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Sunday
Oct162016

Focusing on learner psychology: Motivation and willingness to communicate

Presented by Kobe JALT

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 22 October 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Tomoko Yashima/八島智子, Kansai Unversity

In this presentation, I will first introduce the concept of willingness to communicate (WTC) as a psychological construct used to investigate individual differences in L2 communication along with motivation, anxiety, and self-confidence. Next, I will introduce a number of recent studies that explore the situated nature of WTC as emerging in language classrooms through the interaction of various individual, social, and contextual factors. I will then discuss the characteristics of the L2 communication behaviors of Japanese learners as phenomena that are both culturally constructed and dynamically emergent. Finally. I will explore teaching interventions that can enhance learners’ WTC.

Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Wednesday
Oct052016

Bunyo Ishikawa Exhibitions at Osaka Jogakuin University

Documentary - 石川文洋を旅する (Bunyo Ishikawa's Journey) October 8th, 2016
 October 8 will feature a documentary film( English subtitles) on Ishikawa's work in Vietnam and Okinawa, along with a lecture. The film will be shown twice, once before and once after the lecture.
First showing 13:00 to 14:50
Lecture 15:00 to 16:30
Second showing 16:50 to 18:40
Mr.Ishikawa will lecture from 15:00 to 16:30 on Saturday, October 8

By 松岡明芳 - 松岡明芳, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15402915

The documentary will be shown on the first floor of Osaka Christian Center next to Osaka Jogakuin University.

 

Photo Exhibition -  石川文洋写真展 ―心の眼 (In the Mind's Eye) NOVEMBER 3-5 (LECTURE ON 5th)
November 3-5 we will host a photo exhibition of his work with a lecture on Nov. 5
Thursday, November 3 10:00 to 17:00
Friday, November 4 10:00 to 20:00
Saturday, November 5 10:00 to 5:00
Mr.Ishikawa will lecture from 15:00 to 16:30 on Saturday, November 5

The photo exhibition will be on the second floor of Osaka Jogakuin University's office building located right inside the south gate.

 

Both Events are 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for high school and junior high students. JALT members can enter for 500 yen (bring your membership card if possible).

Sunday
Oct022016

Kansai SIETAR/JALT joint event: Hiroshima Hibakusha message of peace

Presented by Osaka JALT

Date and Time: 
      Sunday, 16 October 2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
      Koko Kondo

 

Koko Kondo is the youngest Hiroshima hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) who has a very important message of peace for people all over the world. Although in her early years, she did not want to tell people that she was a hibakusha, later she told her husband, “If I don’t do anything for Hiroshima, then my life is meaningless.” Since then she has been tireless in her efforts to promote peace and understanding, traveling around the world speaking to young and old. She is most proud of the fact that when President Obama was in Hiroshima he mentioned her in his speech: “We see these stories in the hibakusha--the woman who forgave the pilot who flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb, because she recognized that what she really hated was war itself.” She will tell us this story firsthand.

Ms. Kondo attended Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, New Jersey, and then studied in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. For many years she has worked for peace through an organization called Children as Peacemakers, and she is a board member of the Tanimoto Peace Foundation. She adopted two children herself and has helped to place many children in adoptive homes. She often accompanies the American University Nuclear Study Institute’s annual study abroad trip to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Kyoto. She has traveled the world with her heartfelt and moving message of peace.

This event is co-sponsored by the four Kansai chapters of JALT (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara), and Kansai Sietar.

We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant. Reservations required by Wednesday, October 12. Contact fujimotodonna@gmail.com

Fee for JALT members: 
Free for JALT and SIETAR members and students
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Sunday
Sep252016

Vocabulary Learning Strategies: Applying What We Know From Research to Our Practice

Presented by Nara JALT

Date and Time: 
     Sunday, 2 October 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
     Atsushi Mizumoto, Ph.D.
In this talk, Atsushi Mizumoto, Ph.D. of Kanasi University will present an overview of research in vocabulary learning strategies and suggest ways to incorporate strategy instruction in our classroom. He will first introduce research on different types of vocabulary learning strategies and how they are related to learners' individual differences. Next, he will discuss what we know from instructional studies on vocabulary learning strategies, mainly focusing on how we can apply those findings to our own practice. Any person interested in vocabulary learning and teaching is welcome to attend this talk.

