JALT 2019 Presentation Pre-Show

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Nagoya International Center, 4F, Room 3

This is an opportunity for presenters speaking in the JALT2019 National Conference to flex their presentation muscles and work out presentation kinks.

*We are still looking for presenters! If you are interested in practicing your presentation, email jaltnagoyamembership@gmail.com or leave a comment on the JALT Nagoya Facebook page.*

For attendees, this is a chance to see a sample of what’s to come at JALT2019.

JALT members: FREE
First-time attendees: FREE
Non-members: 1000 yen

JALT Nagoya September Presentation: Inclusion in Preschools and Elementary schools

Professor Douglas Jarrell

September 20th, 6:30-8:30pm
Nagoya International Center, Floor 4, Room 3.

There has been an increase in the number of children from other cultures who join the Japanese school system, but these non-Japanese families are facing difficulties in adjusting to the rules of the Japanese educational system. At the same time, the Japanese pre-school and elementary teachers, who often lack English or other foreign language skills, find it difficult to communicate basic information to foreign parents.

Linguistic issues appear to be a major cause of misunderstandings between parents and teachers, but there are cultural assumptions on both sides that exacerbate these misunderstandings.

Douglas will suggest ways to improve understanding on both sides and make the classroom more inclusive.

FREE for JALT members and first-time attendees, ¥1000 for all others.

Read Douglas Jarrell’s research here: https://tinyurl.com/y3nhqkgg

See Douglas Jarrell’s email magazine for English learners here: https://www.facebook.com/jaremaga/

JALT Nagoya July Presentation, Friday July 19th 18:30-20:30

Research Methodology in Call
Dr. Glenn Stockwell

A discussion of CALL research methodology will be followed by a workshop on how to publish in CALL journals.

About Glenn:
Glenn is a professor and associate dean of academic affairs at Waseda University. He has been heavily involved in CALL research and publishing for the past 20 years, and has held editorial positions at several CALL journals, including CALICO and The JALT CALL Journal.

Nagoya International Center, 4F, Lecture Room 3

Free for JALT members and first-timers, 1000Y for non-members.

JALT Nagoya June Presentation #1

Professional Presentations: Putting the Theory into Practice
by Rab Paterson, Toyo University

Friday, June 14th, 18:00-21:00

Nagoya Gakuin University, Taihou Campus,
Global Links, 1F, Activity Room 1
〒456-0062 愛知県名古屋市熱田区大宝2丁目4-2

No matter where people work, in academia, business, or the media, there is a good chance they will be asked to give a presentation of some kind at some point in their career. For academics and teachers, the number of presentations they give goes up dramatically as in their work they are expected to present their research at conferences. While most academics are very knowledgeable in their own subject areas, competent writers via the many dissertations and research papers they have written on their subject, and from taking writing seminars as students, many have had little formal training in modern presentations. As a result, many academics (and other people) present in a way that is counterproductive to the aim of presentations, i.e. the accurate and efficient transmission of concepts, ideas, and information in a way that enables the audience to retain the content of the presentation afterwards. This session aims to address this issue by looking at the four pillars of presentations – Advance Planning, Appropriate Content, Advantageous Structure, Amazing Design, and then finish with Awesome Delivery – these are what I call the 5A’s of professional presenting. After this session attendees should see a major difference in how they approach preparing for presentations and in the audiences’ reactions to their presentations.

Free for JALT members and first time attendees, 1,000 yen for everyone else

About Rab:
Rab Paterson (BA, MA, CoETaIL, MS, FRAS, FRSA, EdD Candidate) is the Principal Instructor for the Toyo University Center for Global Education’s BEST (Business English Skills and Training) program where he teaches Professional presentations to Toyo’s business clients and students. In addition, he’s the current Director of the Asia Association for Global Studies, a Fellow of The British Royal Asiatic Society, and a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), and Program Chair and Webmaster for the JALT Business Communication Special Interest Group. He has a BA(Hons.) in Pacific Asian History and an MA in Pacific Asian Studies from London University’s SOAS, a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy and an MS in Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY(Buffalo). Currently, he’s a doctoral candidate at University College London’s Institute of Education on the International Education Doctorate program, conducting research on digital literacies. He has presented at many international academic and ed-tech conferences worldwide, for example a Showcase presentation for Apple, a Featured Speaker presentation and workshop for JALT at the 2017 National conference, a Plenary presentation for JALTCALL in 2015, and two TEDx presentations – TEDxTokyoTeachers and TEDxSophiaU. He’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator, an Apple Teacher, a Google Innovator, Trainer, and Google Educator Group Leader for the West Tokyo GEG, and lives in a semi self-built, eco-friendly, sustainable lifestyle log-house of his own design in the foothills of the Japan Alps with his family, their two dogs and their goat!

