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 20
Time: TBC
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.
Details: If you would like to present, 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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Jun 2018: Speech Drama and Debate SIG

Date: Saturday June 30
Time: TBC
Location: TBC

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.

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.
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Jul 2018: LiLT

Date:Either June 31 or July 1 (venue depending)
Time: TBC
Location: TBC
Details: TBC
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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:

TBC
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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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