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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:

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline November 18  

Osaka JALT Chapter Officer Nominations -- deadline November 18
It’s almost that time of year again when we are required to hold chapter officer elections. Officers serve from the end of one national JALT conference to the next, so we plan to hold elections just before JALT2016 begining on November 19-24. Our current officers would like to cordially invite you to throw your hat into the ring as a way of actively participating in running the chapter.
We’re required to have at least four but preferably five members fill the positions of Chapter President, Treasurer, Program Chair, Membership Chair, and Publicity Chair. (According to JALT rules it’s possible for one person to fill two of these positions, except that the President and Treasurer must be different people who are unrelated.) The past several years we have also had several Officers at Large that help in various ways, and it’s also possible to have other specific officers, such as Web-editor, Facilities Chair, Recording Secretary, Disaster Relief Chair, and so on. The possibilities are fairly limitless.

Duties of the required “Executive” Officers ideally are roughly as follows:
The Chapter President coordinates and oversees the running of the chapter, recruits and liaises with and assists other officers as necessary, represents the Chapter at JALT’s 3 annual national Executive Board meetings and in ongoing online JALT-wide discussions, and submits an annual report to the Executive Board.

The Treasurer manages the chapter’s money and maintains and submits monthly and annual financial reports.
The Program Chair oversees the organizing of our events, in collaboration with other officers and volunteers.
The Membership Chair focuses on our regular members by signing up and welcoming new members, sending reminders to those whose membership dues are coming or have come due, and maintains our membership records.

The Publicity Chair primarily focuses on spreading the word about what we’re doing to non-JALT members via our email list, facebook group, and any other way that is deemed appropriate.
I hope you’ll consider volunteering as an officer in the coming year, though of course you don’t need to be an officer to be actively involved.
Please let us know by Sunday, November 18, if you’d like to nominate or be an officer in the coming year.


Temple Distinguished Lecture Series, November 12th

Second Language Pragmatics: Learning, Teaching and Testing

     Dr. Carsten Roever (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

     Saturday, November 12, 14:00 - 21:00
     Sunday, November 13, 10:00 - 17:00

This seminar will provide an overview of research on development of second language (L2) pragmatics, and more in-depth coverage of teaching and testing of L2 pragmatics.

Second language pragmatic development has been investigated from a variety of theoretical and content perspective, describing learning of speech acts, implicature, routine formulae, extended discourse, and other areas such as humor, address terms, or specific interactional practices. Some developmental trajectories have been identified, and the influence of individual difference factors has been investigated. Participants will acquire a broad understanding of research findings, approaches and issues in L2 pragmatic development research.

Less research has occurred on teaching of L2 pragmatics, most of which has focused on effects-of-instruction studies comparing implicit and explicit approaches to L2 pragmatics teaching. While more explicit teaching approaches tend to show stronger effect than implicit ones, the latter are not ineffectual and under certain conditions can be superior. Systematic teaching of L2 pragmatics as part of a coherent curriculum is still in its infancy but the possibility of such curricular integration will be explored in this seminar together with a range of teaching approaches.

Testing of learners’ L2 pragmatic ability has developed strongly in the last two decades and a variety of testing instruments exist for assessing learners’ ability. Providing adequate coverage of a complex construct like L2 pragmatics has been challenging, however, and the context sensitivity of pragmatic performance has led to tension between the need for broad construct coverage and practicality. Assessment instruments for L2 pragmatics will be critically examined in the seminar.

Students taking this seminar for credit should read Chapter 5 and 8 of Second Language Pragmatics before the seminar. A PDF copy of the reading will be provided to those registered credit students from the Office before the seminar.

Required Reading:

  • Taguchi, N., & Roever, C. (in press). Second Language Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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