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Saturday
Apr222017

Osaka JALT - Back to School 2017

 

Osaka JALT Back to School 2017
List of Presenters

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - 9:00am - 5:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology

Back to School 2017 is Osaka JALT's 7th annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone in the new school year. With long and short presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize (including a dinner party afterwards at a nearby restaurant), there is sure to be something for everyone.

RSVP here to reserve a spot at the dinner party and so we can have a better idea of how many to prepare for.

Please enter the Osaka Jogakuin campus via the south gate, just up the steep hill from the 7-11 near Tamatsukuri subway station. (map)

The list of presentations is here, and the schedule can be found here. (Please double-check closer to the 27th for any minor, last-minute changes.)

This year's Keynote speaker is Professor Gordon Bateson of Kochi University of Technology

Theory and Practice of Gamification in the Language Learning Classroom

This presentation will consider ways in which ideas from game theory and game design can be applied in education to improve students' motivation and engagement. These ideas will be illustrated with examples from the presenter’s own experience creating activities and courses for language learning.

Of central importance in these learning materials is making the goals of the course, and the steps to achieve those goals, clear to the students. To this end, the presenter has made use of the Moodle LMS (Learning Management System) to create blended learning environments that support students of varying ability and aptitude, and encourage active learning through collaborative work in pairs and groups. The result is a “flipped classroom” in which students prepare outside class for performances and assignments done in the classroom. Responses from student surveys show that students have found these courses useful and enjoyable.

The Moodle-supported courses employ various tools and techniques. Some of the technologies, such as conditional activities and digital badges, are available in standard Moodle, while others, such as the Scoreboard block and extended Reading activity, have been developed by the presenter and can be added to a Moodle site as 3rd-party plugins.

This presentation is intended for teachers from across the spectrum of computer literacy. Whether you have never used an LMS before, or use one every day, it is hoped that this presentation will improve your awareness of the versatility of a modern LMS, and how it can support you and your students in and out of the classroom.

Gordon Bateson has a B.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Imperial College, London and a M.Sc. in Teaching English for Specific Purposes (TESP) from Aston University, Birmingham, U.K. He has lived and worked in Japan for the last 27 years. He teaches English at Kochi University of Technology (Japan) and develops add-ons for Moodle. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Aizu university (Japan).

You can get a sense of what last year's Back to School event was like, as well as previous years.

We welcome many great students, teachers, and researcher presenters who submitted proposals but submissions are now closed. Presentations can be in Japanese, English, or any language.

Any questions can be directed to us at osakajalt AT yahoo.com .

Back to School 2017 is co-sponsored by Osaka Jogakuin University's Research Institute of International Collaboration and Coexistence Research on Language Learning, and by Cambridge Centre West Japan, and by englishbooks.jp

JALT members, OJC/OJU faculty, and undergraduate students: Free

One-day members: ¥2,000 (You can join JALT or renew your dues online or via postal furikomi, or at the event.)

Sunday
Apr162017

Young Voices from Iran -- panel discussion

Saturday, 22 April 2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Panelists: Ali Khajuee, Mehrasa Alizadeh, and Parisa Mehran

We have invited three young Iranian professionals who live and work in Kansai to share their experiences and perspectives with us. Rather than a usual presentation, we will have an informal panel discussion on a wide range of topics, with ample time for questions from the audience. Language teachers and learners and everyone are sure to find cultural and language learning and teaching related points of interest.

Panelist Bios:

Ali Khajuee was born in Shiraz, Iran, and has lived in several cities including Tehran, Gachsaran, a small city in the south of Iran, and now in Kobe. He received a Master’s of Industrial Design from the University of Tehran, and he has worked for four years in different fields, including product design, branding, advertising, and web design. In Japan he received another Master’s degree from Kobe Design University and is currently a car designer for Daihatsu.

