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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.

MELODIC METHODOLOGIES: a movement to motivate young learners

Date: Sunday, August 23, 2015
Time:10:00-16:00 **Please be sure to bring your lunch**
Speakers: Nanae Yukioka, Greg Crawford & Bevan Joseph Bulmer (BJ) and Scott Crowe
Location: Yamato Conference Hall
Guide to Location: Link to meeting location
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

Beat the heat and feel the beat!
Anyone involved in teaching Young Learners should make every effort possible to attend Nara JALT’s mammoth August event: Melodic Methodologies
This promises to be a memorable and motivating event with three marvelous presentations. Feel free to join just one or all three! There shall be plenty of time between presentations to mingle, network and discuss, with an open mic and Q&A session planned for  later in the afternoon to share your experiences and seek advice.

Presentation 1: Title: 1+1>2!: The Power of Team Teaching –Nanae Yukioka

Presentation 2: Using Songs as Effective Tools in the YL Classroom –Greg Crawford and Bevan Joseph Bulmer(BJ) 

Presentation 3: Introducing Magic House Books!-Scott Crowe

Finalised schedule and presenter line up:
10.00                  Doors open
10.30- 11.30   Presentation 1: 1+1>2: The Power of Team Teaching – Nanae Yukioka
11.30-12.30    Lunch and discussion
12.30- 1.30     Presentation 2: Using Songs as Effective Tools in the YL Classroom – Greg Crawford and Bevan Joseph Bulmer (BJ)
1.30- 2.00        Mingle break
2.00-3.00        Presentation 3: Introducing Magic House Books! – Scott Crowe
3.00- 3.30       Open mic session, Q&A, Chapter announcements
3.30- 4:00      Clear the room

Presentation 1: Abstract
Have you ever experienced team-teaching? Have you ever had difficulty making a lesson with someone who has a different perspective on teaching styles and methodologies or someone who has other teaching responsibilities? Have you ever made students confused by team-teaching with a blurred focus? Team-teaching is not easy, but team-teaching itself can show students an authentic model of communication in our real life. The presenter will explore the essence of inter-teachers communication in team-teaching, ways to form the foundation of communication skill through a foreign language, and also share some classroom practice of activating “mind”, “body” and “heart” through classroom interaction using Hi, friends! , an English textbook published by MEXT.
Presenter Bio:
Yukioka is a J-SHINE certified teacher trainer. J-SHINE (http://www.j-shine.org) is an NPO whose aim is to help promote the teaching of English in Japanese primary education by Japanese instructors. It offers training and seminars to those who are interested in teaching English at elementary school. She is currently teaching at a public elementary school in Hirakata and at home. Her 10-year experience of teaching English to young learners convinces her that teaching English is not only to give children an opportunity to learn a foreign language but to foster their intercultural communicative competence.
枚方で活躍されている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行岡七重氏がチーム・ティーチングの極意を伝えます。外国語を通じて、いかにコミュニ ケーション能力の素地を養うか、友だちや自分との対話を通し、「頭」「体」「心」を動かす授業の一例を、文部科学省小学校外国語活動テキストHi Friends! を使った実践より紹介します。

Presentation 2: Abstract
Not getting the most out of using songs in your Young Learner classroom? Take home some great tips and techniques to help you squeeze every last drop of language learning juice out of songs in this highly energetic and exciting presentation. Songs are incredibly powerful and effective learning tools in the Young Learner classroom. Unfortunately, they are also often underutilized. Let Greg and BJ show you how to get the absolute most out of songs in your classroom in this fun and energetic presentation from Fun Kids English. Take home the tools and practical applications to maximize the fun and learning potential of songs in your Young Learner classroom! Your students will thank you with big smiles, great participation and improved language learning.
Presenters’ Bios:
Greg Crawford has been teaching Young Learners of English for 15 years and is a creative director of Fun Kids English. He is a co-creator of Fun Kids English’s Fun Kids Songs CD series and is also the author of Fun Phonics Readers, a series of graded children’s readers from Fun Kids English. Greg is a regular presenter on the English language teaching circuit in Japan and is the owner and principal of Aire English School based in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Greg is particularly interested in Young Learners, music for learning, using songs in the classroom, reading for children and phonics..
BJ Bulmer has been teaching Young Learners of English for 18 years and is a creative director of Fun Kids English. He is the owner and principal of Koala English School, based in Wakayama Prefecture in Southern Japan. BJ is a co-creator of Fun Kids English’s Fun Kids Songs CD series and is a regular presenter on the English language teaching circuit in Japan. He has been playing music both as a live and studio musician for the past 25 years. BJ’s interests are Young Learners, songwriting, creating captivating music and reading for children.

