2017 Events

CANCELED The Linguistic Landscape Forum CANCELED

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience which may have been caused and appreciate your understanding.

Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017, 13:30-16:30

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus, Building 14, Room D402 
〒171-8501 Tokyo, Toshima, Nishiikebukuro, 3 Chome−34−1

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/

Fee: Free for members & Rikkyo Faculty, 1000 yen for non-members; Tokyo JALT membership is available for 3000 yen per year (1500 yen for ALTs/JETs/full-time students)

Join international and Japan-based presenters who will discuss their recent research about and teaching of linguistic landscapes (LL). 

Presentation #1: Using (Multilingual) Linguistic Landscapes in the EFL-Classroom — From Theory to Practice
(Multilingual) linguistic landscapes research has great potential for foreign language learning. Research has shown that linguistic landscapes (LLs) can serve as a resource for building students’ vocabulary and grammar knowledge as well as raising their (critical) linguistic and intercultural awareness. This talk discusses the concept of (multilingual) linguistic landscapes in a globalising world; other possible applications of LLs, such as self-access or language centres; and the potential of LLs for developing and maintaining students’ foreign language autonomy. The results of a small-scale study conducted at a German university in which participants were asked to actively engage with multilingual LLs and report on their (prior) learning experiences will be discussed, as well as some (practical) approaches to employing LLs in the classroom and indicating future directions of (practitioner) research.
Dr. Christian Ludwig is currently a Substitute Professor at the University of Education Karlsruhe, Germany, where he pursues his diverse research interests in the field of EFL-Methodology.

Presentation #2: Linguascape, social media and the Fukushima nuclear disaster: The implications in the context of Japanese EFL university students
This study examines the linguistic landscape of social media such as Facebook through the “eyes of Japanese EFL university students”, focusing on the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 in Japan. The main research participants are Japanese EFL students studying at the University of Aizu, Fukushima, Japan, who have personally experienced the disaster in 2011. The presentation will discuss the three main implications of the Kakenhi-supported study, which elaborates how the notion of “linguascape” should be considered seriously compared to terms such as “mono/bi/multilingualism” in the space of social media.

Dr. Sender Dovchin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Language Research, The University of Aizu, Japan. She is a widely published author on the theories and praxis of translingualism, periphery and linguascape. 

Presentation #3: LL in practice: Lessons learned from an intensive LL course
This presentation will discuss two instructors’ experiences as they jointly guided university students through an LL project in Tokyo.

Dr. Hitomi Yoshio is an Associate Professor of Japanese Literature in the Global Studies in Japanese Culture Program (JCuIP) in the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University. Her research interests include modern Japanese literature with a focus on women’s writing.   

Steven Karl is the author of two poetry collections, Sister (Noemi Press, 2016) and Dork Swagger, winner of the Joanna Cargill Book Prize for First Book (Coconut Books, 2013). He teaches academic writing at Waseda University and the University of Tokyo. He is also a digital instructor for Florida International University.

SHARE YOUR BEST IDEAS: Junior High & Senior High level

Date: Sunday, November 26th, 2pm to 5pm

Location:Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 4-17-16 (8 mins from Toritsu Daigaku Station) 

Access:  Daigaku Station

What has worked well in your classroom recently? What new approaches have you explored?
Or, are there any topics you'd like to discuss with other teachers in a relaxed atmosphere.
TJ/YL events are a great place to share your successes and find answers to your questions. We're open to discussing anything related to Junior and/or Senior High English classes and hope to have another great bunch of teachers, ALTs and JETs together for the 4th Tokyo YL event. If you have any requests, let us know what you'd like to hear about and we'll do our best to organize something. This will be just one week after the big JALT Conference in Tsukuba so there may be some new inspirations to share from that event.

Tokyo JALT & CUE Featured Speaker: Dr. Christine Casanave

Date: November 2017 (Saturday 11/18 10:55-11:55am & Sunday 11/19 6:15-7:15pm)

Location: Tsukuba International Conference Center (room TBA)
                 〒305-032 Ibaraki-ken Tsukuba-shi, Takezono 2-20-3

Access:  Tsukuba station

Fee: JALT Conference fees apply.
Presentation 1: Writing for Publication: Challenges and Strategies (Saturday 11/18, 10:55-11:55am)
In this workshop, the presenter blends lecture, discussion, and tasks to review purposes, challenges, and strategies in writing for publication for language teachers. She highlights different types of publications from research articles to textbook writing, and discusses what manuscript reviewers do and what strategies authors can use to write and revise. Tasks include topic selection; selecting journals and publishers according to author submissions guidelines; identifying features of different possible writing styles; and time management ideas.
Presentation 2: Issues for Teachers in Writing and Publishing (Sunday 11/19, 6:15-7:15 PM)
In this talk the speaker discusses why language teachers benefit from writing for publication. Points include why writing for publication is important whether personally or institutionally motivated, and why "publishing" on social media is insufficient. She also describes different types of publications and different venues (local, international, print, online, article, book, conference proceedings, chapters, predatory journals), presents some strategies for busy teachers, and discusses several caveats, including the difficulties of topic selection and time management.
Christine Pearson Casanave taught for 12 years at Keio University (SFC), and also in the MATESOL program at Teachers College Columbia University in Tokyo, and then later in the MA and doctoral programs at Temple University in Japan. Now, from her home base in California, she advises Temple doctoral students on their qualitative dissertation projects. She also publishes and presents on topics in second language writing, thesis and dissertation writing, and writing for publication. 

