Professional and private identities of ALTs in the JET program

Speaker: Takaaki Hiratsuka, Ryukoku University
Date: Saturday, September 25 (1:30-2:30)
Venue: Online Zoom (Register here.)

Abstract

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.

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May Co-sponsored Event

Matsuyama JALT and East Shikoku JALT are inviting you to a Zoom presentation with Alexandra Burke on Students in the back and on the edge: neurodiverse students and your teaching methods

Date: Sunday, May 9, 2021

Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo)

Cost: Free to JALT members and non-members.

Location: via Zoom. No public link will be provided, so if you’re interested, you can register in advance for this meeting: (Click here)

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Translanguaging with Multilingual Learners

Naomi Wilks-Smith (RMIT University, Australia)

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

Presentation slides can be found here.

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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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.