisa Manhart, Director and Owner, English Square (Takatsuki)
  • Catherine Littlehale, Freelance Kids Specialist (Kyoto)


Are you new to kids teaching, needing some inspiration for an existing program or looking to start? Four veterans (see below) of teaching English to kids under 10 demonstrate a variety of invaluable activities and techniques that are easy to implement & pedagogically sound. Watch, learn, use it on Monday!

The format is a MyShare format: 10 minute presentations/demonstrations, each with time for Q&A to follow. The language will be English with some non-native Japanese.

Social Event to follow: Cheese and Wine/Beer (500 yen), followsdirectly from the final presentation.

Venue: English-Please! Natural Conversation School, Kashihara (5 mins from Yamato Yagi Station.

Directions to English-Please! Natural Conversation School:

NB. This event is NOT being held at Yumekaze Hiroba, our usual venue for events.

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen


Short Presentation 1 : Lisa Manhart : Card Activities Incorporating Songs & Chants

Learn simple techniques to introduce vocabulary and work into lively lessons for kids

Lisa Manhart has been the owner and teacher at English Square in Takatsuki since  2002 where she teaches from babies to adults.  She specializes in incorporating music activities into children’s lessons.
Homepage:   http://www.englishsquare.com


Short Presentation 2 : Catherine Littlehale Oki : Easily Adaptable Activities

See activities that can be easily adapted depending on students levels. You’ll see new and old (shared at Nara JALT last year) ideas that have proven effective for both fun and communication in the YL classroom.

Catherine Littlehale Oki is a teacher and materials writer for children ages 0-12. She teaches at Modern English and Notre Dame Elementary School in Kansai and has her MA in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL).


Short Presentation 3 : Matthew Reynolds : Reading Sheets; How to bridge the gap between phonics and extensive reading.

Learn how to create and administer ‘reading sheets’.  Though primarily aimed at building reader confidence, see how this simple technique helps young learners increase their proficiency in all 4 skills.

Matthew Reynolds is owner and director of English-Please! Kids Kodomo Eikaiwa School.


Short Presentation  4 : Catriona Chalmers : David Lisgo: Livening Up Phonics.

Catriona will be introducing some of David Lisgo’s many materials, games and workbooks, and demonstrating how they can be effectively used to enhance an existing phonics course.

Catriona Takeuchi lives in Nara and is the owner/operator/one- woman band at ONE WORLD, a children’s conversation school in Ikoma.  Catriona has been teaching English conversation for over 22 years.


Teachers’ personal growth workshop: April 8th, 2012

Spring, and the beginning of a new school year provide perfect opportunity to reflect on old routines and explore new possibilities. Nara JALT invites you to experience a teachers’ personal growth workshop followed by lunch among the blossoms of Nara Park.

See attached for details and feel free to pass this on to others who might benefit from in this event. 

We look forward to seeing you there.