April 2015 Event: Materials and Methods for Teaching Spoken Language

Date and Time: Sunday, 26 April 2015 – 1:30pm4:30pm
Speakers: Cameron Romney (Sangyo University)

John Campbell-Larsen (Kyoto Women’s University)

With the cooperation of MW SIG, Nara JALT is proud to present this wonderfully practical doubleheader-event to kick off the academic year. Cameron Romney, a Featured Speaker at JALT 2015, will be talking about ways to write supplements that go with commercial textbooks. To follow, John Campbell-Larsen will be talking about how to use materials to stimulate speaking.

-Presentation 1-
Creating Supplements that Increase Opportunities for Spoken Interaction

Speaker: Cameron Romney (Sangyo University)
Cameron Romney has taught ESL/EFL in both the United States and Japan for the last 15 years. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 2015, he was employed as a Foreign Language Contract Lecturer at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan.

-Presentation 2-
A Page Full of Text to a Mouth Full of Air

Speaker: John Campbell-Larsen (Kyoto Women’s University)
John Campbell-Larsen is associate professor of English at Kyoto Women’s University. He received his master’s degree in TESOL from Birmingham University and his research interests include Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and teaching the spoken language.

Location: Yamato Meeting Place (やまと会議室)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen

February 2015 Event : A Roundtable Discussion-The New Academic Year: Resolutions, Reflections and Revelations from the Classroom

Nara JALT Roundtable Discussion: Feb 2015
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Speaker(s): Various

Date: Sunday, 15th February 2015, 2-4PM

Join a casual discussion to share your professional achievements and/or challenges from the classroom in 2014 and some of your teaching objectives for the new academic year at this most convenient of venues, just across from Kintetsu Nara Station.

Attendees will be given the floor for approximately 10 minutes and are encouraged to bring along sample materials, reports or even items of realia to convey their experiences as we reflect on observations in a supportive setting with friends and colleagues.

This is an ideal opportunity to meet and mingle with your fellow Nara JALT members, new and old alike. We would be delighted to have the company of members from any of the surrounding chapters and guests will of course be welcomed. We hope to see you there!

Venue: Nara Ken Chusho Kigyo Kaikan (奈良県中小企業会館

Guide to venue: Link to location(Japanese/日本語のみ)

Fee for JALT members: Free

Fee for non-JALT members: Free

Joint NaraJALT, Tenri University & KELES 2014 Conference

Nara Chapter

Joint NaraJALT, Tenri University & KELES 2014 Conference

Date and Time: 

 Saturday, 1 February 2014 – 1:00pm – 6:30pm


 Ken Kanatani 先生(東京学芸大学)


 Andy Sowter Kwansei Gakuin University (関西学院大学)

Beyond the Controversy
This year’s annual Tenri conference will examine the debates between  classroom teachers and  Monkasho which implements  policies to reinforce English education.

13:00-13:20 Opening Ceremony

13:30-14:20 Presentation:
“Incorporating Climate Change and Other Global Issues into Language Classrooms: An updated Inconvenient Truth 2013 as instructed by Al Gore”
Andrew Sowter(関西学院大学)& The Climate Reality Project

14:40-16:00 Lecture:
Changing the Instruction of English at Senior High School 
Ken Kanatani 先生(東京学芸大学)

16:20-17:20 Discussion with the lecturers and participants
What’s going on at language classrooms in Japan?
Where are we headed?

17:20-17:30  Closing Ceremony

17:30-18:30 Tea Party


 Tenri University, 1050 Somanouchicho, Tenri, Nara Prefecture

Guide to Location: 

 Link to meeting location

Fee for JALT members: FREE


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