 

 

 

 Mehrasa Alizadeh was born and raised in Babol, in the north of Iran, and earned a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran. She taught English at Iran Language Institute (ILI) for eight years before coming to Japan in 2014 on a Japanese government scholarship. She is now a PhD candidate at Osaka University where she is collaborating with Parisa Mehran designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating a blended course of Academic English for Japanese learners. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning (CALL), online course development/quality assessment, and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) applications in language teaching.

 

Parisa Mehran was born and raised in Tehran and has a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in TEFL from Alzahra University, Tehran, where she later taught English for academic purposes (EAP). She received a Japanese government scholarship in 2014 and is currently a PhD candidate at Osaka University. Her research interests include computer-assisted language learning (CALL), online course design, and augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) applications in ELT. Her doctoral dissertation concerns the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of an online course for teaching academic English to Japanese undergraduate students at Osaka University.

 

This event is co-sponsored by SIETAR Kansai.

There will be a dinner party after the session at a nearby restaurant for those interested. RSVP to Donna Fujimoto by Tuesday, April 18, if interested.

Location:
Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F) Tel.(0798)69-3155 Two minutes walk from Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station northeast exit

Fee for JALT and SIETAR members: Free

Fee for one-day members: ¥500 (free for students)

Contact or Queries

 

Friday
Mar312017

**CANCELLED due to rain** Peer-, Near-Peer-, and Community-Mentoring Hanami party at Osaka Mint Bureau

Saturday, 15 April 2017 - 1:00pm - 5:30pm

Unfortunately, with more rain in the weather forecast, we have decided to cancel this event. We expect to have more opportunities for peer-, near-peer-, and community-mentoring at future events, so please plan to join us another time!

The weather forecast has led us to postpone this event to Saturday, April 15, and to move it to near the Osaka Mint Bureau. Further details of where to meet will be posted closer to the 15th, but here's the main idea:

The hanami season is the perfect time to get together under the cherry blossoms to catch up with old friends, make new ones, and share ideas (and libations) as we begin the new school year. Share ideas and suggestions with Osaka JALT officers and other members and non-members, network with other teachers and students, discuss teaching and learning (or whatever you like), or just kick back and relax with us in this very informal and rather autonomous exercise in peer-, near-peer, and community-mentoring!

Family, friends, and newcomers are all very welcome.

Bring refreshments for yourself and possibly something to share, and a plastic sheet or something to sit on.

Please be sure to check for updates and further details closer to the 15th.

Location:
Osaka Mint Bureau, near Temmabashi station

Fee: Free (bring your own food and beverages)

Contact or Queries

https://tinyurl.com/mlebdjb
Thursday
Dec222016

Textbook evaluation survey

f you are a full-time or part-time university teacher who chooses your own textbook(s), participate in our 10- minute survey & you’ll get a JPY500 Amazon coupon!

Our kaken research group is conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated.

The purpose of this research is to assess EFL textbooks in Japan. We hope that the data we collect can provide insights to educators, curriculum planners and school administrators on how to comprehensively assess EFL textbooks. This is an anonymous survey, so your personal information will not be identified, presented, or published. All answers to this survey will be used for research purposes only. If, for any reason, you cannot answer any question, please just leave it blank. 

Before you begin the survey, think of one textbook that you are currently using and base all of your answers to the questions on pages 2 and 3 on that textbook.

There are a total of 37 questions. It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete the entire survey. After you complete the survey, we will send you a link to a JPY500 Amazon coupon in January. The data will be used for a research project and the coupons are limited to the first 150 participants.

Click on this link to begin: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F6D36Y3. If you know of any other teachers who choose their own textbook(s) and would like to participate in this survey, please send them this web link so they can take our survey as well.

Thank you very much for your time and cooperation.

