This Year

Updated: 7/31/2019


Getting Published in JALT

Tokyo, West Tokyo, and the Publications BoardDate: Saturday, September 21stTime: 17:00 to 19:00 Location: Kyorin University Inokashira Campus, Bldg and Room TBA, 三鷹市下連雀5丁目4-1 〒181-0013Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members

JD Brown: Keys to Actually Doing Successful Mixed Methods Research

Date: 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: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: Event Page:

Tokyo JALT 2019 Showcase

Date: 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: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: Event Page: TBA

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Previous Events

Nick Ellis: Understanding Language and Learning: Theoretical, Methodological, and Cultural Developments in Applied Linguistics

Date: July 19th, 2019Time: 18:30 to 20:00Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 1, Rm 1104 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members
The Tokyo, West Tokyo, and Yokohama Chapters of the Japan Association for Language Teaching as well as the Teacher Development (TD) SIG are excited to welcome you to this presentation by Nick Ellis. Thank you to all of our cosponsors for making this event such a success. Abstract: I reflect on the concepts of ‘learning’, ‘language’, and ‘cognition’ and how they have changed over the history of Applied Linguistics, on our ever-expanding deployment of sophisticated methodologies, and on the fast-changing landscape of sharing, appraising, and publishing our science. I consider the implications for the nature of our field and our research practices, for publishing and the changing nature of knowledge dissemination, for the valuing of knowledge and scholarship, and for graduate training and mentoring. Bio: Nick Ellis is Professor of Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Michigan. His research interests include language acquisition, cognition, emergentism, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, applied linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Recent books include: Usage-based Approaches to Language Acquisition and Processing: Cognitive and Corpus Investigations of Construction Grammar (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, with Römer and O’Donnell), Language as a Complex Adaptive System (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, with Larsen-Freeman), and Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Routledge, 2008, with Robinson). He serves as General Editor of Language Learning. Tokyo JALT thanks Temple University Japan's Distinguished Lecturer Series for their support in making this event happen. Please consider attending Nick Ellis's upcoming seminar. For more information, visit

Tokyo JALT State of the Chapter 2019 Labor and Jobs in Japan

Date: Friday, July 5thTime: 18:00 to 21:00Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Bldg 14 and Room D401 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501 Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members
At this year's State of the Chapter we are looking at labor and jobs and Tokyo is proud to bring you experts on both. They will discuss how to protect yourself and how to get jobs, so come out for that and to enjoy the free refreshments provided by our sponsor (TBA).This event will feature announcements from the Tokyo Chapter, two short 10 to 15 minute presentations from the jobs experts and the labor experts, time to mingle and enjoy the food, and two thirty-minute Q&A periods with the experts. We believe this will be useful and enlightening. Finally, the Tokyo Chapter Chairs will be available for any questions or concerns you may have about us, so come talk to us.We would like to thank the College and University Educators (CUE) SIG for their support in making this happen. Thanks, CUE! We would also like to thank for the lovely refreshments. We could not have done this without you.
Speaker Bios:Speakers on Labor IssuesYumiko NakajimaExecutive President of National Union of General Workers, Tokyo NambuNakajima has been organizing workers, varying from full-timers to casual contracts in all sectors, since 1993 in demands for “safe workplaces free of discrimination where anyone can maintain their health and fair wage,” which is a fundamental workers’ right. 中島由美子全国一般労働組合東京南部執行委員長 労働者の権利である「安全で差別のない職場で健康に働ける仕事と適正な賃金の保障」を求めて、1993年から誰でも一人でも加入できる全国一般労働組合東京南部で働いている。
Chie MatsumotoJournalist /activist; president of Newspaper and wire service workers’ union Matsumoto reports on various rights issues both in Japanese and English, while she teaches media and social issues at Hosei and Sophia universities as well as acting as a research assistant at Tokyo University. 松元千枝ジャーナリスト/アクティビスト、新聞通信合同ユニオン執行委員長日英で社会・人権問題について報道するかたわら、法政大学と上智大学ではメディアと社会問題について講義し、東京大学では学術研究支援をつとめている。

Speakers on Jobs

Suwako UeharaSuwako Uehara is an Associate Professor at the University of Electro-Communications. She is currently one of the special editors for the OnCUE Special Conference Issue and is a member of the Writers’ Peer Support Group. Her research interests include: creativity, technology, 21st-century education, writing centers, and self-access learning centers.
Michele JoelMichele Joel is the coordinator of the English program for the Department of Social Sciences at Kyorin University. She spends most of her classroom hours with students enrolled in a program preparing students to work in international settings. To this end, her main research focus is on the best ways to support both students and content professors in EMI, as well as development of EMI curriculum.

