Newsletter Archive 2018

December

Season’s greetings Tokyo JALT members,

2018 has been a good year and we would like to finish with one more great event coming this Thursday, the 6th. Then, we start next year with a tech-related even on January 11th.

Member Presentation Showcase (Dec 6)

Tech in the Classroom (Jan 11, 2019)

Tokyo & Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) (May 10)

Also see:

Job Postings

Share Membership Info

“Dear TJ” - Tokyo JALT’s advice Column for December

For those who were able to attend the international conference JALT2018, this year in Shizuoka, we hope everyone found it informative and inspiring. It was a great event that featured great speakers from within Japan and from abroad. Local JALT chapters from around Japan and SIGs of a variety of interests came to add to its success. For 2019, JALT Tokyo Chapter looks forward to continuing to play it’s part in sharing and promoting events in the Tokyo area.

And… as a reminder about the great work done by JALT special interest groups (SIGs), the PanSIG Conference next year in May will be in Hyogo Prefecture. They are currently looking for submissions, and of course, on topics of your interest! Submissions are due December 22nd. See http://pansig.org/ for more information.

Happy holidays!

Jeffrey Martin

Tokyo JALT

Communications Chair

tokyo.jalt.communications@gmail.com

Chapter Homepage - https://sites.google.com/view/tokyojalt

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1. TOKYO JALT EVENTS

Event 1: 2018 Tokyo JALT Showcase feat. Momoko Nakamura

Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Time: 18:30 to 21:00

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 14 and Room D301

3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.html

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

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TokyoJALTPresentations

FB Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/505673676601774/

Apply to present next year: bit.ly/PresentatTokyoJALT

Event flyer: http://bit.ly/2018TOKYOSHOWCASE

Our Member Presentation Showcase is our annual event at which we celebrate our local talent.

Featured Speaker: Foreign Femininity and Masculinity in Japanese Translation

Dr. Momoko Nakamura (Kanto Gakuin University)

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)

Promoting Gender Diversity in the Classroom through Drag

Michael Ellis (International Christian University High School)

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2018, but anyone interested is welcome to visit our Member Presentation page or apply for our 2019 Showcase by clicking here!

To read more about this event, including abstracts and presenter information, visit our events page: https://sites.google.com/view/tokyojalt/events.

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Event 2: Tokyo JALT Tech Presents: Tech in the Classroom by Daniel Beck (Rikkyo University)

Date: Friday, January 11th, 2019

Time: 18:30 to 19:30

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 14 and Room D301

3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.html

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

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp

FB Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005642376289661/

Abstract: 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.

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Event 3: Tokyo & Teachers Helping Teachers (THT)

Date: Friday, May 10th, 2019

Time: 18:30 to 20:30

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building and Room TBA

3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.html

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

RSVP: TBA

FB Event Listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/528109170997079/

Tokyo JALT welcomes Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) to Tokyo! Further event details forthcoming.

More information on our Events page.

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2. JOB POSTINGS

Our continually updated job-posting section, please access this link for the lastest.

http://bit.ly/TJALT-current-job-postings

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5. MEMBERSHIP

We very much appreciate your membership! If you have colleagues or friends who may wish to learn more about JALT, please feel free to share this info about the benefits of being a JALT member.

TOKYO JALT MEMBERSHIP

Tokyo JALT is pleased to announce a membership initiative for those who might be new to TESOL or professional development. Both local membership and national membership options are available. (Local) Tokyo JALT membership is only ¥3000 per year (¥1500 for ALTs/JETs/full-time students/seniors).

Tokyo JALT membership includes: FREE entry to chapter events, including networking and social meetings; ability to apply for chapter grants and presentations, and to be nominated for the annual Best of JALT award; an invitation to the annual State of the Chapter meeting and reception; voting privileges in chapter elections; and eligibility for executive leadership positions.

NATIONAL JALT MEMBERSHIP: Details can be viewed at https://jalt.org/joining. National membership includes membership to your local chapter (i.e. Tokyo JALT) and membership to one SIG of your choosing.

