Date: December 16th (Saturday)
Time: 13:30 – 17:00
Venue: Takemaru Hall, Ikoma City
Speakers: Parisa Mehran (Osaka University), Gerry Yokota (Osaka University
Cost: Free for JALT members, 1,000 yen for non-JALT members
This final event in the 2017 Nara JALT Program is dedicated to professional development, and particularly to the issue of diversity in our workplaces and communities. The recent implementation of the JALT Code of Conduct has highlighted the need for JALT to formalize the values that help to make it an inclusive and supportive professional network. As members of JALT, it is important we recognize and share those values, especially at times when they are challenged. Along with an overview of the Code of Conduct, this event features direct voices on the realities of harassment, and experienced views on how we can respond. The presentations will be followed by the annual Nara JALT End-of-Year Dinner Party.
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Date and Time: October 1 (Sun) 13:00 – 16:30
Venue: Yamato Conference Hall, Nara City
Hideyuki Kashimoto (Shijonawate High School)
Michi Yonezaki (Konan Women’s University)
Tetsuro Nishiyama (Todaijigakuen Junior & Senior High School)
This Nara JALT event features Japanese speakers specializing in English language teaching. Three Japanese presenters in various teaching contexts with different career backgrounds will share their practical teaching activities and ideas, and their current teaching projects. The audience will have the opportunity to ask any questions or seek teaching advice on completion of all the three presentations.
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Nara JALT is pleased to announce that the award for the Nara JALT 2016 Best of JALT goes to Angela Wren and Rachel Stuart from the Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School for their presentation titled “A Step by Step Introduction to Debate.” Angela and Rachel’s presentation was part of the very well received February 2016 event dedicated to practical English education at the secondary school level. Their presentation focused on debating and a systematic approach to empowering high school students with the linguistic resources, skills and confidence required to participate actively and successfully in this challenging form of public speaking. This was one of the best-received presentations hosted by Nara JALT in 2016, and participants had this to say:
“Their debate curriculum includes invaluable implications for teachers who want to implement debate or communicative language activities” (Masayuki Takano, Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School).
“Their well-organized and well-thought out 10-lesson debate unit easily gets students engaged in interactive learning activities” (Motoko Teraoka, Kindai University).
Congratulations to Angela and Rachel for their outstanding efforts. As recipients of the Best of JALT award, Angela and Rachel will be honoured with an award certificate as part of the Best of JALT reception party held during the JALT 2017 International Conference in Tsukuba in November. If you are fortunate to attend the conference and reception party, be sure to offer them your personal congratulations.