February 18 10-12:30 2月18日(日) 10 – 12:30 Create Hamamatsu Bldg. Room 53
Bring your old (but interesting) books (all types, multiple languages) to this event. There is no cost to JALT members. For all others, it’s 500円. Take as many books as you like! (Note: unclaimed books must be taken back)
Preparing English Teachers: Now and for the Future
Sunday March 18th 10:00am – 4:30 pm
Fujieda Cultural Center, 2-1-5 Fujieda-shi station, 426-0034
藤枝文化センター 〒426-0034 藤枝市駅前2-1-5
9:30 – 10:00 Networking, registration, and opening announcements
10:00 – 11:30 The State of teaching English in Japan (now and for the future) – Panel forum
Various panelists (TBA) representing different sectors of education
Hiroko Kataoka (Eikaiwa school owner)
Marcus Springer (Shizuoka University of Arts & Culture, former JET ALT)
Mike Stockwell (Sugiyama Jogakuen University, associate professor)
Kazumi Kato (Tokai University, associate professor) *not confirmed
Pierre Allard (English school owner, and direct hire ALT) *not confirmed
Moderator: Gregg McNabb, (Shizuoka University of Science and Technology , associate professor)
12:45 – 2:15 Effective Team-teaching in Japan
Pt. 1 What is team-teaching? – Cross-cultural team building Jon Dujmovich, Keio University
Team-teaching has a long tradition in public schools, kindergartens, and other learning environments throughout Japan. But what exactly is team-teaching? What does it entail? Are there different cultural interpretations, and if so, how can we create and maintain a mutual understanding of roles between teachers? This presentation will first look at various forms and interpretations of team-teaching and how they are implemented in the classroom. This will be followed by a discussion of cross-cultural elements in English teaching team dynamics with the aim of creating and capitalizing on the synergy between the teaching partners.
Jon Dujmovich is currently teaching at Keio University and Tokyo University of Science. In his over 25 years teaching experience in Japan, he has taught in almost every situation. He has also served as an intercultural trainer at Panasonic/National Matsushita, and as the director of a pioneering educational outsourcing company that trained and dispatched language teachers across Shizuoka prefecture. In 2008 he was awarded a grant to design and implement an intercultural learning program in English language classes at middle schools in Shizuoka prefecture. Later, in 2010 he co-authored a diversity training manual for the city of Hamamatsu entitled わたし,あなた,みんな, Everyone is Multicultural.
Pt. 2 Practical and effective team -teaching Leveth Jackson, Shizuoka Board of Education
Foreign language education in Japan is currently undergoing a reform which requires English team-teaching classes to be taught only in English and training elementary school teachers to team-teach English from third grade to sixth grade. The Shizuoka Prefectural BOE employs Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) for high schools through the JET Programme to team-teach English conversation classes with Japanese English Teachers. This presentation will focus on the reality of team-teaching in prefectural high schools. Is team-teaching a reality or myth? Additionally, the strategies and measures that the BOE is taking to foster effective team-teaching will be discussed.
Leveth Jackson has been an educator for the past 11 years. For the past four years she has been working with the Shizuoka Board of Education in Japan at the Prefectural Education Center (Asunaro) as an ALT Trainer and EFL instructor. Her efforts to promote English literacy and proficiency among Japanese residents led to her award of the prestigious Suruga Bank Grant 2015 for her research project “Project Deep – Deepening English Education Practice in Shizuoka Prefecture.” She has also worked on various projects and conducted numerous workshops throughout Japan to promote education and English literacy. Currently she is pursuing doctoral studies in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
2:30 – 4:30 Digital Teaching Portfolios: Gaining a competitive edge
Mike Stockwell, Sugiyama Jogakuen University
Teaching is a multifaceted profession that requires a broad range of skills and abilities. However, these attributes cannot be adequately reflected in the confines of a brief curriculum vitae. A digital teacher’s portfolio can transform how teachers demonstrate their strengths to employers. The presenter will discuss the benefits of a digital portfolio as an ongoing reflective process, and as an important self-promotion tool bag for future hiring committees. This workshop will propose a framework for developing a digital teaching portfolio for teachers in the EFL / ESL context. It will focus on two key areas. First, the presenter will invite discussion of what can be the contents of a teaching portfolio. That is, what should and shouldn’t be included to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the teacher’s skills and abilities. Second, the presenter will suggest how to design the teaching portfolio to maintain a reader-centred approach to organization and to prevent the reader from being overwhelmed with data. By following good design practice, and using a variety of formats, the reader can quickly gain an overview of an applicant’s qualifications and experience. Also, if interested the reader can easily obtain examples of the teacher’s classroom work and various skills. The presenter also proposes that all teachers, from beginners to veterans, can benefit from the reflective nature of portfolios while ensuring they are ready for a possible tenure review, or job interview.
Mike Stockwell teaches at Sugiyama Jogakuen University in Communicative English Program. His interests include motivation, authenticity in project-based learning, and collaborative learning. A new interest is developing in teaching portfolio as a reflective tool for reflection and summative assessment.
More information to follow.