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4 Corners Tour: Academic Skills Special (Co-sponsored with Kobe, Nara, and Osaka Chapters)

This event brings together two diverse speakers to talk about separate yet crucial issues for teachers, both Japanese and non-Japanese, in secondary education. Current and former junior high school and high school teachers are especially welcome.

Date and Time: Sunday, 4 December 2016 - 1:30pm - 5:00pm. There will be a dinner party afterwards for those interested.

Speakers: Deborah West & Dorothy Zemach

This event is co-sponsored by the four Kansai area chapters of JALT: Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.


Deborah West - Presenters and presentation styles

Speaking in a learned language is a big challenge. I would like to take a share some different kinds of presentations and presenters styles and connect those skills to an appropriate age group or style. The workshop will consist of exploring different styles, different activities and techniques to using the basics, basic drama techniques, voice techniques, visual presentation techniques and delivery techniques. Discover the different ways you can help your students enhance their self expression through having more liberty in the idea of speaking in front of others. Incorporating skills from drama for voice projection and using technology as a prompt can help us in our presenting.

Debbie West is this year's Kevin Cleary invited speaker for JALT2016. She is a UC Berkeley grad and immediate past-president of TESOL France, was brought up in a military family and has done almost everything from teaching French to being International Student Advisor in the US to now teaching English to all levels and ages in France. An educator at heart, she sees education as broader than in a classroom and is definitely not very traditional in her methods. With a love for developing programs and an ever-present bank of ideas, there never seems to be enough time, energy and money to do everything. She is a Representative for the International Business Program at UC Berkeley Extension, and is trying to develop a Total Summer Immersion English Program (in August). She can be reached via her website:

Dorothy Zemach - Academic Writing Special: Scaffolding the Writing Process

Do your students (or you!) regard “process writing” as a remedial technique designed for struggling writers or low-level language students? This workshop takes participants through all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, drafting, editing, and rewriting, to demonstrate its usefulness and efficiency for any level of young adult or adult writer (including native speaker). We’ll try out a variety of practical and enjoyable classroom activities for each stage. Participants will look at activities that teach students to brainstorm creatively, make outlining easier for visually oriented learners, and set up a peer reviewing process that actually works.

Dorothy Zemach is one of the plenary speakers at JALT2016, has an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont, USA, and has been teaching English for 30 years. Since turning to materials writing, she has penned everything from the Teddy Bear's Magic Music teacher's book to the lowest and highest levels of Macmillan's flagship course Open Mind to the groundbreaking English for Scammers (self-published).