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

December 2017: My Share

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 nearby: LINK
Details: Call out now! Check your email, Facebook, or Twitter for details

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Draft schedule for 2018

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
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 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
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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

Date: TBC
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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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