There’s a whole lot going on with Shizuoka JALT, so why not pop in!

1. September 29/30: Conference – Shizuoka City (Fri/Sat)
Many presenters and numerous interesting topics related to gender and culture

2. October 1, 2017 Farrah Hasnain (Toyohashi JALT panel)

3. October 8: JALT Conference Presentation Preview – Shizuoka City (Sun)
JALT National Presentation Preview
Shizuoka JALT — Shizuoka City
October 8, 2017
2:00 – 4:00

Digital Cooperative Development: Professional Development for Busy Teachers — Matt Keighley

In busy academic institutions, with many new staff only teaching a few lessons a week, opportunities for Professional Development may be scant. Indeed, more experienced teachers may have forgotten how it felt to be a fresh face in front of the class and struggle to offer appropriate guidance. Under such circumstances, Cooperative Development undertaken with one’s peers can contribute to improvement under inclusive and empowering circumstances. This talk will introduce some digital variations on standard Cooperative Development practice and discuss the presenter’s own experience in employing such a model in support of his own teaching practice.

Bio: Matt Keighley has been teaching in Japan for eight years and is currently in his second year of teaching at university level. He works at J.F. Oberlin, Tama University, and is the representative owner of Square One LLC.

4. November 25: Hamamatsu: JALT Conference 4 Corners presenter
November 26 s/he presents in Toyohashi.

5. December 10: Shizuoka City Party, Shizuoka (Sun)

6. December 16: Hamamatsu: My Share/Party. 

Associate Professor James Dunn: Academic ESP for Engineering Students Through an Easy Collaborative Project 

Shizuoka JALT — Shizuoka City
September 10, 2017
2:00 – 4:00

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James D. Dunn
Tokai University

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in ESP learning strategies given that they facilitate a host of second/foreign language learning opportunities. As some learners may not find scientific abstract writing sufficient or useful for their current or future needs, they may not be interested in developing mastery of the vocabulary and writing skills necessary for their field. Collaborative project-based learning may help them to become more proficient with the broad range of vocabulary and writing skills necessary to the abstract writing process.

This presentation shares the set-up, main activity, and extension of an in-class collaborative project which supports engineering vocabulary usage and scientific abstract writing skills. By utilizing inexpensive easily obtained materials, in class, students are tasked with creating a mechanism that requires them to be creative, work in a team, and use their engineering knowledge. At the end of the project, students collect data on their mechanism’s performance. The final extension of this project-based activity is for students prepare an accurate abstract that describes the design, manufacture, and performance of their mechanism. By allowing students to be creative and work in teams, ESP vocabulary and writing skills can become not only educational, but fun.

James Dunn is an Associate Professor at Tokai University. His research interests are in Critical Thinking skills and their impact on brain functionality. Currently he is measuring higher-order thinking skills training emotional response in English activities. His educational goal is to help students improve themselves through awareness of critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills training.

“Constructive Communication Across Gender and Cultures” Mini-Conference 「ジェンダーとカルチャーを超えた創造的コミュニケーション」

Presenters: Diane Nagatomo, Joseph Shaules, Melodie Cook, Eucharia Donnery, Maria Gabriela Schmidt, Jane Nakagawa, Donna Fujimoto, Avril Haye-Matsui, Yoshi Joanna Grote, Eiko Miwa (三輪 英子) of Shiseido (Saturday), Gregg McNabb, Sue Sullivan and Jon Dujmovich.

Fee for JALT members: JALT, JII, SIETAR members ¥4000. One day only ¥3000
Fee for non-JALT members: ¥5000
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Please register as soon as possible.

09/29/2017 – 18:00 to 09/30/2017 – 17:00

“Constructive Communication Across Gender and Cultures” 「ジェンダーとカルチャーを超えた創造的コミュニケーション」(2017) Two-day conference

This initial theme hopes to address and bring together social issues relevant to gender and culture. It is evident that as much as we have in common, there remain significant differences in many of our approaches to life. Focusing on the dimensions of gender and culture, this mini-conference will provide opportunity for academics, professionals, and the general public to discuss and explore several issues surrounding them. The mini-conference format will feature experiential learning sessions and include workshops, presentations, discussion groups, focus groups, and digital posters. For this inaugural event, the aim of Shizuoka JALT is to provide an inclusive and educationally stimulating environment for constructive communication about gender and culture.

