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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

MyShare

Nara: February 26, 2017 – MyShare featuring Tadashi Izumitani, Carl Eldridge, and Ray Santos

Tadashi Izumitani, a first- year junior high school teacher, introduced teaching struggles, specifically with the use of a hybrid PPP (Presentation, Practice, and Production) approach. “Small talk” is used as the threshold of grammar instruction in the presentation stage. This talk aims to draw students’ attention to grammatical structures, thus encouraging them to notice basic usage and function. However, time constraint is a common classroom issue. Izumitani indicated that the production stage tends to get reduced, with most time allocated to the first two stages. Carl Eldridge explored the core concepts of English tense, aspect, and modality. A schematic diagram mapping English tenses and aspects looked complicated at first glance, but was revealed as a fresh tool to aid students and teachers in understanding the relationships between tenses and aspects. Similarly, a modality diagram was also well structured. The more exposure to the uses of modal verbs students have, the more clearly they understand the choices in modality in real life situations. Ray Santos used his vast teaching experience to introduce an important message using a small timer; “time” helps students focus on tasks. Participants in pairs memorized a short dialogue and recited perfectly within a designated and very brief time period. Additional effective ways to use time were further explored among the audience.

Reviwed by Motoko Teraoka

 

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.

July 2016 Event: Technology in the Classroom

Nara JALT presents, in association with CALL SIG:

Speakers: Lee Blowers, Kansai International Academy

Maki Terauchi Ho, CALL SIG, St. Michael’s International School

Date & time: Sunday, July 3, 2016    13:30-16:00

Venue:             Yamato Conference Hall やまと会議室 (Near Kintetsu Nara Stn) (access)

Fee:                 FREE for members. 1000yen for non-members

 Bring:             Your connected device & classroom app suggestions

Like it or not, technology plays an ever more increasing role in how we communicate in today’s world.

Are we doing our students a disservice by not introducing technological platforms into the classroom? Which have already been successfully implemented into classes?

The first presentation at this event will introduce an E-learning portfolio, Seesaw, and how it has effectively been used to encourage and record students’ thinking and learning. The second of the two presentations will look at the suite of Google applications and way in which they may be effectively employed in the classroom.

Please be sure to bring your connected device, such as a tablet or smartphone, and portable Wi-Fi router on the day to fully immerse yourself in these anything but virtual presentations. Come along to hear some digital viewpoints in an analogue setting. We are very much looking to seeing there… in person.

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Presentation 1:

Lee Blowers, Kansai International Academy

Seesaw: An E-learning portfolio to encourage and record students’ thinking and learning

Presenter Biography

Lee Blowers is the deputy head teacher at Kansai International Academy, an IB dual language elementary school in Kobe. He is one of the moderators of the Osaka Google apps for Educators Group (Osaka GEG) and is also an ambassador for Seesaw: The Learning journal. He holds a Bsc in Linguistics and creative writing and completed his PGCE teaching qualification in England before moving to Japan.

Abstract

There are many tools within technology for students to record their learning, but very few that allow students to organise and record their thinking. This workshop will introduce Seesaw: an E-Learning journal and many ways it can be used in various learning environments. The workshop will also allow participants the opportunity to join a class as a student and it will offer support in setting up a class.  As a multi-platform application it is easily accessible for all teachers and students and comes with the added bonus of being incredibly simple to use for everyone! The presenter will also attempt to showcase some other useful technology tools from recent Google developments.

Lee Blowers
関西国際学園(国際バカロレア認定校) 神戸校 初等部 教頭
大阪グーグル教育者グループ(Osaka GEG)モデレーター
Seesaw: The Learning Journal アンバサダー
英国にて言語学、クリエイティブ・ライティングで学士号を取得し、
公立学校教員免許を得て来日
生徒の学習内容を記録するテクノロジーツールはたくさんありますが、実際に生徒が
考えをまとめて記録することのできるツールとなるとほとんどありません。
このワークショップでは、様々な学習環境において活用できるイーランニング・ジャーナル
機能を持つSeesawというアプリを紹介します。
皆さまには、実際に生徒の一人としてこのアプリを使用したクラスを体験していただく
とともに、セットアップのサポートも提案します。
マルチプラットフォーム・アプリの利点は、どの先生や生徒も皆が簡単にアクセスでき、
さらに誰にでも驚くほどシンプルに利用できるという嬉しい特典がついてきます。
その他、最新のグーグル開発による数々の便利なテクノロジーツールを併せて紹介します。

 

Presentation 2:

Maki Terauchi Ho, CALL SIG, St. Michael’s International School

An Introduction to Bringing Apps to the Classroom

Presenter Biography

Maki Terauchi Ho works for St. Michael’s International School. She has experience teaching English and Japanese to both native and non-native children. She is currently taking Master program at Temple University. She is also an officer at Computer Assisted Language Learning SIG.

Abstract

Digital devices are becoming very popular tools in education. This workshop will demonstrate some basic uses for computers and iPad with students in the classroom, mostly focusing on Google Chrome, Google Apps, in addition to some practical iPad apps. Most of the apps are for beginners who have never employed technology in the classroom before or for those who are looking for more effective ways to do so. Finally, all participants will be invited to share their concerns and possible classroom management problems regarding to the use of the technology in their teaching environment.

