September AGM BBQ


West Tokyo JALT will hold a potluck BBQ, a presentation by Stephen Pihlaja on metaphor and religion in the ESOL classroom, and Annual General Meeting (AGM) where we will announce our new officers.


We will provide some food and other things needed for the BBQ and we ask attendees to bring some food and drinks to share. 


Date: September 14, 2019

Time: 11 am to 4 pm

Cost: Free for members, 1,000 yen for non-members

Place: Showa Kinen Park (190-0014 Tokyo, Tachikawa, Midori-cho 3173),

The BBQ area is marked 20 on the map.

In case of rain, the BBQ will be canceled, but the AGM will still be held. The location would be changed to Mayur (an Indian restaurant) in Tachikawa (map)


Special Presentation by Stephen Pihlaja, Reader in Stylistics, Newman University Birmingham, UK


Title and abstract


Metaphor and religion in the ESOL classroom


Metaphor is a fundamental feature of human thought and language, and plays an important role in artistic expression and everyday life. However, because understanding and using metaphorical language often requires implicit cultural knowledge, it can cause difficulties for learners of English both in comprehension and expression. This presentation will discuss how metaphor is understood through different theoretical lenses and how these theories might be applied in the classroom setting, with practical examples and exercises. The potential of using metaphor to expand topics for discussion within English teaching classrooms will also be discussed, with reference to research about the role of metaphor in helping and hindering understanding among people of different religious and cultural perspectives.