Presentation 3: Abstract

Why are so many parents so excited about Magic House Books?Magic House Books are designed to get kids speaking more naturally. Magic House Books are designed to get kids emotionally involved in the imaginative world of the story and help the characters to solve problems using English. Here are some examples of Magic House Books vs regular textbooks.

  1. There’s a ball under the table: This grammar is one of the most useful grammar structures in the English language yet when we teach it to children most textbooks use a ball and a table. Where is the ball? The ball is under the table. The ball is on the table. This is clear and easy to understand but it is not emotionally engaging for children so the teacher will have to make the children repeat it. In Magic House Books, there is a character who is trying to go to bed but there are bugs hiding in the room. So the children must warn the character. “Watch out! There’s a spider under the bed!” Not only do kids use the English naturally, they love to speak and help out the characters.
  2. TPR: TPR is Total Physical Response, which is a way to teach English by having kids do the actions that a teacher says such as jump, walk, run and after a while the kids learn the language. This is very good for children. What Magic House Books has done is take those same actions and added an emotional value to doing those actions. WHY are they running? They are running because all the bugs jumped in the window. As well, all of the action words that kids need to learn are built into the storyline so the kids not only learn the words but they are able to act out the stories in a fun way.
  3. Emotional Positioning: This technique was created by the author of the books. This technique is a very special technique created to help children learn language in a very natural and enjoyable way. It is also used to teach language that is extremely useful but difficult to teach with traditional methods. For example, here are a few of the most used words in children’s books go, come, away, here, this, is and there. In regular books, some of these words may not be taught until the second or third year but in Magic House Books they are taught right away in an enjoyable way that kids love. “Go away.” is used to tell the mosquito to leave and “Come here.” is used to call the cute bugs like the ladybug to the children.

We are so excited to use these books to help your children enjoy English and speak naturally!

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.

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May Event 2012:Invaluable Techniques for Teaching English to Kids Under the Age of 10

Date: Sunday, May 27th, 2012       Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Speakers:

  • 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)

Description:

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:

NB. This event is NOT being held at Yumekaze Hiroba, our usual venue for events.

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

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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.
Homepage:   http://www.englishsquare.com

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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).
Homepage
http://www.happyvalley.tv/

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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.

Matthew Reynolds is owner and director of English-Please! Kids Kodomo Eikaiwa School.
Homepageshttp://www.ep-kids.comhttp://www.english-please.com

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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.

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The Annual Tenri University-Nara JALT Joint Seminar 2012

Hosted by: Tenri University, Nara JALT, Kansai English Language Education Society (Nara Chapter), and NET Forum

Time and date: 12:40–17:50 Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Theme: Reconsidering the Standards of Teaching

 

Schedule:

12:40–13:00

Opening Addresses

 

13:00–13:30 Presentation 1

Kazuya Nakakono (Unebi Junior High School)

Looking Back at My First Year as a Junior High Teacher

 

13:40–14:20 Presentation 2

Yasuhiro Sakata (Takada High School)

Pronunciation Practice for the High School Students Who Want to Be Elementary School Teachers

 

14:30–15:10 Presentation 3

Takashi Yamamoto, Misa Naruse, and Motoyasu Saito (Tenri High School)

Towards Establishing the a Unified Syllabus for the Whole School

 

15:20–16:00 Workshop/Presentation 4

Matthew Apple (Nara National College of Technology)

To Use Tech or Not to Use Tech: Is This Even the Right Question?

This part-lecture, part-workshop will first offer a set of criteria for assessing the use of technology in the language classroom, after which participants will be invited to examine a list of potential language learning activities and discuss what technology could be used to help the learning process.

 

16:10–17:40

Jyuichi Suzuki (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)

Improving Teaching Procedures through Self-evaluation

Jyuichi Suzuki, vice-president of the Kansai English Language Education Society (KELES), has been advocating the use of self-evaluation on the part of English teachers in order to improve the procedures of everyday teaching in language classes. He is going to give us some advice, which helps us reconsider the “standard” procedures of our teaching.

