Professional Development Workshop: Supporting Young Practitioners

The next meeting for the East Shikoku Chapter is on Sunday, January 28th, 2007 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM.
This will be the first of a two-part series of events aimed at supporting young teachers and researchers in our chapter who have limited experience in publishing and presenting.
The meeting is at Kochi Women’s University, Language Lab, 5-15 Eikokuji-cho, Kochi City..
Cost for non-JALT members: 500 yen; for JALT members: free


This will be the first of a two-part series of events aimed at supporting young teachers and researchers in our chapter who have limited experience in publishing and presenting. Diverging from our usual conference style with a featured speaker presenting on an aspect of language teaching, this workshop will bring together the excellent human resources available in East Shikoku in a workshop-style event where veteran teachers can provide tips, guidance and support for very active younger teachers who are interested in pursuing academic careers in language teaching. Several work stations will be set up where experienced teachers will be available to offer suggestions on academic publication, academic presentations, graduate study options, materials development and applying for university posts.
During this first PD event, any teacher/researcher/graduate student with limited experience of presenting in an academic conference setting will be partnered with an experienced mentor teacher who specializes in the first-time presenter’s field of interest. Mentors will guide presentation preparation, provide academic and material resource support and discuss issues related to giving a paper in an academic setting. At a follow-up PD event in April these first time presenters will be given an opportunity to speak in the standard formal academic setting (20 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A session). If this opportunity to present attracts a large number of applicants, a second presentation session will be held in June.
We believe this is an important service which East Shikoku JALT can provide: to support and encourage young local teachers and academics who are interested in developing professionally. We hope this PD series will help young teachers and graduate students to reflect on their teaching practice in a supportive and nurturing environment, and further establish our local East Shikoku JALT organization as an inclusive and active presence.
This mentoring service and the opportunity to present an academic paper at our April event are available only to those with active JALT memberships.

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