Tokyo Chapter is 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 willing to consider articles written in Japanese.
Please contact the editor for further information on Japanese language submissions: TokyoJALTEditor@gmail.com but for English language submissions check the TJJ Submissions Guidelines and the TJJ Call For Papers.
TJJ available for download here.
"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 address the following question about MEXT and English teaching in Japan. If you have any comments, advice, etc., please free free to contact us.
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.
Thank you for your quesion, EE! One of our members has given the comments below. We hope this will help you grasp what is currently going on in English Education in Japan.
In answer to your query about the new educational policy I have some comments from the viewpoint of JH and SH.
Here the new policy aims to help Japanese students to be confident in expressing their opinions and improving their thinking skills. To this end, from Eiken 3rd grade there is now a writing section on the test and there should be some good washback from this as teachers focus on giving students practice in meeting the requirements.
In my school we train the students from J1 to write book reports, summarizing the story and giving their opinions. They need scaffolding of course and are gradually able to write longer and more detailed reports as they move through the school...
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Seeking Publications Committee Members
The Publications Committee, headed by the Publications Chair, the Editor, and the Research Chair, is in responsible for the Tokyo JALT Journal (TJJ) and other Tokyo JALT publications, such as Dear TJ, the Tokyo JALT advice column.
Currently, Tokyo JALT is interested in also developing more content for the journal, website, YouTube Channel, and more. We are seeking people interested in developing quality teaching and/or research oriented content.
We are seeking candidates with writing and editing experience as well as candidates with audio and video recording and editing experience. This will be a great way to learn more about the publication process and to build your CV. If you are interested in working on the Publications Committee, please submit a brief description of your experience and your interest to TokyoJALTpresident@gmail.com.
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