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Nara JALT June Event Call for Presenters

Nara JALT is planning to hold a chapter event in June under the theme of “Debate and Discussion in Second Language Education”, and is seeking a presenter who can talk on this topic from a university context. Here are the details of the event:

Date: Sunday, June 17th, 10:00-12:30

Location: Yamato Conference Hall

Venue Address: 大和ビル 〒630-8213 Nara-ken, Nara-shi, Noboriōjichō
Nara-shiNara, 6318213 Japan 
Anyone who is interested in presenting at the event, please contact Masayuki Takano, a Nara JALT officer in charge of the event (takanomasayuki8@gmail.com), by April 22nd.

 

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April 2018 Joint meeting SIETAR Kansai and JALT Osaka, Kyoto and Nara GALE SIG (Gender Awareness in Language Education)

Nara JALT is pleased to announce a joint April event of SIETAR.

 Sexual Harassment: From Two Vantage Points

Speakers:             Dr. Robert O’Mochain, Ritsumeikan University

Dr. Fiona Creaser, Kitakyushu University

Date:                   Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time:                   15:00-18:00

Venue:                 Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center

(one minute from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel. 0726-85-3721

https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/高槻市立会館総合市民交流センター

Fee:                     Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language:           English

Social event:   We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant.

Reservations are required by Thurs., April 19.

Contact fujimotodonna@gmail.com

JALT 奈良支部 「円卓会議”マイシェア”」

JALT奈良支部より4月開催イベントのお知らせです。

 

「円卓会議“マイシェア”」

 

日 時: 4月8日(日) 10:00~12:00

場 所: やまと会議室

参加料: 会員無料 ゲスト歓迎

 

新たなアイデア芽吹く春がやってきました。

JALT奈良支部開催「円卓会議“マイシェア”」イベントでは、言語学習活動や研究発表、意見交換を行い、参加者の皆さまで共有できる絶好の機会となります。イベント終了後は、近隣の奈良公園にて“ピクニック”を予定しております。

発表を希望される場合は、事前に奈良支部(narajalt@gmail.com)までご連絡ください。

皆さまのご参加をお待ちしております。

 

My Share Roundtable Discussion Event

Date: April 8th (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室), Nara City

Cost: Free for all members. Guests welcome.

Spring is a time for fresh ideas and inspiration. Join the Nara JALT team at
this year’s Myshare Roundtable Event. This is a chance for you to share
your favorite activities, introduce your current/past research project, or
walk us through the ups and/or downs of the last academic year.

This event will be followed by Picnic in Nara Park. Meet up with old
friends and make some new ones (deers!).
Nara Jalt looks forward to seeing you.

Please get in contact with Nara Jalt (narajalt@gmail.com) if you are interested in sharing some of your experiences at this event.

 

English for Secondary School Students

Date and Time:  Sunday, 9 April 2017 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Speakers:  TBA

This event features multiple speakers covering a range of topics focused on English for junior and senior high school students in Japan. The presentations will be followed by a picnic in the park (weather permitting). Details to be announced.

Location:  Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室)

Fee for JALT members:  Free

Fee for one-day members:  1,000 yen

Contact or Queries:  narajalt at gmail dot com

マイシェアイベント

日時:2月26日(日)15:00~16:30

場所:たけまるホール(生駒中央公民館)

参加料:無料

 

奈良JALT恒例「円卓会議“マイシェア”」イベントの開催です。

約5名のプレゼンターが、持ち時間各自20分程度で、言語学習活動やアイデアの発表、意見交換を行い、参加者の皆様で共有します。

発表を希望される場合は、事前にメールにてお知らせください。

視聴のみの参加も大歓迎いたします。是非この機会にメンバーとの交流を深めて下さい。

 

皆様のご参加をお持ちしております。

MyShare Event

Date and Time: Sunday, 26 February 2017 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Takemaru Hall, Ikoma City (formerly Ikoma City Chuo Kominkan)
Speakers: to be confirmed
Fee for JALT members: free
Fee for non-JALT members: free
The annual Nara JALT MyShare event is an opportunity for language teachers from the Nara area and beyond to share their work with a wider audience and gain constructive feedback. With a semi-formal round-table discussion format, MyShare offers equal time for around four or five presenters to outline and discuss one specific language learning activity or idea. Presenters can expect around 20 min (10 min to present the activity/idea followed by 10 min for feedback and discussion). Handouts, PowerPoint-style slides and other materials relating to the activity are welcome but not necessary. Those interested in presenting are encouraged to submit a expression of interest via email. Alternatively, you are most welcome to participate freely as an audience member.

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.

Biodata
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.

October 2016 Event: Vocabulary Learning Strategies: Applying What We Know From Research to Our Practice

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Nara Jalt is privileged to present Atsushi Mizumoto, Ph.D., of Kansai University, on Sunday Oct 2 with his presentation: Vocabulary Learning Strategies: Applying What We Know From Research to Our Practice.
Anyone interested in vocabulary learning and teaching is highly encouraged to attend what is sure to be a fascinating, practical and relevant event.

