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.

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

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.

The Saitama Inaho Cup Inter-High School English Debate Tournament

The 6th Saitama Inaho Cup Inter High School English debate Tournament (埼玉いなほカップ高校生英語ディベートコンテスト) was held on the 5th November 2011.  It was sponsored by The Saitama Senior High School English Education and Research Association.

The aim of this tournament is to encourage students to develop the ability to express themselves and communicate in English and get interested in social issues through debating in English, and to offer training for teachers.  Two SCE members, John Finucane and Matthew Shannon, participated as judges.

SCE Féis: JET Teacher Training Event

The International Division, Department of Public Services Saitama Prefectural Government, welcomed nearly 60 new participants in the JET Programme this year. SCE held a free teacher training event for JETs who wished to participate. Four SCE members were involved:

Workshops:

Bryan Darr (SCE, AJET) and John Finucane (SCE, JALT):

  • Elementary School Workshop – Don’t Tell, Show: Communicative models in the classroom

Brad Semans (SCE):

  • Junior High School Workshop – Classroom Management and Discipline

John Finucane (SCE, JALT) and Alana Schramm (SCE, AJET):

  • High School Workshop – Planning Communicative Team-Teaching Lessons for High School

 

The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.  The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

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.


JET Program, Saitama Orientation 2011

Brad Semans (SCE) was invited as a guest speaker, by the International Division, Department of Public Services Saitama Prefectural Government, to this year’s JET Programme Saitama Orientation. The audience was made up of new entrants to the JET Program.

Abstract:

About the speaker:

The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.  The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

JET Tokyo Orientation (B) 2011

On Monday the 25th June, the JET Programme welcomed this year’s new JET participants at Keio Plaza, Shinjuku.  John Finucane, an  SCE member representing the Japanese Association for Language Teaching (JALT), gave a presentation at the invitation of the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET).

John Finucane (SCE, JALT): The JET Programme as a Springboard into a Career in Teaching

Abstract: Interested in a career in teaching? Find out what to do now, what to do next and what opportunities the JET Programme offers to aspiring teaching professionals.

The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.  The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

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.


JET Tokyo Orientation (A) 2011

On Monday the 25th June, the JET Programme welcomed this year’s new JET participants at Keio Plaza, Shinjuku.  John Finucane, an  SCE member representing the Japanese Association for Language Teaching (JALT), gave a presentation at the invitation of the Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET).

John Finucane (SCE, JALT): The JET Programme as a Springboard into a Career in Teaching

Abstract: Interested in a career in teaching? Find out what to do now, what to do next and what opportunities the JET Programme offers to aspiring teaching professionals.

The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.  The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

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.