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English for High School Students

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

Speakers: 1. Masayuki Takano 2.Hideki Yamamoto

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

Event Abstract:

In general, teaching English in high school includes more constraints such as the necessity of preparation for university entrance exams. The presenters will share their teaching activities considering such constraints. Audience members will have chance to develop their understanding toward current situations and issues in high school English education. Presentations will be followed by a picnic in the park (weather permitting).

(1) Introduction to English for High School Education

Masayuki Takano (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)

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.

(2) In-class and Out-of-class activities for Japanese high school students

Hideki Yamamoto (Nara Prefectural Koriyama Senior High School)

In-class and out-of-class activities for Japanese high school students are introduced in this session. In the first half, in-class activities for high school students to improve four skills are introduced. The activities are designed in terms of Paul Nation’s four strands: meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development. In the second half, a collaborative project between Japanese and Taiwanese students is introduced. As an extracurricular activity, both students in Japan and Taiwan have online discussions before they actually meet with each other. Afterwards, they present their project to the audience together.


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、より理解を深めていただける機会を提供します。 講演終了後は、隣接する奈良公園でのピクニックを予定しています。(雨天中止)

日時: 4月9日(日)午前10:00~12:00

場所: やまと会議室


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。


山本 英樹 奈良県立郡山高等学校

前半は、”In-class 教室内””Out-of-class 教室外”で実践できるフォー・スキル向 上を目指す高校生向けのアクティビティを、後半は、課外活動である日本と台湾の高 校生たちの共同プロジェクトのオンライン・ディスカッションについて紹介します。


Supporting Learner Autonomy in a Team-taught Graduate Introductory Course (チームティーチングが大学院入門課程の受講生の自主性を促進させる)

Date and Time: Sunday, 29 September 2013 – 10:30am – 12:00pm

Prof. Haruyo Yoshida
Prof. Bruce Malcolm

Using two teachers in class simultaneously is a relatively new phenomenon in Japan. During this unusual team-taught course, the authors wanted to know if student verbal communication improved, and if learner autonomy increased. Instructors were a Japanese TEFL professional and a native English-speaking instructor of English communication and academic writing. Eight graduate students participated in the 15-week course of 90-minute classes conducted entirely in English. Students read research articles selected from ESL/EFL journals and produced digital presentations explaining and critiquing each article. Assignments were supplemented with reflective journals, and students received support from graduate TA peer-mentors.
Students took a standardized spoken-English test twice; results showed notable improvements, particularly in sentence mastery. Course-end interviews revealed that students also realized increased independence and confidence in this unconventional setting.

Bio data:
Haruyo Yoshida and Bruce Malcolm work at Osaka Kyoiku University. They teach, respectively, courses in Class Management Strategies and Applied Communicative ICT Methodology, and Intercultural Communicative Practice and Academic Writing. They are currently involved in a project to develop university students’ learning autonomy, constructing a model for autonomous learning within a team-taught setting using student-generated content and digital presentation tools.

This event will be followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to attend and the Nara JALT AGM

Location: Yume-Kaze (near Todai-ji Temple, Nara)
Guide to Location: https://jaltnara.wordpress.com/venues/
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 500 yen

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