January 2020 Newsletter

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Dear chapter members,

A happy New Year to you all! Out with the old and in with the new. We just had our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and if you couldn’t make it, we have included our chapter president’s AGM report in this issue. We hope that this year one of your resolutions will be to come to more Kyoto JALT Events. Come participate, discuss ELT related issues, and learn something new! In 2020 the Kyoto JALT team has already planned a program of events that we hope you will be excited about too. Coming up soon we will be hosting Issues with TBLT in Japanese EFL January 12th, 2020. Come listen to Natsuko Shintani and Rintaro Sato discuss the efficacy of TBLT in the Japanese context. We’re also holding a Call for Participants for our Grant Writing Symposium to be held in March.
Also, in this issue there are calls for proposals/papers and some interesting events around Kansai. Also, there is a call for research participants at the end of the message.
Richard Sparrow
Publicity Chair
On behalf of the Kyoto JALT Team
Kyoto JALT’s 2020 Event Schedule (Tentative)
TBLT in Japanese EFL: January 12
– Come listen to two experts in our field discuss the application of TBLT in the Japanese context.
Getting your Research funded: A Symposium presented by Kyoto JALT: March 15th

– One of the little-known steps to getting research done is getting it paid for. Come listen to Other researchers’ experiences in applying for grant money in Japan.

Lilt SIG Collaboration: April 19th
– This is a collaboration with Lilt SIG on creative writing in ELT
TESOL x Brain SIG: June 20-21
– This event, planned by the Mind, Brain, and Education SIG of the Japan Association for Language Teaching, in collaboration with TESOL, introduces the brain-based learning methods that have been developed so far.
Academic Publishing Workshop: September 26
– Everyone knows you need to publish, but not everyone knows the ins, outs, and rigors of the publishing process.
4 Corners Talk: November (TBA)
– In collaboration with the other Kansai Chapters we hope to bring a JALT 2020 speaker to the Kansai region for a pre-conference talk.
GALE Collaboration: December 5
– Sexual harassment in the workplace is one of the serious issues of our time and can be hard to navigate by yourself.
Kyoto JALT’s President’s AGM Report
I am happy to report that the state of our chapter is strong, in no small part thanks to the hard work and dedication of our officer team. Our program chair, Gretchen Clark, has done an excellent job of organizing a broad an engaging event program even in the midst of unexpected personnel changes in her team. We are happy to have a new programming co-chair, Chelanna White, join us in 2020 and look forward to working with her more. Our Facilities Chair, Yoshimi Ochiai, has been superb in working with the Campus Plaza office and Ritsumeikan University, who controls the room we usually hold our events in. Our treasury team, headed by treasurer Martin Hawkes, has done great in keeping our finances and paperwork with JCO in order. To that end, co-treasurer Alex Kirkham, who joined us last year, attended the treasurer’s workshop at the June 2019 EBM. Our publicity team of Donny Sparrow and webmaster John Syquia, with assistance from former publicity chair and current member-at-large Bjorn Fuisting, have regularly sent out newsletters and Facebook updates, and have kept our event listings up to date on the JALT.org Event’s Calendar and on eltcalendar.com. John has done a great job of updating our website to a new WordPress account. John has also continued the practice started by former publicity co-chair and current member-at-large Oana Cusen of making posters for each event that we can distribute and post at our workplaces; if you aren’t already, please help spread the word about Kyoto chapter events by sharing these posters. We are sad to report that our Membership Chair, Eric Martin, will be stepping down to focus on his studies, but thank him for his hard work and service, and welcome him as a new member-at-large. Eric has been working closely with our incoming Membership Chair, Ben Thanyawatpokin, to make their transition seamless, and we welcome Ben to the team. Finally, in addition to our new officers Chelanna and Ben, we are also happy to welcome Betsy Lavolette as a new member-at-large who will be assisting us as needed, and who has been helping in the web development for the upcoming TESOL-JALT symposium to be held at Kyoto Sangyo University in June 2020. We are also happy to welcome Anne Flanagan as a new member-at-large videographer for recording speakers who consent to have their presentations shared online on a Kyoto chapter YouTube channel.