STUDENT & SENIOR NATIONAL JALT MEMBERSHIP

JALT is pleased to announce a membership initiative for full-time students and seniors over 65 years of age. This includes free entry to all JALT events and eligibility to attend the national conference at the student and senior rate. Student and senior membership is only ¥7000 per year (Tokyo JALT senior & full-time student membership is only ¥1500.

You can also gift an annual membership! Consider making a gift of professional development for yourself, a colleague, student, or friend.

For inquiries about either local and national membership options, please contact the Membership Chair at tokyojaltmembership@gmail.com

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6. OPPORTUNITIES WITH JALT

JOIN THE TOKYO JALT TEAM

Newly-established Tokyo JALT positions are available. They will work closely with the Tokyo JALT Executive Board and the Tokyo JALT membership. Candidates do NOT need to be a current member of JALT to apply. Volunteer positions provide excellent opportunities for CV building, networking, and career advancement. Current/Former ALTs, JETs, eikaiwa employees, and Japanese-speaking volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.

Please see bit.ly/TJALTFlyer for position descriptions and more information or contact Tokyo.JALT@gmail.com with a brief 100-word summary of your experience and interest.

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7. Dear TJ

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. Last month, we got a question about job interviews at universities in Japan:

Dear TJ,

I completed my MA TESOL program recently, considering applying for a teaching position at several universities in Japan. Do you have any advice as to what to prepare before an interview? What kind of questions do they typically ask?

Sincerely,

Looking for a New Job

Matthew, our President, and Lydia, JET/ALT Coordinator responded to the question.

Dear Eikawa,

Today, two of us will be answering your question! We both were excited to offer you advice and hope that it helps.

Lydia says:

First of all, congratulations on completing your MA in TESOL! I'm sure it was an awarding experience to have achieved another hard-earned degree.

If you want to transition from teaching at an eikawa to a university setting in Japan, there are certainly ways you could prepare for the interview.

First, check the job posting carefully. Not all university postings require a Master's degree, however, most do on top of a few publications. Read the job requirements and qualifications in detail before applying, especially the deadline for sending in the application. Also, carefully check where the application and documents should be sent. It would be a waste of time and effort knowing your job application would not be considered just because you misread something... *See the rest of the response*

We have received further advice on university job interviews from another member of us, and it will be posted here this month.

Please visit us to ask any questions or to share your advice.


-----------------------------------------------------OFFICERSExecutive BoardPresident: Matthew KocourekVice President (open)Treasurer: Darla CornettPrograms: (open)Membership: (open)Communications: Jeffrey MartinImmediate Past President / Chairwoman: Dawn Lucovich
Committee ChairsWebsite: Decha HongthongPublications: Darla CornettRecording Secretary: Maiko SawadaResearch: (open)External Relations: Liz Shek-NobleYoung Learners: Marian HaraYoung Learners: (open)Facilities: Daniel BeckGrants: Dawn LucovichSocial Events: Michele JoelPublic Relations: (open)JET/ALT Coordinator: Lydia LeungContent Editor: Haruka Ubukata------------------------------------------------------Chapter Homepage - https://sites.google.com/view/tokyojaltwww.facebook.com/groups/tokyojaltwww.twitter.com/tokyo_jalt
Also find information at:https://metropolisjapan.com/events/user/addhttps://www.japantimes.co.jp/community-listings-form/http://www.eltcalendar.com/events

November

Dear Tokyo JALT members,

We don’t have any local events to announce for November, but we do have one in early December...

  • Member Presentation Showcase (Dec 6)

Also see:

  • Job Postings
  • Call for Papers (on going till December)
  • Share Membership Info
  • “Dear TJ” - Tokyo JALT’s advice Column for November

As you know, JALT2018 is coming up in a few weeks. For newer members, this is JALT’s biggest event and it will be held in beautiful Shizuoka City this year. In case you need information on this annual all-Japan Conference, please visit the website below.

