Call for Papers: 10th Annual Shikoku JALT Conference

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open for the 10th Shikoku JALT Conference to be held at Ehime University in Matsuyama on Saturday, June 15th, 2019. Our Conference theme for this special 10th anniversary Conference will be Intercultural Understanding and Language Teaching. The Conference will be co-sponsored by East Shikoku JALT, Matsuyama JALT and Oxford University Press.

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Tasks in Japanese-language Classrooms based on Communicative Pedagogy and Methodology

SpeakerKaori Watanabe (MA Candidate) Global Society Studies, Humanities, and Social Sciences Program, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University

Date &TimeThursday, January 10 (6:30-7:30)

Place: Meeting Room 2 (2F) Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kochi University, Asakura Campus

Abstract: The aim of this presentation is to introduce ‘tasks’ in Japanese-language education, especially in classroom situations overseas. Based on recent international interest in Japanese pop culture, such as ‘anime’ (animated cartoons) and ‘manga’ (comic books), Japanese-language learners’ motivation and purpose of study has been changing. Because of such changes in the needs for Japanese-language study, a communicative pedagogy and methodology are gradually being introduced. While there are various kinds of textbooks for ‘Japanese as a foreign language’, with many of them aimed at improved communication, the present content of these textbooks often consists of grammar-based instruction. Thus, revised textbook content and pedagogy is required. Continue reading

Keeping it real: From textbook dialogs to natural conversation

SpeakerDonald Carroll
Date &Time: Sunday, December 2nd,   2pm-4pm
Place: Kagawa University, Olive Square, English Café


Textbook dialogs are notoriously unnatural, which is to say they do not reflect the organization and practices empirically observable in naturally occurring conversation.  The goal of this workshop is to show teachers how to “re-imagine” textbook dialogs to bring them more into line with real conversation. After an introduction to some of the most commonly observed features of naturally occurring talk-in-interaction, workshop participants will be taking actual instances of textbook dialogs and re-writing (and re-enacting) them according to observations from the field of conversation analysis.  A selection of sample textbook dialogs will be provided that we can rework individually and in groups. In addition, participants are invited to bring their own EFL textbooks with dialogs (or photocopies of textbook dialogs). No prior experience with conversation analysis is needed. Continue reading

PGL (Peace as a Global Language Conference) in Kobe

PGL (Peace as a Global Language Conference) in Kobe
Building Peace Through Democracy and Understanding
Nov. 11th Sunday, 2018 13:00 – 17:00
at Kobegakuin University Portisland campus D101
Lecture by Soma Koji (Kobe Peace Research Institute), a symposium by the African diplomats and poster sessions.
Fee: free of charge, no pre-registration is required
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The Language of Shakespeare

Speaker:Ben Crystal
Date and time: Monday, June 18 – 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Kochi University of Technology, Eikokuji Campus, Room A-108
Co-sponsor: Literature in Language Teaching SIG (LiLT)

Abstract: Ben Crystal builds upon themes raised in his 2017 ‘Speaking the Bright and Beautiful English of Shakespeare’ lecture for East Shikoku JALT by guiding participants in workshop format towards a more detailed understanding of the language of Shakespeare. The inventor of over 1,000 words still in use today, and one of the greatest players with our language, Shakespeare’s English often makes little sense until it’s spoken out-loud. Ben will focus on the language that Shakespeare uses to suspend disbelief, and how he creates mystery and excitement in the Elizabethan mind. This workshop will be of interest to Shakespeare enthusiasts, teachers who use literature in language teaching, and anyone interested in the history of the English language. Continue reading