JALT Nagoya April Presentation

Workplace equality for Foreign Language Teachers in Japan: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
by Julia Kimura

Join us on Saturday April 20th, 18:30-20:30
Nagoya International Center, 3F, Room 1

Women make up half of Japan’s population but we occupy fewer than half of the leadership roles in the workplace, governments, and even in labor unions. Not every organization can be expected to have gender parity in its rank-and-file membership, but it is reasonable to expect the leadership to be somewhat representative. Before attempting to correct a gender imbalance, it is important to first figure out how and why gender disparity has occurred in the first place. In the first half of my talk, I will be describing my dissertation research using case studies on female foreign language teachers in a professional organization to show how I am getting to the bottom of this mystery. In the second half of my talk, I will describe institutions and laws that protect all workers in Japan, both men and women, and in particular, nonregular workers, including part-time, contract, and dispatch language teachers. Finally, we will have a discussion about participants’ own experiences as “migrant workers” in academia.

Presenter Information:
Julia Kimura is from Toronto, Canada, and is a lecturer at Mukogawa Women’s University, in Nishinomiya, not far from Koshien Stadium. She earned her M.S.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Temple University’s Japan Campus and is now back working on her PhD in Education with a concentration in Applied Linguistics. She is researching female foreign language teachers in western Japan who are participating in the solidarity movement.

Members and first-timers: free!
Non-members: Y1000

JALT Nagoya March Meeting

Creating Lessons for Very Young Learners
Pamela Sakamoto

Please join us on Sunday, Mar. 17th from 13:30 to 16:30 at the Nagoya International Center, Lecture Room 3.
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/EDBKcBUPaBU2

Ideas and helpful tips for teaching Baby/Mommy classes and Toddler classes.
How to design and implement a fun and interactive lesson plan.
Learn classroom management: how to keep the class under control so that the children can have fun and learn.
Ideas on how to involve the moms in the lessons.

Participants will be able to see sample materials used in baby classes as well as make a mock lesson plan as part of the workshop portion of the presentation.

Presenter Information:
Pamela has been teaching young learners in japan for 28 years and running an eikaiwa school for 18 years. She is currently the head teacher and owner of an international kindergarten.

This event is free for JALT members.
Non-members Y1000. First-timers join for free!

JALT Nagoya February Meeting

Please join us on Friday, Feb. 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Nagoya International Center, Lecture Room 3.

Developing an Active Learning Task/Project Based Curriculum
by Peter Lutes

Task/Project Based Learning (TBL/PBL) and active learning can be effective in maintaining student motivation, interest and engagement in the classroom, a challenge facing most educators. TBL & PBL ask students to complete tasks or projects in the target language rather than studying the target language, while active learning asks students and educators to step away from traditional learning behaviors, such as passively listening.  However, the development and preparation of TBL/PBL and active learning courses offers many challenges.

In this session, the presenter will offer a working definition of TBL/PBL and active learning, model a project based course that he developed and discuss how he addressed practical issues such as classroom & time management, grading, evaluation, syllabus design and institutional goals. He will also share some of the techniques and approaches that he has found to have been effective in the classroom.

Attendees will gain an understanding of some of the challenges, and possible solutions.

About the presenter:

Peter Lutes is an Associate Professor at Kagawa National University, Japan.He has been ESL/ESP teaching for over 25 years. He is responsible for English language education for the Faculty of Agriculture. He has developed a tasked/project based active curriculum for non-English majors that addresses some of the challenges facing language educators, such as a lack of student engagement/motivation, large classes, and time management.

Access: https://goo.gl/maps/LELKYDUeqW3

JALT Nagoya January Meeting

Please join us on Sunday, January 20th at the Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 1 from 1:30 to 4:30pm for our monthly meeting.

Speakers are as follows

David Scott Bowyer

Bio: I’m currently working in Nagoya Gakuin University’s economics department, teaching English conversation to Erst year students in various other departments. I graduated from the NUFS MA TESOL program in March 2018, where my main research project focused on the uses of recursive conversations in learner development. My current research interests include the aforementioned recursive conversations, learner autonomy, and assessment. I’m currently the Membership Oocer for JALT Nagoya. Nobody is quite sure what I do, but we all agree that it’s extremely important.

