Upcoming Events

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: 15:30-18:30

Location: Yokohama Youth Centre, under Kannai Hall (directions)

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 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 (Mark Brierley and Peter Hordequinn)


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


December 2015: My Share


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