 

17:50–18:50

Snack party and informal discussion session

 

For further details or to register, please contact Hidetami Nakai of Tenri University at: h-nakai@sta.tenri-u.ac.jp (Just write your name and “I will attend”).

 

Directions:

For directions to the event, please refer to the Tenri Uni’s official homepage. If you drive, first go to the Tenri City Hall, which is on the route 169 (Nara to Tenri to Sakurai). Turn left if you are coming from Nara and go along the Gingo avenue for about a kilometer, then you’ll get to the Tenrikyo Headquaters. Tenri University is across the street.

Or, if you get off at Tenri Higashi Intersection of Meihan highway, and drive along for about 2 miles, then you’ll hit Isonokami Shrine. You can see Tenri Uni from there. You’ll see the two tall chimneys. Just turn right at the first traffic signal in front of the Shrine. From there you’ll find the event posters.

 Note:

Tenri Univ has two campuses: 1) the PE Department right behind Tenri Station and 2) the Somanouchi campus in front of the Tenrikyo Headquarters (kyokai-honbu). The venue is the Somanouchi campus near Isonokami Shrine. If you come by train, walk up the main arcade up to the Headquarters. It takes about 25 minutes on foot, or 5–10 minutes by taxi.

English for Children

We have a tremendous triple billing for our Nara JALT May event: English for Children.

In this presentation, Janina Tubby, Kim Horne and Catherine Oki, all with years of experience under their belts, will be divulging some of their most successful hints‘n’tips for teachers of young learners, from kindergarten through to elementary school aged students.  These practical and active sessions are a must for all teachers of young learners wishing to add a little more life, fun and some fresh ideas to their classes.

When: Sunday, 15th May 2011

Time: 14:00 ~ 17:30

Where: Yumekaze, Nara City

Cost: Free for JALT members, 500 yen for guests.

Presentation Outline:

Session 1:

In this session Janina will demonstrate activities that work for Mommy and Me (AKA Kangaroo) classes. Songs, games and ways to ham it up, puppets, props and lots more. Mommy and Me is a great opportunity to present immersion style English and little kid friendly activities that get young children and Moms listening to and speaking natural English. Join in the fun!

About the presenter:

Janina Tubby is the owner and head teacher at Kobe Bilingual School. She has been teaching in Japan for almost 20 years and running Mommy and Me classes for the last 8.

Session 2: Brain Rules for the Classroom

Using some commonsense brain rules, learn how to engage your students with movement, music, interactive reading, drama and MORE! These essential elements will add power and punch to your lessons and make learning fun for everyone!

About the presenter:

Kim is from the U.S., and has been crisscrossing cultures since infancy. She has experience in acting, radio and TV, and began teaching English to children & training teachers in Japan in 2000. She currently works at a private kindergarten in Gifu City.

Session 3:

Get ready to hear of talent shows, interviews and other projects for 1st through 6th graders. Catherine will show examples of activities she and teachers at her school have used to engage students.

About the presenter:

Catherine Oki is a teacher, trainer and consultant based in Kyoto Japan. She has been teaching young learners in Japan for 12 years and enjoys nothing more than reading storybooks to children and singing with them.

Lena Okada Presentation.

Lena thanks so much for an interesting and enthusiastic presentation.

Thanks too to everyone who made it out to Gakuenmae and contributed through your participation and questions.

Nara JALT Publicity.

Nara: March—Everything You Need To Know About Teaching English at Elementary Schools by Lena Okada 

With abundant energy, ideas, and experience, Okada led us through three hours of learning needs, classroom activities, and situational considerations. She began with a look at the pros and cons of teaching English in elementary school at respective ages.  One concern she expressed was that the “rich Japanese culture” may be dying.  She spent quite a bit of time talking about pronunciation and related activities. The role of ALTs in the classroom was another area she dealt with. Other things that she explained were the importance of visual aids, need for TPR-oriented activities, use of songs, and the role of games in the classroom. Okada then demonstrated a number of games, which reflected the priorities of her curriculum: numbers, colors, shapes, then fruits and vegetables. She stressed that purple should be the first color taught because it is the most difficult to pronounce. Right from the beginning, students should work on their pronunciation so they can train their muscles and ears for sounds that are not part of Japanese.  

The relatively fast-paced session was peppered with interesting ideas and useful activities. In addition, Okada has written a book that she feels is an elementary school English education curriculum.  

 by Rodney Dunham