As president of the chapter, my work is made immensely easier by having such a dedicated and professional team to work with. I am also happy to say that this officer team is by far the most diverse and representative of JALT’s current and potential membership that we have ever had. In 2020, we are looking forward to holding more professional development events, based largely on feedback we have received in 2018 and 2019. We will also continue the efforts started in 2019 to maintain and extend transparency to our members of what goes on both at the chapter and the national level so that current members can be assured that their dues are being spent making the best professional development organization possible, and so that we can continue attracting more teachers who share our mission of improving language teaching in Japan.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and best wishes for the coming year.
Kyoto JALT’s January Event

TBLT in Japanese EFL
Speakers: Rintaro Sato (Nara University of Education) Natsuko Shintani (Kansai University)
Fee for attendees: Free
Date & time: Sunday, January 12, 2020, 1 – 5 pm
Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto, 6F Ritsumeikan Satellite Room
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Thinking about the incompatibility of TBLT and reconsideration of PPP-based approach in the Japanese EFL environment
Rintaro Sato (Nara University of Education)
One of the most important objectives of English Education in Japan is to develop students’ communicative abilities. Thus, students have to be engaged in activities that will lead them to exchange their thoughts and feelings by actually using the English language. By “actually using English” (not learning to use English), students ideally learn English. Being compatible with this trend, the utilization of task-based language teaching (TBLT), which is a logical development of communicative language teaching (CLT), is attractive and gaining attention. However, as educators, we have to reflect on the effects of TBLT on Japanese EFL students’ English learning, considering that the goal of English education is to improve the four language skills. With that in mind, this presentation will report on the incompatibility of TBLT in the Japanese secondary context, where learners do not have natural exposure to English or a real need to regularly communicate in that language. I argue that a drastic revision of TBLT is definitely needed for its application in Japanese junior and senior high school, and then suggest more effective ways to teach English to our students.  
佐藤 臨太郎 (奈良教育大学)
Rintaro Sato is professor at Nara University of Education. He received a Master’s degree from Tsukuba University and earned his Ph.D. in Education at the Joint Graduate School in the Science of School Education, Hyogo University of Teacher Education. One of his research interests is in incorporating theories of second language acquisition into the Japanese EFL classroom. He can be con­tacted at <sato.rintaro@nara-edu.ac.jp>.
Implementing tasks in English classrooms in Japan
Natsuko Shintani (Kansai University)
In this talk, I will explore a number of issues and possibilities relating to the implementation of task-based language teaching (TBLT) in Japan. Drawing on second language acquisition theories, I will seek for answers to questions such as What are the benefits of using tasks in English classroom?; Is it possible to incorporate tasks into the existing syllabus?; How can we assess the outcome of the TBLT?; and What are the roles of teachers in TBLT?
I will first examine the goal of TBLT by contrasting it with the goal of present-practice-produce (PPP) where grammar explanation is given followed by production practice activities. I will draw on research that has investigated the relationship between implicit/ explicit learning and implicit/ explicit knowledge to argue that it is better able to develop students’ communicative skills. I will conclude with some suggestions for implementing TBLT in the English classroom in Japan.
新谷 奈津子 (関西大学)
Natsuko Shintani is professor in the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University. She has taught English to young learners in her own private language school in Japan and applied linguistics courses at the postgraduate level at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her research interests encompass the roles of interaction in second language acquisition, second language writing, and task-based language teaching. She has also co-authored a book entitled Task-based language teaching: Theory and practice, published by Cambridge University Press. She can be contacted at <natsukoshintani@gmail.com>.
Kyoto JALT’s March Event
Getting your Research Funded: A Symposium Presented by Kyoto JALT
Speakers: Tanja McCandie (Chair, JALT Research Grant Committee, Code of Conduct Committee) Greg Scholdt (Consulting Editor, JALT Journal)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one day members: 1000 yen
Date & time: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10 – 2:30 pm
Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto, 6F Ritsumeikan Satellite Room
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Morning session: Writing your JALT Research Grant Proposal
This presentation will discuss the goals, requirements, and schedule of the 2020 JALT Research Grants. Presenters will talk about application procedures, what makes a strong proposal, tips about what should and shouldn’t be included in your proposal regarding budgeting, what committee members are looking for, and types of proposals that have won in the past. Information regarding JALT SIGs and Chapter grants will also be provided. Participant involvement is highly encouraged and we hope that attendees will ask questions, discuss requirements, share individual research ideas, and any grant experiences they may have.
