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Limited Time Call for Proposals for JALT 2020 Online

JALT2020 Communities of Teachers and Learners is opening a special and limited call for presentations related to foreign language Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning. Session types will be limited to research-oriented presentations or practice-oriented workshops, of either 25- or 60-minutes, and will take place within the JALT2020 International Conference schedule rather than as a stand-alone event. We encourage applications from all teaching contexts (e.g. primary schools, JHS, HS, universities, language schools) and open this call to all JALT2020 content areas (a full list of these areas can be seen on the “Content Area” section of the submission form).

Deadline: July 10th

Details and application: https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2020/call-proposals-emergency-remote-teaching-and-learning

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Tokyo JALT Events

Recently we have had to postpone or cancel many events and we thank you for your patience with us. For a list of online events that Tokyo JALT members should be able to attend for free or at a discounted rate, please visit the "More Events" section below. Thanks--Tokyo JALT Programs Team

Issues in Education: Queer Concerns

Panel discussion and meeting about issues facing the LGBTQIA community and what educators, teachers, and administrators can do to address those concerns.

Date: October 18th, 2020

Time: 14:30 to 17:00

Location: TBA

Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/193445371979471/

For more details about this event, visit the Issues in Education page HERE

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Kimberly Klassen: Vocabulary processing in the L2 reading classroom: Theory and practice

Date: Presently being rescheduled for November

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Fee: Free for members, 1000 yen for non-members

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2456755374573281/

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Tokyo: Bookswap and Hangout

Date: Presently being rescheduled

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Fee: Free

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/498204874220262/

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Teaching Younger Learners in Tokyo

Date: Presently being rescheduled

Time: 1-5 PM (followed by pizza nearby for those who want to keep on talking)

Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen

Fee: 1,000 (Free for JALT members) OR Join Tokyo JALT for 3,000 yen (JETs / ALTs 1,500)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTandYLevent (to reserve your spot or to apply to share your ideas)

Queries: tokyojaltyl@gmail.com

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Please see http://jalt.org/events for the most up-to-date information.

A Call To Apps (online) Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm (Kobe Chapter)

This workshop presentation covers a range of current best practices in digital pedagogy, with practical examples drawn from the Blog Journalling, Flipped Learning, Just in Time Teaching, and Project / Challenge Based Learning pedagogical approaches to learning and some related apps. These approaches will all be demonstrated by examples from the presenter's own classes which show how a range of Apps can be combined in an App Smashing way to enable them to be educationally more than the sum of their parts. However, this session will not just be a typical 'how to use these apps' type workshop. The benefits to students in terms of their improved mind-brain learning as a rationale behind the adoption of these apps will also be covered, as will the motivational benefits for students that appropriately set up challenge / project based learning brings. Everything will be demonstrated in an easy to understand way, even for teachers new to educational technology, so the session is suitable for a wide range of educators. After the initial overview and case study demonstration of these theories and apps, the session will become more hands-on and the instructor will go on to work directly with attendees on how to set up and use these particular apps in this way, and also illustrate how teachers can use them in other related ways. The workshop will end with a more traditional Q and A session, although attendees are free to ask pertinent questions throughout the session.

For further information, please email to Brent Jones (bjones_jp@yahoo.com), Program Chair by Friday, July 3rd.

The CEFR and the CEFR/CV from a practitioners’ point of view (Nagano Chapter)

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Nagano Chapter is pleased to welcome the CEFR & LP SIG. The CEFR and its related tools and resources are a huge “jungle” in which many practitioners get lost. This impression of the CEFR was uncovered by a survey conducted by the CEFR SIG in 2014, with many respondents requesting a “CEFR-toolkit” to help teachers find their way through all the available CEFR resources. Providing this toolkit became the driving force behind a Kaken research project - Designing a support system for innovative CEFR-informed language education, which was conducted between 2016 and 2019. Four main areas were identified for using the CEFR efficiently: 1) The philosophy of the CEFR, 2) Curriculum and course development, 3) Assessment and 4) Learner Autonomy and the language portfolio. We are pleased to announce the publication of CEFR-informed Learning, Teaching and Assessment – A practical guide, which will appear in bookstores this summer. The aim of this presentation (and book) is to guide practitioners through this jungle of information by providing a compendium to each of the topics mentioned above and guidance to using the CEFR and its tools efficiently. This is the first time that such a CEFR guidebook has been published from practitioners for practitioners. This talk by the authors will give a hands-on introduction to the main areas of the CEFR and the CEFR/CV. We are also pleased to announce our next Kaken research project: 「アクションリサーチの手法を用いた言語教育改善:CEFRの教育理念を参考にして」, Language education reform through action research: Consulting CEFR’s educational principles. Our goal is to provide teachers with support for conducting and publishing classroom-based research on an aspect of the CEFR. Consider this a formal invitation to get involved in the CEFR & LP SIG. *** Those interested should complete the attached form. On the day of the event, online room details will be forwarded to your email address.

