February 5, 2019

JALT-Ibaraki Chapter March 2019 Meeting


Date:  March 17th 2019 (Sunday) 

Venue: Ibaraki University Mito Campus (room #13 Common Education Building) http://bit.ly/MitoMap

Morning Program:  10:00-11:30 

Speaker: Samuel Nfor
Presentation Title: Communicative Language Teaching: Functionalizing Students’ ‘Out-of-School’ Literacy Practices through Mime

The presentation discusses the benefits and challenges of experimental Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in a Japanese university EFL oral communication class and concludes that bringing students’ literacy practices from outside the context of formal education into the EFL classroom acknowledges their investment in classroom language practices, secures student engagement, and yields perceived improvement.

Afternoon Program:  13:30-15:30 

Speakers: Sanae Kawamoto & Tracy Brown
Presentation Title: Explaining Japanese Culture using Easy Simple English

As International visitors are increasing in Japan, we have opportunities to assist them, or explain to them aspects of Japanese customs and culture. In this workshop, we will share lessons and ideas on this topic that can be used in classrooms using simple English.  

Business Meeting:  16:00-17:00

Doors open at 9:30. No Pre-registration necessary!
JALT Members: Free,  Non-members: 500 yen

JALT Ibaraki chapter meetings are open to all interested in learning and teaching languages.

Support the Chapter Book Fair!  Donate no-longer-needed educational materials – Get used ones for 50 yen.

- - -  Preliminary notice of June Event - - - 

Date:  June 8th 2019 (Saturday)  
                                                                               
Venue: University of Tsukuba, CEGLOC (room CA304)                                  
Speakers: Curtis Kelly & Caroline Handley
Presentation Title: Brain Day Mini-Conference
     (Racking your brain?  Fix it on Brain Day!


** Detailed information will be posted as soon as our program team finalizes the June event.

November 11, 2018

JALT-Ibaraki Chapter December 2018 Meeting


Ibaraki Chapter December 2018 Meeting

Afternoon Program:  14:00 – 16:00
Presentation Title: Heritage and the function of the university in society
By Grant Black DSocSci, CMgr, FCMI, FRSA. President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan).

Presentation Summary:
Higher education reform policies in Japan, such as through the Super Global University funding project, aim to boost the university's role as a knowledge-producing centre of innovation and global skills development.  In some ways this indicates a change in the function of the university in society.  How do we balance the heritage and history of a Japanese university institution with the drive to adopt global practices and implement international-minded reform policies?

Bio: Dr Grant Black is President of Black Inc. Consulting (Japan), a business & university global strategic management firm based in Tokyo. He holds a BA Highest Honors in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MA in Buddhist Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci) from the Department of Management in the School of Business at the University of Leicester. Grant began his management training at Hyatt and has a career trend as global manager, systems builder, executive leader and university professor. He recently completed a six-year post as an associate professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, and has been teaching in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University since 2013. Research areas: global management skills, intercultural intelligence (CQ) and organisational management. Dr Black is a Chartered Manager (CMgr), the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession in the UK. In 2018, he was elected a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He serves as a Vice President and Auditor for the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) where he is a member of the Business and Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Business Meeting/&/other matters:  16:20~17:00

Year-end Party at “Sennen no Utage” (After the meeting)
 (details follow)

Date:  Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 14:00 – 17:00
Venue:  Tsukuba Gakuin University, (Meeting Room 2)
Address:  Azuma 3-1 Tsukuba-shi

Doors open at 13:30. No Pre-registration necessary!
JALT Members: Free,  Non-members: 500 yen

JALT Ibaraki chapter meetings are open to all interested in learning and teaching languages.

Support the Chapter Book Fair!  Donate no-longer-needed educational materials – Get used ones for 50 yen.