JALT National Pre-Conference My Share +
Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Date: November 12 (Sat.), 2016.
Time: 13:30~15:30 pm (AGM: 15:45-16:30)
Venue: Matsumoto City Tourist Information Office 2F (One block south of Matsumoto Castle.) 松本市市民活動サポートセンター
Admission: This will be a free event, all interested parties are welcome. これは無料イベントとなり、気になる方是非来てください。
JALT National Pre-Conference My Share + AGM
At our November event, members presenting at JALT National will share their research, and Damian Gowland will talk about his experience on a CELTA course in the Galapagos Islands. We will also hold our Annual General Meeting, which includes a report on the state of the chapter and an election for next year’s officers.
Miguel Mision – Mobile Assisted Language Learning for Young Learners.
While MALL offers many opportunities for language learners to communicate and exchange ideas with each other, there have been few developments for elementary or beginner level learners who have not reached the communicative ability necessary for iCALL. Many applications are created using dated memorisation and quiz designs. This presentation will explore key design features of MALL for young learners and how they are currently and could be utilized for learning.
Miguel Mision has been teaching English at elementary schools in Japan for 8 years. He completed a Masters degree in TESOL, graduating with first class honors and focused his dissertation on Mobile Assisted Language Learning. He is the current webmaster for JALT Shinshu Chapter.
Gregory Birch – JTEs’ and ALTs’ views on teaching materials
This study continues earlier research (Birch, 2008) into the state of team teaching in Japanese junior and senior high schools by examining textbook usage, lesson preparation and materials selection in team-teaching contexts, and professional development among ALTs. Results are based on surveys completed by 120 Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and 80 Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) during the Skills Development Conference in two prefectures, and interviews to further explore survey results.
Gregory Birch, a professor at Seisen Jogakuin College in Nagano, Japan, has presented and written articles on Task-Based Learning and teacher training. He is the current Program Chair for JALT Shinshu Chapter.
Damian Gowland Training abroad: CELTA
In this presentation I will talk about my experiences on the CELTA course in the Galapagos Islands. This presentation will cover aspects of the course, professional development and the benefits of training abroad.
Damian Gowland has been teaching English at a private language school in Matsumoto, teaching learners of all abilities from the age of 2 up to adults. He is a trained Cambridge English speaking examiner for YLEs, KET, PET, FCE, CAE & CPE exams. He is the current Publicity Chair for JALT Shinshu Chapter.