Upcoming Events at the Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (全国言語教育学会)
April 2017: Social in Kannai
Date: April 22
Time: From 5pm
Location: “Esperanza” Mexican restaurant in Kannai (opposite Baird Beer)
At 5pm, meet at the Mexican restaurant “Esperanza”. The restaurant is minutes from Sakuragicho, Kannai, and Bashamichi, near our Kannai Hall venue (map)
We plan to escape before the mariachi guitar starts playing and makes conversation impossible at around 8pm, after which there is likely to be a short nijikai in the Bashamichi taproom, which is just across the road (map).
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Malc (firstname.lastname@example.org) before April 1st.
If you get lost on the day, call 08054781495
May 2017: Learning Outside schools
Presenters: Dawn Lucovich, Michael Ellis, & Amy Holdsworth
Date: Sunday May 14
Venue: Yokohama Kyoiku Kaikan. Near Sakuragicho (JR/underground) or Hinode (Toyoko) MAP
Presentation #1: Using linguistic landscape projects for language learners
Language learners must attend to language in order to facilitate acquisition (Schmidt, 1990, 2001, 2010). However, EFL learners do not always attend to instances of the target language in their environment. Linguistic landscape (LL) research investigates the usage of language on signs in public spaces (Landry & Bourhis, 1997), and may be one method to create attention to and engagement with English. This interactive workshop will introduce the components of an LL project and resources for planning a project, then allow participants to classify sample LL data and draw some preliminary conclusions. Finally, LL project specifications adaptable for students of various levels will be discussed.
Bio: Dawn Lucovich is the current President of Tokyo JALT and a Ph.D.candidate at Temple University. She currently works in the Department of Literature and Culture at Tokyo Woman’s Christian University. Her other research interests include assessment and vocabulary, discourse communities, and writing center practices.
Presentation #2 Project Based Learning (PBL) Across the Pacific
The benefits of Project Based Learning (PBL) include increased studentengagement, the promotion of critical thinking and learner autonomy (Thomas, 2000), and authentic opportunities for communicative language use both in and outside the classroom (Barron & Darling-Hammond, 2008).The presenter will introduce a structured research project in which Japanese high school EFL students designed and exchanged surveys on topics of their choice with American 8th-grade students using Google Forms. The Japanese students analyzed and summarized their data in videos, which they then used to teach their findings to their classmates. Working with the American students provided the Japanese students with more chances to use English, and broadened the focus of their research. Each step of the two-month project will be explained and evaluated, from brainstorming topics and forming research questions, to the peer-taught mini lessons and final assessment. Based on student learning outcomes and reflective feedback, the presenter will offer practical advice for teachers interested in setting up similar projects in their own classes.
Bio: Michael Ellis is the EFL program coordinator at International Christian University High School. He is interested in teachers’ reflective practice (among many other topics), and is currently program chair of the JALT Teacher Development SIG.
Presentation #3 Writing Outside the Classroom: The Daily Discipline of Writing
The Daily Discipline of Writing (Callahan) is an activity designed for implementation outside the classroom and is used to encourage student fluidity, voice, and expression minus the inner critic (Elbow 1994) and external assessor. As the DDW is not read by the teacher, it allows students to take risks and experiment without fear of under performing, and simultaneously allows students more opportunities to write without the teacher acting as “bottleneck” (Moffett 1968). The rationale behind using the DDW, its intended benefits, and several options for its assessment will be discussed.
Bio: Amy Holdsworth is in the returnee department of Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (Shibuya Junior and Senior High), where she teaches Language Arts and World History. She is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, and has most recently contributed to 東大英語リスニング. She is interested in pedagogical strategies for returnee/liminal classrooms, student voice and agency, and expanding the literary canon.
June 2017: Literature in Language Teaching
Date: TBC – 24th or 25th of June though, not 15/16
July 2017: Dr. Stephen Ryan – Motivation (Title TBC)
Date: Sunday July 9
August 2017: No event
Date: Sunday July 9 TBC
September 2017: ESP Symposium
Date: Saturday, 16 September 2017
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Keio University
In September, instead of holding our own event, we are co-sponsoring a plenary speaker at the CUE/Business Communication SIG’s event in Keio University: the ESP Symposium will feature three plenary speakers, two from overseas, and one from within Japan, with a broad of expertise in the field of teaching and researching English for Specific Purposes (ESP). Additionally, two poster sessions, a round-table and panel discussion offer teacher-researchers opportunity to interact and share their own work in ESP. There will be a call for posters in February. Additional details as they come in here: link
Fee for JALT members: 1,500
Fee for one-day members: 3,000 yen
October 2017: Young Learners – Lesley Ito and Hitomi Sakamoto
Date: Sunday October 22
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: No Event (Conference)
Date: TBC – third Saturday or third Sunday
Date: TBC – third Saturday or third Sunday
Time: 1.15pm-5pm, followed by Bonenkai
Details: Call will go out in September 2017 – check your email!