Afternoon session: JSPS Kaken Grants Symposium- Questions, Strategies, and Experiences
Kyoto chapter is looking for 4-5 symposium discussants who are current JALT
members of any chapter and have experience applying, successfully or
unsuccessfully, for JSPS Kaken Grants (aka. kakenhi) and can speak on one or more
of the following topics:
-What are the different kinds of kaken grants?
-How do I get an application, fill it out, and submit it?
-What research topics are more or less likely to be funded?
-What are strategies for effectively organizing a kaken proposal?
-What is my university’s role in kaken grant applications and administration?
-Can non-tenured (part-time or limited-term contract) faculty apply for kaken
grants, and how can they participate in kaken projects?
-Applying solo or with co-researchers: Is one better than the other?
-How do I set a budget for my proposal?
-What are the typical stages and requirements over a grant period?
-What happens if I change universities during my grant period?
Interested JALT members should send us an email at jaltkyoto@gmail.com by
February 14, 2020, indicating their chapter of membership and affiliation, and a
proposal of no more than 250 words describing the topic(s) they can discuss. Each
talk will be limited to 15 minutes to allow for Q&A with a panel comprising all
symposium speakers at the end. A projector and screen is available should
researchers choose to use a slideshow during their talk. If you have another topic
not included in the above list that you would like to speak about, please feel free to
inquire with us first. We look forward to receiving your proposals.
Call for proposals: JALT2020
Community plays an important role in language education, both inside and outside classrooms, and will take centre stage at JALT2020. The theme of this year’s conference encourages participants to reflect on the importance of community, explore ways we can strengthen our professional communities and help students enhance their learning communities. We welcome sessions on any area of language education and professional development, particularly those which address the theme: Communities of Teachers and Learners.  We are opening our call to teachers, students, administrators, publishers, and others who have an interest in learning about and shaping language education in Japan and beyond.
Proposals will be accepted until February 24, 2020 for Regular Vetted Proposals, Featured Speaker Workshops, and Technology in Teaching (TnT) and Professional Development (PD) Workshops.
JALT2020 will be held at Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba), Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, 20-23 November 2020.
Call for Proposals: JALTCALL 2020
JALTCALL 2020 will be held at Hirosaki Gakuin University in Aomori Prefecture from June 5-June 7, 2020. The theme will be Teaching with Tech. The deadline for conference presentation proposals is January 31st.
Call for Proposals: PanSIG 2020
PanSIG 2020 will be held at University of Niigata Prefecture in Niigata City on May 30-31, 2020. The call for papers is due January 15th, 2020.
PanSIG is an annual conference sponsored and organized by many of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of JALT. PanSIG brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world. It is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than the annual international JALT conference, and is a place where SIG members can network with each other.
Advance Notice and Call for Papers
Common Values and Challenges for Teaching and Learning
International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan, https://www.icu.ac.jp/en/
Date: Saturday, June 13th, 2020 Time: 8:30AM – 6:30 PM
Description: Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics – an event with a message of world peace and friendship through sport. Multilingual people from around the world, sharing various languages, will come to Japan. What common values do we share? What challenges do we face as teachers and learners of Spanish or Korean in Japan, Chinese in Australia, Korean in Malaysia? Why do we teach and learn other languages? How can we raise the awareness, among all stakeholders, about the multilingual society we all share.
Goal: Linguapax Asia ’20 brings together the shared concern of teachers and learners of different languages of the world. Linguapax Asia 20 focuses on what teachers and learners of many different languages share about their experience. Linguapax Asia invites proposals for (a) individual papers and (b) poster sessions in all areas of research in Teaching and Learning languages, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Language policy, Deaf Sign language, Heritage language, Endangered language, Migration, Family language maintenance. There will be a panel on Multilingualism and a round table on Community Languages in Japan: Japanese Sign Language, Japanese, English and other languages interpretation provided.
Attendance Fee: No Charge
Venue: International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan
About Linguapax: Linguapax Asia works in partnership with Linguapax International, a nongovernmental organization located in Barcelona, Spain. The Asian associate of Linguapax International, Linguapax Asia carries out the objectives of both Linguapax International and UNESCO’s Linguapax Project with a special focus on Asia and the Pacific Rim. For further information visit our website at https://www.linguapax-asia.org.
The organizers: The event is organized by Linguapax Asia.
