Newsletter Archive 2019

Elections Announcement

Dear members of Tokyo JALT,

We are happy to announce the opening of the nominations period for our annual elections. Each election provides opportunities to help shape the future of Tokyo JALT. We cordially invite you to volunteer your talents and join our team.

Find the following in this announcement:

1) Nomination pages in En & Jp

2) Election FAQ

3) Schedule for nominations and voting

4) List of open positions

1) Nomination pages in En & Jp

Our team members devote their energy and time, helping plan events, organize socials, publish our journal, and more. If you are interested in being on our team, please apply today. You can nominate yourself and/or others.

The nomination period is from April 1 to May 15.

Visit a page here to nominate yourself or a colleague.

Nominations page in English:

Nominations page in Japanese:

2) FAQ

But I want to know more...

You may have questions about TJALT’s elections.

And we know our members are busy so we hope this brief Q&A is helpful. If you have any further questions, please email

Why me? What kind of people are you looking for?

Your participation as an officer in Tokyo Chapter gives us (and the membership) a great gift, but it also benefits you by burnishing your credentials, by helping shape the nature of our events (from relaxed social events to ones with invited speakers), and by learning from the network of passionate professionals that you will surely make. To the committed and conscientious, please consider nominating yourself for a position on our team.

When is the nomination period? When is the election?

Nominations will be accepted from April 1st to May 15th. After that, applications will be reviewed by the Tokyo JALT team and the final ballot will be announced by June 1st and the online election will be held until June 30th. Election results will be announced at our State of the Chapter event on Friday, July 5th.

When do positions start?

After the election results are announced, you can start easing into your new role right away. There is a 6 month period where the current officer will meet with you and show you the ropes. It’s a very inclusive process with lots of support. The two-year term officially starts on January 1st, 2020, but it’s best to start easing in soon this year.

What positions are open?

Note that all positions become open for election every two years, or earlier if an officer retires before the end of their term, and this means that not all positions are available now. However, if the position you are interested in is not currently available, please consider joining as an assistant chair. In addition, if there is a position you believe should be created, please consider applying below. We are here to serve the community.

Who can become an officer?

If not already a member, nominees should become a member of the Tokyo JALT Chapter upon acceptance of their position. We apologize, but members of other Chapters are not eligible to be members of the Executive Board. However, local members or members of nearby chapters are able to hold non-executive positions. If you would like to nominate yourself or another Tokyo JALT member for an officer position, please do so by visiting the links above.

Do we do good work and have fun at the same time?

Yes! We have regular dinner meetings where we socialize while working on chapter business. In addition, officers are invited to join us for dinner after events and this is a fun and valuable opportunity to meet speakers.

3) Schedule

Okay, give me those details again.

- Nominations: April 1 - May 15

- Ballot announced by June 1

- Online election period: June 1 - 30

- Election results at our State of the Chapter event on Friday, July 5th.

- Shadowing period for new officers: roughly until the end of 2019

4) List of open positions

For full descriptions of each volunteer position, visit here:

Tokyo JALT Executive Board


Vice President

Programs Chair


Non-Executive Officer Positions

Programs Committee

Help organize our events and shape what we create.

Treasury Committee

Be an assistant to the treasurer.

Publicity Committee

Help with web content, SNS, and graphics.

Young Learners Committee

Help with outreach and events for teachers in K-12 (a vital role for us).

Research and Grants Committee

Tokyo JALT offers various grants to members. Helping here is a unique opportunity.


Help in our effort make some of our materials bilingual.

Publications Committee

Help with the Tokyo JALT Journal.

Tokyo JALT Executive Board (*currently occupied for another year)

* Publicity

* Membership

Tokyo JALT Non-Executive Officer Positions

* JET/ALT Liaison

* Outreach Chair

* Facilities Chair

* Webmaster

* Tokyo JALT Journal Editor

We thank you for your attention and cooperation. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best regards,

Jeffrey Martin

Tokyo JALTMembership


Dear friends and colleagues,

It’s a new academic year and this can bring many changes… hopefully good ones!

My name is Haruka Ubukata and it’s a pleasure to write you all. We’ve made a few changes here at Tokyo JALT as well. Jeff will now be handling the membership officer position and I will be taking over publicity.

As before, our team of volunteers will try to provide the best value we can to the JALT community. Visit our website for event details, but here are the basics for our next two events.

