Starting the year off with a bang, a joint seminar at Tenri University.

Among other great speakers we have our very own home grown, Steven Nishida and Ann Mayeda presenting.

Their presentation was well received and much talked about at the JALT national conference both last year and the year before, so if you haven’t had a chance to see them in action before, it would be well worth a trip out to Tenri.
Joint Seminar:

Hosting organizations: Tenri University, Nara JALT, KELES (Kansai English
Language Education Society) Nara Chapter, NET Forum

Date: Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Theme: “What Do We Know About English Education at Elementary School?”

Speaker: Various Speakers

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM (13:00 – 17:30)

Opening Addresses 13:00 – 1:15pm

Presentation 1) 1:20 – 12:30pm
“Connecting Elementary School English to Junior High School English”

by Nobuyoshi Osawa (Takada Nishi Junior High School)

Presentation 2) 2:40 – 3:50pm
“Our Favorite English Language Activities for Elementary School”
by Steven Nishida (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)

and Ann Mayeda (Osaka Shoin Women’s University):

Co-Coordinators of the MEXT-funded Manabinaoshi Practical Teacher Training

at Osaka Shoin Women’s University.

In this workshop the presenters will outline a few of their favorite
activities for promoting communication in elementary school English classes. We
will briefly look at the build up of a lesson and each activity in terms of what
is being taught, what is being learned, and the way in which each sequence
promotes some form of authentic communication.

Lecture 4:00 – 5:30pm
“Language Acquisition and Use in Children and Adults”
by Shigenori Wakabayashi (Chuou University)

Snack Party 5:40 – 6:50pm

For further details or to register, please contact Hidetami Nakai of Tenri
University at: h-nakai@sta.tenri-u.ac.jp (Just write your name and “I will

For directions to the event, please refer to Tenri University’s official
If you drive, first go to Tenri City Hall which is on route 169 (Nara to Tenri
to Sakurai). Turn left (if you are coming from Nara) and go along Gingo Avenue
for about a kilometer, then you’ll reach to Tenrikyo Headquaters. Tenri Univ is
across the street.
Alternatively, if you get off at the Tenri Higashi exit of Meihan highway and
drive along for about 2miles, then you’ll hit Isonokami Shrine.
You can see Tenri Univ from there. (You’ll see the two tall chimneys.)
Just turn right at the first traffic signal in front of the Shrine.
From there you’ll find the event posters.

Tenri University has two campuses, the PE Department right behind Tenri station
and Somanouchi campus in front of Tenrikyo Headquarters (kyokai-honbu).
The venue is on the Somanouchi campus, which is near Isonokami Shrine.
If you come by train, please walk up the main arcade up to the Headquaters. It
takes about 25 minutes. 5-10 minutes by taxi.

Hope we see you all there.

Check out the Nara Jalt yahoo group announcements or Facebook for any updates.


Nara JALT.

One thought on “JANUARY 24th 2010, JOINT SEMINAR.”

  1. This is an annual event worth supporting. The organizer strongly wishes to bring the Japanese and foreign teacher communities together.

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