Maki Terauchi Ho:
聖ミカエル国際学校(セントマイケルズ・インターナショナルスクール)にて
ネイティブ及び非ネイティブ児童に英語及び日本語を教授、
現在はテンプル大学にて修士課程を受講。
JALT CALL SIG(コンピュータ利用語学学習研究部会)役員

デジタルアプリ教材導入の手引き
教育現場においてのデジタル教材活用に注目が集まっています。
今回のワークショップでは、主にGoogle Chrome、Google Apps、
iPad Appsなど初心者向けアプリケーションパックに焦点を合わせ、
教室でコンピューターやiPadを用いての基本的な利用方法や
一歩進んだ活用方法等、実践を交えて紹介します。
IT教材導入に際しての教室運営や懸念事項等について、
参加者の皆様と共有する絶好の機会となります。

 

April 2016 Event:Annual Round Table

-The New Academic Year: Resolutions, Reflections and Revelations from the Classroom-

Speaker(s): Various Participants

Date: Sunday, 24th April 2016, 1:30-4PM

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室) (access)

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1,000 yen for non-members

We invite you to join this informal discussion to share your professional achievements and/or challenges from the classroom in 2015 and some of your teaching objectives for the new academic year.

Attendees will each be given the floor for approximately 10 minutes to share their teaching activities and are encouraged to bring along sample materials, reports or even items of realia to convey their experiences as we reflect on observations in a supportive setting with friends and colleagues.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow Nara JALT members, new and old alike. We would be delighted to have the company of members from any of the surrounding chapters and guests are of course most welcome. We hope to see you there!

昨年好評を博した円卓会議の開催です!
「新学年度に向けて:決意・振り返り・新発見」をテーマに掲げ、2015年の成果及び新年度の教育目標と共に、
一人持ち時間10分程度で教授法や教材の活用法などを発表し、参加者の皆様で共有します。
メンバーとの交流を楽しめる良い機会です。是非ご参加ください。

 

 

 

 

February 2016 Event: English for High School Education: Professional Development through Teaching Practice

How did your university students study in HS? What will your JHS students be studying when they get there? What is happening in HS classrooms at present? What is in store for the future?

We very much look forward to seeing you at the event to join the conversation.

In this event, several high school English educators from different backgrounds and teaching contexts are going to share their teaching practices in class. In general, teaching English at high school in Japan has specific duties such as a necessity to prepare students for taking university entrance exams. Considering such, the presenters will share their teaching activities. Audience members will have an opportunity to develop their understanding toward current situations and issues in the English education of high school students.

「高等学校における英語教育 ~授業実践から専門性を高める~」

今 回の講演では、経歴・背景の異なる高等学校教育者たちが集い、それぞれの授業実践を紹介します。一般に、日本の高等学校での英語教育においては、大学入試 に備える必要性などの拘束があります。このようなことを考慮した授業活動を皆様に紹介し、高等学校における英語教育の現状と論点について、より理解を深め て頂ける機会を提供します。

Date & Time: Sunday, 28 February 2016 – 1:30pm4:30pm
Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室) (access)
Speakers:

Masayuki Nakano, Angela Wren, Rachel Stuart, Kazuhiro Iguchi & Adelia Falk

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1000 yen for non-members

ABSTRACTS

Presentation 1: Masayuki Takano (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)
Introduction to English for High School Education

Recently, Japan’s educational policy has seen an increasing emphasis on preparing its youth for the global economy. As a result, there have been significant changes in its university entrance exam requirements, which in turn impacted Japan’s high school English education. The Ministry of Education also began to place more emphasis on cultivating global citizens who, while remaining rooted to their Japanese heritage, are able to succeed in the global economy. This presentation discusses the changing expectations for high school English teachers, while touching upon its connection with Japan’s university English education.

1.「高校教育の英語教育概論」

高野 正之 奈良県立法隆寺国際高等学校

近年、若者への「グロー バル化対応」を意識した日本の教育方針が、大学入試要件の大きな変更を余儀なくさせ、加えて、そのことが高等学校の英語教育に影響を及ばしています。日本 の大学の英語教育との関連性に触れ、高等学校の英語教師への期待がどのように変化しているかについて議論します。

Presentation 2: Angela Wren & Rachel Stuart (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)
A Step by Step Introduction to Debate

This is a 10 lesson debate unit that takes students from simply giving their opinion to fully participating in a full team debate. In the first half of the unit, the concept of debate is introduced, such as, disagreeing and giving strong reasons. In the second half, the students learn about the structure of debate and prepare for their final debate. To build confidence in the students, interactive games are used throughout the unit. This debate unit is suitable for all high school level students, even those with no previous experience with debate.

2.「ステップバイステップ ~ディベート入門~」

アンジェラ・レン、レイチェル・ステュアート 奈良県立法隆寺国際高等学校

単に意見を述べることからチームの一員としてディベートに参加できるまで、10段階に分けたディベートの授業実践を紹介します。対話型のゲームを用い生徒に自信をつけさせるこの方法は、ディベート未経験者からすべての高校生のレベルに対応できます。

Presentation 3: Kazuhiro Iguchi (Kansai Soka High School)

3.井口和弘 私立関西創価高等学校 *Schedule change: Due to unforeseen circumstances Kazuhiro Iguchi will unfortunately not be able to present. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Presentation 4: Adelia Falk (Nara Prefectural Nishinokyo High School)
Textbook discussions – a “four-skills” approach to studying high school English textbooks

It can be difficult to integrate classroom communicative activities and textbook lessons. Therefore, an approach to teaching textbook lessons that is based on a discussion model will be introduced. Using discussion projects as a means of understanding the textbook promotes cooperative learning and speaking in English. In this presentation, discussion-based lessons will be introduced, including how discussion groups are structured and the roles performed by each student before and during the discussion. Exercises based on each of these roles can also be used separately, outside of a discussion project. The roles are designed to teach skills students may find useful for future language learning.

4.「テキストブック討論~高校英語教科書学習よる4技能アプローチ~」

アデリア・ファーク 奈良県立西ノ京高等学校

「英語で話す」「協働学習」を促進するために、ディスカッション形式をベースにして教科書の内容を教える方法を紹介します。また、グループの分け方や、各生徒のディベート前とディベート中の役割分担についても触れます。

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