JALT2018: Diversity and Inclusion

44th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching

and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition

Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center (Granship) Shizuoka City, Shizuoka, Japan

Friday, November 23, to Monday, November 26, 2018

https://jalt.org/conference

Jeffrey Martin

Tokyo JALT

Communications Chair

tokyo.jalt.communications@gmail.com

Chapter Homepage - https://sites.google.com/view/tokyojalt

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1. TOKYO JALT EVENTS

Event 1: Member Presentation Showcase

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time: 18:30 to 21:00

Location: Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro Campus, Building 14, Room D301

3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.html

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

RSVP: TBA

Our Member Presentation Showcase will feature Professor Momoko Nakamura (Kanto Gakuin University). Professor Nakamura is the author of Gender, Language and Ideology: A Genealogy of Japanese Women’s Language (2014) and one of the plenary speakers at the JALT 2018 international conference. Professor Nakamura will give a talk on how Japanese translation practices construct non-Japanese femininities and masculinities. The Showcase will also include 2-3 presentations by members of the Tokyo JALT community on topics related to their current teaching and/or research.

Our Member Presentation Showcase will feature Professor Momoko Nakamura (Kanto Gakuin University). Professor Nakamura is the author of Gender, Language and Ideology: A Genealogy of Japanese Women’s Language (2014) and one of the plenary speakers at the JALT 2018 international conference. Professor Nakamura will give a talk on how Japanese translation practices construct non-Japanese femininities and masculinities. Further details, including title and abstract forthcoming. The Showcase will also include 2-3 presentations by members of the Tokyo JALT community on topics related to their current teaching and/or research.

Applications are still being accepted, so please visit our Member Presentation page or apply now by clicking here!

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2. JOB POSTINGS

Our continually updated job-posting section, please access this link for the lastest.

http://bit.ly/TJALT-current-job-listing

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3. APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT - Deadline: Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 23:59 (JST)

The Tokyo JALT Research Grant application has closed but keep this opportunity in mind for the following year. Also, view the details on our workshop described below.

Two grants—one novice research grant of up to 30,000 yen and one general research grant of up to 50,000 yen—will be available (depending on the number and quality of applications). Grants are available only to Tokyo JALT Chapter members; however, interested applicants are welcome to join the Chapter as a local or national member in order to apply. For more information, please contact Dawn Lucovich, Tokyo JALT Grants Officer, at TokyoJALTGrants@gmail.com.

WORKSHOP: HOW TO APPLY FOR JALT RESEARCH GRANTS

Tokyo JALT Grants will once again be featured at the Annual JALT International Conference in Shizuoka. Together with the National Research Grants Committee Head, CUE SIG, and VocabSIG, the workshop will take place on Saturday, November 24th from 11:00am-12:00pm in Practice Room 1 (Floor B1). Grant chairs and past recipients will be on hand to explain the grants, eligibility, application forms, and to answer questions and consult with potential applicants.

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4. CALL FOR PAPERS

MEMBER PRESENTATION PROPOSALS - December 2018

Tokyo Chapter would like to announce that proposals for presentations at Tokyo

Chapter events are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. We are seeking: research or practice-oriented presentations for 25-minute presentations. Presentations may be individual or co-presented. However, for submissions with multiple presenters, at least ONE (1) presenter must be a member in good standing of the Tokyo Chapter.

Whether you are interested in gaining valuable presentation experience, getting

feedback on your research, adding to your professional CV, or contributing to the Tokyo JALT community, please consider submitting a proposal to present to the nearly 1000-member-strong Tokyo Chapter. Your proposal will be vetted by the Programs Committee and if your presentation is accepted, you will be notified. Please submit your presentation proposal via the following link by either clicking, copy-pasting, or typing it into your address bar (not in a search box): http://bit.ly/PresentatTokyoJALT

For more information and to see the guidelines for proposals, visit:

http://bit.ly/presentationguidelines2018.

