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Omiya JALT Workshop

 

On Sunday 12th February Omiya JALT held its February meeting. Two SCE members presented:

Brad Semans (SCE, JALT)

From Phonics to Literacy: Methodologies for teaching EFL students reading have advanced a lot in Japan over the last 20 years.  However, there is an expansive gap between texts and programs aimed at teaching the basics (phonics/word recognition) and those aimed at managing and manipulating content (reading for specific information/ summarizing a passage).  In this presentation a teaching style developed to remedy this will be presented, discussed and tried.

John Finucane (SCE, JALT)

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills: A workshop about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills to students as EFL learners. How to get started and how to practice.  We will discuss what skills are needed for critical thinking and debate. We will discuss what kinds of language are required for critical thinking and debate. We will learn some simple classroom exercises for introducing debate.  We will do some activities created specifically to teach critical thinking skills.

The Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally.  JALT has nearly 3,000 members, with 35 chapters and 26 special interest groups.  Omiya JALT is a JALT Chapter.

さいたま市教育家会ジャーナル, Volume 2 Submissions Open

Submissions are now open for Volume 2, issue 1 of our journal JSCE.  We particularly want to help first time authors find a forum for their work.  Interested in getting published but don’t know what to write?  Please get in touch.  We can provide you with support and ideas to publish in JSCE.  For more details please read:

For more information please contact John at:

contact@saitamacityeducators.org

SCE Féis: Junior High School Working Group

In Urawa, on the 29th of January SCE hosted an event for Japanese educators working in junior high schools.  The aim of the event was to form a working group to plan communicative lessons for junior high school classes; in anticipation of the 2012 New Course of Study.  Several SCE members were involved:

John Finucane (SCE, JALT), Michelle Martinie (SCE) and Brad Semans (SCE, JALT) and Matthew Shannon (SCE, JALT)

 

The New Course of Study is part of the Ministry of Education’s (MEXT) revised curriculum for 2013.  The goal of these changes is to improve the content and delivery of English education in Japan.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (文部科学省 Monbu-kagakushō), also known as MEXT or Monkashō, is one of the ministries of the Japanese government.  The Ministry sets standards for the Romanization of Japanese.  Kunrei-shiki romanization is widely taught in Japanese primary schools, so it has been called the Monbushō system after the predecessor of MEXT.  MEXT regulates almost every aspect of the education process.

The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET) is a group set up by and administered by participants in the JET program.  The primary purpose of AJET is to facilitate a successful working relationship between JET Programme sponsors and participants.

The Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally.  JALT has nearly 3,000 members, with 35 chapters and 26 special interest groups.  Omiya JALT is a JALT Chapter.

さいたま市教育家会 (SCE) in 2011

さいたま市教育家会

A Chairde,

We began discussing what later became SCE in October of 2010.  At the beginning of 2011 we set several goals for SCE: to create a website, hold a meeting, collaborate in an educational event and produce 5 issues of our journal.  Thanks to the contributions of dozens of people we have been able to achieve all of these goals. We would like to thank the following people for their contributions in 2011:

Arnold Aragones, Lee Arnold, David Bailey, Erik Birkland, Carl Bloomfield, Jonathan Borock, Ivan Botev, Philip Chan, Larry Cisar, Bryan Darr, Aurora Dobashi, Robert Durham, David Erickson, John Finucane, Daniel Girad, Jun Harada, Brad Holmes, Decha Hongthong, Leander S. Hughes, Ryan Jude, Kashiwa Junko, John Mangan, Brett Milliner, Mizuguchi Tomoko, Calvin Ogata, Justin Oistad, Nicholas Pelletier, Nick Repsher, Tyson Rode, Robert Rowland, Johanna Schnack, Alana Schramm, Brad Semans, Mahdi Katsumata Sha, Matt Shannon, Mark Roger Sone, Yuko Takashima, Hung Vo, Michael Yocum and Valentin Wong.

