Upcoming Event at Yokohama JALT

January, 2016: Labour Issues for Language Teachers

Date: January 17 (Sunday)
Time: 1pm-16:30pm
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre, under Kannai Hall (directions)
Details: The presenters will talk about the advantages of being a member of a union, the legal rights and obligations of employees under Japanese law, and give examples and cases from their experience as organisers to illustrate the issues, including the five-year contract rule. There will be a question and answer session at the end.
Bio: Tozen Union (Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union) is a multiethnic, multicultural, nationwide labor union based in Tokyo. Members hail from over 15 countries working in a diverse range of workplaces including language education, financial services, and industrial warehousing and shipping. Tozen is a democratic organization dedicated to improving the working conditions of its members. Gerome Rothman is Field Director and an Organizer at Tozen Union, while Louis Carlet is general secretary and founder.
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February 2016: Critical Thinking

Date: February 21st
Time: 1pm – 16:30pm
Location: Kanagawa Kokaido Hall (2go kaigishitsu) – 2 mins walk from JR HigashiKanagawa (Yokohama/Keihin Tohoku line) and Nakakido (Keikyu) – map
Details:

A Cognition-based Reading Comprehension Method
James Dunn, Tokai University

Critical Thinking Skills Instruction through Deception
David Gann, Tokyo University of Science

Expanding the textbook: Group projects for raising awareness about global issues & promoting critical thinking
Jennie Roloff Rothman, International Christian University
Click here for full abstracts and bios
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March / April 2016: No event

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May: Activities and Movement

Date: TBC – May 14 or 15
Time: TBC
Location: TBC
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: Writing for peer-reviewed journal submission

Date: TBC – third Saturday or third Sunday
Presenters: David Ockert and TBC
Time: TBC
Location: TBC

JALT Writers Peer Support Group
Presenter: David Ockert
Abstract:
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.

TBC
Presenter: TBC
Abstract:TBC
Bio: TBC
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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: TBC – October 22 or 23
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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