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**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.

Osaka Mint Bureau, near Temmabashi station

Fee: Free (bring your own food and beverages)

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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: 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


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 .

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 ( and the Griddle activity from the Apps4EFL website ( 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.  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 .


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.

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)



4-Corners Tour Kansai (In Osaka)

Presented by Osaka JALT

Date and Time: 
     Sunday, 4 December 2016 - 1:30pm - 5:00pm
     Debbie West & Dorothy Zemach
Skilling up for academic success special

Speaking in a learned language is a big challenge. This presentation will share some different kinds of presentations and presenters styles and connect those skills to an appropriate age group or style. The workshop will consist of exploring different styles, different activities and techniques to using the basics, basic drama techniques, voice techniques, visual presentation techniques and delivery techniques. Discover the different ways you can help your students enhance their self-expression through having more liberty in the idea of speaking in front of others. Incorporating skills from drama for voice projection and using technology as a prompt can help us in our presenting.

Debbie West is this year's Kevin Cleary invited speaker for JALT2016. She is a UC Berkeley grad and immediate past-president of TESOL France, was brought up in a military family and has done almost everything from teaching French to being International Student Advisor in the US to now teaching English to all levels and ages in France. An educator at heart, she sees education as broader than in a classroom and is definitely not very traditional in her methods. With a love for developing programs and an ever-present bank of ideas, there never seems to be enough time, energy and money to do everything. She is a Representative for the International Business Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and is trying to develop a Total Summer Immersion English Program (in August). She can be reached via her website:

Dorothy Zemach - Academic Writing Special: Scaffolding the Writing Process

Do your students (or you!) regard “process writing” as a remedial technique designed for struggling writers or low-level language students? This workshop takes participants through all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, drafting, editing, and rewriting, to demonstrate its usefulness and efficiency for any level of young adult or adult writer (including native speakers). We’ll try out a variety of practical and enjoyable classroom activities for each stage. Participants will look at activities that teach students to brainstorm creatively, make outlining easier for visually oriented learners, and set up a peer reviewing process that actually works.

Dorothy Zemach is one of the plenary speakers at JALT2016, has an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont, USA, and has been teaching English for 30 years. Since turning to materials writing, she has penned everything from the Teddy Bear's Magic Music teacher's book to the lowest and highest levels of Macmillan's flagship course Open Mind to the groundbreaking English for Scammers (self-published).

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

There will be a dinner party afterward for those interested.

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

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

Dinner party with JALT2016 Balsamo Asian Scholar

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 1 December 2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Kalyan Chattopadhyay
Kalyan Chattopadhyay is Associate Professor and Director of the English Language Centre at Bankim Sardar College, Calcutta University, and this year's Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar at JALT2016. A University of Leeds and Hornby Trust alumnus, he has spoken and published on language skills development and the use of new technologies in language teaching. He is an IELTS research awardee and Cambridge University Press author, the outgoing Coordinator of IATEFL YLTSIG (UK), and the current Vice President of AsiaCALL.

Come join us for casual conversation over dinner and drinks starting from 6:00 at the Blarney Stone Irish pub. Join us whenever you can make it for as long as you like. All are very welcome.

Fee for JALT members:
Fee for one-day members:
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