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

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 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.

Resume Workshop, 20th February 2011

Speaker:
Leander Hughes (SCE, JALT), Assistant Professor, Saitama University

Abstract:

About the speakerLeander Hughes is an Assistant Professor of English Education at the Saitama University Center for English Education and Development (CEED).  He is interested in applying findings in social psychology and other outside fields to the language learning context.  Additional research interests include learner autonomy, computer assisted language learning, and communicative task effectiveness.

For a short time Leander’s presentation and CV materials will be available for download at: http://www.saitama-u.ac.jp/ceed/chaos&tefl/

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:

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さいたま市教育家 Founded

SCE has grown out of discussions between Brad Semans and John Finucane.  The general idea is to provide a forum for professional development to teachers working in Saitama City.  It is hoped that this will help to raise motivation levels, encourage collaboration and contribute to building a professional community of teachers in Saitama City.

Specifically, SCE is intended to be a kind of stepping-stone; an intermediate step for teachers who are interested in professional development. In particular those outside the normal target groups of professional teaching organizations.

Our initial goals are to form a group of like-minded people, create a website, hold a meeting and produce the first issue of an online journal. We hope to have achieved these goals by January 2011.