For any questions or comments, please contact tokyojaltprograms@gmail.com.

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5. MEMBERSHIP

We very much appreciate your membership! If you have colleagues or friends who may wish to learn more about JALT, please feel free to share this info about the benefits of being a JALT member.

TOKYO JALT MEMBERSHIP

Tokyo JALT is pleased to announce a membership initiative for those who might be new to TESOL or professional development. Both local membership and national membership options are available. (Local) Tokyo JALT membership is only ¥3000 per year (¥1500 for ALTs/JETs/full-time students/seniors).

Tokyo JALT membership includes: FREE entry to chapter events, including networking and social meetings; ability to apply for chapter grants and presentations, and to be nominated for the annual Best of JALT award; an invitation to the annual State of the Chapter meeting and reception; voting privileges in chapter elections; and eligibility for executive leadership positions.

NATIONAL JALT MEMBERSHIP: Details can be viewed at https://jalt.org/joining. National membership includes membership to your local chapter (i.e. Tokyo JALT) and membership to one SIG of your choosing.

STUDENT & SENIOR NATIONAL JALT MEMBERSHIP

JALT is pleased to announce a membership initiative for full-time students and seniors over 65 years of age. This includes free entry to all JALT events and eligibility to attend the national conference at the student and senior rate. Student and senior membership is only ¥7000 per year (Tokyo JALT senior & full-time student membership is only ¥1500.

You can also gift an annual membership! Consider making a gift of professional development for yourself, a colleague, student, or friend.

For inquiries about either local and national membership options, please contact the Membership Chair at tokyojaltmembership@gmail.com

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6. OPPORTUNITIES WITH JALT

JOIN THE TOKYO JALT TEAM

Newly-established Tokyo JALT positions are available. They will work closely with the Tokyo JALT Executive Board and the Tokyo JALT membership. Candidates do NOT need to be a current member of JALT to apply. Volunteer positions provide excellent opportunities for CV building, networking, and career advancement. Current/Former ALTs, JETs, eikaiwa employees, and Japanese-speaking volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.

Please see bit.ly/TJALTFlyer for position descriptions and more information or contact Tokyo.JALT@gmail.com with a brief 100-word summary of your experience and interest.

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7. Dear TJ

Thank you for visiting Dear TJ. We are excited to offer this new way to interact with the Tokyo JALT community of experts. We will be reading your questions and asking a variety of people to give their answer. However, you are encouraged to share your own advice as well. Last month, we got a question regarding publication opportunities.

Dear TJ,

I've had some book reviews and a co-authored MyShare published, but nothing higher-level than that. I'd like to start publishing research papers but don't have a research background (master's was a taught course in literature, a long time ago) and am wondering where to start. Is there anywhere I can contact others in a similar situation to collaborate with, and/or more experienced people to ask about the nuts and bolts of writing a first paper? And is it even realistic to aim at a published research paper while only working part-time?

Sincerely,

Looking for Publication Opportunities

The question was answered by Liz, our External Outreach Chair. Working with SIGs and research groups, she provides practical advice on how to get publication opportunities through such groups.

Liz says:

Hi there,

Thanks for getting in touch with Tokyo JALT about research publications.

Many emerging scholars find the process of getting published very daunting. As you mentioned, sometimes it’s difficult to know ‘where to start’, particularly if you are not immersed in a research community through a primary workplace or educational setting. That being said, I hope that this reply can lead you down the right path and give you confidence to begin writing. It is always ‘realistic to aim at a published research paper,’ though it may take a little longer if you do not have access to materials and data through working at a university full-time.

