Upcoming JALT Presentations and Events

Our next presentation will be in Hamamatsu at the Create Bldg. on Saturday, November 25 from 1800-2000 with a JALT featured speaker all the way from Uruguay (scroll down). Professor Gabriel Díaz Maggioli is visiting Japan as part of JALT National and the Four Corners Tours associated with the national conference – will present on Developing oracy skills in the classroom. Check out his credentials and be impressed.

The next Shizuoka presentation will be on December 10 from 1400-1600 featuring Professor Kazumi Kato who is well known in this region. Scroll down for information about her presentation.
The site is just a ten-minute walk from Shizuoka Station (see the link below).

There will be a My Share event in Hamamatsu on December 16 (sign up by clicking on News) — Shizuoka members are welcome, too!! It will be followed by a Mexican dinner and drinks at Mucho Amigo.

You can also find information about events via Facebook https://ja-jp.facebook.com/hamajalt

Developing oracy skills in the classroom — Professor Gabriel Díaz Maggioli

November 25: Hamamatsu: JALT Conference 4 Corners presenter

Create Hamamatsu. Room 51. 18:00-20:00, Room open at 17:30.

Developing oracy skills in the classroom

The development of oracy skills is generally cited as one of the difficulties that English language teachers experience. In this workshop we will explore various tried and tested techniques that get students talking…and talking…and talking. Come to this workshop and learn a variety of techniques to help boost your learners’ oral expression.

No matter what level we teach, we are generally confronted with silence whenever we introduce a speaking class. In this session, I will attempt to present a series of techniques that help learners activate their passive knowledge of the language so that they can express themselves orally both with fluency and with accuracy. The techniques range from controlled to free so that they can be usefully applied not just to the development of oracy skills, but also to the development of language as a whole.

Bio statement

Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher and author. His area of research is the application of Sociocultural Learning Theory to the field of teacher learning. Gabriel has authored, and co-authored, 28 books ranging from course books to reference books, as well as numerous academic articles. He has shared his theories and praxis with colleagues in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Gabriel also works as a consultant for international agencies such as the European Union, UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the US Department of State, and The World Bank. He currently lives and works in Uruguay, where he is Tenured Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University.

November 26 Prof. Diaz Maggioli presents in Toyohashi.

Prof. Kazumi Kato: A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English

December 10 from 1400-1600 in Shizuoka :
https://jalt.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=88bdd891b8bbed03bc23a72cd&id=7732f23cda&e=6e6322c57a (https://jalt.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=88bdd891b8bbed03bc23a72cd&id=6042dc1081&e=6e6322c57a)

The meeting is free for members. 1000 yen for non members.
After the meeting, we invite members to join us for some end of year drinks and maybe a light meal.

A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English

Do your students really speak English when they do group work?
This presentation will introduce a teaching method of how to conduct group work in English. The task-based group project was conducted by native English speaking students in a college in the U.K., and their group work was recorded with a video camera. Using the video, model materials for group discussion activities were made for Japanese students.

Lessons using these authentic materials were conducted in 9 different university classes in Japan with several revisions. I also conducted classes in a high school and found teaching differences with university classes. The unique point of this method is that students record their discussions with iPads and compare and analyze their discussion to the native English speaking students. In addition, they collect English expressions they want to use in a group and had output opportunities. I will introduce the video materials and methodologies along with student reflections. This teaching method can help students notice their weak points and find better expressions and strategies for their group discussions in the classroom.

Kazumi Kato is an associate professor at Tokai University in the School of Marine Science and Technology, Shimizu Campus. She also has experience teaching at high school and junior college. Her main research interests are interlanguage pragmatics, speech acts, task-based language teaching and cooperative learning. She is also interested in ESP and has found opportunities for her students to use authentic English in a seaport near her university. The study titled “Community Outreach and Autonomous Learning” was presented at JALT Shizuoka 2015, with her colleague Wendy Gough and was selected as the Editors’ Selection.

Digital Professional Development — Matt Keighley

Digital Professional Development — Matt Keighley

Shizuoka JALT — Shizuoka City
October 8, 2017
14:00 – 16:00

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.

Fall and Winter calendar 2017

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

December 10: Shizuoka City Party, Shizuoka (Sun)
December 16: Hamamatsu: My Share and Party at Mucho Amigo (https://muchoamigo.owst.jp/) Tons of food and drinks 4,000円. You can submit your “My Share” title and abstract to Gregg McNabb or Nicolette Burchill
1. Adam Jenkins — Effort-based Evaluation
2. Farrah Hasnain — TBA
3. Susan Sullivan — TBA
4. Jon Dujmovich — TBA
5. YOU!

The JALT Conference is from November 18-20 in Tsukuba.

November 25: Hamamatsu: JALT Conference 4 Corners presenter

Professor Gabriel Díaz Maggioli — “Developing oracy skills in the classroom”

Create Hamamatsu. Room 51. 18:00-20:00, Room open at 17:30.

New JALT Officers

From the new JALT year the following people have agreed to be responsible for basic Shizuoka JALT operations:

President: Jon Dujmovich
Treasurer: Farrah Hasnain
Programmes: Nicholette Burchell
Publicity: Gregg McNabb
Membership: Leveth Jackson

Members at large (to help with facilities and other support):

Matt Keighley
Yuuki Yasutomi
Hiroko Kataoka

It also needs to be acknowledged that Shizuoka JALT would certainly not be where it is today without the tireless efforts and support of past officers and members at large:
Masahiko Goshi (treasurer)
Wendy Gough (programmes co-chair)
Susan Sullivan (programmes co-chair)
Also to Mayumi Shimizu (membership), Matt Keighley (publicity) and Daichi Tanabe (vice-president), who helped with the transition from two separate chapters to our current amalgamated chapter.
Finally, to Santiago Cortez for taking care of facilities and a lot more on the Hamamatsu side for many years.

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

Site and map: http://www.s-kyoiku.com

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 Japan (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
Contact or Queriesjon@intercultural.me

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.

“Educating for Social Good” Continue reading ““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」”

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.