Online Meeting Link: Event registration information

Social Justice Book Club Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 4:00pm (Kyoto Chapter)

Many of us have posted our support for #BlackLivesMatter on social media, attended marches, donated money, etc., and are wondering what the next steps are. How can we make Kyoto JALT a comfortable space for all language teachers? What can we do to promote social justice in our classrooms?

Together, let’s discuss some actions we can take. To provide us with some concrete ideas, we will read the book Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice (2nd edition) (Glynn, Wesely, & Wassell, 2014) and discuss it, a couple of chapters at a time. The book is in English, and discussions will be conducted primarily in English. (However, if anyone would like to facilitate a Japanese discussion, we are ready to support you!) This book is available for free via the link above. It is also available as a (paid) Kindle book.

Please note that the facilitator of this discussion is not an expert on social justice and will be learning alongside everyone else.

Part of the challenge of reading this book is that it is not perfectly suited to our context (no book is!), so we will need to think about how to adapt the ideas. So please bring to the discussion your own experience, expertise, questions, answers, and willingness to both teach and learn.

We invite your participation via Zoom for synchronous discussion (see schedule below) Slack for asynchronous discussion

To join us, please fill out the registration form. We’ll send you the participation links.


Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m. on the following dates: July 22, 2020 Chapters 1 & 2 Aug. 5, 2020 Chapter 3 & 4 Aug. 19, 2020 Chapter 5 & 6 Sept. 9, 2020 Chapter 7 & 8

Have an event to add? Email TokyoJALTPublicity@gmail.com

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Gunma Kokusai Academy, a private school offering a 12-year unified English immersion education, has an immediate opening for an elementary school science position. It is a full-time temporary position between July 2020 and September 2021.

More information is the school website: https://www.gka.ed.jp/en/

Position flyer: https://www.gka.ed.jp/en/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Non-Japanese-Full-Time-Elementary-School-Teacher-Maternity-Relief-from-July-2020.pdf

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Have a job to add? Email our Publicity Chair at TokyoJALTPublicity@gmail.com


2019 Winners

Hidayat Polim (Soka University)

Hidayat earned his M.A. in TESOL from Soka University of Japan with his research on teacher education in Indonesia. He has been actively involved in educational fields as a teacher and tutor since his undergraduate back in Batam, Indonesia. During his Master’s program, he served as a facilitator for ‘English Forum’ at the Soka University’s World Language Center for two years. Having experienced teaching in both formal and informal educational systems, he has eventually developed his passion to sustain education as his goal in life. His research interests in education cover areas of teacher development, teaching to young learners, and special needs education. He is currently undertaking a job within a new educational field for him, learning to elaborate his knowledge and vision at a newly established after-school for student with special needs in Kanagawa.

To read his complete bio and a special note, please visit our Grants Page. And look for the results of his grant-sponsored research on "Pedagogical Skills Development of Pre-Service Teachers in their Teaching Practicum" at an upcoming Tokyo Showcase and in an upcoming edition of the Tokyo JALT Journal!

Applications Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in Tokyo JALT Grants. We are proud to have offered research grants to help advance the careers of our members and hope to do so again someday, but presently we are not accepting any applications. When we find a new Grants Chair, we will do our best to restart this process as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding.

Currently Seeking Grants Chair

Tokyo JALT is currently seeking someone who can help us publicize Tokyo JALT Grants, read applications, send them to the Research team, and see applicants through the process. This position should take about 2 hours a month or less, though this is really up to how much time the volunteer has to give. When we find another Grants Chair, we will begin offering Tokyo JALT Grants again.

If you are interested in applying, please email TokyoJALTPresident@gmail.com.

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Tokyo Chapter is always looking for contributions from its members for the next issue of its chapter publication, the peer-reviewed Tokyo JALT Journal, or TJJ.

Articles include research, pedagogical, discussion, and magazine-style reports of chapter presenters and issues related to language teaching in Japan. Contents are not limited to English language classrooms alone. Contributions related to Japanese as a second language and other foreign language classrooms are especially encouraged. We are also happy to consider articles written in Japanese.

For more information or to read the journal, please click the link above.

From 2010-2012, Tokyo JALT published the "TYO Chap'zine" (editor: Prof. Nicholas Jungheim). Click above to download.

Each month, Tokyo Chapter's Publicity Chair sends a newsletter out to all of our members. Our newsletter includes job openings, event announcements and reminders, and more. Join today to have it sent to you each month!

"Dear TJ" is where you can ask Tokyo JALT members about teaching, researching etc. and get responses from us and the rest of Tokyo JALT. Have a question about teaching, research, or other related issues?

Click HERE to ask Dear TJ a question! Click above to read previous questions and answers.

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Teaching Younger Learners (TYL)

Do you teach pre-K to 12th grade? Do you work with babies, kids, tweens, or teens? Do you run a school for kids? Are you an ALT or JET? Visit our Teaching Younger Learners page to find out when our next TYL event is and come! Click here to see more!

Tokyo JALT Calendar

JALT 2020

JALT2020: 46th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition

Monday, November 16 to Monday, November 23, 2020

Limited Time Call for Proposals - Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning open until July 10th.

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