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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.

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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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February 2015 Event : A Roundtable Discussion-The New Academic Year: Resolutions, Reflections and Revelations from the Classroom

Nara JALT Roundtable Discussion: Feb 2015

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Speaker(s): Various

Date: Sunday, 15th February 2015, 2-4PM

Join a casual discussion to share your professional achievements and/or challenges from the classroom in 2014 and some of your teaching objectives for the new academic year at this most convenient of venues, just across from Kintetsu Nara Station.

Attendees will be given the floor for approximately 10 minutes 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 will of course be welcomed. We hope to see you there!

Venue: Nara Ken Chusho Kigyo Kaikan (奈良県中小企業会館

Guide to venue: Link to location(Japanese/日本語のみ)

Fee for JALT members: Free

Fee for non-JALT members: Free

September Event 2012: Ways That Work in Teaching Children

-A Case Study of a Mini-immersion English Program-

Presented by: Takako Watanabe, Watanbe English School

Co-Presenter: Prof. Kazuo Watanabe, Professor of English and English language education at Nara University of Education. 

This presentation will outline how a mini-immersion program has been conducted for the past 9 years with a special emphasis on the first 6 years, comparing these students’ achievements with those of other students in once-a-week and twice-a-week programs.

Date: Sunday, Sept 16th 2012

Time: 16:00-17:30

Venue:Yumekaze Nara (Access)

Cost: Free for JALT members, ¥500 for visitors

Presentation Description:

Our mini-immersion program is defined as a type of partial content based program in which several elementary school children learn English in English under the guidance of an experienced, balanced bilingual teacher.  It has five interesting characteristics: it is language-conscious content teaching rather than contextualized language teaching; it is more or less based on Palmer’s principles of language teaching—from primary skills to secondary skills; it is taught by an experienced, balanced bilingual; it is interactive; the class size is quite appropriate in that it is fewer than ten students.

Some of the outstanding achievements of this program are as follows.  Four out of six students passed Grade 2 of the Step Test, in sixth grade, and two in seventh grade.  One of them passed Grade Pre-1 in 9th Grade in July of this year.  She went to the Prince Takamadonomiya Trophy oratorical contest in Tokyo last year as the 1st prize winner in the local contest.  Two other students are going to attend the local contest in October this year.  Also, three students were chosen out of over one hundred candidates for the Fukui City Junior Ambassador programs – one last year and two this year – and they all enjoyed communication with people without much difficulty in two sister cities in the US.  All of these were made possible by this program; they acquired knowledge of English sufficient to enjoy communication in English with positive attitudes.

Presenters’ Bio:

Takako Watanabe was Fukui Chapter President of JALT for 23 years until last March.  She was an adviser on Teaching English to young children for now-defunct Penguin Books Japan for 10 years.  She has been running Watanabe English School for more than 20 years, where she teaches students varying in age from 4 to 18.  She has extensive teaching experiences at public institutions, such as Fukui University, Open University, a preparatory school, as well as junior and senior high schools.  Her educational interests include helping students develop communicative competence in English.  Raising her two children bilingually with Kazuo Watanabe has provided her with significant insights into her teaching practices.

Kazuo Watanabe is currently Professor of English and English language education at Nara University of Education.  He has been teaching at the college level for more than thirty years.  His research interests include teaching writing, Second Language Acquisition, bilingual education, international understanding education and foreign language teacher qualifications.

NB: This event will be preceded by the JALT Nara Chapter Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the same venue from 14:00-15:00. If you would like to be a part of the Nara JALT team of officers or nominate a willing chapter member, please send an email stating the name of the person who would like to run and the officer position they would like to run for, to the following email address: narajalt@gmail.com. Further details available on our blog.

Aside

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2012 JALT Nara Chapter Event Calendar

Nara Chapter Events Calendar 2012

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.

Innovation in writing: examining dialogues between instructors of English writing and Japanese learners of English

Presented by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison  Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Date: Sunday, 27th November 2011

Time: 14:30 – 17:30

Venue: Yumekaze, Nara City (by the entrance to Todaiji in Nara Park: https://jaltnara.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/directions-to-yume-kaze.pdf)

Cost: Free for JALT members, 500 yen for day members

Pre-reading: http://writinginnovation.wordpress.com

Presentation description:

If innovation can be defined as a new method or idea, how do learners in the Japanese post-secondary classroom respond to innovations in writing curricula? Likewise, how do instructors develop and implement such innovations? Despite the plethora of studies documenting development of teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language), there has been little previous research in writing curricula investigated from two different perspectives such as the lived experiences of both learners AND instructors, or how the Japanese EFL writing context, itself, is a unique environment. Although research has tended to highlight oral skills as effective strategies to improve English proficiency in Japan (Ogura, 2009), few studies exist that examine how EFL writing curricula addresses students’ emotional needs (Falout, 2009). This presentation focuses on written dialogues between both Japanese post-secondary English learners and English instructors in the Japanese EFL context, in order to more deeply explore innovative writing pedagogies in the Japanese post-secondary classroom, and the lived experiences of those involved in such innovations. Learn more at: http://writinginnovation.wordpress.com  

About the presenter:

Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison has been teaching language, communication, composition, literature and gender/sexuality studies at universities in Asia, Europe and North America since 1997. Having published numerous articles and chapters on topics ranging from second language teaching to writing classroom pedagogies, he specializes in writing across the curriculum and multilingual learner writing pedagogies. Currently teaching for the Language Centre at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, he previously taught in both Japan and the English department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), USA where he also completed his PhD in Composition and TESOL. With a background in mental health counseling and an MA in Education and Human Development/Counseling from The George Washington University, he is an inter-disciplinary instructor-researcher who works at the crossroads of humanities and social sciences to explore how both spoken and written language are shaped by cultures and identities. Learn more at http://marlenharrison.com