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ANNOUNCEMENT: Currently Tokyo JALT is hard at work on our new internet home. As soon as possible we will be redirecting this link (tokyo-jalt.org) to our new site (https://sites.google.com/view/tokyojalt). Please visit our new site and see the hard work we have put into it.

At this point, we will primarily be updating that site, so we appreciate your patience and understanding during this process. We are very excited with the new and improved site and we know you will be too.

Sincerely,
Tokyo JALT Executive Board

Tokyo JALT is the largest chapter of The Japan Association for Language Teaching. We serve central Tokyo and surrounding areas, but welcome members and attendees from anywhere in the world. We reach more than 1000 dedicated professionals each month through our events, journal, newsletter, and networking. 

Our diverse membership consists of educators, language instructors, content specialists, and linguists, as well as translators and interpreters, publishers, and other professionals in related fields. We welcome educators from all levels, pre-school to adult education. We host regular events with local and international speakers on aspects related to education in Japan.

Our regular events are held at Rikkyo University in Ikebukuro (http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/) 
and the New York University School of Professional Studies in Shinagawa (http://www.sps.nyu.alitokyo.jp/en/access/), among other venues.

The latest Tokyo JALT news can be found in our monthly newsletter or flyer, the JALT National Calendar, and the listings on this site. To get the latest news delivered directly to your inbox every month, please send an email to Nik Maeda, Membership Chair at tokyojaltmembership@gmail.com


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

JOIN THE TOKYO JALT TEAM
Newly-established Tokyo JALT positions are available. They will work closely with the Tokyo JALT Executive Board and the Tokyo JALT membership. Candidates do NOT need to be a current member of JALT to apply. Volunteer positions provide excellent opportunities for CV building, networking, and career advancement.

Publications Committee
--Work on the Tokyo JALT Journal and other publications
Communications Committee
--Help put out our monthly newsletter and more
Chapter Coordinators
--Connect Tokyo with other chapters around Japan 
Event Volunteers
​--Plan and run events in and around Tokyo

* Current/Former ALTs, JETs, eikaiwa employees, and Japanese-speaking volunteers are especially encouraged to apply. 

Please see bit.ly/TJALTFlyer for position descriptions and more information or contact Tokyo.JALT@gmail.com with a brief 100-word summary of your experience and interest.

TOKYO JALT RESEARCH GRANTS
The Tokyo JALT Chapter would like to announce a new research grant initiative aimed at novice and Tokyo-area researchers.
•    Two grants—one novice research grant of 10,000 yen and one general research grant of 30,000 yen—will be available in 2018 (depending on the number and quality of applications).
•    Grants are available only to Tokyo JALT Chapter members (however, interested applicants are welcome to join the Chapter in order to receive the grant).
The 2017 awardees and 2018 application availability will be announced soon.
The application forms will be available at http://bit.ly/TokyoJALTGrants.
For more information, please contact the Tokyo JALT Grants Officer at Tokyo.JALT.Grants@gmail.com. 

Tokyo JALT: Call for presenters
Proposals for presentations at Tokyo Chapter’s 2018 Member Presentation events are currently being accepted: http://bit.ly/PresentatTokyoJALT

25 minute research or practice-oriented presentations 
Presentations may be individual or co-presented; at least ONE (1) presenter must be a member in good standing of the Tokyo Chapter (Tokyo Chapter membership is ¥3000 yen per year or ¥1500 yen for ALTs/JETs OR is included with JALT membership). 

Presenters are eligible for the Best of JALT award and further presentations around Japan. This is a rare opportunity to present alongside world renowned scholars, so be sure to apply.

TOKYO JALT JOURNAL: CALL FOR PAPERS
Thank you for your submissions to Tokyo JALT Journal (TJJ), a peer-reviewed, ISSN-numbered, open access publication, and congratulations to those who were accepted. 

We will announce when we will begin accepting papers for our next (2018) issue soon.