2017 Member Presentations & Featured Speaker 
Dr. Jim McKinley
(What English medium instruction means for English language teachers in Japanese higher education)

Date: October 29th, 2017 13:00 -16:00

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus - Building 1,  Room 1104

                〒171-8501 Tokyo, Toshima, Nishiikebukuro, 3 Chome−34−1

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/

Fee: Free for members & Rikkyo Faculty, 1000 yen for non-members; Tokyo JALT membership is available for 3000 yen per year (1500 yen for ALTs/JETs/full-time students)

Tokyo JALT aims to foster the growth of both Tokyo JALT as a professional organization and our members, and this event is our annual effort to do just that. Featuring both presentations by local members and our special guest Jim McKinley (previously a Tokyo JALT president,  this is an event not to be missed.

Featured Speaker
With the growth of English medium instructed (EMI) programs in higher education, we see increased blurring of lines between what, how, and why course content is delivered in English. We understand that the term EMI is new, and definitions vary. It is used in some countries and not others. Some use it synonymously with CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). But CLIL’s dual educational objective (developing both content and language) is understood in its title. EMI does not have the same objective. “Taken at ‘face value’ EMI simply describes the practice of teaching an academic subject through English which is not the first language of the majority population” (Dearden, 2014, p.7). This presentation will address these blurred lines in addressing EMI, CLIL, content based instruction, and traditional English language teaching. The development of a shift from English as a foreign language (EFL) to English as a lingua franca (ELF) within EMI programs will also be discussed (McKinley, 2017). A focus will be maintained on what all this means for English language instructors and content instructors in EMI higher education.

Abbreviated references:
Dearden, J. (2014). English as a Medium of Instruction- a growing global phenomenon. British Council.
McKinley, J. (2017). Making the EFL to ELF transition at a Global Traction University. In Bradford & Howard (eds.) English-Medium Instruction at Universities in Japan: policy, challenges and outcomes.

Dr. Jim McKinley is the Director of Studies for the PhD in Education at the University of Bath, UK, where he teaches and supervises PhD, EdD, and MA students in the Department of Education undertaking research in TESOL and applied linguistics, as well as international and comparative education. Jim’s work has appeared in several high-impact journals such as Applied Linguistics and Higher Education. He is a co-editor of Doing Research in Applied Linguistics: Realities, Dilemmas and Solutions (2017, Routledge), co-author of Data Collection Methods in Applied Linguistics (Bloomsbury, forthcoming), and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (Routledge, forthcoming).

Getting published with JALT publications 

Date: October 20, 2017 18:30 - 20:00 

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building and Room (TBA) 〒171-8501 Tokyo, Toshima, Nishiikebukuro, 3 Chome-24-1  

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/ Fee: Free for members & Rikkyo Faculty, 1000 yen for non-member
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTRSVP
In this panel presentation, editors from the three journals comprising JALT Publications (JALT Journal, The Language Teacher, and the Postconference Publication) will talk about what it takes for you to get published. Submission guidelines as well as various dos and don’ts for increasing your chances of acceptance will be covered.     
Jerry Talandis Jr., who is based at the University of Toyama, was a TLT Co-editor from 2008 to 2010. He is currently serving as the JALT Publications Board Chair. 
Aleda Krause has been the Production Editor of JALT Journal since 2010 and Co-editor of the Postconference Publication since 2013. She teaches how to teach English to children at Seigakuin University. 
Eric Hauser is currently the Associate Editor of JALT Journal and can be found teaching English at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo. 