Robert Sheridan

Sunday
Dec042016

Hands On Media Education micro-conference at Otemae University's Itami campus

Saturday, 17 December 2016 - 9:30am - 5:00pm, followed by year-end bonenkai dinner party

Speakers: Jessie Curell, Gerard Levesque, David Lees, and Oliver Rose

9:30 ~ Registration
10:00-12:00 - "Teaching Stop Motion Animation in the Classroom" by Jessie Curell of Hands on Media Education
12:05-12:50 - "Word Games in the Digital Age" by Gerard Pierre Levesque
12:50-1:35 - Lunch (It's best to bring a bento or pick something up on the way.)
1:35-2:00 - "Different Degrees of Subtitling: Learner Impressions and Effects on Incidental Acquisition" by David Lees
2:05-2:50 - "Apps for Sentence Production Practice" by Oliver Rose
3:00-5:00 - "Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom" by Jessie Curell of Hands on Media
5:15-?? BONENKAI at Subhi Mahal Inano Indian restaurant, right near Hankyu Inano station. Stop by for just a drink or stay as long and eat and drink as much as you like (and pay just for what you order). RSVP to osakajalt AT gmail.com .

10:00-12:00 - "Teaching Stop Motion Animation in the Classroom" by Jessie Curell of Hands On Media
Learn how to engage your students using an incredibly creative, imaginative and expressive form of media production. This two-hour workshop focuses on easy-to-use Stop-Motion techniques for the classroom, and can be used to bring any topic or theme alive. Educators will leave with practical, hands-on experience, including animation-station set-up, sound design and story-boarding techniques to use with their students.

12:05-12:50 - "Word Games in the Digital Age" by Gerard Pierre Levesque
Word games are great support activities and can be much more. Games are used to practice grammar, introduce knowledge, support a textbook, and can be adapted to the Digital Age. Games avoid boredom, practice vocabulary, foster group work and can become the basis for digitally written homework and develop digital skills students will need in their professional work.

1:35-2:00 - "Different Degrees of Subtitling: Learner Impressions and Effects on Incidental Acquisition" by David Lees
The current body of research concerning subtitling suggests that while traditional interlanguage (L1-L2) subtitles may help on-the-spot understanding of a given utterance, intralanguage (L2-L2) subtitles help learners’ L2 recognition, noticing and acquisition of vocabulary. This research attempts an experimental foray into the different degrees of subtitle intervention, and presents and discusses the findings with an eye on future investigation.

2:05-2:50 - "Apps for Sentence Production Practice" by Oliver Rose
While communicative fluency is the goal we ultimately want our students to reach, they often lack the prerequisite ability to form sentences. The PhraseBot app (www.phrasebotapp.com) and the Griddle activity from the Apps4EFL website (http://www.apps4efl.com/activities/griddle) have been designed to provide plenty of self-study sentence-formation practice for learners at their own level of ability.

3:00-5:00 - "Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom" by Jessie Curell of Hands On Media
A Digital Story is a personal narrative created by weaving digital photographs, video, voice, text and music into a digital video project. In this two-hour professional development workshop, educators are introduced to the experience of developing 2-3 minute visual narratives and basic strategies for managing the creation of digital stories in the classroom. This workshop is a great opportunity for educators to develop their technology know-how and practice their skills.

5:15-?? Bonenkai dinner party at Subhi Mahal Inano Indian Restaurant, right near Hankyu Inano station. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g298192-d7465342-Reviews-S...  Stop by for just a drink or stay as long and eat and drink as much as you like (and pay just for what you order). RSVP to osakajalt AT gmail.com .

 

Jessie Curell is the founder and director of Hands On Media Education, based in Montreal, Canada. By providing customized production-based media and digital literacy workshops, Hands On Media Education offers educators, students and private organizations highly effective opportunities to engage with the evolving landscape of media education. http://www.handsonmediaeducation.com/

Gerard Pierre Levesque has been teaching English in Japan since 1991 and is a long-time member of Osaka JALT and JALT's CALL SIG.

David Lees currently teaches English at Kyoto University.

Oliver Rose teaches EFL at Kwansei Gakuin University, and is interested in materials design and educational technology for language learning.

This event is co-sponsored by JALT's CALL SIG and Kyoto Chapter.

Fee for JALT members: FREE
Fee for one-day members: 1000 yen (500 yen for students)