Tokyo JALT plans a variety of quality events for our membership, including our annual Member Presentations event in winter, our annual State of the Chapter event in summer, our Teaching Younger Learners events, and more. Recent events have covered topics including technology, vocabulary acquisition, the top changes a teacher can make to a curriculum, teacher identity, and more. If you are interested in helping to plan an event or wish to speak with us about our events, email our Programs Chair at TokyoJALTprograms@gmail.com.
See below for the details of each event:
- Getting Published in JALT
- JD Brown: Keys to Actually Doing Successful Mixed Methods Research
- Tokyo JALT 2019 Showcase
Getting Published in JALTTokyo, West Tokyo, and the Publications BoardDate: Saturday, September 21stTime: 17:00 to 19:00 *There has been a slight change on the schedule*Location: Kyorin University Inokashira Campus, Bldg and Room TBA, 三鷹市下連雀5丁目4-1 〒181-0013Access: http://www.kyorin-u.ac.jp/English/location.htmlFee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/442775419821169/RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp
The Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) is happy to once again host the JALT Publications Boards "Getting published in JALT." Come out to hear about JALT publications and HOW TO GET INTO THEM.
Full speaker bios and abstracts forthcoming. Thank you for your patience.
JD Brown: Keys to Actually Doing Successful Mixed Methods ResearchDate: October 4th, 2019Time: 18:30 to 20:00Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building and Room TBA 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.htmlFee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvpFB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/915946228758066/
Do you research? Are you interested in doing research? Come learn from an expert in language education related research on how to succeed with mixed methods research. Join us October 4th, 2019 at 6:30 at Rikkyo University's Ikebukuro Campus (Building and Room TBA)! Free for JALT members. 1000 yen for non-members.
Abstract: This speech begins by briefly defining the notion of research in TESOL, then moves on to discuss the various characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research, especially within the framework of a qual/quant continuum, wherein qualitative and quantitative research characteristics interact. The presentation continues by defining mixed methods research, then explaining the difference between mixed methods research (MMR) and multi-method research, as well as discussing the most salient features of MMR. The talk also distinguishes among three main varieties of MMR: qualitative mixed, pure mixed, and quantitative mixed methods research. The speech then addresses three practical questions:
1. How can triangulation be used as a primary tool in MMR for combining the best features of qualitative and quantitative research and thereby overcoming the weaknesses of each research paradigm?
2. How can certain strategies (convergence, divergence, exemplification, clarification, elaboration, and their interactions) be used in MMR to examine qualitative and quantitative data together for connections, patterns, cross-validation, anomalies, etc.?
3. How can research questions be used to keep the researcher on the MMR track?
Examples of these techniques are drawn from MMR that the presenter has conducted in Japan and elsewhere. MMR did indeed provide interesting answers.
Bio: James Dean Brown ("JD") is currently Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has spoken and taught in many places ranging from Albuquerque to Zagreb. He also has published numerous articles and books on language testing, curriculum design, research methods, and connected speech. His most recent books are: Developing, using, and analyzing rubrics in language assessment with case studies in Asian and Pacific languages (2012 from NFLRC); New ways in teaching connected speech (2012 from TESOL); Practical assessment tools for college Japanese (2013 with K. Kondo-Brown & Tominaga from NFLRC); New ways of classroom assessment, revised (2013 from TESOL); Mixed methods research for TESOL (2014 from Edinburgh University Press); Cambridge guide to research in language teaching and learning (2015 with C. Coombe from Cambridge University Press); Teaching and assessing EIL in local contexts around the world (2015 with S. L. McKay from Routledge); Developing courses in languages for specific purposes (2015 with J. Trace & T. Hudson from NFLRC); Introducing needs analysis and English for specific purposes (2016 from Routledge); and two others that are currently in the works.
Tokyo JALT 2019 ShowcaseDate: December 13th, 2019Time: 18:00 to 21:00Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building and Room TBA 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.htmlFee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: http://bit.ly/TokyoJALTPresentationsFB Event Page: TBA
This event is still in the planning stages, so we appreciate your understanding should circumstances change.
Our Tokyo JALT Showcase is the annual event at which we celebrate great local talent. Any member of Tokyo Chapter is encouraged to apply.
Presentation Guidelines: http://bit.ly/presentationguidelines
Seeking Programs Committee Members
Tokyo JALT is seeking volunteers interested in planning approximately 10 events per year, in addition to continuing to foster the development of our Social Events, Tech Events, and Younger Learners Events. Ideally, the candidate should have some research and event planning experience, but all interested candidates are encouraged to get involved. The Programs Committee will work with the President, the Treasurer, and the various Events Chairs to help find potential speakers and plan events around them. In addition, Committee Members will have the opportunity to help develop events they are interested in, so this is a great position for someone interested in research and teaching practice.
This position will provide the opportunity to shadow the acting Programs Chair, the Incoming President Matthew Kocourek, and to work with the Treasurer, and the Vice President, learning about budgets, event planning and running, managing event volunteers and more. This is a great way to build your CV and learn many skills useful for future managers.