 

Presenter Bio:
Atsushi Mizumoto, Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, is Associate
Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies and the Graduate
School of Foreign Language Education and Research, Kansai University,
Japan. His current research interests include learning strategies,
language testing, and corpus use for pedagogical purposes. He has
published articles in journals such as Applied Linguistics, Language
Teaching Research, Reading in a Foreign Language, ReCALL, RELC
Journal, and System. He is the recipient of Best Academic Paper Award
from Japan Society of English Language Education in the Year of 2014.
Website: http://mizumot.com

Fee for JALT members: 
      Free
Fee for one-day members: 
      1,000 yen
Sunday
Sep182016

JALT CUE Conference

conTENT with teaching CONtent?
Embracing Alternative Methodologies in the Modern Language Classroom

Today a variety of methods have become common to classrooms around Japan and the world. Whether classes involve the use of CLT, CBT, CLIL, ESP, or other methods, each brings with it a different set of challenges and rewards for teachers and students. This conference will encourage participants to explore different teaching methods, exchange thoughts and experiences regarding the use of the different methods, and explore suggestions for how to implement the different methods in a variety of classroom situations. Reports on research related to the various methods to deliver content course material will also be encouraged.

• Perspectives on communicative or content-based English instruction in Japan
• Innovative approaches to CLT, CLIL, CBT, and ESP
• Building support for CLIL or CBT within the university
• The role of ESP in content-based instruction

Plenary Speakers

Speaker:

Laurence Anthony

Affiliation:

Center for English Language Education, Waseda University, Japan.

Honorary Research Fellow, Lancaster University, UK.

Plenary:
Many institutions in Japan and other Asian countries are adopting Content-Based Learning (CBL) courses as an alternative to traditional English language programs. These courses are often taught by non-native subject specialists with little or no training in language teaching. As a result, students struggle to understand not only the new content but also the language in which it is being taught. Alternatively, English teachers may be asked to teach a CBL course, but this leads to the danger of them teaching overly simplistic or potentially inaccurate content material. In this presentation, I will review the core principles of the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) language learning approach and show how adopting these principles in a CBL classroom can help teachers to successfully balance content and language and produce courses that meet the target goals.  I will also discuss how ESP and CBL relate to other recent trends in tertiary program development, including English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and discuss the potential impact of all these trends on English language teachers, specialist subject teachers, and the tertiary institutions where they work.

Bio:

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. His main interests are in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies, corpus linguistics, and educational technology. He is head of the ESP section of the JACET awards and publications committee and serves on the editorial boards of various international ESP journals. In 2012, he received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) for his work on corpus software tools design.

Speaker:

Makoto Ikeda

Affiliation:

Department of English Literature at Sophia University

Plenary:
In this highly globalised information society, English is not just a basic tool to communicate with people from different linguistic backgrounds but an invaluable device to acquire new knowledge, produce original ideas and collaborate with other global citizens. This means it is not sufficient to develop students’ language knowledge and skills in the English classroom; their global (i.e. international and holistic) competencies should also be addressed. Here comes in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), whose ultimate goal is to nurture learners’ ‘soft skills’. In this talk, I will compare this innovative educational approach with other traditional ELT (English Language Teaching) methodologies, summarises its fundamental and advanced theories (principles and pedagogies), and present examples of both commercially produced and privately designed CLIL teaching materials.

Bio:

Makoto Ikeda is Professor of English Philology and English Language Education at Sophia University. He received his MA from University of London and his PhD from Sophia University. He has published a number of articles and books on CLIL, and guest-edited a special issue of The International CLIL Research Journal focusing on CLIL in Japan. His recent publications include co-authored CLIL: New Challenges in Foreign Language Education at Sophia University, Vol. 3: Lessons and Materials, Sophia University Press (forthcoming).

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