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.

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.

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.

Omiya JALT ‘My Share!’, March 13th 2011

On March 13th five SCE members presented at JALT Omiya’s My Share! event:

  • Carl Bloomfield (SCE, ETJ): What are Heavy?: An ice-breaking and rapport building activity
  • John Finucane  (SCE, JALT): Interview Drills: Making textbooks more communicative
  • Ivan Botev (SCE, JALT) and Tyson Rode (SCE, JALT): Making English Communication Delicious!
  • Matthew Shannon (SCE, JALT): Game Show

Carl Bloomfield:  An Icebreaking and Rapport Building Activity

Abstract: This activity can be used, at various levels, with a new class. The activity helps students practice classroom English. It also helps to build rapport by asking students to work with each other and the teacher, to complete an activity in a personal but collaborative way.

John Finucane: Interview Drills: Making Textbooks More communicative

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

Ivan Botev and Tyson Rhode: Making English Communication Delicious!

Abstract: There is one thing that all junior high school students hunger for – school lunch. Two activities will be presented that show how to make English communication class more delicious by collaborating with the school nutritionist.

Matthew Shannon: Game Show

Abstract: This experience-based lesson demonstrates successful elements of contemporary and previous game shows, and how they might best be applied for content retention. Game-related issues such as problem creation, problem selection and scoring, and participant-response dynamics are specifically addressed through examples; a review of studies in cognitive science makes the case for testing as a means of effective content retention.

 

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.

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.

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.

Inaugural Meeting, 16th January Meeting 2011

Speakers:

Ivan Botev (SCE, JALT), ALT Instructor, Saitama City BOE

Abstract:

About the speaker: Ivan Botev is an instructor in the Saitama City’s English Communication Abilities Development (ECAD) Program in municipal elementary and junior high schools as well as an assistant teacher in the compulsory and elective English classes in junior high school.  He currently serves as PR Chair for the JALT Omiya Chapter and also as Membership Chair for さいたま市教育家会 Saitama City Educators.  He has been teaching ESL/EFL for over six years now.  His current interests include immersion and multilingualism.

Aurora Dobashi (FETJ), Head ALT, Warabi City BOE

Abstract:

About the speaker: