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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.


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


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.


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:
JALT CALL SIG(コンピュータ利用語学学習研究部会)役員

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、



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!






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)

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

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


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.


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


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.


アデリア・ファーク 奈良県立西ノ京高等学校


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October 2015 Event: How do Japanese-university English learners look to you?

Speaker: Etsuko Shimo, Kinki University, Faculty of Applied Sociology

Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2015.   Time: 10:00 ~ 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室). Less than 100m from Kintestsu Nara Stn.

Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1.000 yen for non-members

**Optional lunch at a nearby restaurant to follow the event**


Have you ever felt that English L1 teachers (ETs) and Japanese L1 teachers (JTs) have different opinions of their Japanese students? In many university-level English learning programs in Japan, ETs and JTs work together for shared curriculum goals. However, they are often assigned different teaching roles and may have different expectations towards their students. The presenter will discuss the results of a teacher belief survey which explored Japanese university English teachers’ perceptions about their students’ characteristics (e.g, personalities and attitudes towards learning English). The presenter will also share implications and suggestions for classroom pedagogy and curricular designs based on the study findings.



Presenter Biography

Etsuko Shimo (Ed.M. in TESOL), associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Sociology, Kinki University, teaches English and other related courses in their undergraduate programs. Her research interests include student and teacher beliefs, can-do based curriculum development, learner autonomy, and collaborative learning activities in language learning and teaching.

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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June 2015 Event: THT-SIG Projects: Dedicated to the aid and assistance of fellow educators and students in and around Asia

Date and Time: Sunday, 14 June 2015 – 1:00pm4:30pm

Roger Palmer on Krygzstan

Mike Furmanovsky on Vietnam and THT

Guest speaker on Bangladesh.

Brent Jones on the Philippines.

Ann Mayeda and Randy Bollig on Nepal.

With the cooperation of the THT-SIG(Teachers Helping Teachers), Nara JALT is proud to present this eye-opening and inspiring special event.
Multiple presenters will talk about their projects and passions, supported through the THT SIG. They will talk extensively on activities in Nepal, Vietnam, Kyrygystan and Bangladesh as well as their work to develop overseas volunteer opportunities.
A THT-SIG representative will also give a brief insight into what THT is and how it helps to make a positive difference to so many.

Further details of THT-SIG activities can be found at:

http://www.tht-japan.org/   http://jalt.org/groups/558

Location: Yamato Conference Center(やまと会議室)
Guide to Location:  Link to meeting location
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

      **Post-event dinner**

Fittingly, a post event dinner shall be held at a local Vietnamese restaurant from 5PM-7PM for those interested in continuing the discussion, mingling with the presenters or just catching up with fellow Nara JALT members after the official event has finished. Seating is extremely limited so should you be interested in reserving a place, please RSVP to Nara JALT Publicity Officer, Luke Rigano, by email [lukerigano (at) hotmail (dot) com] with ‘Nara JALT June event RSVP’ as the subject, followed by your name and number of guests in the body of the email, no later than 6PM, Friday, June 12th. Please be aware that guests are asked to cover the cost of their own meal and drinks: 2,160 yen,  (course menu: Beto teishoku).

April 2015 Event: Materials and Methods for Teaching Spoken Language

Date and Time: Sunday, 26 April 2015 – 1:30pm4:30pm
Speakers: Cameron Romney (Sangyo University)

John Campbell-Larsen (Kyoto Women’s University)

With the cooperation of MW SIG, Nara JALT is proud to present this wonderfully practical doubleheader-event to kick off the academic year. Cameron Romney, a Featured Speaker at JALT 2015, will be talking about ways to write supplements that go with commercial textbooks. To follow, John Campbell-Larsen will be talking about how to use materials to stimulate speaking.

-Presentation 1-
Creating Supplements that Increase Opportunities for Spoken Interaction

Speaker: Cameron Romney (Sangyo University)
Cameron Romney has taught ESL/EFL in both the United States and Japan for the last 15 years. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 2015, he was employed as a Foreign Language Contract Lecturer at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan.

-Presentation 2-
A Page Full of Text to a Mouth Full of Air

Speaker: John Campbell-Larsen (Kyoto Women’s University)
John Campbell-Larsen is associate professor of English at Kyoto Women’s University. He received his master’s degree in TESOL from Birmingham University and his research interests include Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and teaching the spoken language.

Location: Yamato Meeting Place (やまと会議室)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

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

2014-2015 Nara JALT Officers

Thank you so much to everyone for your votes and continued support of Nara JALT.  We are a small but thriving and lively chapter and stay that way with your  continued participation. Thanks to all of you who have come out to our events and meetings over the past year and look forward to seeing you again at our 2015 events.  Please contact us with any questions or ideas you might have or if you would like to get more involved. We are always looking for new faces to join the team.

Nara JALT        narajalt@gmail.com

The Nara JALT officers for 2014-2015 are-

Chapter President- Catriona Takeuchi

Treasurer- Richard Sharrard

Membership Chair- Motoko Teraoka

Programme Chair- Andy Sowter.

And we warmly welcome back on board Luke Rigano as our new Publicity Chair. Luke has previously been Publicity Chair for Nara JALT and we will all benefit from his experience.

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


  • 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)


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


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


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).


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.


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.