Teaching Phonics to Elementary ELLs: Using an Integrated Approach. Speaker: Cecilia Salzer (Darby Elementary School). Saturday, May 17th, 2014 in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Ms. Salzer presents the techniques for teaching phonics to elementary English Language Learners to the Nagasaki JALT community.
Abstract: What child does not like to sing the ABC song or write the letters? They are all eager to learn the alphabet, identifying letters and matching sounds. Once that is achieved, however, the difficult and often challenging task of decoding begins. What follows is fluency and comprehension. From a teacher’s perspective, top-down or bottom-up approaches must be considered. Do you teach phonics or whole language or use a balanced approach? This workshop will give teachers an overview of how to teach elementary school ELL’s reading using phonics. The primary focus will be decoding. Participants will learn how to teach mapping letters to sounds using existing vocabularies while introducing new and relevant words for practice and application. Vowel and consonant patterns, phonics approaches (blended/synthetic phonics, analytical phonics and embedded phonics), and phonics rules will also be discussed. An examination of problems related to L1 interference and transfer will briefly be considered. The discussion will conclude with reviewing integrating four skills for a balanced approach. A packet with lesson ideas, activities, and resources will be provided for all participants.
Quick summary: PanSIG would like to ask Kyushu based JALT members to help review the abstracts for PanSIG 2014 in Miyazaki and (of course) participate in PanSIG2014.
Detailed explanationIn 2014, the PanSIG will be held on the weekend of May 10, 2014 at Miyazaki Municipal University (MMU) (http://www.miyazaki-mu.ac.jp/) and the theme will be:
Sustainability: Making Learning and Teaching Last
Like all PanSIGs, the theme is not a strict requirement, just getting in the SIGs area of interest is fine. The PanSIG conference has always had a policy of helping submitters revise their submissions to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to participate. In previous years, one reader from each SIG volunteered, but this year, PanSIG would like to expand the reviewer pool and give people more support.
The Peer Support Group, a JALT group that volunteers to help writers, is also participating, and we would like to ask Kyushu based chapter members to also participate, in either reviewing or helping the authors revise abstracts. For more details, visit: http://www.pansig.org/2014/call.html
Don't miss this great opportunity to meet Special Interest Group members from all over Japan at this cross-SIG conference!
This December, Joseph Tomei will bring us two separate practical presentations, music in the classroom and surveys in the classroom.
Music has always been an important resource for the language classroom, but with the increasing availability of mp3 and internet videos, it can assume a larger role in the classroom. In "Music in the language classroom" Joe will present some ways of using music in the classroom and highlight ways to emphasize vocabulary and grammar.
His second presentation will be "Surveys for the Language Classroom". Surveys are a powerful tool for organizing a class curriculum and encouraging student practice and participation. Joe will introduce several ways of using surveys to create practice opportunities for students, to encourage language learning outside the classroom and to link the English language class to the entire student body.
Join us on Saturday, January 11 as we welcome Andy Boon from Toyo Gakuen University as he presents two talks in our development meeting.
One step beyond the classroom: How can we encourage our students to take language learning beyond the classroom, to connect it to their own social environment, to explore, discover, and share their findings with one another? By giving our students the tools to bring their learning to life, we can facilitate real interaction. This presentation introduces inspirational activities that empower learners to go beyond the words on the page and engage confidently in genuine, meaningful communication.
Journeys of Discovery: This presentation will describe how a number of participants have made use of Instant Messenger Cooperative Development, an online tool that utilizes Skype text and the CD framework for professional development (Edge, 2002). It will describe the textual journeys participants have made in IMCD sessions to reach a “eureka” moment which then helps them to decide on possible next steps. Finally, the audience will be encouraged to embark on their own journeys of discovery with their research.
Since its conception, team teaching in Japan has become a well-established teaching method. Everyday in classrooms across Japan, ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) and JTEs (Japanese Teachers of English) are team teaching in order to realize the Ministry of Education's goal of "promoting grassroots internationalization." However, team teaching has received much more criticism than praise. Among the reported problems are: JTEs failing to explain to ALTs about class structures and procedures, ALTs feeling underused and frustrated, and neither ALT or JTE having a clear understanding of their teaching role. Understandably, all of these issues affect an efficient learning and teaching process in the classroom. However, most of these issues originate from the very nature of intercultural working relationships. The potentially different ideologies of ALTs and JTEs cause miscommunication and misunderstanding, as each educator is using their own system of cultural beliefs and values to evaluate and negotiate meaning.
This workshop will present how understanding intercultural communication theories can help ALTs and JTEs understand each other better. The presenter will show how recent research from the Intercultural Competence for Professional Mobility (ICOPROMO) can be adapted to show the intricacies of intercultural communication that exist between two workers from different socio-cultural background. A framework of intercultural training for ALTs and JTEs will also be suggested. This will be a mixed format presentation and in order to find the audiences' own intercultural competence, audience participation will be encouraged.
Bill Pellowe will demonstrate four ways to use mobile devices in the classroom. His school has provided him with a classroom set of iPod Touch devices for his students, but these activities also work in BYOD ("bring your own device") classrooms, or with low-tech alternatives. He will bring 20 of these devices so that participants can experience the activities in a hands-on workshop environment.
The first is an activity in which students collaborate to produce short, script-based videos. Working in pairs or in groups of three, students prepare a dialog to enact while the performance is captured on video. This type of performance pushes students to participate fully.The second is a project in which small groups create questions (either opinion surveys or trivia) for their classmates, write up their predictions about how their classmates will respond, and finally, compare the results with their predictions. Students use freely-available survey web apps to gather their data. The prediction stage and the final evaluation stage contribute towards critical thinking.The third is a demonstration of how mobile devices can be effectively used for gathering peer feedback on their classmates' speeches, presentations, and writing. Bill will discuss how data can be gathered and analyzed.Finally, the presenter demonstrates how to use freely-available quiz web apps to create mobile quiz activities from your current textbook materials, either in class or as homework. The benefits of assigning homework this way will be discussed.