Critical Thinking & Brain SIG conference 

Date: September 24th, 2017 10:00 - 17:30 

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building and Room (TBA) 〒171-8501 Tokyo, Toshima, Nishiikebukuro, 3 Chome-34-1 

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/ 
Come and join the Critical Thinking SIG and the Mind, Brain, and Education SIG (cosponsored by Tokyo JALT) for a day of learning on September 24th at Rikkyo University. The Critical thinking SIG will be accepting presentation submissions until August 14th. Send your submissions to: program@jaltcriticalthinking.org 

Digital Pedagogy & Flipped Learning with G Suite for Education workshop

By Kaori Hakone (with Rab Paterson)

Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, Building 3, 2F, Room 3201, June 23, 1800-2000 (please RSVP - Http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp)

This session will provide an overview of selected MOOC’s focussed on professional development and related skills for teachers, together with a short overview of each. Next the session will cover the ways Google Apps (Blogger, Docs, Forms, Google+ Communities, Google Groups, and YouTube) together with an RSS Reader (Feedly) can be used to set up a Flipped Learning / Just In Time Teaching system to replicate and improve what is commonly done with classroom ‘clickers’ for pre class / in class comprehension checking. After an overview of this theory the session will become more hands on and instructors will go on to work with attendees on setting up and using all these apps in this way. The session will end with a more formal Q and A session although attendees are free to ask questions throughout the session.

このセッションでは教員研修や教員のスキル向上に焦点を当てたMOOCsをご紹介します。さらに、反転授業や、学習者の理解を確認するためにクリッカーを使う代わりに、G Suite (Blogger, Docs, Forms, Google+ Communities, Google Groups, YouTube など)や RSS Reader (Feedly)  がどのように効果的であるか、その可能性をお伝えします。理論を紹介した後、このセッションで取り上げたものの中からお好きなものを参加者に実際に使ってもらいます。質問はいつでもできますが、最後に質問コーナーの時間もとってありますので、よろしければそちらでもお聞きください。

The majority of this session will be in Japanese by Kaori and she will translate Rab's English sections into Japanese. But Rab will be on hand to assist English speaking attendees separately.

Call for Papers for Nakasendo English Conference (July 2nd, 2017 in Urawa)
中山道英語教育大会(7月2日、於浦和) 発表者募集

There are three reasons for Nakasendo to exist:
• Helping teachers gain awareness of what is happening at all levels of English education, not just their own
• Supporting young teachers’ organizations that have proven dynamic and innovative in our field
• Improving relations and exchange opportunities between Japanese and foreign teachers of English


If you feel that these goals support the educational community you wish to be a part of, we ask for your participation. 

First-time presenters and students are welcomed and supported. 
The perennial theme is "Change." 
If your research, reports, classroom methods or materials reflect how you have responded to change, such as English competency goals set for the 2020 Olympics, or have affected change, such as in your students relation to language learning, please consider your proposal now.

The Nakasendo Conference is made possible with support from

The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET)
English Teachers in Japan (Tokyo)
Gunma JALT
Saitama JALT
JALT Tokyo Chapter

Access: Citizen Hall Urawa (市民会館うらわ)
Deadline: May 29th

Tokyo JALT and the Teaching Younger Learners Present:
A workshop for teachers of Pre-school to High School

Date: July 2nd, 2017 14:00-17:00 
Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 4-17-16
Access: Toritsudaigaku Stn (Toyoko/Hibiya/Fukutoshin Lines)
Fee: Free for JALT and Tokyo JALT members, 1,000 yen for non-members
RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTandYLevent
Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/TYL0702FB
Interested in hearing about other teachers' recent successes? Interested in sharing your own? Just want to have a fun time with other teachers? 
TYL SIG and Tokyo JALT believe that we can all learn from each other and have fun doing it. These events are for just that.
If you are interested in presenting: http://bit.ly/TJALTandYLevent.
More information forthcoming, so stay tuned!

Dr. Charles Browne
High Frequency Vocabulary Lists & the Free Online Tools to Exploit Them
May 26th, 2017 18:30-20:30
Rikkyo University in Ikebukuro, Building 10 Room 208
Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/access/ikebukuro/direction/
Free for JALT and Tokyo JALT members, 1,000 yen for non-members RSVP: bit.ly/TJALTrsvp FB: bit.ly/Browne05262017FB
Abstract: This presentation will introduce four free corpus-derived word lists that the presenter helped to create as well as demonstrate a large number of free online tools and resources for helping to use these lists for teaching, learning, materials creation as well as research and analysis.
The New General Service List (NGSL) is a list of core vocabulary words for EFL learners and is a major update of West's (1953) GSL. Based on a carefully selected 273 million word sample from the Cambridge English corpus, the 2800+ words of the NGSL offer between 90-92% coverage of most texts of general English. The New Academic Word List (NAWL) is derived from a 288 million word corpus of academic textbooks, lectures and texts from a wide range of sources. When combined with the NGSL, the NAWL's 960+ core academic words provide approximately 92% coverage for most academic texts. The TOEIC Service List (TSL) is a brand new corpus-derived list of words which occur frequently on TOEIC exams. When combined with the NGSL, the TSL’s 1000 word provide an astonishing 99% coverage of words that occur on TOEIC exams and TOEIC test-preparation materials. The Business English List (BSL) is based on a corpus of 64 million words of business texts, newspapers, journals and websites and when combined with the NGSL, the BSL’s 1700 words provides approximately 97% coverage of most general business texts.
This interactive workshop will give a brief background on how the four lists were developed and then move on to introduce and demonstrate the large and growing number of free online tools we’ve developed (or helped to develop) for these lists such as interactive flashcards, diagnostic tests, games, vocabulary profiling, text creation tools, and more.
Bio: Dr. Browne is Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL and Head of the EFL Teacher-Training Program at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a specialist in Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition and Extensive Reading, especially as they apply to online learning environments, and has written dozens of research articles, books, and textbooks over his 30 years in Japan. In addition to his recent work in creating several important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners known as the New General Service List (NGSL), the New Academic Word List (NAWL), TOEIC Service List (TSL) and Business Service List (BSL) and a wide range of free online tools to teach, learn and create texts based on these lists, he has also developed several research-based language learning and analysis tools including ER and EL-focused websites such as the OGTE (Online Graded Text Editor), ER-Central, EnglishCentral, etc, and works hard to share this knowledge with teachers, authors, students and researchers through countless presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops around the world.

