Saturday, June 30th 6:30–8:30pm
Nagoya International Center 3F, Lecture Room 2
Our next meeting will be held at Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 2. Please join us from 6:30—8:30pm for a presentation from Michael Lacey-Freeman, who will be presenting “What Happens Next?”
When readers wrap themselves up in a story they are engaged both intellectually and emotionally. A story can get the head and the heart to work together, bringing down the barriers, and taking the reader to a place where learning becomes almost effortless. With this talk, I would like to illustrate how we can all go to this place, and bring the words on the page to life.
The Nagoya International Center is one stop away from Nagoya Station on the Sakura-dōri Line.
Sunday, May 13th 1:30—4:30pm
Our next meeting will be held at Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 2. Please join us from 1:30—4:30pm for a presentation from Parisa Mehran, PhD candidate at Osaka University, who will be presenting I Am More Than Just a Stereotype followed by Gerry Yokota, Professor at Osaka University, presenting Are you Listening? Responding to the Challenges of Diversity. The first presentation is a journey to Parisa’s activism and identity reconstruction as an Iranian English teacher/researcher in Japan by recounting her critical events and my personal narratives. She will discuss how these incidents and stories have changed her life and how she is trying different ways to be a change agent to dispel stereotypes about her identity. In the follow-up presentation, Dr. Yokota will will facilitate discussion about how educators can and should be responding to the voices of people like Parisa. How can we move beyond talking the talk to walking the walk? As a bridge or springboard (diving board?) for discussion, we will discuss the JALT Code of Conduct, a short one-page document that is easily accessible on the website, and explore the roles we are challenged to play in realizing the ideals we profess to uphold.
Saturday, April 21st 6:30—9:00pm
Our next meeting will be held at Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 2. Please join us from 6:30—9:00pm for a presentation from Eucharia Donnery, who will be presenting What am I doing that students can do by themselves: Finding, releasing and harnessing energy in the classroom. Outside of the classroom, we can see vibrant, social and outgoing students enjoying life to the fullest. Yet, these same students turn into the prominent 19th-century educator Yuichi Fukuzawa’s “shy, self-conscious, blushing ‘bride’” when inside the classroom. Furthermore, in order to compensate for the deafening silence, sometimes as educators we tend to overteach, compounding the problem by diminishing our students’ sense of autonomy in both the L1 and L2. So, how can we help our students to help themselves? For some educators, the very thought of releasing control and power to the students is a daunting prospect, however, this can be successfully achieved by engaging our students in the moment and promoting psychologist Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow in the classroom. This presentation offers ways in which to promote learner-centeredness and learning-centeredness, by helping the students to empower themselves.
Sunday, March 25th 1:30—4:30pm
Our next meeting will be held at Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 1. Please join us from 1:30—4:30pm for a presentation from Darran Daido, CEO of Oak Tree International School and Eco Learning Systems, will be presenting the Eco Learning Systems: A New Way of Learning. Children’s eikaiwa lessons can be a challenge for everyone involved. Schools facilitate the lessons, pay the teachers and rightfully profit from the transaction. Parents understand the various benefits for their children studying English, and teachers need the necessary training and tools to execute the language delivery successfully. What about the children? Usually, they go to English class for fun.
If they are having fun, then everyone is happy. If they are not, well…. Where does the lesson fit in? How do we sustain balance and continuity? In this seminar, we will explore the various teaching approaches and methods as well as entertain the idea that there may be other approaches out there. Lets share the wisdom!
Sunday, February 25th 1:30—4:30pm
Our next meeting will be held at Nagoya International Center, 4F, Lecture Room 3. Please join us from 2:00—4:30pm for a presentation from Dr. Robert Murphy of the University of Kitakyushu, will be presenting the 3D:CG Evaluation system, a unique new rubric style for the assessment of teaching, which also provides a framework for deeper thinking about textbook and syllabus design. Since its debut two years ago, the 3D:CG Evaluation system has been incorporated in several universities around the word, to great acclaim. For this session, be prepared to have interactive discussions with partners; it is recommended arriving to this workshop in teams, so that you can work out your real-world problems as a team.
