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 email@example.com 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!
With the picturesque scenes of the stunning spring season nearly upon us, it is once again time to pack your picnic hampers and tidy your tarpaulins for our annual hanami event in Nara Park; a day of fun for friends and families to frolic under the fluttering flowers.
We will be meeting at the start of the cobbled pedestrian street leading to the entrance of Todaiji (signposted); an approximate 10~15 minute stroll from Kintetsu Nara Station.
From there we will be heading into the park to the east of the street and setting up camp. Keep an eye out for the JALT flag if have any trouble finding us.
BYO food and beverages and don’t forget to bring the usual array of sporting paraphernalia for some games in the park.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
*In the case of rain or inclement weather on the day, the event will be cancelled.
Fee for one-day members: Free
Lexical bundles for English: On the other hand
International guest speaker: Dr. Averil Coxhead Victoria University of Wellington ·
Date: Friday, February 25th ·
Time: 18:00–19:30, followed by post-presentation dinner ·
Place: Yumekaze, Nara (Close to the entrance of Todaiji) · Access: http://www.yume-kaze.com/site/access/index.html · Cost: JALT Members: FREE Visitors: 500yen, payable at the door
What are lexical bundles and why might they be useful to teachers and learners of English? In this talk, Dr. Coxhead will look at research into lexical bundles in written academic English and how these bundles behave in different academic disciplines. She will also examine the opportunities and challenges of bringing lexical bundles into language classrooms.
Averil Coxhead is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the author of Essentials of Teaching Academic Vocabulary (Heinle, 2006) and An Academic Word List. Averil has taught in New Zealand, England, Estonia, Hungary, and Romania. Her research interests include second language vocabulary work such as corpus-based analysis of the phraseology and common collocations of the AWL, science-specific vocabulary for English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and vocabulary in writing.
Many of you may be attending Averil’s weekend seminar the following day at TUJ, however this is an exclusive opportunity for you to join a small group, in a picturesque setting near the famous Todaiji Temple in Nara, in intellectual discussion with a world-renowned vocabulary expert. We also strongly encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity to relax and enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner with Dr. Coxhead along with fellow colleagues after the presentation at a lovely establishment located within the Yumecaze complex , where the conversation will continue. As seats for the dinner are limited, we kindly ask you to RSVP as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org
Regards Luke Rigano
Nara JALT, Publicity.