Abstract submission: Please send your proposal for a paper or poster session to Dr. Daniel Quintero Garcia, Program Director at quintero@icu.ac.jp by the deadline, January 17th (Friday), 2020. We welcome original and previously unpublished papers. The language of the conference is English. Papers are assigned 30 minutes plus Q&A. (15 minutes for ‘young scholars’). Abstracts should be sent in English by email attachment (300-350 words, excluding title and references, in Times New Roman, 12 pt.) and include the following: name and affiliation of the author, e-mail address of the first author/convener, title of the paper, abstract. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before March 6 2020. Since the number of presentation slots is limited, selection is competitive.
Events around Kansai
TUJ Distinguished Lecturer Series
Date & time: Saturday, February 1st, 2020 Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Venue: TUJ Osaka Center: Osaka Ekimae Bldg. 3, 21st Floor, 1-1-3-2100 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0001 (map)
The next TUJ Distinguished Lecturer Series in Osaka will feature Dr. Anna Siyanova (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
The last decade has seen an unprecedented interest in the acquisition, processing and use of multi-word expressions (MWEs). The last few years, in particular, have been instrumental in our gaining better understanding of the role played by elements above word level in first (L1) and second language (L2) learning and use. MWEs are frequent and/or highly familiar phrases that exhibit a degree of fixedness and are recognized as conventional by mature language users. Examples of MWEs include, among others, collocations (strong tea), binomials (bride and groom), phrasal and prepositional verbs (tell off), idioms and proverbs (better late than never), grammatical constructions (this is X), and other phrasal configurations. MWEs constitute a large proportion of authentic spoken and written discourse, which renders them an essential component of proficient language use.
This series of seminars will follow a recently published volume on the various aspects of MWEs. In particular, we will focus on MWEs in the usage-based tradition, corpus linguistics and learner corpus research, L2 pedagogy and academic discourse, and language processing. We will look at some of the L1 and L2 differences, as well as a central place of phrase frequency effects in MWE enquiry. The pertinent evidence will be discussed and analyzed in view of methodological rigor and replicability. The interdisciplinary seminars will be of interest to research students working in the area of vocabulary and second language acquisition, corpus and cognitive linguistics, and psycholinguistics. As always, the first 3 hours of this lecture is free to attend, and you can find out more about it here.
National Geographic Learning:
Bring Your Classroom To Life – Winter Tour 2020
Date: Sunday, Jan 12th; Monday, Jan 13th; Sunday Jan 19th
Time: 10:00am-3:45pm Monday
Venue: TKP Nagoya-ekimae Conference Center, Conference Room 6A; TKP Shin-Osaka Ekimae Conference Center, Hall 4A; TKP Okayama Kaigishitsu, Hall 2A
Speakers:  Mayumi Tabuchi, Julie Hwang, David White
Come and join National Geographic Learning for a fascinating day of practical workshops that showcase a range of skills and techniques for teaching young learners. Led by skilled experienced practitioners, these sessions will share ideas on how to provide the right learning environment for your students to succeed and will improve your ability to teach confidently to bring your classroom to life! Click here for registration and more information
ETJ Aichi:
Session A: Most effective and successful teaching activities; Session B: Help students build confidence and improve their test scores
Date: Sunday, January 19th, 2020 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Speaker: Wayne Jackson, Yuichi Hasegawa
Session A: Wayne Jackson will share his most effective and successful activities from his 20+ years of teaching. The activities he will present will cover a wide range of topics and be applicable to a wide range of students.
Session B: Yuichi Hasegawa will present his three-year program for high school speaking students. This program is designed to help participants build confidence and improve their test scores.
Cost: ETJ Members: 500 yen
Non-members: 1000 yen
Venue: Nagoya International Center, Lecture Room 3
Research help needed: Request for interview participants
Dear all,
We are two teacher/researchers based in Kansai who are investigating how foreign (i.e. non-Japanese) instructors feel about teaching the zemi in Japanese universities. We feel that the zemi offers unique challenges and opportunities for instructors assigned to teach these courses, and we want to understand them more deeply.
We hope to interview foreign teachers who are currently teaching zemi classes in Japan. Each interview will take around 60 minutes to complete. We are happy to meet any willing interviewees at their place of choice.
If this sounds like an interesting topic for you to discuss, please contact us at the following email: <zemi_interviews2019@hotmail.com>.
Many thanks,
Martin Hawkes, The University of Shiga Prefecture
Calum Adamson, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
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Hope to see you at some of the events.
Donny Sparrow,
Publicity Chair
On behalf of the Kyoto JALT Team