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Sunday
Jun042017

Macmillan: Teacher Training Day Osaka

Moving towards a higher skill set for the Young Learner classroom
Presented by Macmillan

Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Skill Up
To Doodle or not to Doodle? A higher skill set for the creative classroom (John Cruft)

Boost Up
Guided reading as a springboard to communicative competence: A higher skill set for boosting confidence to communicate (Chiyuki Yanase)

Skill Up
The Primary Learning Experience: A higher skill set for getting it right for Young Learners (John Cruft)

Location:
Hearton Hall Nissay Midohsuji Bldg., 12F

Free entry, Limited spaces: Open to the first 100 people to register

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

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