Title: Three Ways to Make Your Classroom More Student-Centered

The term “student-centered learning” has become a buzzword in modern education, but what does it really mean, and what are the implications for us as educators? This short workshop aims to introduce participants to three simple techniques that educators at any level can introduce in to their classroom. By working through these techniques together, it is the hope of this presenter that we will come to understand “student centered learning” more deeply, while also developing our ability to make positive changes to our own context.

Anton Vegel

Bio: Anton Vegel holds a BA and MA in TESL from Kent State University (KSU). He did his undergraduate teaching certificate in Germany teaching community classes and observing a number of diverse educational institutions. He completed is MA with an awarded assistantship in KSU’s intensive language learning program. He now teaches part-time university classes in Nagoya. Research interests and topics he has published on include language policy and nation-states, discourse and nation-building, game design and learning principles, and general ESL methodologies.


There are many approaches to the communicative method, each of which have pros and cons. If instructors solely focus on conversation and story-telling strategies, they may be encouraging learners to fossilize erroneous interlanguage. Alternatively, if instructors singularly focus on forms necessary for communication, there may be little opportunity for students to automatize skills for fluency gains. A post-methods approach offers a way to solve this gap. A syllabus based on preparing, practicing, and presenting is still an effective way to teach and learn. However, it may be hard to introduce opportunities of spontaneous and improvised conversation practice with this method alone. A further problem is how to organize a consistent way to approach spontaneous and improvised practice without overly restricting learners’ production. Using journals to promote small talk strategies can provide solutions. Journals offer self-generated, novel topics for learners to approach small talk while also providing time to prepare for “on the spot” production while lowering the anxiety often associated with it. This consistency lends well to a graded approach to small talk strategies.

Thomas Bieri

Bio:Thomas E. Bieri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration at Nanzan University and coordinates the Business English Program. He holds Master’s degrees from Michigan State University in Educational Technology and from the University of Southern Queensland in Applied Linguistics (TFL). He has served in various roles in the Japan Association for Language Teaching, including as Director of Public Relations and as Coordinator of the Extensive Reading (ER) SIG for approximately Eve years. His research interests include ER and technology in language learning and he is one of the founding editors of The Journal of Extensive Reading.

Title: Kahoot! for classroom fun.

This short presentation will include an introduction to using Kahoot!, including a demonstration of some activities it can be used for. Participants with a smartphone will be able to experience it as students would. Accessing existing vocabulary and other activities already available for use will be demonstrated. If time allows, participants will be guided in creating accounts and activities, given advice on leading in-class activities, and provided information about functions available to teachers.

January Meeting

This Sunday, (1/20), Steve Quasha, David Bower, Gwyn Helverson will present on classroom ideas. These presenters will offer a wide array of ideas which could match your situation, especially in the university classroom. The aforementioned instructors bring with them significant presentation experience. For instance, Steve Quasha has been honored in the past at a Best of JALT. Come and feel surprised by the ideas they will offer.

This event is free for all members and first time visitors, 1000 Yen for one-day members. It will occur from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at the Nagoya International Center, 3F, Lecture Room 1.

Feel free to visit and click “Like” on the Nagoya Facebook page at:


The JALT Nagoya officers look forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon at NIC.

October Meeting

JALT Nagoya October Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting will be held at Nagoya International Center, 4F, Lecture Room 3. Please join us from 6:30—8:30pm for a presentation from Danielle Lott of Nanzan University, who will be presenting on Action Research.

The words “action research” are sometimes met with confusion from new M.A. students, as well as some skepticism from veteran researchers. The truth is, many effective teachers already use research methods to troubleshoot issues within their teaching contexts. In other words, if you take the time to observe and reflect on what happens in your classroom, you already have a good start in conducting your own action research. This workshop for newcomers and veterans alike shares the theory behind action research. It provides practical tips for making action research more effective, addresses common problems and questions, and concludes with the planning and discussion of personalized research plans. It is the hope of the presenter that by the end of the workshop, attendees will have everything they need to be successful in their own action research.


The Nagoya International Center is one stop away from Nagoya Station on the Sakura-dōri Line.

  • 4th Floor, Lecture Room 3
  • Friday, October 19th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

We hope to see you there!