Tokyo JALT: Intercultural Communication and Language Education (ICLE)

Date: June 28th, 2019Time: 18:30 to 20:30Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 1, Room 1104 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members FB Event Page:
The why and how of intercultural language teaching and learningAbstract: There is no doubt intercultural competencies are a requisite for living and working in today’s globalized world. Even so, intercultural language learning is not usually part of the foreign language curricula in Japan. In this interactive presentation, the audience will participate in a discussion about (1) why introducing intercultural aspects into the foreign language class is important or/and relevant and (2) how introducing intercultural aspects into the foreign language class will help students become more intercultural aware and better intercultural communicators. This presentation also aims at introducing the Intercultural Communication in Language Education (ICLE) SIG, which is JALT’s newest forming SIG. Some of our aims are to explore various ways language teachers could help shape their students’ intercultural minds, raise their students’ intercultural self-awareness, and educate for intercultural understanding. Bio: Roxana Sandu is currently an assistant professor of English at University of Tsukuba. Her main publications are in the field of pragmatics and discourse analysis, but recently her research interests also include raising intercultural awareness in an EFL setting, as well as teaching 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, communication and collaboration.
Fostering Intercultural Understanding through Comparing and Contrasting Cultural EventsAbstract: Integrating culture into the language classroom can be seen as a means of adding interesting content to a lesson by learning ‘surface’ facts about a target culture such as customs and behaviours (Trompenaars & Hampden-Turner’s (1998) Cultural Onion model as cited in Shaules, 2007). However, this view risks fostering an “us versus them” dichotomy, which can hinder intercultural understanding as it implicitly focuses only on differences between the target culture and one’s own culture. To foster intercultural understanding, it is also important to try to discover similarities with one’s own culture by looking deeper to find the meaning or purpose behind the surface facts of the target culture such as values and beliefs. The presenter will demonstrate how comparing and contrasting cultural events can be used to foster intercultural understanding. Bio: Valerie Hansford is an associate professor at Soka University. She has been teaching English in Japan for 25+ years. Her research interests include curriculum design, integrating culture into the language classroom, and intercultural communication.
Embodied Assessment: Evaluating Intercultural Communication Skills in the EFL ClassroomAbstract: Bringing intercultural communication (IC) based-content into the EFL classroom is a challenging endeavor, more so if it is being done with the purpose of fostering the development of IC competencies. Furthermore, the assessment of these skills is equally daunting, because it can potentially become mired in questions such as “How can I evaluate if a student has become a good intercultural communicator?”, “How to assess if the course developed the student’s intercultural awareness?”, among others. This presentation intends to introduce an alternative to these conundrums by positing “embodiment” as a key concept for designing both the curriculum and the assessment methods of EFL courses. This will be done by selecting a sample of IC-specific topics and explaining: a) how to practically bring them into the foreign language classroom and b) how to evaluate them by using an embodied assessment strategy. Bio: Javier Salazar is currently a lecturer at the Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages and University of Tsukuba. His academic background is in social psychology, cultural anthropology and human informatics, and his research interests gravitate towards intercultural communication pedagogy, communicative competencies teaching, and gamification in EFL education.

Teaching Younger Learners in Tokyo: Thinking ahead & making changes

Date: Friday, May 12thTime: 13:00 - 17:00Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 4-17-16, Meguro 152-0003 Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP and apply to present at future events:
Global Warming – a topic for all ages and levelsThe afternoon will start with a look at the vital topic of global warming which is sure to impact the lives of our students. Should we, and how can we, handle this topic in English classes - and what approaches will work with students of different ages? Chris Kozak is a climate crisis education consultant. He has refined a 'mini-seminar’-style of teaching, leading teachers away from ‘chalk and talk’. There is an urgent need to help students of all ages understand the science of global warming while maintaining a positive focus on solutions. During this session we will get hands-on experience with various teaching techniques and learn about some useful climate education resources.Working with Individuals and Smaller GroupsA short discussion to share ideas on how to develop speaking skills and motivate with students in individual and small group lessons. Bring your ideas to share!Assessment and Skills Development in Elementary English ClassesAndrew Lankshear, from a private elementary school in Koriyama City, will lead a session on assessment in elementary English classes. From 2020, English becomes a compulsory subject requiring grading. The education ministry has not yet given clear guidelines on testing, so teachers need to think through how to organize their teaching to include grading in a painless way. Andy has led workshops on the topic and recently completed a project for Kanda Gaigo Gakuin, developing online training resources for teachers of young learners. He will share some helpful, time-saving ideas for designing a flow of work that doesn’t overload students or teachers.Pearson Japan is launching a new skills-based book for young learners titled “English Language Booster”, co-authored by Andy Lankshear and Akiko Seino. It is designed to both complement and supplement existing course books by boosting young learners’ vocabulary learning, phonics, listening and speaking skills. Andy will also introduce this material and explain how to make the best use of it in the classroom and at home. Pearson will bring a range of materials for teachers to browse through and purchase on the day.

