Upcoming Events


May 30, 2015 (SATURDAY): Tech My Share @ Tamagawa

Time: From 1pm, until we run out of presentations!

Location: Tamagawa University, Building 5 Room TBA.
Near Tamagawagakuen-Mae station (exit 1), one stop from Machida on Odakyu line.

If you would like to present, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation on technology – an activity, some materials, an app or website – anything other members might find useful. To book a slot, please email yojaltpresident@yojalt.org with a 50-100 word abstract and a title. If there is time at the end, it may be possible to squeeze in a few walk-in speakers, but to avoid disappointment please reserve early. After the meeting, we will head out in the area for some food and drink!

As with the December MyShare, there will be the opportunity to publish a related article – this time in the online journal Accents Asia


June 28, 2015 (SUNDAY): Speech, Drama and Debate Mini-Conference (ALL DAY EVENT)

Time: TBC when we confirm venue. Probably around 9.15/9.30 until around 6pm
Location: TBC

On Sunday, June 28, the Yokohama Chapter and the Speech, Drama, & Debate SIG will present a full day mini-conference, “A Day with the Speech, Drama, & Debate SIG in Yokohama,” with 9 speakers giving presentations and workshops on speech, drama, and debate.

“Teaching Storytelling through Integrated Course and Assessment Design” (Roy Morris)
“Adapting Drama to the Everyday Class” (Eucharia Donnery)
“Integrating Drama into Required English Communication Courses” (Gordon Rees)
“Improvisation Games for Language Classes (Vivian Bussinguer-Khavari and Gordon Rees)
“Docudrama: The Combination of Documentary, Discussion, and Drama” (Yukari Saiki)
“Assessment for Presentations” (Brooks Slaybaugh)
“Drama in Project-based Learning” (James Carpenter)
“Speech” (Paul Nehls)
“Debate Made Easy” (David Kluge)


July/August 2015: No Event


September 20, 2015 (SUNDAY): Bilingualism SIG event

Presenters: Mary Nobuoka and Marybeth Kamibeppu

What You Need to Know about Raising Children to Be Bilingual – Mary Nobuoka

Abstract:Many people think that children raised by parents who speak two or more languages will naturally become bilingual or multilingual. However, in a monolingual country, this is not so easy. Raising a bilingual child in Japan (or countries like the USA) requires planning and attention. This presentation will alert parents to the challenges of raising a bilingual child and share the factors for success. Tips for adding bi-literacy skills will also be included. This talk will be of benefit to any family that is hoping their child(ren) will be bilingual.

Let’s Talk “Juken” – Marybeth Kamibeppu

Abstract:This presentation will introduce basic terms and practices for junior high and high school entrance exams (juken) in the Kanto Area. Understanding the juken process is a daunting prospect that most students and parents will face. This is even more so for international and bicultural families who less familiar with the Japanese education system. Parents have an active role to support and guide their children. Juken is more that getting into the “best” school. It is about finding the best fit for each child. There are many factors and with adolescents the “best fit” is often a moving target. Bicultural and bilingual abilities can be a plus in the process. How to prepare and document these abilities and experiences will be discussed. Preparation and strategies based on the presenter’s experience getting through the process with her own three children, informal interviews with other parents and research will be included. If you are just starting out, in the process of juken or would like to share some advice, join us and let’s talk juken!


October 18, 2015 (SUNDAY): Extensive Reading

Presenters: Mark Brierley and Peter Hordequinn

ER Communities of Practice in Context – Peter Hordequinn
Abstract:This presentation and workshop session will explore individual and contextual factors that drive the formation and maintenance of Extensive Reading (ER) Communities of Practice. After a brief introduction of communities of practice theory and an exploration of contextual factors informing foreign language literacy in Japan, I’ll describe one particular higher education setting’s ER community of practice. I’ll then offer a conceptual framework for assessing factors that influence the success of this community and its members. Participants will use this framework to discuss existing and/or potential ER communities of practice in the contexts where they teach with a focus on creating greater student investment in ER.


November 2015: No Event (See you at the Conference!)


December 2015: My Share


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