2010 Events

September 21, 2010: Women's issues as a language learning focus - "Ask Caroline" Series
Caroline Pover, Caroline Pover, Inc.

Teacher-turned-entrepreneur Caroline Pover has recently released the first in a series of books for Japanese women, with companion editions for women language teachers to use with their female classes. "Ask Caroline 1" has been released with versions for iPad, iPhone and book with CD, taking advantage of new media for language learning.

Caroline shared with a group of about 15 teachers and a publisher the concept behind the Ask Caroline series, and showed the participants how the Ask Caroline "app" works on the iPad, suggesting autonomous or group work using it as a language learning tool. The active discussion focused on how any teacher - Japanese or non-Japanese, male or female - could use such materials on issues related to gender with English-language students in Japan. 

July 26, 2010: Indian Human Rights Activism 
Ravi Kumar, Association of Relief Volunteers

Founder of Indian grassroots agency Association of Relief Volunteers (ARV), Ravi Kumar spoke to JALT members, Sophia University faculty and guests about the ARV mission in Dalit villages in India on his short visit to Japan. The visit was coordinated by NPO Longitude members and Kyushu ALTs Jonathan Slakey and Kristin Namimoto.
Issues regarding education and health in the villages were raised and participants were able to ask questions about the improvements the ARV mission has brought as well as considerations for the future regarding the villagers' outlook on human rights.