Teachers Helping Teachers: Making a difference for teachers and students in the Asia Pacific Region

Tokyo & Teachers Helping Teachers (THT)Date: Friday, May 10thTime: 18:30 to 20:30Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Bldg. 14 Rm. D401 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: Event Listing:
Patrick Dougherty (Akita International University) Abstract: Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) is a grassroots organization founded by a local chapter of the Japanese Association for Language Teaching in 2004. THT is dedicated to the aid and assistance of fellow educators and students in and around Asia. Over the past fourteen years THT has fulfilled this mission by holding over fifty multi-day teacher training conferences and workshops with volunteer trainers and supported by local organizations and educational institutions in Bangladesh, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, the Philippines, and Vietnam. THT’s teacher-training seminars and workshops exhibit practical, student and teacher-friendly approaches to language education that are informed by current research in the field. Our volunteer teacher trainers come from Europe, North America, Australia, South American, and Asia. Our conference and workshop attendees are K – 12 teachers, university educators, and private school operators. This presentation will give attendees background on the history, mission, programs, and publications of THT. Attendees will receive information on how they can participate in upcoming THT programs or contribute to THT’s academic publications. Bio: Patrick Dougherty is a Professor of International Liberal Arts and the Director of the English for Academic Purposes Program and Foreign Language Education at Akita International University. He holds a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland. Additionally, he holds a Doctorate in Education in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University. He has been an educator for 30 years, with 14 of those years being at the junior high and high school levels and the rest of his career has been spent in university undergraduate or graduate education. He was a founding member of Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) and has served as the Vice President and President of the organization. He is currently THT’s Chair of Publications, Editor of the THT Journal, and the co-coordinator of the THT-Bangladesh program and is the development coordinator for the proposed THT-Sri Lanka program. For more about the THT SIG, head to

Considering CEFR implementation: Curriculum & Teacher Development

Presented by Tokyo JALT and the CEFR and LP SIGDate: Friday, April 19thTime: 18:50 to 20:20Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Bldg. 14 Rm. D401 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) has been making great impacts on language policies and teaching practices in Japan, yet it caused practitioners confusion. This presentation will systematically present various aspects of CEFR implementation hands-on: basic philosophy: CEFR and CEFR/CV, curriculum, learning and teaching (writing) and teacher training. There will be time for discussion.Speakers Maria Gabriela Schmidt “The role of CEFR and CEFR/CV (2018)"Noriko Nagai “CEFR-informed curriculum/course design”Alexander Imig “Composition with the CEFR (B1 & B2)”BIOMaria Gabriela Schmidt (PhD) is a professor for German linguistics at Nihon University, College of Humanities and Sciences in Tokyo. She is a contributing investigator of a kaken research project.Noriko Nagai (PhD) is a professor of Ibaraki University and received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She teaches English and linguistics. Her research intersts include crosslinguistic influences in cognition and language learning, CEFR-informed curriculum/course design and teacher training. She is a principal investigator of a kaken research project.Alexander Imig (MA) is associate professor at Chukyo University (Nagoya). He is especially interested in academic writing and English as a Lingua France (ELF). He is a principal investigator of a kaken research project.

Tokyo JALT Finishing Academic Year 2018 Social Event

Date: Friday, March 22nd 2019Time: 18:00 to 20:00Location: Soruamigo (Mexican cuisine) 1 Chome-11-12 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku-ku TokyoAccess: Only your food and drinks, as you like (around ¥1500 - ¥3000)
Wrapping up the academic year: Fellow teachers are invited to this casual dinner. Share a meal and reflect on what went well and what needs improvement in our classrooms for the coming academic year. We hope to see you there! If you have any queries, please contact our Events Chair, Michele Joel at:

Refining Your Professional Skills: Creating Effective Abstracts, Posters, and Slides

