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Dec 9 - Active Learning and Oral Communication 1st CEGLOC Conference, in collaboration with the 15th Annual Autumn Workshop

University of Tsukuba (University of Tsukuba's Special Research Project on Dynamic Brain Functions and Amenity for the Mind). December 9 (Sat), 10:00-17:00 in Tsukuba, Ibaraki. Bruno Vannieu (Kobe U), Michael Stout (U of Tsukuba), Roxana Sandu and Javier Salazar (U of Tsukuba), Yuichi Ono (U of Tsukuba), Peter Hourdequin (Tokoha U), Bruno Jactat (U of Tsukuba) and others.
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都立日比谷高等学校がケンブリッジ英語検定を採択した理由

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National news but sharing locally, because without the support we've relied on for years, non of this would be taking place.
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Singaporean opens ski lodge in Hakuba

Singaporean opens ski lodge in Hakuba | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE – It all started with a dream of a different life.
For years, Jane Killick thought of leaving the concrete jungle and rat race in Singapore, and of being closer to nature and to snow, which she has loved since she was a child.
Then, about three years ago, while Killick was on holiday in Japan, she fell in love with a small lodge nestled in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture. The property is situated directly opposite a shuttle bus stop to the slopes, and is a 10-minute walk from several restaurants.
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Ministry joins Nagano's '30.10' campaign against food waste | The Japan Times

Ministry joins Nagano's '30.10' campaign against food waste | The Japan Times | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
The Environment Ministry is joining the fight against food waste by promoting a campaign in Nagano Prefecture that urges diners to eat all the food they're
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Who knew?! Even living in Matsumoto, never heard of this campaign before, but totally applaud it. Better if gorging at the end avoided though - makes a bit of a mess regurgitated at the station/on a train or in a taxi...just give the leftovers to the needy. please! 
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JALT Conference 2016 (with images, tweets) · LunaJim

Nov 25-8 in Nagoya
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It was big, it was busy - it was bigly.
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Using drama role play activities in your classroom

Using drama role play activities in your classroom | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Ken Wilson is the author of Smart Choice and in all has written more than 30 ELT titles. We asked teachers from around the world who have been using Smart Choice what one question they would like to ask Ken.
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Can a Good Writer Be Bad at Diagramming Sentences?

Can a Good Writer Be Bad at Diagramming Sentences? | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
I still remember standing at the chalkboard in Mrs. Kopald's fourth grade class diagramming a sentence. I had no idea what I was writing o
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I tried this once!
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Conference rage: 'How did awful panel discussions become the default format?'

Conference rage: 'How did awful panel discussions become the default format?' | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
A badly run conference is not only a lost opportunity, but is a waste of money and time. How can we improve them?
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It's all about the planning - and getting the right people involved early...and getting the wrong people uninvolved. Retain institutional memory and act on feedback. Aggressive abstract proposal reviewing, iron-clad programme plan, and bin the old-boy routines. And stop d'offing the sodding academic cap to ye wise old men on the conference circuit. Talent spot new blood & empower them, and let rip on SMS.

Case study is PanSIG.
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MATSUMOTO | JAPAN TRAVEL VLOG 06

Matsumoto is the gateway to the Japanese Alps, but it's also known for it's onsens and ryokans. A tour of Ishii Miso Brewery and a visit to Matsumoto Castle ...

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A very brief history of ELT Journal

A very brief history of ELT Journal | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it

Richard Smith is a Reader in ELT and Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, where he founded and has continued to develop the Warwick ELT Archive, a unique collection of materials connected with the history of English Language Teaching.

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My first International JALT Conference

My first International JALT Conference | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
English Central with Charles BrowneI had the great privilege of attending the International JALT Conference in Shizuoka from November 20-23. Nothing could have prepared me for a hectic weekend filled...
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How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word

How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word with these four easy steps. Here are some tricks you need to know to edit Google Drive Documents in MIcrosoft Word.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , GwynethJones, Jamie Forshey, WebTeachers
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Wonderful! Can't wait for that GAFE!

