2018

2018 Tokyo JALT Showcase

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018Time: 18:30 to 21:00Location: Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro Campus, Building 14 Room D301 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/TokyoJALTPresentations
Featured Presentation: Foreign Femininity and Masculinity in Japanese TranslationDr. Momoko Nakamura (Kanto Gakuin University)Abstract: How are non-Japanese femininities and masculinities represented in Japanese translation, and how they affect the understanding of Japanese genders? I attempt to answer these questions by examining the ways Japanese translators use the gendered features in translating the speech of non-Japanese women and men in English and Russian literary works, TV dramas, films and newspaper interview articles. The analysis shows: (1) Japanese translators overwhelmingly use feminine features in translating non-Japanese women’s speech, and (2) while they also employ masculine features in translating non-Japanese men’s speech, with respect to the casual, laid-back speech of non-Japanese men, they have created a specific Japanese style used only in the translation of the speech. The findings suggest: (1) the predominant use of feminine features for the speech of non-Japanese women works to naturalize Japanese femininity beyond linguistic and ethnic boundaries, and (2) the invention of the style for non-Japanese men serves to enregister the Japanese stereotype of non-Japanese casual masculinity, depending on which Japanese masculinity maintains its idealized status.
Bio: Momoko Nakamura, Ph.D. is Professor of English at Kanto Gakuin University, Japan. Her research interest includes linguistic construction of gendered, sexualized identity and historical discursive formation of gendered styles. She is the author of Gender, Language and Ideology: A Genealogy of Japanese Women’s Language (2014), Honyaku ga tsukuru Nihongo: Hiroin wa onna kotoba o hanashi tsuzukeru [Translation and Japanese: Heroines Speak Women’s Language] (2013), Onnakotoba to Nihongo [Women’s Language and Japanese] (2012), Onnakotoba wa tsukurareru [Constructing Women’s Language] (Received the 27th Yamakawa Kikue Award, 2007), Sei to Nihongo: Kotoba ga tsukuru onna to otoko [Sex and Japanese: Woman and Man Constructed by Language] (2007), Kotoba to jendā [Language and Gender] (2001) and Kotoba to feminizumu [Language and Feminism] (1995). She has contributed chapters to The Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality (2014), The Political Economy of Affect and Emotion in East Asia (2014), Femininity, Feminism and Gendered Discourse (2010), The Language and Sexuality Reader (2006), and Japanese Language, Gender, and Ideology (2004). She also edited a textbook, Jendā de manabu gengogaku [Learning Linguistics through Gender] (2010), and translated into Japanese Feminism and Linguistic Theory by Deborah Cameron (1990) and Language and Sexuality by Deborah Cameron and Don Kulick (2010).
2018 Tokyo JALT Showcase Presentations:Disability Discourse and Its Implications for Teaching Disabled Students in EFL Classes at Japanese Universities Liz Shek-Noble (New York University School of Professional Studies Tokyo)Abstract: Recent changes to disability law have led to scholarship about disabled students and reasonable accommodation in EFL courses at universities. This scholarship draws on the discourse of special needs education to frame recommendations for inclusive practices. The presenter advocates Disability Studies in Education (DSE) as an alternative to special needs education, since disability activists have criticised the latter for its pathologizing attitudes towards impairment. The presenter proposes a conceptual framework for creating accessible skills-based EFL classes using DSE principles.
Bio: Liz is the Academic Coordinator at New York University School of Professional Studies Tokyo. Her research interests include critical disability studies and east-west aesthetics.
Promoting Gender Diversity in the Classroom through DragMichael Ellis (International Christian University High School)Abstract: The presenter shares the experience of showing “RuPaul’s Drag Race” to Japanese high school students (n=109). Each step is discussed, from a pretest and mini-lecture on drag culture to the viewing of the show. Students’ response papers indicated they were able to understand complex concepts, especially gender as a social construct and the importance of individuality. Finally, the presenter offers advice for teachers interested in showing similar material in their own classrooms.
Bio: Michael is the EFL program coordinator at ICUHS. He's interested in reflective practice (among many other topics), and is currently program chair of TD SIG.

