Upcoming Events


November: No YoJALT Event – it’s conference month!

Time: Friday November 21 – Monday November 24
Location: Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba)
Details: “Conversations Across Borders”

December 20 (SATURDAY): My Share and End-of-Year Party

Time: Start time depends on how many presentations we have. Probably 1.30pm
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre, under Kannai Hall (directions)
Details: If you would like to present, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation on a practical teaching topic – 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!

January 18, 2015 (SUNDAY): Listening and Speaking in Secondary School

Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Location: Kanagawa Kokaido Hall – 2 mins walk from JR HigashiKanagawa (Yokohama/Keihin Tohoku line) and Nakakido (Keikyu) – map

Oral Introduction by Mariko Fujita : Oral Introduction, a teaching method which is widely used in Japan, will be the focus of my talk. First, I’ll briefly talk about how Oral Introduction got started in Japan. Then, I’ll talk about how it is usually used in junior and senior high schools in Japan and its advantage and disadvantages. Next, I’ll demonstrate how I use it in my class. I may ask the audience to participate in that activity. Finally, I’ll talk about how I used it in teacher training at university and the reaction of my students.

Activities for Listening and Speaking in Small Talk by Ethel Ogane: Some disregard small talk and refer to it as unimportant talk. To Malinowski small talk was phatic communion, merely talk for social bonding, but studies on small talk show that it serves many transactional and relational functions. Methodologically, small talk is the norm to which other talk, in specialist, professional contexts like doctor to patient, is compared. In addition, research also shows what it achieves for participants interactionally. It is an important skill to learn for students who may be entering professional or service industries. In this workshop, participants will join in activities used to help students with the topics, openings, strategies, and closings used in everyday talk.

Mariko Fujita holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University, and an EdD in TESOL from Temple University. She is a full-time teacher at Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School and also teaches TESOL at Keio University. Her research interests include bilingualism and teacher training.

Ethel Ogane, EdD, is a professor in the College of Tourism and Hospitality at Tamagawa University. Her research interests include teacher education, motivation and autonomy in language learning, and the ELF model and language curriculum development. ethel@bus.tamagawa.ac.jp


February 21, 2015 (SATURDAY): Weaving Nation’s Four Strands into a Syllabus

Presenter: Terry Yearley
Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Details: This presentation will focus on the practical application of Nation’s book ‘What Should Every EFL Teacher Know?’ for syllabus design. I will begin by describing the four strands (meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development), and their roles in a syllabus. Next, I will describe my own teaching situation, and then explain how I used this model to design a syllabus for my second grade senior high school students. I will include some of the problems I encountered, and some unexpected occurrences. To conclude, teachers will be invited to take part in an open discussion of their experiences regarding syllabus design.

Bio: Terry Yearley teaches EFL to first and second grade students at Keio Senior High School.


March/April 2015: No Event


May 2015 (SUNDAY): Tech My Share @ Tamagawa


June 2015 (SATURDAY): Speech, Drama and Debate (possible all-day event!)


July/August 2015: No Event


September 19, 2015 (SATURDAY): Invite pending. Watch this space……


October 18, 2015 (SUNDAY): Extensive Reading (Mark Brierley and Peter Hordequinn)


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


December 2015: My Share


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