Tokyo JALT and Young Learners Event 
Featuring presentations, activities, and light refreshments
Date: March 5th, 2017
Attention teachers! Do you teach Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School, or High School?
We are planning a fun day of teacher sharing and training and we want YOU to get involved and to share your ideas. Presentations can be from 5-30 minutes long, so no need to be nervous. Also, you do not need fluent English or Japanese to be present or to present. 
Come and share your ideas!
Event will be 1000 yen for non-JALT members and free for members. JALT national membership a bit expensive? Consider joining Tokyo JALT only--local memberships are cheap and a great way to get started. 
Please RSVP online for future young learner events at http://bit.ly/TJALTandYLevent 

Dr. Averil Coxhead 
Specialised vocabulary in context: Challenges for learners, teachers and research 
Date: Tuesday, February 14th, 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: New York University, School of Professional Studies 
Fee: Free for JALT and Tokyo JALT members; 1000 yen for non-members
Facebook: bit.ly/TJALTCoxhead
In special collaboration with the Temple University Japan Distinguished Lecturer Series
This talk focuses on vocabulary for specific purposes as a core aspect of learning in a range of educational contexts. Recent estimates suggest that specialised or technical vocabulary makes up more than one third of specialised texts. Specialised vocabulary is very closely tied to the content knowledge of a subject. In this talk, I will look at a number of challenges of this vocabulary for learners, teachers and researchers, using examples from research and pedagogy in EFL/ESL secondary school, university, and trades contexts. These challenges include planning for this vocabulary, deciding on the items which are worth spending precious classroom time on, thinking about single words and multi-word units, and taking assessment into account. The talk will conclude with some suggestions for meeting these challenges and time for questions. 
Averil Coxhead, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is the Director of the MA programme in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. Recent publications include New Ways in Teaching Vocabulary (TESOL, 2014) and Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students: Research-Based Lists and Strategies for Key Content Areas with Jennifer Greene (Brookes, 2015). Averil is currently researching vocabulary in international schools, trades education, and university studies. 

Member Presentation Showcase 
Date: Friday, February 3rd, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Location: New York University, School of Professional Studies (http://www.sps.nyu.alitokyo.jp/en/access/) 
Facebook: bit.ly/2016MemberPresentation
Tokyo JALT presents our 2016 Member Presentations for your education and enjoyment. 
Tokyo JALT believes in supporting the development of local members, both by bringing the best presenters from abroad and by fostering local talent as well. This evening will feature several short presentations, each 15 minutes long, followed by time to meet each presentor afterwards. Light refreshments will be served. If you are interested in presenting at the next Tokyo JALT Member Presentations in 2017, please submit your information at http://bit.ly/presentatTokyoJALT

Dr. Gabriele Kasper: Emotion in Second Language Self-Report Research 
Date: Tuesday, January 24th 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Location: New York University, School of Professional Studies
Facebook: bit.ly/TokyoJALTKasper
In special collaboration with the Temple University Japan Distinguished Lecturer Series
Emotion is present anywhere in social life and therefore readily observable in the activities that people normally participate in. Yet in research on second language learning, emotion has predominantly been studied through various forms of self-report, including interviews, surveys, and diaries. This talk will examine the theoretical perspectives that inform this research, show how each of the three discursive formats generates particular kinds of data, and review the main strategies that are used to analyze the data produced with each method. Finally we will consider alternative approaches to generating and analyzing data on emotion in second language use and learning and discuss how language education may benefit from such alternative perspectives.
Gabriele Kasper is Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her teaching and research focus on language and social interaction, in particular on applying conversation analysis to multilingual interaction, second language learning and assessment, and standard research methods in applied linguistics. Recent co-edited volumes are Assessing Second Language Pragmatics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Emotion in Multilingual Interaction (Benjamins, 2016).
In special collaboration with the Temple University Japan Distinguished Lecturer Series