Tokyo JALT and TD SIG Professional Development Roundtable and Social

Date: October 13th, 2018Time: 2:00-4:00, Dinner from 5Location: Kyorin University, Inokashira CampusAccess: http://www.kyorin-u.ac.jp/English/location.htmlFee: Free, but for the social afterwards food or drink must be purchasedThe Teacher Development (TD) Special Interest Group (SIG) and the Tokyo chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) will host a Professional Development Roundtable Discussion on Saturday, October 13 at Kyorin University's Inokashira Campus in Mitaka. The discussion will be followed by a social event at a restaurant in Kichijoji from 5pm. Location to be announced. Please register by October 10 to give the organizers a sense of numbers, as we are preparing coffee and tea. We hope to see you there! For more information, please email: tokyojaltevents@gmail.com.

Tokyo JALT presents: Pronunciation

Date: October 12th, 2018Time: 18:30 to 20:30 Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 14 and Room D3013-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: 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)Theoretical accounts for difficulties in L2 perceptionKenichi Ohyama Based on the well-known theoretical models (Speech Learning Model and Perceptual Assimilation Model), he explains the influence of L1 transfer by Japanese learners of English. Bio: He is a full-time lecturer at Edogawa University, teaching phonetics and general English courses. He is interested in phonological acquisition theories and phonetic pedagogy. Empirical evidence to support the role of L2 pronunciation in oral development Yukie SaitoReviewing existing literature, she explains how L2 learners benefit from different types of prosody-based instruction. She concludes her presentation with some pedagogical implications. Bio: Her main research interest includes the effects of classroom-based instruction, in particular, on the development of L2 pronunciation. She is currently teaching at Rikkyo University. Do prosodic differences between English and Japanese disadvantage Japanese learners of English? Alastair Graham-Marr Abstract: Japanese learners often lack a natural understanding of suprasegmental phonology, impeding comprehension, which minimizes learning opportunities and serously disadvantages learning. Explicit teaching is needed.Bio: Alastair Graham-Marr, a professor at the Tokyo University of Science, has taught in Japan for 29 years. His main research interest is prosody.

Tokyo JALT Younger Learners joint event with the Teaching Younger Learners SIG

Date: October 7th 2018, 13:00 - 17:00Time: 13:00 - 17:00Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 5-17- 16Access: 10 min from Toritsu Daigaku Station, Toyoko Line (http://www.tokiwamatsu.ac.jp/info/access.html)Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for nonmembers Queries: tokyojaltyl@gmail.comFlyer: click hereRSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTandYLeventSummary: We have a great line up this time, starting with a presentation by Professor Mitsue Allen-Tamai of Aoyama University who will talk about her unique storytelling project. A discussion on assessment and testing at the elementary level will follow. Finally, Professor Frances Shiobara of Kobe Shoin Women's University will share her research on team teaching, a topic relevant for Younger Learner teachers at all levels. Please bookmark the date and share the information with colleagues and friends. More details will be posted later. Large numbers are expected so please be sure to RSVP to book your place!

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

Location: Rikkyo University, in Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture, JapanDates: September 15th - 16th (Saturday and Sunday), 2018Conference 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 methodologyTeaching practice-based presentationsInnovative approaches to CBT, CLIL, CLTIssues related to gender and diversity in college and university settingsChanges in foreign language education in Japan over the past 25 yearsOther topics that might be of interest to tertiary Educators