Beannachtaí an tSéasúir, Brad and John

さいたま市教育家会ジャーナル, Issue 5 Available for Download

Volume 1, issue 5 of our journal JSCE is now available for download. This issue is the final issue of Volume 1. Thank you to all of this issue’s contributors:

 

Carl Bloomfield (SCE, ETJ): A Comparison of English Proficiency Rubrics in use in the Japanese Public School System

ブルームフィルド・カール: 日本の公立学校における英語能力ルブリックの比較

John Finucane (SCE, JALT): Using Gmail to Organise Your Teaching Resources

ジョン・ファヌカン: Gmailで教材を構成する

Ryan Jude (SCE): Security and Simplicity for Teachers Through Dropbox

ジュード・ライアン: Dropboxを通して先生方への安全性と平明

Leander S. Hughes (SCE, JALT): Chaos Theory and TEFL Career Development: How Iteration Leads to Expertise

リアンダー・ヒューズ: カオス理論と職業進路開発:繰り返しが権威性の結果に至る

Brett Milliner (YoJALT): The Facebook LMS

ミリナー・ブレット: Facebook LMS

 

English Teachers in Japan (ETJ) is a free association for English teachers in Japan that encourages the exchange of information and teaching ideas and supports the professional development of teachers.

The Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally.  JALT has nearly 3,000 members, with 35 chapters and 26 special interest groups.  Omiya JALT and Yokohama JALT (YoJALT) are JALT Chapters.

 

Yokohama JALT, My Share!

On Saturday the 18th of december Yokohama JALT (YoJALT) held a My Share event.  Two SCE members presented:

 

John Finucane (SCE, JALT): Interview Drills: Making textbooks more Communicative

Abstract: This activity can be used to supplement your text book,  at various levels, to make your lessons more communicative.  Interview drills can also be used as a springboard to help students to become effective debaters.

Handout: The handout for this presentation can be downloaded here.

Podcast: Listen to a recording of John’s presentation below.

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Matthew Shannon (SCE, JALT): My Kids Can Beat Your Kids – Lessons Learned from Debate in Municipal Junior High School (MJHS)

Abstract: Alternately titled “How to climb a mountain in 90 minutes or less”, this presentation reviews the obstacles (and solutions) to applications of English debate at the JHS level. Drawing on five years of experience across 57 schools, the results are clear – debate is an appropriate, attainable, and natural conclusion to compulsory English education.

 

Yokohama JALT (YoJALT) is the Yokohama chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT).  YoJALT covers the whole of Kanagawa Prefecture, with members meeting monthly to help each other grow in teaching and learning ability.

The Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally.  JALT has nearly 3,000 members, with 35 chapters and 26 special interest groups.  Yokohama JALT is a JALT Chapter.

My Share!:  An event where members or guests present ideas, techniques, games and activities that have worked well.  Each presentation is around 15-30 minutes long, focusing on practical explanation, demonstration, or getting the audience to do the activity.

Municipal Urawa Junior High School (MUJHS) is Saitama City’s flagship Junior High School.  As a feeder school for Municipal Urawa High School, entrance is decided by a highly competitive entrance examination.  Places are limited to an intake of 40 boys and 40 girls per academic year and are open to all residents of Saitama City.

さいたま市教育家会ジャーナル, Issue 4 Available for Download

Volume 1, issue 4 of our journal JSCE is now available for download.  This issue of the journal is a special edition.  Ordinarily, each issue contains five articles.  Each article follows a basic format of one idea in one thousand words.  Issue 4 contains fourteen activities to introduce young learners to an aspect of Japanese or non-Japanese culture. Submissions were invited from from Saitama City ALTs and JATs involved in teaching the ECAD program, as well as members of the Saitama Prefecture JET Program.  Thank you to all of this issue’s contributors:

Arnold Aragones: Sempai Meishi

アーノルド・アラゴネス, 先輩名刺

Carl Bloomfield: Union Flag

カール・ブルームフィルド, ユニオンジャック

Erik Birkland: Haien Kommer! (The Shark is Coming!)

エイリック・バークランド, ハインコッメル「サメは来る」

Philip Chan: Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

フィリップ・チャン, 骸骨宝探し

John Finucane: Dreidle

ジョン・ファヌカン, ドレイドル

Brad Holmes: Rap

ブラット・ホルムズ, 英語のラップ

Justin Oistad: ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’

ジャスティン・オイスダット, ロンドン橋

Robert Rowland: Hopscotch

ロバート・ローランド, 石けり遊び

Alana Schramm: Animal Sounds

アラナ・シュラム, 動物の鳴き声

Brad Semans: Duck, Duck, Goose

ブラッド・シーメンズ, ハンカチ落とし

Matthew Shannon: Double Dutch

マシュー・シャノン, ダブルダッチ

Matthew Shannon: World Telephone Greetings

マシュー・シャノン, 世界の電話のあいさつ

Mark Roger Sone: Patintero

マークロジャー・ソネ, パティンテロ

Hung Vo: Bit Mat Bat De (Catching A Goat While Blindfolded)

ホン・ボ, ビト マト バト デ