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

Jan 2018: Terry Yearley and Martin Pauly

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 1pm-4.45pm
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre IMPORTANT!!! The Kannai venue is also closed for refurbishment and moved to the temporary location nearby: LINK. It’s down Baystars street from the station, above a Doutor
Details: TBC

Terry Yearley: Using Student Poster Presentations for Speaking and Listening Practice

Abstract: Providing students with speaking and listening practice at an appropriate level can be problematic. In this presentation I will show how I combine poster presentations with a 432 exercise to make the language more accessible for students. With reference to Nation’s Four Strands, I will describe how poster presentations can be used to provide fluency practice, meaning-focused input, and meaning-focused output for both speaking and listening skills. I will then show how the teacher can also use these exercises to meet the requirements of the language items and features strand. You can read about the four strands here:
http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/publications/paul-nation/1996-Four-strands.pdf

Bio: Terry Yearley has been teaching EFL in Japan since 2001. He has a first-class honours degree in ‘Linguistics with TEFL’, a ‘Certificate TESOL’, and an MA in TESOL. He currently teaches speaking, listening, and academic writing at Saitama University.

Martin E. Pauly: Sign Language — Why I Like It and How I Use It

Abstract: After giving a brief overview of Sign Language and Deaf Culture the presenter will demonstrate how he uses JSL (Japanese Sign Language) and ASL (American Sign Language) in the classroom.
A technique using signing and newspaper content to help adult learners better understand newspaper articles and remember new technical vocabulary will also be introduced.

Bio: Martin E. Pauly taught (now Professor Emeritus) in the Research and Support Center on Higher Education for the Hearing and Visually Impaired, Tsukuba University of Technology. He was a guide runner for blind athletes and faculty adviser of the Taiji Circle. He retired in 2014 and is presently teaching part time at the University of Tsukuba and Ibaraki University. He enjoys signing and believes the physical and mental stimulation prevents forgetfulness.

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Feb 2018: Gary Barkhuizen: Language teacher identity: What is it and why should we know, or care?

Date: February 16th
Time: 18:30-20:00
Location: We will be co-hosting with Tokyo chapter, with the support of Temple University, at NYU University near Shinagawa
New York University, School of Professional Studies, American Language Institute at Shinagawa Intercity Tower A 22F, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-ku
Shinagawa is 19 mins from Yokohama by train. The guilding is 3 mins from the station: access link
Fee: Free for JALT members; 1000 yen for non-members
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTRSVP
Flyer: http://bit.ly/BarkhuizenFlyer
Abstract: There has recently been much interest in the interrelationship between teachers’ thinking, their identities, emotions, and their practice. In this presentation I’ll explore these connections by analyzing some interview data from a New Zealand study which investigated language tutors working in one-on-one instructional arrangements in which the tutors and their English learners (adult refugees and migrants) aim together to meet the particular language needs and goals of the learner. What emerges is that an important ingredient of this complex interrelationship is moral stance, such as inclusion and social justice, and that this moral dimension is evident (or should be) in the here-and-now moments of teaching action. In the process I will illustrate ‘short story analysis’ (Barkhuizen, 2016) as an approach to examining the interview data.
Bio Gary Barkhuizen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of language teacher education, teacher and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry, and he has published widely on these topics. His books include Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research (2014, Routledge, with Phil Benson and Alice Chik), Narrative Research in Applied Linguistics (2013, CUP), and Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research (2017, Routledge). Professor Barkhuizen has taught ESL at high school (in Mmabatho, South Africa) and at college level (in New York), and has worked in teacher education in South Africa, New Zealand and the United States.

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Mar 2018: No event (Holidays)

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Apr 2018:  No event … probably (HOlidays)

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May 2018: Pencilled in: Tech@Tamagawa

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Jun 2018: SDD

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Jul 2018: LiLT

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Aug 2018: No event (Holidays)

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Sep 2018: No event … probably (Holidays)

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Oct 2018: Tanja McCandie

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 1pm-16:30pm
Location: TBC
Abstract: The Japan Association for Language Teaching’s (JALT) mission states “JALT promotes excellence in language learning, teaching, and research by providing opportunities for those involved in language education to meet, share, and collaborate.” (http://jalt.org/) Conferences, chapter meetings and publications are ways that JALT promotes and provide opportunities to its members. However, based on chapter presentations analysis, there is a great imbalance of representation based on gender and ethnicity, even when taking into account membership demographics. Not all members feel that JALT is meeting their needs. Primarily, women, both Japanese and non-Japanese, are missing out on networking and career opportunities because they are underrepresented at the chapter level. The presenter will discussion how JALT could transform to better suit the needs and interests of many of its members and how it could become more inclusive and offer better support to adjunct, contract and non-tenure teachers. Ideas and feedback from participants is highly encouraged.

Bio: Tanja McCandie has taught in Canada, England and Japan. She is currently an assistant professor at Meijo University in Nagoya. Her research interests include gender and education, autonomous learning and teacher development and support.
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Nov 2018: No Event (National Conference)

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Dec 2018: My Share

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