Upcoming Events

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July/August 2015: No Event

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September 20, 2015 (SUNDAY): Bilingualism SIG event

Presenters: Mary Nobuoka and Marybeth Kamibeppu
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Location: Kanagawa Kokaido Hall – 2 mins walk from JR HigashiKanagawa (Yokohama/Keihin Tohoku line) and Nakakido (Keikyu) – map

What You Need to Know about Raising Children to Be Bilingual – Mary Nobuoka

Abstract:Many people think that children raised by parents who speak two or more languages will naturally become bilingual or multilingual. However, in a monolingual country, this is not so easy. Raising a bilingual child in Japan (or countries like the USA) requires planning and attention. This presentation will alert parents to the challenges of raising a bilingual child and share the factors for success. Tips for adding bi-literacy skills will also be included. This talk will be of benefit to any family that is hoping their child(ren) will be bilingual.

Let’s Talk “Juken” – Marybeth Kamibeppu

Abstract:This presentation will introduce basic terms and practices for junior high and high school entrance exams (juken) in the Kanto Area. Understanding the juken process is a daunting prospect that most students and parents will face. This is even more so for international and bicultural families who less familiar with the Japanese education system. Parents have an active role to support and guide their children. Juken is more that getting into the “best” school. It is about finding the best fit for each child. There are many factors and with adolescents the “best fit” is often a moving target. Bicultural and bilingual abilities can be a plus in the process. How to prepare and document these abilities and experiences will be discussed. Preparation and strategies based on the presenter’s experience getting through the process with her own three children, informal interviews with other parents and research will be included. If you are just starting out, in the process of juken or would like to share some advice, join us and let’s talk juken!

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October 18, 2015 (SUNDAY): Extensive Reading

Presenters: Mark Brierley and Peter Hordequinn

ER Communities of Practice in Context – Peter Hordequinn
Abstract:This presentation and workshop session will explore individual and contextual factors that drive the formation and maintenance of Extensive Reading (ER) Communities of Practice. After a brief introduction of communities of practice theory and an exploration of contextual factors informing foreign language literacy in Japan, I’ll describe one particular higher education setting’s ER community of practice. I’ll then offer a conceptual framework for assessing factors that influence the success of this community and its members. Participants will use this framework to discuss existing and/or potential ER communities of practice in the contexts where they teach with a focus on creating greater student investment in ER.

 

Getting assessment out of ER without putting it in – Mark Brierley

Abstract: One of Richard Day and Julian Bamford’s top ten principles for Extensive Reading (ER) suggests that there should be no testing. However, most teachers are required by their institutions to submit grades, and many face students who would not be there without a grade as an incentive. This presentation will look at the theory and practice of ER assessment, advocating a strategic range of approaches with special consideration for backwash and formative assessment, so that students are motivated to read a lot.

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November 2015: No Event (See you at the Conference!)

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December 2015: My Share

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January 2016 (tentative): Labour Issues for English Teachers

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February 2016: No event

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Late March / Early April 2016 (weather depending): Spring Outdoor Social

BBQ? Hanami? Get in touch if you have any suggestions!

 

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May 2016: TBA

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June 2016: Tech@Tamagawa

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July/August 2016: no event

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September 2016: TBA

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October 2016: TBA

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November 2016: No event. See you at the conference!

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December 2016: My Share

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