Your letter mentioned that you have already started to establish a research profile with a co-authored MyShare and some book reviews. That’s an awesome start! As a next step, you might wish to publish an article in a JALT SIG journal. Many JALT SIGs support emerging scholars and researchers through the writing process. One such SIG is the Learning Development SIG, which has a bi-annual newsletter called Learning Learning. The editors ‘encourage new writers’ and ‘are happy to work with you in developing your writing’. The newsletter welcomes proposals for individual articles, group articles, and reflective writing. Learning Learning also includes a section called ‘Members’ Voices’; you could include your profile in this section in order to attract potential co-authors. Other SIG journals that may be of interest to you include …… *See the rest of the response*

Visit Dear TJ for reading our response or sharing your own advice.


-----------------------------------------------------OFFICERSExecutive BoardPresident: Matthew KocourekVice President (open)Treasurer: Darla CornettPrograms: (open)Membership: Nik MaedaCommunications: Jeffrey MartinImmediate Past President / Chairwoman: Dawn Lucovich
Committee ChairsWebsite: Decha HongthongPublications: Darla CornettRecording Secretary: Maiko SawadaResearch: (open)External Relations: Liz Shek-NobleYoung Learners: Marian HaraYoung Learners: (open)Facilities: Daniel BeckGrants: Dawn LucovichSocial Events: Michele JoelPublic Relations: (open)JET/ALT Coordinator: Lydia LeungContent Editor: Haruka Ubukata------------------------------------------------------


October

Dear Tokyo JALT members,

With colder weather here and courses in full swing, many of us are pushing along... Even so! here are some events that should stimulate your thoughts and teaching skills. October has a lot in particular.

  • Tokyo JALT Younger Learners joint event with the YL SIG (Oct 7)
  • Tokyo JALT Pronunciation Event (Oct 12)
  • Tokyo JALT and TD SIG Professional Development Roundtable and Social (Oct 13)
  • Member Presentation Showcase (Dec 6)

As always...

  • Updated Job Postings
  • Apply for a Research Grant Deadline: Oct 19
  • Call for Papers (on going till December)
  • Share Membership Info
  • “Dear TJ” - Tokyo JALT’s new advice Column

Come out to an event and bring a friend!

Lastly, here is a request (and potential learning opportunity) to participate in a study (Jp, En, and others) about the new national curriculum guidelines for Japanese high schools, also in regard to the 2020 Olympics. Please access this folder to find out more. (http://bit.ly/Kanaizumi-DeakinUniversity)

Jeffrey Martin

Tokyo JALT

Communications Chair

tokyo.jalt.communications@gmail.com

Chapter Homepage - https://sites.google.com/view/tokyojalt

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1. TOKYO JALT EVENTS

Event 1: Tokyo JALT Presents a Teaching Younger Learners Event

Date: Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Time: 13:00 to 17:00

Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 4-17- 16

Access: 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.com

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTandYLevent

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. Large numbers are expected so please be sure to RSVP to book your place! We often go for pizza near the station after so please join to continue to conversations before heading home. Please add a note when registering if you want to join us for pizza as numbers are higher this time. Also, we will have a display of books and teaching materials from English Books. Come a bit earlier to browse.

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Event 2: Tokyo JALT Presents Three Pronunciation Presentations

Date: Friday, October 12th, 2018

Time: 18:30 to 21:00

Location: Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro Campus, Building 14 and Room D301

3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

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)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/TJALTrsvp


Kenichi Ohyama

Theoretical accounts for difficulties in L2 perception

Summary: 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.

Yukie Saito

Empirical evidence to support the role of L2 pronunciation in oral development

Summary: Reviewing 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.

Alastair Graham-Marr

Do prosodic differences between English and Japanese disadvantage Japanese learners of English?

Summary: Japanese learners often lack a natural understanding of suprasegmental phonology, impeding comprehension, which minimizes learning opportunities and seriously 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.

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Event 3: Tokyo JALT and TD SIG Professional Development Roundtable and Social

Date: Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Time: 14:00 to 16:00, Dinner from 17:00

Location: Kyorin University, Inokashira Campus, Building F, room 409

Access: http://www.kyorin-u.ac.jp/English/location.html

Fee: Free, but for the social afterwards food or drink must be purchased

RSVP here

Tokyo JALT and the Teacher Development (TD) Special Interest Group (SIG) will host a Professional Development Roundtable Discussion on Saturday, October 13 at Kyorin University, 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 10th 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.

