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

Jan 2020: Performance in Education

Speakers:  Yoko Morimoto, Chhayankdhar Singh Rathore
Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020
Time: 1pm-
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre (Google Maps). The Youth Center is in the basement under Kannai Hall (take the lift to the bottom floor). Near Bashamichi and Sakuragicho, but closest is Subway Blue Line Kannai station (come out exit 9, then walk past Starbucks).

SPEAKER: Yoko Morimoto
TITLE: 5 Drama-inspired Mini Activities Backed by Neuroscience
ABSTRACT: This is a practical workshop full of physical drama-inspired activities backed by neuroscience. Reviewing and applying some of the practical recommendations from the field of Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE), the participants will experience 5 mini activities which can be inserted in our daily classrooms. These activities are modified versions of actual professional drama lessons in Paris where the presenter recently participated trying to improve her French through drama. These five activities are: 1. Physical Warm-up (Stretching, tapping) 2. Voice training (Breathing, articulating the alphabets) 3. Walking as we count numbers 4. Counting numbers with varied emotions 5. Anybody in? I’ve got some news. 6. (Bonus) Using a TED talk to improve gestures for presentations.
BIO: Yoko Morimoto was born and raised in Japan. She completed her BA in Education (TESL and Linguistics) at Long Island University in New York, and her MA in TESOL at Teachers College, Columbia University. Since 1990, she has been teaching in the School of Political Science and Economics at Meiji University, Tokyo. She has also lived in New Zealand and France in recent years. In the last several years, she has been experimenting on herself in learning French through drama in a professional drama school in Paris, which has proven very positive for learning the language relatively quickly, and she has been exploring the use of drama-inspired activities while researching on neuroscientific studies to support them.

SPEAKER: Chhayankdhar Singh Rathore
TITLE: Agreeing to Disagree: From statements of disagreement to a parliamentary debate
ABSTRACT: This session will share a battery of activities that were used by the presenter to train freshmen students in stating their opinion and in expressing their agreement and disagreement with an opinion. These activities will be divided into three categories: group discussion, conventional debate, and parliamentary debate.
BIO: Chhayankdhar Singh Rathore is an Assistant Lecturer at Soka University, Japan. His areas of interest are performance in education, CLIL, sociologists, language acquisition, and global education. His other interests include learning about every possible thing related to spices.

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Feb 2020: Three different approaches to supporting students’ learning: understanding
neurodiversity, working memory, and critical thinking.

Speakers: Jennifer Yphantides, James Dunn, and Caroline Handley
Date: Saturday February 15
Time: 1pm-
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre (Google Maps). The Youth Center is in the basement under Kannai Hall (take the lift to the bottom floor). Near Bashamichi and Sakuragicho, but closest is Subway Blue Line Kannai station (come out exit 9, then walk past Starbucks).

Presenter 1: Jennifer Yphantides (45 mins)

TITLE: Barriers to Full Inclusion of Neurodiverse Students in Japanese Higher Education

ABSTRACT: This presentation/workshop is an interactive session on the barriers which prevent students with brain disorders from being fully included and supported in EFL classrooms. The presenter will provide participants with an overview of common brain disorders such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. The presenter will then discuss key barriers to full inclusion and encourage participants to contribute to finding possible solutions, based on their teaching contexts and personal experiences with special needs students.
BIO: Jennifer Yphantides (EdD) is a lecturer at Soka University in Hachioji, Japan. She has taught EFL since 1993 and has worked in Greece, the UK, Israel, Korea and Japan. She currently conducts research on women working in Japanese higher education, particularly foreign women and their career trajectories in Japanese universities. She has also conducted research on brain disorders and EFL classroom inclusion.

Presenter 2: James D. Dunn (60 mins)

TITLE: Developing a Critical Eye for your Textbook: Customizing student experience to support learning.

ABSTRACT: This presentation will introduce a systematic approach for educators to deconstruct a textbooks unit with an lens on the knowledge and cognitive dimensions a unit asks of the students. This method of textbook examination allows educators to develop a critical eye for what a textbook is asking of their students. With this skill, educators can start to discover new ways to expand upon a textbook to; support students with unique needs/interests/majors, encourage depth and breadth of knowledge in a units topic, and fill in the cognitive and knowledge gaps that are inherent in every textbook on the market. This is achieved by recognizing, through a systematic manner, what cognitive tasks a unit is asking the students to perform and correlating those with the knowledge the textbook expects the student to gain/utilize. Attendees will leave the presentation with a systematic method for deconstructing textbook units, examples of supplemental prints, and ideas to expand and deepen engagement into their students textbooks topics.

BIO: James Dunn (M.Ed.) has taught EFL in Japan since 2004. Currently, he is researching avenues to best include students without the means to travel internationally in developing intercultural communicative competence through virtual distance learning opportunities. At Tokai University James developed a unified curriculum that focuses on logical thinking, critical thinking, and intercultural competence for first and second year students. He has also provided workshops and webinars on curriculum design, critical thinking, and supporting students intellectual independence for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and various universities across Japan.

Presenter 3: Caroline Handley (60 mins)

TITLE: Understanding working memory and Cognitive Load Theory to support learning

ABSTRACT: It is estimated that 10% of people have poor working memory skills but that this figure rises to 30-50% of students with specific learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Working memory problems are associated with lower academic success. However, it is possible to design instruction to support working memory limitations, as has been shown by theoretical and empirical developments within Cognitive Load Theory. The presenter will give a brief overview of working memory and Cognitive Load Theory and discuss how understanding and applying this theory can help teachers to support all learners, creating an inclusive classroom. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on the implications for designing and staging activities and the role of student knowledge, L1 use, and the teacher in classroom-based language education.

BIO: Caroline Handley is an English lecturer at Asia University. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Swansea University, UK, where she is researching the relation between conceptual and linguistic knowledge in lexical processing, using an embodied cognition perspective. She is also the coordinator of the Brain SIG and has recently been presenting and researching about working memory and Cognitive Load Theory in relation to language teaching.=======================================================

March 2020: No Event (holiday)

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April 2020: No Event (holiday)

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May 2020: TBC

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June 2020: Tech My Share

Speakers: You!
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Details: If you would like to present, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation (or poster presentation) on a practical learning technology 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!

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July 2020:No Event (holiday)

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August 2020: No Event (Holiday)

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September 2020: TBC

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October 2020: Self Study

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November 2020: No Event (National Conference)

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December 2020: My Share

Date: TBC
Presenter: You!
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Location: Yokohama Youth Centre (Google Maps). The Youth Center is in the basement under Kannai Hall (take the lift to the bottom floor). About 5 mins from Bashamichi and Sakuragicho, and even closer from Subway Blue Line Kannai station (come out exit 9, then walk past Starbucks.

Details: If you would like to present, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation (or poster 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! As usual, the plan is to put out a connected post-event publication with 1000 word articles by presenters on their topics in 2020.

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