Jun Harada presents "Language Learners? No, They Are Little Shakespeares"
Second language writing is such a cognitively demanding process that learners can hardly move beyond the level where they merely “choose the right word to fill in the blank”. This presentation will discuss difficulties Japanese learners typically face and how to empower them to be confident writers.
Patrizia Hayashi and Tyson Rode present "EIKEN: Skills and Strategies for Success"
The EIKEN test is a popular form of language assessment for junior and senior high school students in Japan. Two educators from Meikai University will give a practical workshop on the Eiken Interview Test. The purpose of this workshop is to serve as an introduction to the Eiken Interview Test contents and procedures. In addition, the presenters suggest strategies, activities, and assessment methods to develop EIKEN skills and abilities in students.
Satoru Sakaki presents "Building a Conversational Relationship with Your Students"
Building a conversational relationship with your students will help you draw their attention to what you say in class. It seems just "imparting knowledge" sometimes doesn't work. Through my experience in teaching at several middle schools, high schools and universities, I have found it works. Let's share some skills in developing a conversational relationship with the students in class.
Saori Kaji presents "Halloween Craft and Easy Games in a Small Kids Class"
Children love "Go Away Monster". Let's get some face parts at a store and make an original monster. The presenter will introduce a shopping-style craft that is aimed at kindergarten-aged students and some easy games using Halloween characters for elementary school students.
Shunsuke Suto presents "Masculine and Feminine Expressions Exist in English Too? - An Introduction to a Sociolinguistics Class (＜女らしい/男らしい＞言葉遣いは英語にもあるか－社会言語学の授業への導入)
Saitama JALT Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Saitama JALT will also be holding its Annual General Meeting, or AGM, at the start of this event (2 p.m. sharp). We urge all Saitama JALT members to attend this meeting if at all possible as this is where we choose our executive board members for the coming year as well as discuss other important chapter business. All current Saitama JALT members are eligible to participate in the voting process and also nominate themselves for a position on our executive board.