Considering CEFR implementation: Curriculum & Teacher Development

Friday, April 19, 18:50 to 20:20, Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Bldg. 14 Rm. D401

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) has been impacting language policies and teaching practices in Japan, yet it can cause practitioners confusion. Five expert speakers from around Japan will present various aspects of CEFR implementation: basic philosophy, curriculum, assessment, teacher training. Q&A will be encouraged.

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

Friday, May 10, 18:30 to 20:30, Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus, Bldg. 14 Rm. D401

JALT & Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) welcomes Patrick Dougherty of Akita International University. His talk will be about how THT helps fellow educators and students in and around Asia. Attendees will learn about the history, mission, programs, and publications of THT. Attendees will also receive information on how they can participate.

Also, the nomination process for Tokyo JALT elections starts this month. Since we have the largest membership and we help with many events around the Tokyo area, we could use your energy and talents. We cater to many interests and age groups, so you can definitely find opportunities for professional growth.

Look for the following email on this...

Come and help shape the future of Tokyo JALT!

Best of luck in your classes ahead.

Haruka Ubukata

Tokyo JALT


Dear Tokyo JALT members,

Happy New Year! We would like to give a big thank you to our members. This organization of volunteers would not be possible without all of you.

We are starting 2019 with a tech-related event featuring Daniel Beck of Rikkyo University. Please join us there at their Ikebukuro Campus this Friday on January 11th at 6:30 PM.

Mark you calendars and find the details below…

  • Tech in the Classroom (Jan 11)
  • Translanguaging and Task Based Language Teaching (Feb 15)
  • Younger Learners: Sharing our Best Ideas (Feb 17)
  • Tokyo & Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) (May 10)

Also find our “Dear TJ” - Tokyo JALT’s advice Column for January

To a productive and eventful 2019,

Jeffrey Martin

Tokyo JALT Communications Chairtokyo.jalt.communications@gmail.comChapter Homepage -



Event 1: Tokyo JALT Tech Presents: Tech in the Classroom by Daniel Beck (Rikkyo University)

Date: Friday, January 11th

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


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


FB Event Listing:

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.


Event 2: Translanguaging and Task Based Language Teaching (Dr. Jonathan Newton)

Date: Friday February 15th, 2019

Time: 18:30 to 20:30

Location: Rikkyo University Ikebukuro Campus Building 6 Room 6206

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


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


FB 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.


Event 3: Tokyo Teaching Younger Learners: Sharing our Best Ideas

(all levels from Elementary to High school)

Date: Sunday, February 17th

Time: 14:00 - 17:00

Location: Tokiwamatsu Gakuen, Himonya 4-17-16, Meguro Ku

Fee: 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 provided

3:30 – 4:00 Grant Osterman - Controlling & Managing Classrooms

4:00 – 5:00 Gaby Benthien - Teaching non-English Primary Majors the Basics of L2 language teaching and CLIL for Primary School Students

Please RSVP to reserve a place or to share ideas for future events:

FB Event Listing:

More information on our Events page.


Event 4: Tokyo & Teachers Helping Teachers (THT)

Date: Friday, May 10th

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


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


FB Event Listing:

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

More information on our Events page.



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 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 National membership includes membership to your local chapter (i.e. Tokyo JALT) and membership to one SIG of your choosing.


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




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 for position descriptions and more information or contact with a brief 100-word summary of your experience and interest.


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. This month, we are asking the following question about MEXT and English teaching in Japan… If any of you have information or advice on this topic, click the link below.

(open question to you)

Dear TJ,

Since MEXT proposed the English Education Reform Plan, it seems like there are a lot of changes expected in classrooms at school. I work at Eikaiwa and do not have many opportunities to observe English classrooms at schools, so I thought to ask if anyone in the community could provide some insights into how classroom teaching is changing or how they change their own teaching to meet the reform that MEXT has been attempting.


Eikaiwa Employee

Want to share your advice about this question? Click here!To ask TJ a new question of your own, just click here!2018’s Dear TJ


OFFICERSExecutive BoardPresident: Matthew KocourekVice President (open)Treasurer: Darla CornettPrograms: (open)Membership: (open)Communications: Jeffrey Martin
Committee ChairsWebsite: Decha HongthongPublications: (open)TJJ Editor: 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 UbukataChairwoman: Dawn Lucovich


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