Category Archives: Notice/Announcement
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.
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:
- Coming by train (http://www.english-please.com/directions/)
- Coming by car (http://www.english-please.com/access/)
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.
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.
The reflective teacher: Towards self-actualization – Andy Boon (Toyo Gakuen University) – April 8, 2012
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
Location: Kitakyushu, Japan
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: email@example.com
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):
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 188.8.131.52.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or closely related field
:Native speaker of English
:At least two years of relevant university
If interested, please send your resume to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Agriculture
Innovation in writing: examining dialogues between instructors of English writing and Japanese learners of English
Presented by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Date: Sunday, 27th November 2011
Time: 14:30 – 17:30
Venue: Yumekaze, Nara City (by the entrance to Todaiji in Nara Park: https://jaltnara.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/directions-to-yume-kaze.pdf)
Cost: Free for JALT members, 500 yen for day members
If innovation can be defined as a new method or idea, how do learners in the Japanese post-secondary classroom respond to innovations in writing curricula? Likewise, how do instructors develop and implement such innovations? Despite the plethora of studies documenting development of teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language), there has been little previous research in writing curricula investigated from two different perspectives such as the lived experiences of both learners AND instructors, or how the Japanese EFL writing context, itself, is a unique environment. Although research has tended to highlight oral skills as effective strategies to improve English proficiency in Japan (Ogura, 2009), few studies exist that examine how EFL writing curricula addresses students’ emotional needs (Falout, 2009). This presentation focuses on written dialogues between both Japanese post-secondary English learners and English instructors in the Japanese EFL context, in order to more deeply explore innovative writing pedagogies in the Japanese post-secondary classroom, and the lived experiences of those involved in such innovations. Learn more at: http://writinginnovation.wordpress.com
About the presenter:
Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching language, communication, composition, literature and gender/sexuality studies at universities in Asia, Europe and North America since 1997. Having published numerous articles and chapters on topics ranging from second language teaching to writing classroom pedagogies, he specializes in writing across the curriculum and multilingual learner writing pedagogies. Currently teaching for the Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, he previously taught in both Japan and the English department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA where he also completed his PhD in Composition and TESOL. With a background in mental health counseling and an MA in Education and Human Development/Counseling from The George Washington University, he is an inter-disciplinary instructor-researcher who works at the crossroads of humanities and social sciences to explore how both spoken and written language are shaped by cultures and identities. Learn more at http://marlenharrison.com