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

Mar 2018: No event (Holidays)

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Apr 2018:  No event (Holidays)

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May 2018: Technology My Share

Date: Sunday, May 27 not 20th (date changed in early March due to clash with PanSIG).
Time: From 1pm
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre IMPORTANT!!! The Kannai venue is also closed for refurbishment and moved to the temporary location nearby: LINK. It’s down Baystars street from the station, above a Doutor. Google Maps
Details:

Tokiko Hori – Open Your Eyes…and Students’ Eyes—MOOCs for In and Out of Classroom
Brett Laybutt – Introducing Generic Staging through Music Videos
Paul McKenna  – Facilitating Collaborative Vocabulary Study with Google Sheets & Quizlet Live
Gota Hayashi – A Teacher’s Model of Online Self-Directed Learning for Students
David Ockert – EFL Positive Self-Review via Tablet Computer: Chi-squared Analysis Proves Increases in Self-determination Motives
Bill Smith – Using Bluetooth speakers in Listening classes
Forrest Nelson – Administering TOEIC or TOEFL tests in Moodle.
Alexander Selman – Rich interactive user-experience with iBooks.
Paul Raine – Latest updates from Apps 4 EFL
One more pre-booked slot left!

If you would like to take on the remaining slot, please prepare a 10-15 minute presentation sharing the practical application of technology for language learning – an activity, some materials, an app or website – anything other members might find useful. To book a slot, please email Malc Prentice at ( techmyshare2018@alba-english.com 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. Please note that the Tech event this year is not at Tamagawa University , but we are still planning to produce a special journal issue featuring 1000 word practical articles by presenters. After the meeting, we will head out for some food and drink.
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June 16 2018: Speech Drama and Debate SIG event

Date: June 16
Time: 1pm-
Location: Yokohama Youth Centre IMPORTANT!!! The Kannai venue is also closed for refurbishment and moved to the temporary location nearby: LINK. It’s down Baystars street from the station, above a Doutor. Google Maps
Speaker 1: Vivian Bussinguer-Khavari (90 mins)
Abstract: This workshop introduces improvisation activities that are suitable for the language classroom. It is a practical hands-on session in which participants will experience the excitement of a lesson that utilizes improvisation by actually taking part in as many improvisation activites as time allows. Improvisation activities add humor and excitement to the language classroom. They can compliment any course syllabus and can be adapted to fit any language proficieny level. Such activites require learners to communicate without previous preparation, just like they would outside the classroom. In class, language learners are often told what to do and what to say, but in real-life situations, they cannot prepare their lines or practice their actions in advance. Improvisation is a constant factor in our out-of-class behavior and educators should be encouraged to provide opportunities for such behavior in the language classroom as well. Improvisation helps to build learners’ confidence by requiring them to listen carefully and speak clearly in order to complete the given task. By engaging in improvisation activities, learners also develop nonverbal skills and become better at using and interpreting nonverbal cues.
Bio: Vivian Bussinguer-Khavari is an associate professor at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Hyogo. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and her research interests include but are not limited to second language acquisition, TESOL, heritage language education, and intercultural communication. She is a believer in Performance-Assisted Learning (PAL) and tries to bring life to her English classes by having learners engage in drama, oral interpretation, presentations, speeches, formal debates, and improvisation.

Speaker 2: Paul Nehls (90 mins)
Abstract: The purpose of this workshop is to experience how adding drama to common EFL classroom tasks can serve to engage student’s interest and make English USE more real and memorable. Participants should expect a hands-on interactive 90 minutes where we practice and explore how to implement drama activities and discuss why they may be beneficial in a variety of situations. The activities introduced in this session are meant to be adapted to classrooms of any age and level. One of the convenient benefits of what we will practices is that many of these activities will simply be a new way to do exercises that are already performed in most EFL classrooms, such as textbook dialogues, grammar exercises and vocabulary building. So, there is no necessity for teachers to feel the need to greatly alter their syllabi. Rather, teachers can instead add/alter the activities in this workshop to seamlessly merge with what they are likely already doing. The benefits of adding drama to the! EFL classroom include, among others; generating enthusiasm for English, removing the sense of artificiality of wrote exercises, motivating students to try and internalize new language/forms, enlivening the classroom, building practical understanding of stress, fluency and prosody, all while fostering a greater awareness of real life interaction in a foreign language.

Bio: Paul Nehls is an instructor of English and Academic Speaking at Yokohama City University. A 10 year member of Yokohama Chapter, he is also one of the founding members of the Speech Drama and Debate SIG. He holds a Masters in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is currently a PhD candidate in Linguistics at Yokohama National University.

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June 30, 2018: Literature in Language Teaching SIG

Date: Saturday June 30
Time: From 1pm
Location: Yokohama Kyoiku Kaikan. Near Sakuragicho (JR/underground) or Hinode (Toyoko) Venue Directions Google Map

Title: Teaching Narratives: Intentionally Ambiguous
Speaker: Donna Tatsuki, Kobe University of Foreign Studies
Abstract: The first half of this presentation is is an exhaustive compilation of the various approaches available for the teaching of how to write and perform narratives. The second half examines the ways, meanings and outcomes of the acts of sharing narratives on teaching (and by proxy, learning). It considers these topics by considering narratives about teaching from three perspectives: 1) Student narratives, 2) Teacher based narratives, and 3) Popular/Media-based narratives. It closes with some caveats and cautions about the danger of uncritical acceptance of teacher-learner narratives.
Bio: Donna Tatsuki, director of the Graduate School for English Language Education and Research at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, has done research on storytelling/narrative inquiry, cross-cultural pragmatics, English as a Lingua Franca and multi-party talk-in-interaction in MUN simulations. She has taught in Canada and Japan.

Title: Teaching English-language Haiku: Articulating Voice in the Target Language
Speaker: Atsushi Iida, Gunma University
Abstract: The aim of this presentation is to expand our knowledge on the teaching of haiku writing in the second language (L2) classroom. This presentation will first address the issue of voice in L2 writing and discuss how poetry writing helps to construct and develop voice from theoretical viewpoints. Then, the presenter will share his teaching practice -haiku writing as meaningful literacy learning- in the Japanese EFL university classroom. This session will end with a discussion of how teachers can help students to make their L2 learning personal, meaningful, and humanistic.
Bio: Atsushi Iida is Associate Professor of English in the University Education Center at Gunma University. He was awarded his Ph.D. in English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include second language writing, poetry writing, and literature in second language education. He has published his work in various journals including Assessing Writing , System, Qualitative Inquiry, and Scientific Study of Literature.

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Aug 2018: No event (Holidays)

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Sep 2018: No event (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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Jan 2019:

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Feb 2019:

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Mar 2019: No event (Holidays)

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Apr 2019: No event (Holidays)

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May 2019:

Tech My Share
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Jun 2019:

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Jul 2019:

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Aug 2019: No event (Holidays)

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Sep 2019: No event (Holidays)

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Oct 2019:

TBC
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Nov 2019: No Event (National Conference)

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Dec 2019:

My Share
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