Ai Murphy of Murphy School of Education will be presenting on the “automatic escalator system,” focusing on young students’ insights. School systems typically push students up grade levels each year (based on age), assuming the students have mastered what has been taught the previous year. However, research in neuroELT clearly shows us that all students’ learning varies widely; a significant portion of our students should not be forced into the next level simply based on age-based assumptions. You may be surprised by the young students’ insights! Several practical solutions from neuroELT will be discussed, too.
Teaching Strategies & Ideas for the Classroom
by Emily Mindog, Marie Kjeldgaard, Debbie Broadby, and Heather Doiron
Four presenters from a variety of backgrounds will share tried and true methods for successful language teaching. Educators from all levels will surely be able to take away some useful ideas from this event. Attendees should come prepared to participate actively during the presentations and Q&A afterwards.
Using Story Books in Kids Classes Effectively
by Yukie Miyako
This presentation will focus on cross-curricular teaching using picture books.講演のタイトル： テーマのある絵本を使って教えるレッスンプラン
Lesson Planning by Using Picture Books Based on ThemeBook: Our Pumpkin (math)A book about using a pumpkin to practice the following skills:-measuring and weighing-estimating and countingBook: The World in a Supermarket (social studies)
Where is food in our supermarkets from? This book will practice the following skills:
-learning about continents and countries.
-making a graph
Practice and rehearsal for the JALT International Conference
This is for two groups of people: those who intend to present at the JALT International Conference, and those who can’t make it.
The November monthly meeting will give our Nagoya members a chance to do a practice presentation or workshop and get helpful feedback before the JALT International Conference. The best presentations are the ones that are refined, practiced, and rehearsed. Be that presenter that got great responses from the audience, and invites to present at other JALT Chapters. For the 5th of November, your presentation doesn’t need to be complete or polished, you don’t have to have a PowerPoint completed either. You will be able to practice connecting your computer or device to a projector, and practice your presentation or workshop with a small, supportive, and friendly audience. You can ask your audience for advice on a particular aspect of your presentation, or you can ask for overall feedback. Please invite friends and colleagues to come, receive useful feedback to improve the quality of your presentation. Also, please watch and give feedback to help improve other people’s presentations. For poster presentations, please have a rough draft prepared, so you can practice your ‘elevator pitch skills’, and get feedback and advice on layout, printing, and more.
Tell us ASAP your intention to take advantage of the November meeting. We need to know very soon how many projectors to prepare. Tell us at: https://goo.gl/forms/JQvmiN5MCwBmpwfm2 Also, please share this news with all your colleagues.
Especially for those who cannot attend the JALT International Conference in Tsukuba, this is a chance to see some presentations, albeit, in draft form. Please come and offer helpful and supportive comments. Also, please tell your colleagues about this special meeting.
DIY NeuroELT: 7 keys for making your textbook more brain-friendly”
by Marc Helgesen, Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University
Join us for our next meeting on Saturday, October 21st!
Whoever wrote your textbook was thinking about grammar and vocabulary, perhaps tasks and motivation – and was probably not focused on brain science.
But the brain is where learning occurs. As (Mind/Brain/Education) pioneer Leslie A. Hart famously said, “Designing curriculum without knowing about the brain is like designing a glove without knowing about the hand.” This session will introduce 7 quick and easy ways to make your textbook (yes, even monkasho- approved books!) more appropriate for brain-compatible learning. We’ll look specifically look at modifying textbooks tasks to make them better.
– Go for emotion!
– Give learners choices.
– The brain needs novelty.
– Teach across the senses.
– Learners need a challenge.
– Let learners create.
Practical examples, plus the science behind each idea will be presented.
Teachers are encouraged to bring along a textbook they are teaching. In the workshop sections of the session, you’ll be encouraged to think about how you can modify it.
Marc’s webpages for this topic are at http://www.tinyurl.com/neuroELT