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June 25, 2017: Professor Kimihiro Tsumura: “Education Challenges Confronting Ethnic Minority Children in Hamamatsu and a Solution”

Professor Kimihiro Tsumura
Hamamatsu Gakuin University

June 25, 2017 13:00 (doors open), 13:30-15:30
Hamamatsu Create Bldg. Room 51

This presentation will address the particular challenges that confront certain ethnic minority children in Hamamatsu and describe one solution (see below – edited for brevity).

The educational situation confronting ethnic minority children in Hamamatsu public schools is unique. There are many students from low income families whose native language is not Japanese. Although supplemental Japanese language classes are provided for such students in Japanese public schools, in order for them to participate in these classes, they are forced to miss essential classes in subjects such as mathematics, social studies, science and so on.

Hamamatsu International School bridges this gap by providing affordable English education in these subjects for students at risk. It seeks to create an environment in which multicultural education will be the focus of all learning. The overall goal is to cultivate these three core competencies based on the principles of universal design for learning (UDL): key competencies as identified by the OECD, competencies for which multicultural education aims, and the educational principles of the International Baccalaureate Program)

  • The ability to live in multicultural societies
  • The ability to build interpersonal relationships in multicultural societies
  • The ability to disseminate opinions and thoughts and take actions positively in multicultural societies

Teachers and local university students of various nationalities and cultural backgrounds work together in an all English environment through team teaching and a mentoring system to ensure that these children obtain a quality multicultural education.

Prof. Tomoko Yoshida, Keio University Intercultural Communication Skills Japanese Corporations Need: Applications to the Language Classroom

April 23, 2017 13:30 – 15:30 at Create Hamamatsu (coming earlier is fine)

As the world becomes increasingly global, most college graduates obtain jobs that involve communicating with a wide variety of people. To better understand what kinds of intercultural communication skills Japanese corporations need, we conducted five focus groups with a total of 27 participants. Our analyses revealed that participants’ examples of intercultural communication included more domestic examples (e.g., gender, region, job type, age) than international ones. Further, many of the techniques described by the participants were an amalgam of “Japanese” (e.g., sasshi, situation-specific adjustment) and “Western” (e.g., verbalizing thoughts, taking the initiative) communication skills. This interactive workshop will present the results of the study and provide an opportunity for participants to brainstorm and share different classroom activities to foster these skills.

Tomoko Yoshida is a professor in the Faculty of Business and Commerce at Keio University. She is very well known in the field of Intercultural Studies and has authored, co-authored or co-edited over eight books or book chapters and 30 journal articles (too numerous to list here). She has also authored multiple articles on the experiences of Japanese returnees and Japanese biethnics in Japan. Born in the Philippines and having spent the first 18 years of her life outside of Japan, Tomoko has a personal and professional interest in the identity of those who live in the interstices of society. She has served as the journal editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication since 2014 and will be the Vice President of SIETAR Japan starting in April, 2017.

Farrah Hasnain Effectiveness of Team-Teaching in Japanese High Schools

April 9, 2017 14:00 – 16:00 Shizuoka Kyouiku Kaikan  (map)

English education and team teaching in Japanese public and private high schools demand the collaboration of JTEs and ALTs. The roles of each in terms of lesson preparation/materials selection, as well as the perceived agency of the Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) and Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in the present national foreign language curriculum can become sources of conflict and dysfunction. This is an examination of the pre-service and in-service training that JTEs and ALTs receive from their respective boards of education, government programs, and dispatch companies. Current and former senior high school ALTs and JTEs nationwide were surveyed and interviewed. Both parties felt that there needs to be clearer guidelines of their individual roles to team-teach effectively.

Farrah Hasnain is currently in her third year of the JET Program as an ALT at a public senior high school. She is originally from Washington, DC.

New Shizuoka JALT – New Website

Welcome to the new website for the merged Shizuoka Chapter. This site will provide members and friends with Shizuoka JALT related news and events, as well as meeting minutes.

As the merger will not be final until April 1, 2017, this page will not be regularly updated until then. For news for the pre-merger chapters, please visit the links below:

Thank you!