Speaker: Takaaki Hiratsuka, Ryukoku University Date: Saturday, September 25 (1:30-2:30) Venue: Online Zoom (Register here.)
For over three decades, hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals have set foot on Japanese soil as foreign assistant language teachers (ALTs) through the government- sponsored Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program. The job of the ALTs is to teach English in elementary and secondary schools, in tandem with Japanese teachers of English (JTEs). Although there is an apparent need for scrutiny of the lived experiences of ALTs in their situated contexts, empirical discussion and research addressing them have been remarkably insufficient, as previous studies have focused primarily on the advantages and shortcomings of individual teachers and the characteristics of their team-teaching practices. Against this backdrop, the study on which this presentation is based explored, via narrative interviews, the identities and their constructions of 25 ALTs in the JET program. The findings revealed that the gestalt of ALT identity is comprised of two primary categories (i.e., foreigner identity and dabbler identity) and their six incumbent sub-identities (i.e., celebrity, sojourner, English expert, assistant, greenhorn, and Japanese novice). The presentation concludes with implications for teacher education and identity research.
Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 (12:00-6:00) Venue: (Online Conference; Zoom) Sponsors: Matsuyama JALT, East Shikoku JALT, Oxford University Press JALT Members and students: free One-Day Member Fee: 1000 yen
Translanguaging offers practical ways to bring bilingual and multilingual learners’ languages into classrooms that have traditionally been monolingual. Translanguaging not only invites languages into classrooms but utilises them in pedagogical ways to expand on the content and conceptual knowledge and understandings of learners to leverage their learning. In this way, translanguaging connects the entire repertoire of a student’s linguistic skill-set and knowledge across languages with their overall learning. This presentation will introduce the concept of translanguaging and share examples of practice from a linguistically and culturally diverse Australian primary school context that draw on the varied multilingual abilities of students as learning resources.
Bio: Dr. Naomi Wilks-Smith is a language education specialist, teacher and researcher. She is a Lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Time: Jan 10, 2021 02:00 PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo Join Zoom
Abstract:Has this ever happened to you? “Any questions, class?” […crickets…] If you’ve spent any time in the classroom, you’ve surely grown to appreciate the rare student who asks the right question, the one that cuts to the heart of what you’re trying to convey. Worth their weight in gold, they are!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get students asking the right questions regularly? What if I told you there was an “extraordinarily clear, low-tech, practical intellectual tool” for getting students to ask, not just any questions, but the right questions? That’s precisely the claim made by the book “Make Just One Change” by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana.
In this presentation, I will relate my experiences this semester of trying to implement this “one change” in a student journalism project of upper-intermediate EFL students at Kochi University. I’ll explain where the “Question Formation Technique” idea comes from, how it works, and why it is a tool that probably belongs in every teacher’s toolbox, no matter the class.
About the Presenter: Davey Leslie has been teaching English in Japan since 1992. He currently teaches at Kochi University.
With the current pandemic crisis putting a damper on most face to face events, we hope to create opportunities to collaborate and socialize with colleagues and friends under safe (and fun!) outdoor conditions. Our December East Shikoku JALT social event aims to get chapter members together in person for something unique through a BBQ and camp in the great (and remote!) Kochi outdoors. The aim is to meet in person and say good-bye to a challenging 2020 while keeping a safe distance in an expansive natural setting, and to informally plan what is best for East Shikoku chapter in 2021. Please join us for good food and cheerful discussion over a warm campfire. Feel free to bring along your spouses, partners, children, and pets. If you plan to attend, please register for this event by replying to Paul Daniels, our chapter Treasurer, at the email below.
Date: December 5 and 6, 2020 Time: Starting at 2:00 pm on Saturday Location: Ashizuri, Kochi (Tojindaba Picnic Site): https://goo.gl/maps/e5W1aqpf9T3cfLxbA What to bring: BYO food & drink, warm clothes, soccer balls, baseball gloves, tent & sleeping bag if staying the night. The camp site is free and spacious with running water, but has only drop toilets.
In this presentation I summarize what I have learned about developing and managing self-access and social spaces for language learning through my research and work experience. I draw on the first-hand knowledge I gained through establishing and overseeing the daily operation of two self-access centers. One of these was located on a university campus and the other, which catered to the general public, in the heart of a city in northern Japan. To support my points, I also make reference to three research projects which sought to identify language learning opportunities available in the L-café, the social learning space at Okayama University. These studies, which were carried out over an eight-year time span, included an ethnography, a multiple case study, and a narrative inquiry. After providing an overview of my experience, I address several considerations that I see as crucial to the successful development and management of self-access and social spaces for language learning. Following the presentation, participants will be invited to ask questions and share their concerns.