JALT Business Communication SIG 3rd Annual Conference

Date: September 8-9, 2018 Location: Toyo University - Hakusan CampusAccess: https://www.toyo.ac.jp/site/english-maps/hakusan.html
Fees: Weekend Rate (non JALT / non Toyo / non students) - ¥ 6,000Early Bird Rate - ¥ 5,000One Day Rate for Attendees (non JALT / non Toyo / non students) - ¥ 4,000Early Bird Rate - ¥ 3,000------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Weekend Rate (JALT Members) - ¥ 5,000Early Bird Pre-registration (JALT Members) - ¥ 4,000One Day Rate for Attendees (JALT Members) - ¥ 3,000Early Bird Pre-registration one day (JALT Members) - ¥ 2,000------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Weekend Rate (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 3,000Early Bird Pre-registration (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 2,000One Day Rate (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 2,000Early Bird Pre-registration one day (JALT BizCom SIG Members) - ¥ 1,000------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Weekend Rate for Student Attendees (non Toyo students) - ¥ 2,000One Day Rate for Student Attendees (non Toyo students) - ¥ 1,000Toyo University Staff and students - FreeThe conference will take place in collaboration with Toyo University and the IATEFL BESIG (Business English Special Interest Group) at Toyo University's Hakusan campus on Saturday September the 8th to Sunday September the 9th. We are expecting about 200 people at this event.The theme of the conference is "The Spark: Igniting Innovations in Communications for Global Businesses". We will be accepting proposals primarily (but not exclusively) on research and pedagogical approaches towards professional communication, business knowledge, and innovative technologies. Proposals which more closely match the topic of the conference theme will be given priority during the selection process.There will be a number of different session formats: presentations (25 mins); long workshop (50 mins); short workshop (25 mins); commercial presentation (25 mins); poster presentation. Please select your preferred type of presentation when you submit your proposal using the Google form link shown below.Attendees will not be added to the event programme until they register and pay the conference fee. The deadline for this is August 1st, 2018 for presenters and August 15th, 2018 for attendees (because we would like to make an online programme to advertise the event.)

2018 Tokyo JALT State of the Chapter featuring Paul Nation

Date: June 29th, 2018 Location: NYU SPS TokyoAccess: TBAFee: Free for members, 1000 yen for nonmembersTokyo JALT warmly invites you to our 2018 State of the Chapter. This year has been full of great successes and we are looking forward to an even bigger 2019. At our State of the Chapter events we discuss the past year's achievements and the coming year's goals. We will make some big announcements. This State of the Chapter will feature a presentation by the esteemed Paul Nation! Refreshments will be served.
Abstract: What are the most effective changes a teacher could make to a language course?This workshop describes the four most important ways of improving an English as a foreign language program. These four changes in order of importance are (1) set up a substantial extensive reading program, (2) set up a fluency development program across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, (3) organize genuine spoken communication activities, and (4) train and encourage learners to do deliberate systematic vocabulary learning using flash cards.Each change is described and justified, showing how it helps learning, what research evidence there is for it, the strength of the effect of this change, and how to implement the change.These changes are easy enough to make and their positive effects on language learning have been proven to be very large.
Bio: Paul Nation is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His books on vocabulary include Teaching and Learning Vocabulary (1990) and Researching and Analysing Vocabulary (2011) (with Stuart Webb) both from Heinle Cengage Learning., His latest books on vocabulary are Learning Vocabulary in Another Language (second edition 2013) published by Cambridge University Press, Making and Using Word Lists (2016) from John Benjamins, and How Vocabulary is Learned (2017) (with Stuart Webb). Two books strongly directed towards teachers appeared in 2013 from Compass Media in Seoul –What should every ESL Teacher Know? (available free from www.compasspub.com/ESLTK) and What should every EFL Teacher Know? He is also co-author of Nation, P. and Malarcher, C. (2017) Timed Reading for Fluency. Books 1-4. Seoul: Seed Publishing.

