Upcoming Events at the Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (全国言語教育学会)

October 2017: Young Learners – Lesley Ito and Hitomi Sakamoto

Date: Sunday October 22
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre, under Kannai Hall (directions)
Lesley Ito: Experience the Power of CLIL Lessons for Young Learners!
Abstract: CLIL ELT lessons combine English with other subjects to interest and motivate young learners and give them a chance to use the English they have learned in a real context. These types of lessons are quite common in ESL classes throughout Europe, but are rare in EFL classes in Japan. The presenter was so inspired by what her colleagues in Europe were doing that she created an entire pre-school/elementary cross-curricular program called the Double Ring Lesson for her school, BIG BOW English Lab in Nagoya. Several classroom-tested EFL CLIL lessons will be demonstrated in this interactive workshop. An explanation on how these types of lessons can be made appropriate for the EFL class will be given. See how these types of lessons can invigorate your EFL program!

Bio: Lesley Ito is a well-known teacher, teacher trainer, school owner, owner of LIXON Education, and award winning materials writer based in Nagoya. Her school, BIG BOW English Lab, has a CLIL curriculum with a strong focus on literacy. Her ELT writing credits include teacher’s guides for the We Can! series (McGraw-Hill), workbooks for the Our World and Welcome to Our World series (Cengage), online support materials for Choose Your Own Adventure (McGraw-Hill) and Let’s Chant, Let’s Sing, Greatest Hits (OUP), a book on teaching, Fifty Ways to Teach Young Learners (Wayzgoose Press), and the interactive graded readers Tornado Alley and Backstage Pass (Atama iiBooks).

Hitomi Sakamoto: “Global Greenglish Project”
Abstract: The presenter has been promoting an intercultural exchange project between Fukushima children and Turkish children for two years. The students learn about environment in English classes and that is why it is called “Greenglish”. The syllabus and some activities including a song are to be introduced.

Bio: Hitomi Sakamoto is a professor at Toyo Gakuen University and director of the English Education Development Center. Her research interests include global education in EFL classes and methods for teaching English to young learners. She is a co-author of an English textbook your world.

November 2017: Gabriel Diaz Maggioli: Developing oracy skills in the classroom

Date: Sunday, November 12
Time: 1.15pm – 3.15pm
Location: Venue: Yokohama Kyoiku Kaikan. Near Sakuragicho (JR/underground) or Hinode (Toyoko) MAP
Details: In collaboration with this year’s JALT International conference and Soka University, we’re inviting plenary speaker Gabriel Diaz Maggioli. For reference, here is his IATEFL plenary from earlier this year.
Abstract: The development of oracy skills is generally cited as one of the difficulties that English language teachers experience. In this workshop we will explore various tried and tested techniques that get students talking…and talking…and talking. Come to this workshop and learn a variety of techniques to help boost your learners’ oral expression. No matter what level we teach, we are generally confronted with silence whenever we introduce a speaking class. In this session, I will attempt to present a series of techniques that help learners activate their passive knowledge of the language so that they can express themselves orally both with fluency and with accuracy. The techniques range from controlled to free so that they can be usefully applied not just to the development of oracy skills, but also to the development of language as a whole.

Bio: Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher and author. His area of research is the application of Sociocultural Learning Theory to the field of teacher learning. Gabriel has authored, and co-authored, 28 books ranging from coursebooks to reference books, as well as numerous academic articles. He has shared his theories and praxis with colleagues in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Gabriel also works as a consultant for international agencies such as the European Union, UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the US Department of State, and The World Bank. He currently lives and works in Uruguay, where he is Tenured Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University.


December 2017:

Date: December 9
Presenter: You!
Time: 1.15pm-5pm, followed by Bonenkai
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre/ IMPORTANT!!! The Kannai venue is also closed for refurbishment and moved to the temporary location near by: LINK
Details: Call out soon! Check your email, Facebook, or Twitter.


Draft schedule for 2018

Jan 2018: Terry and Martin

Feb 2018: Gary Barkhuizen in Tokyo

Date: February 16th
Time: 18:30-20:00
Location: NYU campus, Shinagawa
Details: we will be cohosting the speaker with Tokyo chapter. Shinagawa is 19 mins from Yokohama by train. Details to follow

Mar 2018: No event (Holidays)

Apr 2018:  No event … probably (HOlidays)

May 2018: Pencilled in: Tech@Tamagawa

Jun 2018: SDD

Jul 2018: LiLT

Aug 2018: No event (Holidays)

Sep 2018: No event … probably (Holidays)

Oct 2018: TBD

Nov 2018: No Event (National Conference)

Dec 2018: My Share

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