February 13, 2009

Directions to Our Ibaraki University Meeting Site

Humanities Building B (Room B101).
Ibaraki University, Bunkyo 2-1-1, Mito

Access information is available on the Ibaraki University homepage at:


By train and bus:
Get off the train at Mito station, and after coming out of the ticket gate,
turn right and go out of the north exit (kita-guchi) of the station. This
opens on to an overhead walkway, below which you will find the bus islands.
It takes approximately 20 minutes by bus from here to Ibaraki University.
Signs will be posted from the main gate to Building C and the meeting room.

By car:
From the Mito interchange of the Joban Expressway, follow Route 50 and pick
up Route 118 leading out of Mito (signposted for Naka and Daigo). Ibaraki
University is where Route 118 meets Route 123, just before it crosses the
Naka river.

From the Naka interchange of the Joban Expressway, follow Route 118 towards
the centre of Mito. Soon after croosing the Naka river, turn right briefly
on to Route 123, and after a few hundred metres, you will find the entrance
to Ibaraki University on your right.

Please note that the the main gate to Ibaraki University is off the main road.
Look out for the book store on the your side of the road (coming from the
centre of Mito), and turn right into the road leading to the main gate.

Access information for Ibaraki University can be found on their home page at:


This page is in Japanese, but has plenty of useful maps, plus an aerial-view
graphic of the university campus which can be printed out.

We look forward to seeing you there!

February 11, 2009

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re all doing well. I just thought I’d write you all a letter to remind you of who we are. As I told you a couple of months ago, we recently held our annual chapter elections here at Ibaraki JALT. So, without further ado, let me introduce our current line-up of movers and shakers….

MARTIN PAULY is the heart of our organization. Martin is our Program Chair which means that he is a central figure in organizing our meetings and inviting our guest speakers from around Japan and abroad. He is always actively networking at the local and national level and has been doing so for more than 20 years!

TOMOKA KANEKO is the brains of our organization. Tomoka has just stepped into the position of Treasurer (and thus holds the REAL power here)! Her conscientiousness with our funds allows us to hold meetings and accommodate guest speakers. She is responsible for monthly reports and a year-end audit that helps us to maintain our status as a non-profit organization. Welcome aboard, Tomoka! Thank you for taking on this important task.

TAKAYUKI NAKANISHI is our new Publicity Chair. He heads a team that lets you know what’s going on. Together, they send out posters and postcards so that you won’t miss Ibaraki JALT events.

MARKUS RUDE is our Membership Chair. He attends annual meetings at JALT National to discuss how to increase membership and to create interest in JALT meetings and the organization itself. He welcomes your advice and ideas on how to get more people involved in JALT activities.

Those are our official “officers”, but they can’t do it alone. There are many more behind the scenes….

Joyce Cunningham is our recording secretary. She keeps records of our business meetings and posts reports to the website so you can keep up with what’s going on even when you can’t attend. She is also actively involved in The Language Teacher, one of JALT’s national publications. Ask her about getting more involved at the “Grassroots”.

Kazu Morita helps Martin with Program Chair activities when he’s not too busy coaching high school baseball. Go Ota!

Along with Takayuki, our publicity team includes Neil Parry and Hidenori Kuwabara. Dan Waldhoff, our Website Manager, maintains this email list and keeps our presence on the Internet well known, while Mariko Miyao updates the JALT National website so that the rest of JALT knows what we’re up to here in Ibaraki.

Our facilities team helps to arrange and prepare the locations of our meetings. Michiko Komatsuzaki organizes meetings in Mito. Mariko Miyao helps to set things up in Tsukuba, and Jim Batten does the job in the Hitachi area. Jim also gets special mention as he was one of the founding members of the Chapter more than 20 years ago. Thanks for all your hard work, Jim!

Finally, Takeshi Kikuchi and Takayuki Nakanishi take care of our book fund. Please donate your unwanted books! The money we receive from them helps us to hold our Bonenkai in December. You can purchase used books at each meeting for only 50 yen!

That’s quite a long list of dedicated volunteers! (That’s right, none of us get paid for helping out.) Maybe now you’re wondering: Who’s the most important member of Ibaraki JALT? The answer is… YOU! If it wasn’t for your participation and input, there would be no Ibaraki Chapter at all. We welcome your ideas!

What kind of presentations do you want to see? Are there guest speakers that you’d like us to invite? How can we make our meetings more interesting for you? What aspects of language learning/teaching/research/translation/linguistics are you interested in? Please let us know. We’d like to make JALT Ibaraki an organization that you want to actively get involved in. Please get in touch and let us know your ideas. Of course, we’re always looking for more volunteers as well. If you’d like to help us organize events, etc., we’d love you to get involved.

By the way, I’m John Racine, the President of the Chapter. I’m the mouth of the organization. My job is to represent the chapter at national meetings (and to write long emails like this one). What can I do for you? Let me know. Feel free to get in touch at any time.

Now that you know who we are, we’d like to know who you are, too. Please come to Ibadai on Sunday and introduce yourself. We hope to see you all soon!

From your friends at JALT Ibaraki

February 3, 2009

February Meeting Notice in Japanese

The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)

講演者:コリン グレイアム(Colin Graham)
株式会社 スミキン インターコム

プレゼンテーション(14:00 - 15:00)





参加費: JALT会員 無料  1日会員 \500  学生 無料


Abstract of the February Meeting

The Japan Association for Language Teaching

Featured Speaker:
Colin Graham
Sumikin Intercom Inc.
Featured presentation (14:00 - 15:00):

"An Introduction to British Sign Language"

In this demonstration lesson, the presenter will teach some basic British Sign Language, demonstrate some of the differences between it and other sign languages, and explain some of the ways that signing can be incorporated into English lessons as a fun way for checking spelling. It will also provide a means of demonstrating how a language can be taught from scratch.
Sunday, February 15th, 14:00 – 17:00
Ibaraki University, B101 in the Jinbun Gakubu building
(Doors open from 13:30 p.m. No pre-registration required!)

JALT Members: Free Non-Members: \500  Students: Free

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 home page.

Support the Chapter Book Fair!
Donate your unwanted books – and get used books for ¥50!