Teacher Journeys Conference

We are happy to announce that in its seventh year, the Teacher Journeys Conference will journey back to Tokyo Sunday, June 3. The mini-conference, co-sponsored by Tokyo JALT and hosted at Rikkyo University, will provide speakers an opportunity to share personal narratives from their development as teachers. Learn more details at the conference site and consider submitting a presentation proposal before the April 23 deadline.
Dr. Gary BarkhuizenLanguage teacher identity: What is it and why should we know, or care?Date: February 16th, 2018Time: 18:30 - 20:00Location: New York University, School of Professional Studies, American Language Institute at Shinagawa Intercity Tower A 22F, 2-15-1 Konan, Minato-kuAccess: Shinagawa Station (http://www.sps.nyu.alitokyo.jp/en/access/) Fee: Free for JALT members; 1000 yen for non-members;Flyer: http://bit.ly/BarkhuizenFlyer
Tokyo JALT and Yokohama JALT (with the support of Temple University) are pleased to host Gary Barkhuizen.Abstract: There has recently been much interest in the interrelationship between teachers’ thinking, their identities, emotions, and their practice. In this presentation I’ll explore these connections by analyzing some interview data from a New Zealand study which investigated language tutors working in one-on-one instructional arrangements in which the tutors and their English learners (adult refugees and migrants) aim together to meet the particular language needs and goals of the learner. What emerges is that an important ingredient of this complex interrelationship is moral stance, such as inclusion and social justice, and that this moral dimension is evident (or should be) in the here-and-now moments of teaching action. In the process I will illustrate ‘short story analysis’ (Barkhuizen, 2016) as an approach to examining the interview data.Bio: Gary Barkhuizen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of language teacher education, teacher and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry, and he has published widely on these topics. His books include Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research (2014, Routledge, with Phil Benson and Alice Chik), Narrative Research in Applied Linguistics (2013, CUP), and Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research (2017, Routledge). Professor Barkhuizen has taught ESL at high school (in Mmabatho, South Africa) and at college level (in New York), and has worked in teacher education in South Africa, New Zealand and the United States.

Tokyo JALT and Teaching Younger Learners: GET READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Pre-school & Elementary

Date: February 4th, 2018As we get ready to plan for new courses and new students this is a great time to take stock of where we're going and what priorities we want to focus on in the new year. We plan to invite some inspiring teachers/trainers to introduce their materials and activities. Please think of sharing the things that have worked for you this year - or suggest topics you'd like have a presentation on - or work on in small group discussions. Volunteering for teacher-share sessions is a great way for teachers to develop skills in presenting and running workshops, and is good for CV building. Sessions for both dates can be anything from a 10 minute share to a full 90 minute workshop. Fill in this form and we'll look forward to seeing you in November and/or February. As before, participants are welcome to get together for pizza & more conversation near the station before heading home.For further information about these younger learner SIG events or if you would like to get involved, please contact Marian Hara at: tokyojaltyl@gmail.com

Tokyo JALT Tech Series: New Google Sites Google Educator Group Workshop

Kaori Hakone (Shinjuku GEG) & Dave Towse (West Tokyo GEG)Date: January 19th, 2018Time: 18:30 - 20:00Location: Toyo University (Hakusan Campus) Building 3 Room 3304A map is here https://www.toyo.ac.jp/site/english-maps/hakusan.htmlThis workshop on the New Google Sites will be given in English (by Dave Towse) and Japanese (by Kaori Hakone). Google Sites: A contemporary and versatile tool for creating, user-friendly, & collaborative professional looking websites, student portfolios, research projects, & much more! Join Kaori and David for an overview and introduction to Google Sites, where building a one-stop destination for all vital information, including videos, images, calendars, presentations, documents, folders, and text just got a whole lot easier and will cover how to make, design and use Google Sites for teaching purposes and beyond.Bio: Kaori Hakone is a Japanese teacher who has taught at K-12 schools and universities in both Australia and Japan and is currently preparing a new international for its launch in mid 2018. Integrating technology into education is her passion and she has created created several multi-touch books through the iBooks store. In addition she also founded a book trailer contest for students in the international schools community in Japan. This passion led her to become a certified Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), an ADE Asia Pacific Board member, a Google Innovator, and a Google Trainer. She also earned the Google Educator Exam level 1 and level 2 certificates and the Apple Teacher certificates and has experience in various teacher education programs such as the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement, where she has been an Examiner and a Reader for many years. Bio: David Towse is an Educational Technology Specialist and Integrationist, currently based at Seisen International School in Setagaya-Ku. Having moved from a full-time homeroom teacher, David works with students, staff, and admin to move beyond ‘using tech, for tech's-sake!’ He is involved in collaboratively planning, and co-teaching within an IB-PYP setting. David is a MEd student at Endicott College, a Google Certified Innovator, and Trainer. You can find and connect with David on Twitter @MrTowse.