Upcoming Event at Yokohama JALT

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March / April 2016: No event

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May: Activities and Movement

Date: May 15 (SUNDAY)
Time: 1pm-4.45pm
Venue: Yokohama Kyoiku Kaikan Dai2 Kenshushitsu(第二研修室)(1F). Near Sakuragicho (JR/underground) or Hinode (Toyoko) MAP
Details:

Let’s get physical – The brain/body connection in the EFL classroom (2 hrs)
Presenter: Marc Helgesen
Abstracts: When we sit for 20 minutes, blood flows downward to the feet and legs. Standing and moving for just one minute triggers a 15% increase of blood (and therefore oxygen) to the brain. That’s one reason to get students up and out of their seats regularly. There are many more. This session will look at brain-science reasons and ways to have students moving their bodies, while moving their English abilities up at the same time.
Bio: Marc Helgesen is professor in the Department of Intercultural Studies and the Department of Modern Business at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University, Sendai. He’s author of over 150 professional articles, books and textbooks including the English Firsthand series. He has been an invited or featured speaker at conferences on five continents. He maintains websites at www.ELTandHappiness.com and www.HelgesenHandouts.weebly.com

Developing and Choosing Educational Games and Fun Activities in the Classroom
Presenter: David Chapman (90 mins)
Abstract: This workshop will focus on using tools available to teachers such as Bloom’s Taxonomy and scaffolding to help teachers choose rewarding and worthwhile activities and games in the classroom. Fundamentals behind games will be discussed so that teachers can make a more informed decisions about whether the fun activities that they are considering will help accomplish educational goals they have set out for their students or not. Strategies on how to more effectively use games and fun activities in the classroom and beyond with also be discussed.
Bio: David Chapman teaches at The Junior High School Affiliated with Japan Women’s University 日本女子大学附属中学校 and J.F. Oberlin University. He has been teaching in Japan for over 18 years. He has a Master’s Degree in TEFOL and is working on his teaching certification in the U.S. His research interests include educational games in and out of the classroom.

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June 2016: Doing survey research: How to design, analyse, and write up research using questionnaires

Date: June 18 (SATURDAY)
Presenter: David Ockert
Time: 1.30-3.30pm
Venue: Yokohama Kyoiku Kaikan Dai2 Kaigishitsu. Near Sakuragicho (JR/underground) or Hinode (Toyoko) MAP
Abstract: The presenter will explain how to conduct primary research by explaining how to develop, pilot test, administer, and analyze the data from a substantive scale
survey instrument for research purposes. A substantive scale uses questions and a scale system (e.g. a Likert scale) to gather data for analysis. This presentation will follow the outline of a research paper and the sections are explained using the author’s own research project to measure student (N = 104) motivation. The presenter hopes that readers will gain an understanding of the research process, including key terms and definitions, and proceed with greater confidence to design their own research projects and report the results.
Bio: David Ockert has a M.Ed. from Temple University and a Level 2 JLPT certificate. He presently works for Toyo University. His research interests are in CLT, TBLT, CALL, motivation and student affect and self-determination theory in educational contexts.
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July/August 2016: no event

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September 2016: Global Issues in Language Education

Date: TBC – third Saturday or third Sunday
Time: TBC
Location: TB
Details: Speakers TBC.
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October 2016: Brain-related presentations

Date: October 22(SATURDAY)
Time: TBC
Location: TBC
Details:
Curtis Kelly – Why our Brains Like Stories
Leander Hughes – Applying Principles of Positive Psychology in the Language Classroom (TBC)
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November 2016: No event. See you at the conference!

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December 2016: My Share

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January 2017: Tech@Tamagawa

Date: TBC – third Saturday or third Sunday
Time: TBC
Location: Tamagawa University
Details: Call for presentations will go out closer to the event.
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