October 18, 2014 (SATURDAY): Conversation Activities + Elections and AGM
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre, under Kannai Hall (directions)
1) Sean Anderson: Question Quest : The Language Card Game
Sean will present on Question Quest, a card=based conversation activity he has published.
Abstract: Most teachers that try to retro-fit an existing card game like Go-fish or Crazy-Eights into a language learning game have subpar results. Students must be prodded into producing target structures and reminded to not play the game in Japanese. Also their English level rarely determines victory.
Question Quest is the solution to these problems. Question Quest wasn’t built on the rules of an existing card game, but on the rules of conversation! Come and join Sean Anderson as he introduces you to this amazing new resource, so you can put your students’ language skills to the Quest!
Bio: Sean Anderson, a teacher for fifteen years, came to Japan in 1999 and has taught students at the elementary, high school, and university level. He is Co-founder of Quest Maker Media, currently teaches at Senzoku Gakuen High School, and is the inventor of Question Quest : The Language Card Game.
2) Nathaniel French: 10 minute free conversations
Abstract: This presentation will outline the activities used to get all 22 of the students in a first year university class (~400 TOEIC) to go from guided conversations that lasted less than a minute to 10 minute free conversations within the span of one semester. The activities used involved (1) Variable Sentence Response (VSR), a type of choose your own adventure for a specific conversational situation, and (2) a variety of uses for 10 single-word conversation cards (such as Who? What? Where?). Upon request, showing/playing any of the 22 recorded 10 minute free conversations from this class is also an option.
Bio: Nathaniel French is the Coordinator for the Materials Writers SIG and a lecturer at Showa Women’s University, Nihon University, and Tokyo International University. He is highly interested in getting students to not only enjoy speaking in English, but to give them the skills and confidence necessary to take their language abilities out into the world.
3) “My Worksheet Share”
If you come to this event, please consider bringing 20 copies of your favourite worksheet – either something you made yourself, or your favourite activity from a photocopiable resource book. Depending on the timing, we can either a) just swap them and ask questions (if there are any) at the social, or there may be time to do short 2-3 minute presentations on why you like them, and how to use them.
November: No YoJALT Event – it’s conference month!
Time: Friday November 21 – Monday November 24
Location: Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba)
Details: “Conversations Across Borders”
December 20 (SATURDAY): My Share and End-of-Year Party
Time: Start time depends on how many presentations we have. Probably 1pm/2pm TBA
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre, under Kannai Hall (directions)
Details: If you would like to present, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation on a practical teaching topic – an activity, materials, or similar. You can just turn up and present on the day, but to book a slot please email email@example.com with a 50-100 word abstract and a title.
January 18, 2015 (SUNDAY): Reading, Listening, and Speaking in Secondary School (3 speakers)
Oral Introduction by Mariko Fujita : Oral Introduction, a teaching method which is widely used in Japan, will be the focus of my talk. First, I’ll briefly talk about how Oral Introduction got started in Japan. Then, I’ll talk about how it is usually used in junior and senior high schools in Japan and its advantage and disadvantages. Next, I’ll demonstrate how I use it in my class. I may ask the audience to participate in that activity. Finally, I’ll talk about how I used it in teacher training at university and the reaction of my students.
Activities for Listening and Speaking in Small Talk by Ethel Ogane: Some disregard small talk and refer to it as unimportant talk. To Malinowski small talk was phatic communion, merely talk for social bonding, but studies on small talk show that it serves many transactional and relational functions. Methodologically, small talk is the norm to which other talk, in specialist, professional contexts like doctor to patient, is compared. In addition, research also shows what it achieves for participants interactionally. It is an important skill to learn for students who may be entering professional or service industries. In this workshop, participants will join in activities used to help students with the topics, openings, strategies, and closings used in everyday talk.
Action Research to Improve Students’ Listening Skill by Yuki Maehara :
Mariko Fujita holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University, and an EdD in TESOL from Temple University. She is a full-time teacher at Keio Shonan Fujisawa High School and also teaches TESOL at Keio University. Her research interests include bilingualism and teacher training.
Ethel Ogane, EdD, is a professor in the College of Tourism and Hospitality at Tamagawa University. Her research interests include teacher education, motivation and autonomy in language learning, and the ELF model and language curriculum development. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2015 (SATURDAY): Weaving Nation’s Four Strands into a Syllabus
Presenter: Terry Yearley
Details: This presentation will focus on the practical application of Nation’s book ‘What Should Every EFL Teacher Know?’ for syllabus design. I will begin by describing the four strands (meaning-focused input, meaning-focused output, language-focused learning, and fluency development), and their roles in a syllabus. Next, I will describe my own teaching situation, and then explain how I used this model to design a syllabus for my second grade senior high school students. I will include some of the problems I encountered, and some unexpected occurrences. To conclude, teachers will be invited to take part in an open discussion of their experiences regarding syllabus design.
Bio: Terry Yearley teaches EFL to first and second grade students at Keio Senior High School.
March/April 2015: No Event
May 2015 (SUNDAY): Tech My Share @ Tamagawa
June 2015 (SATURDAY): Speech, Drama and Debate (possible all-day event!)
July/August 2015: No Event
September 19, 2015 (SATURDAY): Invite pending. Watch this space……
October 18, 2015 (SUNDAY): Extensive Reading (Mark Brierley and Peter Hordequinn)
November 2015: No Event (See you at the Conference!)
December 2015: My Share