West Tokyo JALT My Share
DATE: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
TIME: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
LOCATION: Seven Bells Cafe, Tachikawa
The West Tokyo JALT My Share is a professional and social event that will surely be pleasurable and informative as you interact with the presenters, learn new teaching techniques and ideas, and enjoy food and drink at the Seven Bells Cafe.
We are pleased to offer 4 unique presentations on inspiring activities you can implement in your classroom, no matter the age or level of your students.
Each presenter will give a short presentation to discuss their ideas with the audience and the audience will move from table to table so the members can participate in all of the presentations.
Presenters and Abstracts
Storytelling Through Photos
This storytelling activity combines the technology of the smartphone (camera) with traditional EFL storytelling techniques. In this activity, students work in pairs to make a story from actual photos they take during the ‘preparation’ phase. The activity is broken down into three parts: 1. Preparation: students leave the classroom to take several on-campus photos. 2. Writing: writing a collaborative story based on the photos. 3. Presentation: telling the story in a speed dating, or rotating format. Phases: 1. Preparation phase: the students can leave the class for 15 minutes and are instructed to take about ten (10) photos on campus. They love this! 2. Writing: when the students have returned to the classroom with their photos they use the photos as prompts to collaboratively write a story based on the photos. 3. Presentation: When all of the students have finished writing their stories, the class is divided into teams. Then, using the ‘speed dating’ technique, each team presents their photo stories.
Bio: Jeff currently teaches English communication classes at three universities in Tokyo. He holds an MA in Education and is very interested in task-based learning, student-centered learning, and storytelling. Jeff always strives to provide a fun and positive atmosphere in the classroom.
Creating a Writing Community with Journal Sharing Activities
Wendy M. Gough
Journal writing can positively impact student attitudes toward English as well as create a personalized student-teacher dialogue while helping students build confidence in their writing in a non-threatening context. Students write journals as homework then participate in class warm-up activities to read and give written comments on their classmates’ journals. The activity, which can be adapted for various levels of language learners, broadens the reading audience, creates a community of learners, and encourages autonomous learning through peer interaction. The frank interaction results in a broader range of vocabulary, more detailed journal entries, and a shared sense of purpose for other collaborative activities in the class. This presentation will discuss the implementation and outcome of the
journal sharing in intermediate and advanced writing classes at a foreign language college in Japan.
Bio: Wendy is a Junior Associate Professor at the Tokai University Liberal Arts Education Center. She is currently doing doctoral dissertation research on student perceptions of intercultural communication and L2 identity development through participation in English support activities for tourism needs in a small Japanese town.
Language Belongs to the Whole Body!
According to the famous theory of multiple intelligences, everybody has his or her own strength in terms of which learning style works best for him or her. If this can be applied to teaching styles, it is quite natural that each teacher should tap into his or her strengths. Essentially this means teachers teach the same subject differently. However, to a
language teacher, where we stand and how we deal with language is critical beyond individual style. By definition, what is language? What is acquiring language like? Is language just a tool for communication? If it is a tool, you can read a manual and that’s it. Adopting the commonly accepted belief that your first language is a voice, you cannot
acquire language in your head alone. In this presentation, participants will realize that language belongs to the whole body through learning some warm-up games and chants that liven up classes and get children speaking.
Bio: Yoko has been the head of Mother Goose English School for Children since 1989. She is the founder of Shakespearean Play House and was an English teacher at Warabe Tsukushi preschool 2012-2014. She also belonged to AETC, JASTEC, and JALT, and is a children’s English teacher trainer.
Active Learning for Increased Motivation and Autonomy
From junior high to university classrooms, keeping students engaged and concentrating on a lesson is not easy. When active learning strategies are used in the classroom, I have observed that it helps students to process and synthesize their learning. This, in turn, increases student motivation and helps them manage their learning on their own. In my
presentation, I will talk about some active learning strategies and the effects that they have had on my classes. My teaching has dramatically changed as I have tried out active learning strategies, and I would like to share how I have used them to help meet my learners’ needs.
Bio: Lorna is a full-time teacher at Kanda Jogakuen Junior and Senior High School, experiencing teaching 7th grade and being a homeroom teacher for the first time. She heard about active learning that has been adapted and called "Kanda Learning" among the staff and students at Kanda Jogakuen.