Category Archives: socialising

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

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

♫♫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!

The Annual Nara JALT Hanami event

Sunday, 10th April
11:00am to 5:00pm
All Invited


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.

Location:Nara Park
Fee for JALT members: Free

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: · 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

Regards Luke Rigano

Nara JALT, Publicity.

Autumn Attractions.

A quick preview of what Nara Jalt is offering for this autumn.


MUSIC AND MOVEMENT ( are awesome !)

Ray Santos and Catriona Takeuchi will looks at some ways in which we can use music and movement

to raise and lower energy levels in class, creating an atmosphere for more focused learning.

3pm -5pm and MANABU NARA ( Kintetsu Gakuenmae station)

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details.


HAROLD PALMER in JAPAN, A Lesson From History.

Leigh McDowell and Yoko Yaku will present on Harold Palmer’s findings and their relevence in today’s classrooms.

Details to follow.


( conveniently located next to Todaiji, Yumekaze is a family friendly location, while family members

peruse the local shops and attractions, enjoy the presentation, and then gather together again for

a fun social evening afterwards)

from 3pm to 5pm.


Dear friends, 

As you may have heard, starting from May we are holding some Nara JALT events at a new venue. The name of the venue is 夢しるべ風しるべ (Yume shirube kaze shirube) and it is really something. Here are links to the homepage, floor map (we are in building F) and access map, respectively: 

Situated in Nara Park, quite literally at the front gate of Todaiji, it’s a beautiful venue with something to offer for all the family. We hope to see everyone there this year at our upcoming events, and do not hesitate to bring your loved ones and make a day out of it in the heart of old Nara. 

Also, the room where we’ll be holding events does not have a projector, and we would like to appeal to any Nara or other JALT chapter members who may have access to a projector for sale or loan, to kindly inform us. 


Leigh McDowell

Nara Chapter Treasurer

Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)


 SUNDAY APRIL 11th 2010.

Come one and all, dust off your shuttlecocks, and join us for good old family
fun in Nara Park.

Kick off at 11am -ish, BYO refreshments.

We’ll be in the park, about 10 mins walk from Nara Kintetsu Station,
kitty corner to the lane leading to Toudaiji Temple.

Not sure how to get there? Follow the signs for Toudaiji Temple from the
station, walk straight along the side of the park, meet at 11am
at the big intersection where Toudaiji is signposted left.

Kids, balls, frisbees, haiku welcome.

After eating, relaxing, playing and viewing of the blossoms ( if they are still
wander across the street and take a peak at our fabulous new meeting room,
conveniently located in the lovely village atmosphere of YUMEKAZE HIROBA, enjoy
the old world charm that is Nara.
Peruse the quaint shops, all stocked with exclusively Nara made products.

We’ll continue the fun and games at the bar/restaurant there.
Look forward to seeing you all.


Come join us  contemplating  how fleeting is the beauty of the sakura in bloom and thus perhaps life itself.

Or just eat, drink and be merry and chuck a frisbee around a while.

All family fun, everyone welcome, kid friendly atmosphere, let’s relax and unwind.

Sunday April 11th , time and place to be announced shortly.