Date: Saturday, March 9thTime: 11:45 to 6:00Location: Kyorin University Inokashira Campus E202 (Building E, 2F) 5-4-1 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, TokyoAccess: Free to JALT members. Non-Members: 1,000 yen
This professional development event hosted by West Tokyo JALT and sponsored by Tokyo JALT, the JALT CUE SIG, and JALT Teacher Development (TD) SIG will help you prepare for the upcoming conference season by helping you learn how to write effective abstracts and design excellent presentations. The event will feature three one-hour workshops followed by a two-hour breakout session where attendees can bring their presentation ideas and get one-on-one advice from the presenters and other experienced educators.
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12:15-1:15 Jamie Taylor and Dr. Wendy M. GoughHoning your Abstract Writing SkillsThis workshop will help you understand what to include in a well-written abstract and how to present your ideas concisely yet thoroughly enough to impress conference proposal reviewers. 1:30-2:30 Greg GagnonPoster Presentations for Conferences: Tips and StrategiesThis workshop will discuss the various ways to design an attractive poster that can best showcase the important points of your research, in a clear, visually attractive way. 2:45-3:45 Daniel BeckBullet Ban: Putting an end to Death by Powerpoint by EducatorsThis workshop will demonstrate how academics can improve their presentations by engaging their audiences with story, slide design, and delivery.4:00-6:00 Tokyo JALT Breakout SessionThis two-hour workshopping time will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss and receive advice about their presentation topics and ideas. Attendees are encouraged to bring their presentation ideas and drafts of abstracts, slides, or posters. Light refreshments provided.

Tokyo Teaching Younger Learners: Sharing our Best Ideas (all levels from Elementary to High school)

Date: Sunday, February 17thTime: 14:00 - 17:00Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 4-17-16, Meguro KuFee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members Program Details:2:00 – 2:45 Ruthie Iida - Choosing the Best Songs for Language Acquisition from Preschool to Senior High 2:45 – 3:15 Hisako Ohtsubo - Lego Serious Play Method in English lessons 3:15 – 3:30 Break - Refreshments provided3:30 – 4:00 Grant Osterman - Controlling & Managing Classrooms4:00 – 5:00 Gaby Benthien - Teaching non-English Primary Majors the Basics of L2 language teaching and CLIL for Primary School StudentsPlease RSVP to reserve a place or to share ideas for future events: Event Listing:

Translanguaging and Task Based Language Teaching (Dr. Jonathan Newton)

Date: Friday February 15th, 2019Time: 18:30 to 20:30Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 6 Room 6206 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: Event Listing:
Dr. Jonathan Newton will be delivering a talk for Tokyo JALT in February 2019. Dr. Newton is an Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University Wellington. He is the co-author of Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking (Routledge 2018) and Teaching ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking (Routledge 2009). Dr. Newton’s specialisations include the interface of culture and language and task-based language teaching (TBLT). Have a look at the Tokyo JALT website and Facebook page in early January for additional information about Dr. Newton’s talk. We will update this event listing as soon as is possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding.Tokyo JALT would like to thank the Distinguished Lecturer Series over at Temple University Japan for their support in making this event happen. For more information, please click here.Abstract: Translanguaging: A key to unlocking the potential of task-based learning The issue of first language (L1) use in the language classroom is far from new in the task-based language teaching (TBLT) literature or experience of teachers. Indeed, concern by teachers that a task-based approach will open the floodgates of L1 use in the classroom is a common reason they give for being reluctant to use TBLT. However, the concept of translanguaging offers an altogether more positive view of the issue of L1 use in the EFL classroom. In this presentation, I address the question of what practical applications and theoretical insights can be gained from viewing teaching with tasks and the use of multiple languages in task performance through a translanguaging lens. To shed light on this issue, I and my co-researchers Dr. Corinne Seals and Madeline Ash at Victoria University of Wellington investigated translanguaging affordances in a large data set of transcripts of Vietnamese learners of English in both primary school and high school classes as they participated in a range of interactive tasks. This material reveals learners drawing extensively on both English and Vietnamese to transact tasks, as well as teachers making considered decisions about the way they implement tasks in order to manage the different languages in the classroom. In discussing this data, I explore the challenges of adopting a translanguaging perspective in EFL classrooms and conclude by considering what is required of task design and implementation if we are to create learning environments in which fluid production in multiple languages (i.e. translanguaging) is fostered and supports rather than undermines the learning of the target language.

Tokyo JALT Tech Presents: Tech in the Classroom by Daniel Beck (Rikkyo University)

Date: Friday, January 11thTime: 18:30 to 19:30Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 14 and Room D301 3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501Access: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members RSVP: Event Listing: This workshop will focus on practical application of using technology in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas. Novices will be able to discover some uses to apply immediately to their classes. Intermediate and advanced learners can share their ideas and even learn a new trick or two. Computer and mobile device applications will be featured, but not exclusively.Bio: Daniel Beck teaches at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. He has a M.S. TESOL degree from Temple University and is working on his doctorate at Anaheim University. He has given many tech-related workshops for education.