Translanguaging with Multilingual Learners

Naomi Wilks-Smith (RMIT University, Australia)

Time: May 22, 2021 01:30PM Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo Join Zoom

Please check the URL below for registration. The necessary Zoom link will be sent at a later date.
https://forms.gle/EyAyew1Etp8zBSeC7

Abstract:

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.

Event: Getting the Right Questions out of Students

Online Event Co-sponsored with Matsuyama JALT

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.

The Right Question Institue

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East Shikoku JALT Social Event

Outdoor Family Bonnenkai BBQ and Winter Camp

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.

Contact: Paul@hokulele.us

Managing Self-Access and Social Learning Spaces

  • Presenter: Garold Murray
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 7 (2:00-3:30)
  • Online event registration.

Abstract:

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.

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JALT2020: Help with Room Hosting, and YouTube Editing and Uploading

JALT2020 will be needing room hosts for this conference as well as people to help edit and upload a good number of YouTube videos. While we have a rough idea for what the schedule is looking like, we want to start recruiting people to help with room hosting and YouTube videos. Knowing we have people on board will help our Coordinators deal with scheduling training sessions, make protocols, and figure possible rotation schedules. So, please look at this Google form (see link below) and complete it if you are willing to help with these jobs. The form references both jobs. We would appreciate a response by Wednesday, July 29. 

https://forms.gle/rhyWV4ni3GL5cMi19

Webinar Event: Moodle 102

Dates & times
5/15      from 12:00-13:00
5/22      from 12:00-13:00

Webinar leaders:
Paul Daniels, Kochi University of Technology
Gordon Bateson, Kochi University of Technology

The Moodle follow-up Webinars will address specific Moodle questions from teachers since the 4/24 Moodle Webinar. Add any new questions that you have here. Topics will include:

  • Video/audio submissions
  • Moodle grading
  • Auto-grading submissions
  • Adding HTML code to a Moodle page

East Shikoku JALT’s lunchtime webinar series on Moodle will be held at noon on 5/14 & 5/21 (Friday lunchtime). The lunchtime series is an informal session where teachers can drop in to ask questions about using Moodle or eLearning. You can find additional information on our website: https://esjalt.org/

Meeting details for the lunchtime Moodle webinars were sent by email. Please check your email messages.

Prepare your bento pop-in anytime during the session.

Webinar Event: Moodle 101

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of using a Learner Management System (LMS) like Moodle for the first time, or if you would like some ideas for using Moodle under these difficult new teaching circumstances, please join us in this virtual seminar.

  • Speakers: Paul Daniels and Gordon Bateson
  • Date/Time: Friday, April 24 (12:00-2:00, JST))

Paul Daniels and Gordon Bateson from Kochi University of Technology, have kindly agreed to lead an online workshop for teachers about Moodle. Paul and Gordon have strong expertise and extensive experience with Moodle. They will do a two-part workshop.

The Webinar will be held from 12:00-2:00 on Friday, April 24. Don’t worry if you can’t join the webinar at that time. It will be recorded and made available online. Paul or

** If you missed the webinar, you can download it here. **

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