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One thing we can easily become frustrated with is the inability for platforms to work together. Here is one solution.
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добавить ваше понимание ...

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My city, Matsumoto's Information

My city, Matsumoto's Information | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
A blog by EFL learners & teachers at a language sch & Cambridge exam Centre in Japan.
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A local writes about our town - Yokoso Matsumoto
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Fuji Dream Airlines Orders up to Six E175 - AeroMorning

Fuji Dream Airlines Orders up to Six E175 - AeroMorning | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Paris, France, 20 June 2017 – Embraer announced today, at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed an agreement with Japan’
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Looking forward to seeing these in Matsumoto
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IATEFL Glasgow 2017: The things I missed

IATEFL Glasgow 2017: The things I missed | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Or at least, some of them! At a conference this size, it's inevitable that you miss some sessions you really wanted to attend. In this post, I've collected individual tweets and video links to some of the presentations and events I found interesting, but which don't fit easily into any of my other categories for…
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Easter resources for your EFL classroom

Easter resources for your EFL classroom | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Spring has arrived here in Oxford, and Easter is on the horizon - it's a perfect time of year to bring some seasonal activities and worksheets into your language learning classroom. Our former contributors Vanessa Esteves, Julietta Schoenmann, and Christopher Graham have come up with a range of Easter-themed lessons for young learners and secondary level learners through to adult…
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JALT PanSIG Conference

JALT PanSIG Conference | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
May 19-21, 2017 at Akita International University
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It's going to be very good - very good indeed. How do I know? I'll be the official photographer (again...did this in Matsumoto, Nagoya and Okinawa before) and will be managing the live tweeting as well...the best little conference going!
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Making Thinking Visible: The Story Of A Sketchnoter -

Making Thinking Visible: The Story Of A Sketchnoter - | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Making Thinking Visible: The Story Of A Sketchnoter https://t.co/gDrxDcYjEe via @teachthought
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Wish I knew someone who could do this!
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25 ideas for using audio scripts in the ELT classroom

25 ideas for using audio scripts in the ELT classroom | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico. As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Moving From Lecture to Learning

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Moving From Lecture to Learning | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Interactive Pedagogy...this could be a game changer! Share your experience if you have tried this @teacher2teacher https://t.co/0neiudrjb3
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Japanese couple 'forced teenage girl to eat 30 poisoned goldfish'

Japanese couple 'forced teenage girl to eat 30 poisoned goldfish' | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it

Detained woman is also alleged to have burned daughter’s tongue with cigarette in case that highlights rise in child abuse

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Luna students' room: Plenty to do in Matsumoto: Karen's report

Luna students' room: Plenty to do in Matsumoto: Karen's report | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it

Matsumoto City Museum of ArtWhat can visitors do in my home city?
You can visit Matsumoto City Art Gallery because it has a lot of pieces of work by Kusama Yayoi and other artists. You can see her...

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A High School student writes - and never lies...

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How to be a brilliant conference chair

How to be a brilliant conference chair | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it

! When you’re in the hot seat, don’t yawn or shoehorn in your own research. And for goodness sake, get speakers’ names right
Think of the worst conference chairs you have ever experienced.

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Nationwide curriculum to end free-for-all in English teacher training - The Japan Times

Nationwide curriculum to end free-for-all in English teacher training - The Japan Times | Shinshu JALT | Scoop.it
Fed up with the low English proficiency of the many educators who teach the language, the education ministry decides to standardize the curriculum for training courses in universities.
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Wonder what this means locally.

 

IMHO millions wasted on JET Programme; at least achieve reciprocity & send matching number JHS/HS teachers of English overseas - early in their careers, and require a globally recognised level of English AND a globally recognised qualification of teaching the language. Before they start work.

 

EIKEN? What a total waste of time, and an inadequate/inappropriate measure of competence in the language. Universities thereafter do not teach undergraduates to teach a foreign language.

 

And who teach the teachers? Not teacher trainers, but at best, PhDs with their own research agendas. Which universities in this country run a dedicated TEFL course for would be teachers?

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