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Event 4: Member Presentation Showcase

Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Time: 18:30 to 21:00

Location: Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro Campus, Building 14, Room D301

3-34-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Japan 171-8501

Access: http://english.rikkyo.ac.jp/map/index.html

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

RSVP: TBA

Our Member Presentation Showcase will feature Professor Momoko Nakamura (Kanto Gakuin University). Professor Nakamura is the author of Gender, Language and Ideology: A Genealogy of Japanese Women’s Language (2014) and one of the plenary speakers at the JALT 2018 international conference. Professor Nakamura will give a talk on how Japanese translation practices construct non-Japanese femininities and masculinities. The Showcase will also include 2-3 presentations by members of the Tokyo JALT community on topics related to their current teaching and/or research.

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2. JOB POSTINGS

Our continually updated job-posting section, please access this link for the lastest.

http://bit.ly/TJALT-current-job-listing

There are two recent postings for part-time positions at the University of Electro-Communications in Chofu, Tokyo, with deadlines of October 27th & November 3rd, 2018

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3. APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT - Deadline: Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 23:59 (JST)

The Tokyo JALT Research Grant application has been updated and streamlined for 2018. The deadline is 23:59 (JST) on Friday, October 19th, 2018 with the grant period running from January 1-December 31, 2019. The application forms can be accessed at bit.ly/TokyoJALTGrants.

Two grants—one novice research grant of up to 30,000 yen and one general research grant of up to 50,000 yen—will be available (depending on the number and quality of applications). Grants are available only to Tokyo JALT Chapter members; however, interested applicants are welcome to join the Chapter as a local or national member in order to apply. For more information, please contact Dawn Lucovich, Tokyo JALT Grants Officer, at TokyoJALTGrants@gmail.com.

WORKSHOP: HOW TO APPLY FOR JALT RESEARCH GRANTS

Tokyo JALT Grants will once again be featured at the Annual JALT International Conference in Shizuoka. Together with the National Research Grants Committee Head, CUE SIG, and VocabSIG, the workshop will take place on Saturday, November 24th from 11:00am-12:00pm in Practice Room 1 (Floor B1). Grant chairs and past recipients will be on hand to explain the grants, eligibility, application forms, and to answer questions and consult with potential applicants.

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4. CALL FOR PAPERS

MEMBER PRESENTATION PROPOSALS - December 2018

Tokyo Chapter would like to announce that proposals for presentations at Tokyo

Chapter events are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. We are seeking: research or practice-oriented presentations for 25-minute presentations. Presentations may be individual or co-presented. However, for submissions with multiple presenters, at least ONE (1) presenter must be a member in good standing of the Tokyo Chapter.

Whether you are interested in gaining valuable presentation experience, getting

feedback on your research, adding to your professional CV, or contributing to the Tokyo JALT community, please consider submitting a proposal to present to the nearly 1000-member-strong Tokyo Chapter. Your proposal will be vetted by the Programs Committee and if your presentation is accepted, you will be notified. Please submit your presentation proposal via the following link by either clicking, copy-pasting, or typing it into your address bar (not in a search box): http://bit.ly/PresentatTokyoJALT

For more information and to see the guidelines for proposals, visit:

http://bit.ly/presentationguidelines2018.

For any questions or comments, please contact tokyojaltprograms@gmail.com.

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5. MEMBERSHIP

We very much appreciate your membership! If you have colleagues or friends who may wish to learn more about JALT, please feel free to share this info about the benefits of being a JALT member.

TOKYO JALT MEMBERSHIP

Tokyo JALT is pleased to announce a membership initiative for those who might be new to TESOL or professional development. Both local membership and national membership options are available. (Local) Tokyo JALT membership is only ¥3000 per year (¥1500 for ALTs/JETs/full-time students/seniors).