Please feel free to bring your own mobile device to this workshop.
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Using Picture Books and Storytelling to Teach All Age Groups. Speaker: Patricia Daly Oe (Author, Teacher). Sunday, June 8th, 2014 in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Picture book author Patricia Daly Oe will present ways for teachers to develop creative and imaginative lessons for all age groups based on picture books and storytelling.
Abstract: Using Picture Books and Storytelling to Teach All Age Groups
In this interactive workshop author, illustrator and teacher, Patricia Daly Oe, will demonstrate how to use picture books and storytelling to teach English. She will present a number of stories and give some ideas about how to develop creative activities based on the stories, including games, songs, movement, speaking and writing exercises, for all age groups – from small children to teenagers and adults. The first part of the workshop will focus on picture books and the second part on storytelling techniques, particularly on the telling of humorous stories. Patricia will also perform a rakugo story in English.
Participants will enjoy participating in games, quizzes and songs. They will also develop and present their own stories (and listen to others’ stories) as part of the workshop.
Patricia Daly Oe has been writing and illustrating children’s stories for her own classes, narration events and storytelling sessions for many years. She has had a number of picture books published including Peter the Lonely Pineapple, Princess Lizzie and Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse. Her latest book, Lily and the Moon, co-authored with Mari Nakamura, was published in May 2013 by ELF Learning.
Patricia enjoys encouraging children, teenagers and adults to develop their imagination
Using Tasks with Extensive Reading. Speaker: Brendan Van Deusen (Nagasaki International University). Saturday, April 19th, 2014 in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Mr. Van Deusen explores the aspects of Extensive Reading with Task-Based Learning in the April monthly meeting of Nagasaki JALT.
Abstract: It has become increasingly common for practitioners of extensive reading (ER) to incorporate the use of language learning tasks into their lessons. The links between tasks for ER and the principles of task-based language teaching (TBLT), however, have not been fully explored. It is suggested that research on task design and task evaluation can provide insights to teachers about how to effectively utilize graded readers for various types of meaning-focused language learning. This presentation presents a micro-evaluation (based on Ellis, 1997) of five tasks for extensive reading with a class of intermediate-level first-year students at a Japanese university. The purpose of the study was to utilize the principles of TBLT to systematically and empirically evaluate each task in practice. The evaluation consisted of observation by the teacher, analysis of spoken and written work, and student feedback through questionnaires and interviews. The presentation begins with an overview of the types of ER and the principles of task evaluation. Following this, the results of the evaluations will be discussed. Based on the results of the evaluations, conclusions are reached about the benefits of tasks for ER and how tasks can be implemented effectively in an ER context. The findings suggest that, through the use of well-designed tasks, ER and TBLT can function together as mutually-supportive forms of meaning-focused pedagogy.
Our 2014 school year kicks off with a series of great presentations and conferences! Please join us!
Dr. Hodson will relocate to new venues beginning in April of 2014 and while we will miss his presence and influence in the Nagasaki teaching community, we at Nagasaki JALT would like to send him on his way with a proper leaving party.
Please contact Karen Masatsugu or view our Nagasaki JALT Facebook page for inclusion in the reservation at Lao Lee restaurant on Saturday, January 11th from 5:00 pm.
After Bill Pellowe's presentation on October 12, we held our Annual General Meeting and unanimously voted in a new executive committee Thank you to all who attended and cast their vote in person. Also, a big thank you to those who couldn't attend, but sent in their vote by mail. The new officers' roles will start from the end of the conference on the 28th and they are:
President: Karen Masatsugu Treasurer: Richard Hodson. Membership: Joel Hensley Publicity: Thom Rawson Facilities: Tomoko Maekawa Programme: Luc Roberge
JALT is a volunteer organization and needs you. If you want to help out planning and organizing future events, or can help in any other way, we would love to hear from you!
Storyland is an international Library of children's books in English for parents and children, and teachers of children. Storyland is open once a month for borrowing. Read-aloud events are held periodically, to encourage families to read, write and play in English together. We also provide workshops for teachers of children interested in using picture books in class. Storyland currently has over 1400 books, for babies to 12 year olds, including picture books and readers, plus books for parents and teachers. Membership and attendance is free. Storyland is located in the "Former Missionary House", one of the historic western buildings at the top of Oranda Zaka.
Where: Kwassui Women's University, Higashi Yamate campus, School House 12.
The University of Maryland, University College (UMUC), Sasebo Campus is looking for an instructor to teach with the Bridge Program. A master's in TESOL or masters degree in any field plus 24 units in TESOL coursework is required. Classes are held at the Sasebo Naval Base Community Education Center. Fall Session 2 is Oct. 21-Nov. 18. Please contact Nathan Black email@example.com or Jackie Cillizza jackie.cillizza@.umuc.edu for more information.
Aphasia and Bilingualism: Using One Language to Relearn Another Science Daily (press release) Sep. 26, 2013 — In the era of globalization, bilingualism is becoming more and more frequent, and it is considered a plus.
Nagasaki JALT | July 20 | Terry Fellner, 'Foreing Language Motivation in Japan' & 'Academic Presentation Skills for Low-level Learners'
Terry will cover the contributions of researchers working in Japan as well as some of the most recent findings in the field of foreign language learning motivation, including the role and importance of the “ought-to self” among Japanese students as well as the impact teachers can make on students’ motivation. In the second part of his presentation, Terry will show how students with low English speaking ability can be motivated to develop their academic presentation skills.
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