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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


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.


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.



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 … Continue reading

The reflective teacher: Towards self-actualization – Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen University) – April 8, 2012

Nara JALT is very proud to present Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen University) for our April event. This will be a wonderful opportunity to not only catch this unique presentation in a secluded, intimate setting but also join Andy and all the attendees for some casual discourse and refreshments under the fluttering cherry blossoms in Nara Park following the formalities.
Date: April 8, 2012
Time: 12:00–13:30 (followed by hanami in the park)
Event title: The reflective teacher: Towards self-actualization
Speaker: Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen University)
In the act of teaching, we have little time to reflect on the successes or puzzles that occur within our classes and can lose valuable opportunities for gaining insights into our pedagogic practice. There is a need, therefore, for practical ways to help us think back upon our experiences more deeply and to discover what is actually happening in our classrooms. This workshop discusses the process of becoming reflective and the journey towards pedagogic self-actualization. It also provides a number of strategies and frameworks that can be used by teachers to facilitate critical reflection on their teaching and find new discoveries, possibilities, and ideas for research themes there.
*All are welcome and encouraged to join the family friendly after-event. Please bring some of your favorite hanami drinks and snacks along, kick back and relax in the stunning surroundings. Further details to follow.

Call for Papers- FAB3: First Annual Brain Days 3

On July 14-16 2012, Kitakyushu JALT will be co-hosting FAB3: First Annual Brain Days 3. They are now accepting submissions from those interested in presenting at the event. Details Below.


FAB3: First Annual Brain Days (International Three Day TEFL Certification Event)


 Date: Saturday, July 14 – Monday, 16th, 2012                                 


Time: TBA


Location: Kitakyushu, Japan


Cost: TBA                                                    


Organization: Kitakyushu JALT, ETJ Kitakyushu, FAB


CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2012 (Notification date: April 30, 2012)




Description: The organizing committee of FAB3 invites interested teachers/researchers to submit presentation proposals for the FAB3 Conference, which will be held on July 14 – 16th, 2012 in Kitakyushu (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday -a three day weekend in Japan). 




How can Neuroscience, Psychology, and English Language Teaching (ELT) inform each other for the benefit of students and teachers? This question is at the core of our FAB events. We are asking teachers/researchers to connect at least two out of the three (Neuroscience, Psychology, and ELT) areas and choose the best format for their presentation. Formats are: Poster session, Pecha Kucha, 20 min., and 50 min. 




Featured Speakers include Curtis Kelly, Marc Helgesen, Tim Murphey, and Robert S. Murphy. TEFL certification is available as an option (additional work required for full certification). Participation certificates will be available upon request.




Copy and paste this submission form to:


The title should clearly describe the content of your talk in up to 12 words. Capitalize only the first letter and any proper nouns. Submit by March 31, 2012.






Main speaker name: 


Main speaker affiliation: 


Other speaker names (if more than one speaker):


Main speaker email address: 


Main speaker telephone number: 


Please indicate the SIG most relevant to your talk: 


Format: choose one – Poster session, Pecha Kucha, 20 min., and 50 min.


Abstract (max 300 words):

2012 JALT Nara Chapter Event Calendar

Nara Chapter Events Calendar 2012

♫♫Tis the season to be JALTy at…Nara JALT’s Annual End-of year X’mas Party!

With the holiday season once again upon us, it’s time to celebrate with friends, family and fellow JALTers at the annual Nara JALT end-of-year party. This family friendly event is a wonderful chance to get together after another successful year of events, be joyous and exchange some seasonal cheer and discourse over some good food with a few beverages thrown in for good merry measure. The event will be catered but feel free to bring along a drop of your favourite poison and join in the jolly festivities.

Date:     Sunday, 18th December 2011.

Time:    14:00 to 17:00

Venue:  2F Yumekaze, Nara (just near the entrance to Todaiji)

Cost:      (Up to, but no more than) 1500yen per head.

*Finger food and softdrinks provided, BYO alcoholic beverages.

*** If attending, PLEASE RSVP to ASAP or by the 11th Dec to assist with planning and catering***

We hope to see you all there with your X’mas bells on!

Kinki Unversity, Tomio, Nara is now accepting applications for part-time teaching positions

Dear Nara Jalt members,

Kinki University Nara campus is accepting applications for part-time teaching positions for English language classes at Kinki University, Tomio Campus for the 2012 school year.

Tomio Station is located between Gakuenmae Station and Higashi Ikoma Station on the Kintetsu Line.

We presently have openings during Tuesday periods 3.4 and Wednesday periods

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or closely related field

:Native speaker of English

:At least two years of relevant university
teaching experience

If interested, please send your resume to me at:

Best regards,
Thomas Koch

Associate Professor
Department of Agriculture
Kinki University