Tokyo JALT membership includes: FREE entry to chapter events, including networking and social meetings; ability to apply for chapter grants and presentations, and to be nominated for the annual Best of JALT award; an invitation to the annual State of the Chapter meeting and reception; voting privileges in chapter elections; and eligibility for executive leadership positions.

NATIONAL JALT MEMBERSHIP: Details can be viewed at https://jalt.org/joining. National membership includes membership to your local chapter (i.e. Tokyo JALT) and membership to one SIG of your choosing.

STUDENT & SENIOR NATIONAL JALT MEMBERSHIP

JALT is pleased to announce a membership initiative for full-time students and seniors over 65 years of age. This includes free entry to all JALT events and eligibility to attend the national conference at the student and senior rate. Student and senior membership is only ¥7000 per year (Tokyo JALT senior & full-time student membership is only ¥1500.

You can also gift an annual membership! Consider making a gift of professional development for yourself, a colleague, student, or friend.

For inquiries about either local and national membership options, please contact the Membership Chair at tokyojaltmembership@gmail.com

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6. OPPORTUNITIES WITH JALT

JOIN THE TOKYO JALT TEAM

Newly-established Tokyo JALT positions are available. They will work closely with the Tokyo JALT Executive Board and the Tokyo JALT membership. Candidates do NOT need to be a current member of JALT to apply. Volunteer positions provide excellent opportunities for CV building, networking, and career advancement. Current/Former ALTs, JETs, eikaiwa employees, and Japanese-speaking volunteers are especially encouraged to apply.

Please see bit.ly/TJALTFlyer for position descriptions and more information or contact Tokyo.JALT@gmail.com with a brief 100-word summary of your experience and interest.

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7. Dear TJ

Thank you for visiting Dear TJ. We are excited to offer this new way to interact with the Tokyo JALT community of experts. We will be reading your questions and asking a variety of people to give their answer. However, you are encouraged to share your own advice as well. This month's question is about looking for jobs.

Dear TJ,

I’ll be looking for a new job very soon. I have a DELTA and am working on my MATESOL. I’m wondering if there are other websites to look for jobs besides jobs in japan.com and gaijinpot. Those sites seem to only have low-paying jobs for inexperienced teacher-tourists without qualifications. I’m hoping to find something similar to what I’m doing now, at try current salary level. I can’t seem to get any good leads. I also have no interest in teaching children, either little ones or university students. I’ve tried it and absolutely hated it. I’m qualified to teach ESP, but can’t seem to find much.

Sincerely,

Looking for a Better Job

Thank you for your question! Matthew Kocourek, our Incoming President at Tokyo JALT is answering your question this month. He has taught English at different schools in Japan and has lots of suggestions that you could consider in looking for a teaching position.

Matthew says:

Dear Looking,

I have to say, first, that I feel your pain. I have taught at Eikaiwa (English conversation schools), I have taught as an ALT, I have taught part time at a variety of institutes and universities and now I finally have my first full-time job at a university that I feel secure at. And I want to say to you that you can do it too, but it could take time.

Firstly, I want to recommend a few different sites and services. Perhaps the largest site in Japan for university jobs is https://jrecin.jst.go.jp. I have used the site for years and know many other teachers who have found decent university jobs there. However, it is a little hard to get used to the interface and most of the jobs will require an MA or a PhD in hand. Not all of them do though, so give them a look. You mention English for Specific Purposes (ESP), so I also want to recommend looking up whichever areas you have expertise in. For example, many of these listings are for people with professional experience or knowledge in a field, so if you have such experience, you may be in luck!

An alternative which I have sometimes found useful is https://www.ohayosensei.com/. This is a classic website and one which is easy to use--you just download the latest issue and read through it. There is a catch for this site though, at least for you: most of the jobs are K-12 or eikaiwa (this site might not be great for the writer, but if you are looking for such a job, I highly recommend this site).

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