Please send inquiries to the editor, Darla Cornett: TokyoJALTEditor@gmail.com


The JALT mission: JALT promotes excellence in language learning, teaching, and research by providing opportunities for those involved in language education to meet, share, and collaborate.

使命(ミッション・ステートメント)全国語学教育学会は言語教育関係者が交流・共有・協働する機会を提供し、言語学習、教育、及び調査研究の発展に寄与します。

Learn more about the national organization at JALT.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JALT Business Communication SIG 3rd Annual Conference. 
Date: September 8-9, 2018  
Location: Toyo University - Hakusan Campus


Tokyo JALT Younger Learners joint event with the YL SIGDate: October 7th 2018, 13:00 - 17:00
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 5-17- 16
Access: 10 min from Toritsu Daigaku Station, Toyoko Line (http://www.tokiwamatsu.ac.jp/info/access.html)
Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for nonmembers 

Featured speakers: Mitsue Allen-Tamai (Aoyama University)
Professor Frances Shiobara (Kobe Shoin Women's University) 


JALT CUE SIG 25th Anniversary Conference
               “25 years and still right on CUE”

Location: Rikkyo University, in Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Dates: September 15th - 16th (Saturday and Sunday), 2018
Conference Site: http://conference.jaltcue.org/cue_2018/


The conference will feature plenary talks by Jo Mynard and Kay Irie along with a panel discussion on quantitative and qualitative research, professional development workshops, short presentations, and poster sessions. This conference will also provide short presentations and poster sessions on topics that showcases topics of interest to the college and university education community such as the following.

  • Current research on linguistics, language learning, and methodology

  • Teaching practice-based presentations

  • Innovative approaches to CBT, CLIL, CLT

  • Issues related to gender and diversity in college and university settings

  • Changes in foreign language education in Japan over the past 25 years

  • Other topics that might be of interest to tertiary Educators


August 2018
Thank you for reading this, the first Dear TJ. We are excited to offer this new way to interact with the Tokyo JALT community of experts. We will be reading your questions and asking a variety of people to give their answer. However, you are encouraged to share your own advice as well. This month's question is about applying for jobs.

"Dear TJ, 

I am applying for jobs right now and it is my first time applying for jobs in Japan. What do universities here expect a cover letter to look like? And do you have any other general job hunting advice?

Sincerely,

Desperately Seeking Employment"

Thanks for your question, DSE! This month, Michele Joel, our Social Event chair, will be answering your question. At her university, she has been looking at CV's and hiring recently, so she has a lot to say.

"Dear Desperately Seeking Employment,

Applying for jobs is, in itself, a big job especially when we are not sure what Japanese employers are expecting to see in our application materials. A traditional Japanese CV form can be purchased in a 100 yen shop! Most Japanese companies do not ask for references and an unofficial reason I have heard is that no Japanese person would write true things in a letter of recommendation. This shows that expectations in Japan are very different from what we may be used to. If you are asked for letters of reference, you may want to be sure that the person you ask is familiar with “letter of recommendation” genre.

While we cannot control what our letters of reference say, we can present ourselves well to Japanese potential employers. We, as language teachers, are often expected to represent a non-Japanese viewpoint, so the traditional Japanese CV form is usually not expected from us, although some schools have their own forms that would be linked in a job description. If there is a link to a specific format, your application materials will probably not even be considered if you do not use the prescribed format. With this in mind, the question of what is expected of us has as many answers as their are job openings. I would recommend applying to a position after carefully reading the job description. Employers spend a lot of time wording job listings in hopes of finding people suited not only to their opening, but also to their work atmosphere...."


To see the full answer and more, click here
Looking for a job? Visit the job page on our new site here OR for the most up-to-date listing, visit our job listings on the newsletter here!
If you want to share a job with our membership, write the Communications  Chair at TokyoJALTcommunications@gmail.com
Most recent job listing:Meijo University is now hiring for a 10-year English language teaching contract position.  Please see the links below for more details.