May 22, 2020

JALT Niigata May 2020 Webinar Workshop co-sponsored by Ibaraki Chapter and 4 other chapters/SIG

JALT Niigata: Suddenly Teaching Kids Online? Some Ideas to Help You Through
Co-sponsored by: Kyoto, Hokkaido, Ibaraki, and Iwate Chapters, and Teaching Young Learners SIG
Time:  02:00 P.M. Japan Time
Date:  May 24th, 2020
There is no charge to individual participants.  JALT Ibaraki is one of the sponsors.

This panel of five experienced teachers of young learners share their insights and experiences of emergency remote teaching, online teaching strategies, and adjusting virtually."  There is no charge to individual participants.  JALT Ibaraki is one of the sponsors.

Invited Speakers:
Alexandra Burke (JALT Gifu / MindBrainEd SIG)

Alexandra Burke has taught all levels of the Japanese public school system from university to kindergarten and adult English for specific purposes. A former systems examiner and public health policy officer from Australia, she's been researching how students with neurodiversity experience education in Japan.
Deborah Grow (JALT Ibaraki /Young Learners SIG)

Deborah Grow has been teaching young learners for more than 20 years. With a background as a professional actor/singer, Deborah’s specialty is using music and rhythm to engage young learners.
Lesley Ito (JALT Gifu /School Owner SIG / ER SIG)

Lesley Ito is a well-known teacher, teacher trainer, school owner, and award-winning materials writer based in Nagoya. She has taught in Japan for over twenty-five years, and has presented professionally throughout Japan.
Naoko Amano (JALT Osaka)

Hello! I teach English to young learners in Osaka. Because of corona virus, many teachers face difficulties teaching online. But, gaining more ideas, we will be able to better deal with any problems. I am going to share what I have been doing while teaching online, and what I do before and after my online lessons.
Doris KiKi Wong (JALT Tokyo / School Owners SIG)

Doris runs an eikaiwa school specializing in K-4 young learners in Tokyo. School closure was suddenly announced on a Friday night, and our online teaching journey gets more and more interesting from there. We went through group interactive lessons, Zoom sessions, and pre-recorded Youtube lessons.

February 25, 2020

JALT-Ibaraki Chapter March 2020 Meeting (No March Meeting--Postponed)

---- The March Meeting has been postponed due to Corona Virus Outbreak.  We will post the new meeting date and place as soon as possible. ---- 

The Japan Association for Language Teaching 
JALT – Ibaraki Chapter March 28, 2020 Meeting (There will be no meeting on March 28!!!)


Morning 10:00 – 10:45
1.      Motivating English Learners through the Voluntary Reading of English Picture Books to Children - The Influence upon University Student Volunteer Readers- ..
By Rika Otsu, lecturer, Ibaraki university

This study aims to explore the improvement in the motivation of university students toward English learning and English skills by virtue of their involvement in English education at elementary schools. Two university students joined the activities of reading English picture books aloud to elementary school students over the course of ten months in fiscal year 2018. Their actual English readings were video-taped before and after the volunteer reading and showed significant improvement in their English and communicative skills as judged by two evaluators.

2.      Brown Bag Discussion- open to all; coordinated by Cecilia Ikeguchi, Professor, Tsukuba Gakuin University

Afternoon 14:00 – 16:00

3.      Doing Classroom Research: An introduction

By Michael Stout, Full-time Lecturer, Hakuoh University.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to do classroom research. The workshop leader will share first hand accounts of classroom research projects he has participated in, and share insights he has gained from doing classroom research. Throughout the workshop, participants will be led through a series of reflection tasks that will help them design their own classroom research projects.

4.      Business Meeting (16:20~17:00)

Saturday, March 28th, 2020, 10:00 – 17:00 (doors open: 09:00)
 Tsukuba Gakuin University. (Meeting Room #1 and #2 (2nd floor))
Azuma 3-1,Tsukuba-city
Directions to the venue:

 Doors open at 9:30.
No Pre-registration necessary!
JALT Members: Free Non-members: 500 yen
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Room details: (Rooms are on the 2nd Floor)
Room #2 Presentations
Room #1 Child/Kids Room **
** It should be understood that it is not Child Care or Child Support. That there is no Supervisor or Guardian. Children are welcome to be in there to read, to study, to pray. (They are requested not to bring their baseball bat, hockey stick, kendo shinai.) If a parent goes there, or if a parent brings a spouse or guardian, that’s fine.
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JALT Ibaraki chapter meetings are open to all interested in learning and teaching languages. Abstracts for the presentations and access information for the venue, as well further information for future events are available on the chapter website.

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