Okinawa JALT Program for 2018

  1. March 25 (Sun) - Okinawa Spring Language Teaching Symposium at OIST
  2. May 26 (Sat) - HOLT: Hands-On Language Teaching Workshop at Okinawa AMICUS International
  3. July 28 (Sat) - Okinawa Summer Language Teaching Symposium at OIST
  4. September 22 (Sat) - 21CLT: 21st Century Language Teaching Conference at Okinawa AMICUS International
  5. December 21 to 23 (Fri-Sun) - TLT: Trends in Language Teaching

See below for more information!

Okinawa Spring Language Teaching Symposium 2018
Building a Professional Learning Network (PLN) for Language Teachers in Okinawa

The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for language teachers to share the unique challenges they have in their contexts with members of the Okinawa chapter of JALT, and to discuss how we could build a successful Professional Learning Network of Language Teachers in Okinawa.

Please register online to help us organize the event

  • 13:30 - 14:00 Registration
  • 14:00 - 14:20 Opening & Introductions
  • 14:20 - 15:20 Short presentations - We all are language teachers in Okinawa!
Different teaching environments in Okinawa: English classes at University level, English language schools, ALTs in Japanese schools, English immersion schools, and JSL classes and support in Okinawa.
  • 15:20 - 15:30 Break
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Discussion in small groups
  • 16:00 - 16:30 Discussion & Closing
  • 16:30 Tour of OIST
  • 17:30 Dinner in Onna village

HOLT - Hands-On Language Teaching Workshop 2018

Speaking in language class: from theory to practice

Guest Speaker: Simon Humphries (Kansai University, Osaka)

Title: Factors influencing Japanese high school English students’ attitudes to speaking

Summary: Despite policies aimed at increasing speaking in English in the classroom, research indicates that students often stay silent (King, 2015). Based on 243 anonymous questionnaire responses, the presenter describes factors influencing high school students’ capacity to speak English in the classroom. Results are compared according to whether they are English majors or non-majors. Based on these results, the audience and presenter will discuss a range of teaching strategies suitable for differing school contexts and student needs.

The purpose of this Language Teaching workshop is to provide the occasion for members and friends of the Okinawa Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) to:
  • Present research or best practices (guest presentation);
  • Share effective teaching activities in a practical way (round-tables).
Within one round-table session, presenters will repeat their 15-minute activity in one session, twice in a row, to small groups of participants who will play the role of students:
  • Activity 1 (20 min): 15-minute activity + 5-minute Q&A/feedback
  • 5 minutes to switch to the next table
  • Activity 2 (20 min): 15-minute activity + 5-minute Q&A/feedback

Participants will be able to participate in a total of 4 different communicative activities.

If you want to present, please submit your activity

  • All submissions will be collected to be printed out in the event program, then shared online after the workshop with OkiJALT members.
  • Please ensure that your activity encourages speaking among students, and that it will take 15min when you let participants experience it with you at the workshop
  • You are responsible for bringing the equipment and materials you need for the activity, including enough paper copies of your handouts.

If you want to join the event, please register online

  • 12:30 Registration
  • 13:00 - 13:15 Opening & Introductions
  • 13:15 - 14:15 Guest presentation
  • 14:15 - 14:30 Break: grab a cup of coffee/tea & choose your 4 activities!
  • 14:30 - 15:15 Round tables - Session 1
  • 15:15 - 15:20 Transition to the next round-table
  • 15:20 - 16:05 Round tables - Session 2
  • 16:05 - 16:20 Coffee Break & Individual reflections
  • 16:20 - 17:00 Discussion & Closing
  • 17:30 Social Gathering in a restaurant nearby

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