Presenter          Atsushi Mizumoto, Faculty of Foreign Language Studies and the GraduateSchool of Foreign Language Education and Research, Kansai University

Date                      Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Time                     14:00 – 15:30
Venue                  Yamato Conference Hall やまと会議室 (near Kintetsu Nara Stn.) ACCESS
Fee                        FREE for JALT members. 1000 yen for non-members
In this talk, Atsushi Mizumoto, Ph.D. of Kanasi University will present an overview of research in vocabulary learning strategies and suggest ways to incorporate strategy instruction in our classroom. He will first introduce research on different types of vocabulary learning strategies and how they are related to learners’ individual differences. Next, he will discuss what we know from instructional studies on vocabulary learning strategies, mainly focusing on how we can apply those findings to our own practice. Any person interested in vocabulary learning and teaching is welcome to attend this talk.

Presenter Bio

Atsushi Mizumoto, Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, is Associate
Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies and the Graduate
School of Foreign Language Education and Research, Kansai University,
Japan.  His current research interests include learning strategies,
language testing, and corpus use for pedagogical purposes.  He has
published articles in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Language
Teaching Research, Reading in a Foreign Language, ReCALL, RELC
Journal, and System.  He is the recipient of Best Academic Paper Award
from Japan Society of English Language Education in the Year of 2014.
Website: http://mizumot.com

語彙学習方略: 研究結果を実践に活かす
関西大学外国語学部・外国語教育学研究科准教授、水本篤氏が語彙学習方略研究の概要と授業で導入できる語彙学習方略指導を紹介します。様々なタ イプの語彙学習方略が学習者個々の違いにどのように関係しているかなど、理論と実践を兼ね備えた興味深い内容です。語彙学習や語彙学習指導にご関心がある 方必見の講演です。お誘いあわせの上、ぜひご参加ください。

August 2016 Event: Young Learners: Competent Communicators

Date                      Sunday, Aug 21st, 2016
Time                      12:30 – 16:00
Venue                  Yamato Conference Hall やまと会議室 (near Kintetsu Nara Stn.) ACCESS
Fee                        FREE for JALT members. 1000 yen for non-members
Presenters          Hiroko Shikata ・ Scott Crowe

Nara JALT is extremely proud to be presenting this particularly practical event that is sure to benefit all educators involved in the young learner(YL)teaching context. With over 30 years of combined real-world experience, the presenters are certain to leave attendees with fresh ideas on ways to inspire communicative confidence within their pupils and a unique perspective on incorporating creative narratives into the classroom. Time will also be allotted to allow attendees to exchange their on own ideas and methodologies related to the the topic and a Q&A session with the presenters.
Come along to the conveniently located and air-conditioned Yamato Conference Hall on August 21st and join this wonderful summer event.

  • Presentation 1: Hiroko Shikata (13:00-14:00)
    Keep in practice: Fluency before accuracy
  • Presentation 2: Scott Crowe (14:30-15:30)
    Adding a narrative to flashcard games: Making your stories POP!

 

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Presentation 1: Hiroko Shikata
Keep in practice: Fluency before accuracy

Abstract:
Many of the pupils that the presenter teaches at elementary schools are afraid of making mistakes when they speak English. They want to confirm whether their English is accurate and free from errors before they actually speak. Small, simple, yet, fundamental steps to help pupils get used to speaking English in class make a big difference in their attitudes towards speaking English. Speaking English can be something special but nothing to make pupils feel daunted. The presenter will share practical ideas and activities to reduce learners’ anxiety or nervousness about “I-must-speak-perfect-English” by listening, echoing, and practicing as routine work in class. Some classroom activities will be introduced by use of “Hi, friends”, an English textbook published by MEXT.
Presenter Bio:
Hiroko Shikata is a J-SHINE certified teacher trainer. J-SHINE (http://www.j-shine.org) is an NPO dedicated to the promotion of teaching English in Japanese primary education by Japanese instructors. It offers training and seminars to those who are interested in teaching English at elementary school. Shikata is currently teaching at a few public elementary schools and at home. Her 15-year experience of teaching convinces her that teaching English at elementary school is not only to give pupils an opportunity of learning the language, but also to make them feel confident about speaking English before they study it as a school subject in junior high school.
Brief Japanese translation:
J-SHINE (NPO法人 小学校英語指導者認定協議会)公認英語指導者育成トレーナーである志方浩子氏が、児童たちが身構えず、自信を持って話すためのマインドセッティングを促す クラス活動を文部科学省小学校外国語活動テキストHi, Friends!を使って紹介します。

Presentation 2: Scott Crowe
Adding a narrative to flashcard games: Making your stories POP!

Presenter Bio:
Scott Crowe has been teaching children for over 16 years in Japan. He presently runs a chain of English schools in Osaka with some great friends of his who feel very fortunate to have about 500 children at their schools. Prior to coming to Japan Scott got a double major in English Literature specializing in short stories and a degree in Theatre Arts. After graduating he played the lead in a musical and toured through 19 countries. Nothing would prepare him for Japan. He planned to stay for 9 months but …well, he’s still here and still loving it. Early on in his teaching career he became obsessed with the idea of his students wanting to use language of their own volition. This passion became even greater when he met his first son who was from a previous marriage and couldn’t speak English. He began to write and illustrate stories that were designed to have kindergarten children take a vested interest in the language through funny characters in a book who needed help solving the problems in the stories. He was surprised to discover that even with his own students he could get them almost to the point where they would be engaging in imaginative play in English. He loves teaching and is very happy to share his experiences with whoever is as excited about teaching as he is.