2009 Events Archive

December 13, 2009

Presentations by Professional Development Scholarship Recipients and End-of-the-Year Luncheon

Winners of Kyoto Chapter’s first annual Professional Development Scholarship Fund will present about their experiences at the 35th Annual JALT International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exposition. A sandwich luncheon to follow presentations.




Kyoto Development Scholarship Winners’ Conference Report (including a break)


End-of-Year Luncheon *FREE* sandwiches (from Subway)

Come and meet the Kyoto Chapter Officers for 2009-2010!

To view list of the newly elected chapter officers, go here!

Kyoto JALT Scholarships Winners

Kyoto JALT is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Kyoto Professional Development Scholarships to the 35th Annual JALT International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Expo at the Granship, Shizuoka.

Congratulations to Paul Evans Glen Cochrane! Both winners will be reporting on how the conference helped them with their professional development.

October 25, 2009

Kyoto – Are You Ready?

Presentation Practice Session for JALT National Conference

Kyoto JALT Business Meeting and 2009-2010 Chapter Officer Elections

Presenting at the JALT National conference this year? Need an audience to practice in front of? Want valuable feedback and helpful advice from your fellow peers?

The conference is fast approaching, and now is the time to prepare! Try out your presentation or just come out and be a part of the audience! Send your presentation abstract along with your name and contact info to KyotoJALT by September 27th.

Presentations and feedback time will be followed by a brief chapter business meeting with 2009/2010 chapter elections – your vote counts! Interested in joining our team of officers? Contact the Kyoto chapter president for more information.

September 27, 2009

Using drama activities with diverse levels of university students

Sandra Healy and Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

of Kyoto Sangyo University

As teachers, we are always looking for ways to motivate and engage our learners, particularly at university level in Japan. One way to do this is through the use of drama and drama-related activities.

Amanda Gillis-Furutaka and Sandra Healy discussed practical ways in which to introduce drama into the classroom.

Sandra Healy described approaches using Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with lower level students. Amanda Gillis-Furutaka described an elective course, which follows a task-based approach, for 3rd year English majors.

July 12, 2009

Stories That Need To Be Told

A film screening by an award-winning Japanese Canadian

伝えるべき物語 日系カナダ人監督による映画の上映とトーク

Speaker: Linda Ohama

Linda Ohama, a filmmaker and visual artist, showed her international award-winning film, Obaachan’s Garden (with Japanese subtitles). This is the story of a remarkable journey of strength, love and determination of one woman`s life of over 100 years.

It was a moving film about the life of Asayo Imamoto Murakami, who was born in Onomichi, Hiroshima, and who was sent to Canada in 1923. She was the last picture bride living in Canada when she passed away just short of her 105th birthday.

Ohama, the granddaughter of the film’s heroine, shared some behind-the-scenes experiences of the making of this film and also spoke of her work on her next film.


Linda Ohama, a third-generation Japanese Canadian, is a filmmaker, an accomplished visual artist, an educator, and an active citizen, strongly committed to preserving cultural heritage and promoting educational and cultural exchange.

Her artwork and films have received numerous international awards. She is currently in Japan working on her next project.

リンダ・オハマ監督(日系カナダ人3世)の「おばあちゃんのガーデン」を上映いたします (日本語字幕)。この映画は広島県の尾道市で生まれ、写真による見合い結婚で1923年にカナダに渡り、105歳目前に亡くなったアサヨ・イマモト・ムラカミさんの一生を描いた感動の作品です.



Co-sponsored by: Kyoto JALT, Osaka JALT, Osaka Gakuin University and SIETAR Kansai.

June 14, 2009

Brain Compatible Learning

Dr. Curtis Kelly

Brain Studies and the Science of Learning

The focus of this keynote presentation was on brain-based teaching and learning-centered activities.

MASH Collaboration Poster Session

Marcos Benevides, Curtis Kelly, Steven Herder, Fergus O’Dwyer and others.

For further information about this event, please contact Kyoto JALT Program Chair, Michi Saki, or MASH Collaborator, Steve Herder.

May 31, 2009

Group Building in the Classroom

Speaker: Warren Decker

The aim of this presentation was to give teachers a set of practical activities that can be used to create a positive group dynamic in a language class. The activities were focused on the following objectives:

During the presentation participants actively engaged in these activities and also took time to discuss the ideas underlying them. The audience began with very basic name learning techniques, progressing to more challenging teamwork exercises. Finally, the floor was opened to give participants a chance to share their favorite group building activities with each other.

This presentation involved lots of movement and interaction.Handout for this presentation can be found here.


Warren Decker is an English teacher at Momoyama Gakuin University in Osaka. In the classroom, his interests include group building and encouraging students’ creativity and confidence. Outside of the classroom, he likes to go camping with his family, bake bread, and grow vegetables.

April 26, 2009

D.R.E.A.M Management in the ELT Context

Speaker: John Honisz-Greens

The DREAM Management workshop introduced a thought provoking alternative model of management designed for the ELT context. DREAM, an acronym, suggests policies that will help keep quality teaching and learning as the core value of the institution.

The workshop introduced the DREAM principles while at the same time causing reflection on current coordinating and management practices. Through the sharing of the DREAM principles and each other’s experiences, participants left with ideas on how to improve as managers, to bring the best out of themselves and their staff.


John Honisz-Greens is a Associate Lecturer of English in the School of Policy Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University. He has been living in Japan for 12 years and his academic interests also include Socio-linguistics, EAP Writing, and Vocabulary acquisition.

Mash ’09 Acknowledgments

February 2009

“On behalf of the organizers of MASH and Kyoto JALT, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to all of you who spent so much time and effort into making the KYOTO JALT MASH ’09 more than just a fantastic event, but a HUGE success!”

All participants commented enthusiastically on the many impressive presentations throughout the day, exchanging exciting ideas and helpful advice.  The room was buzzing with conversation right up until the end of the day. Discussion continued at the after-event party held at The Hill of Tara, helped along with good food and drink, good music and great company.View pictures of event!

Thank you for making MASH ’09 a success!

February 29, 2009


“focusing on professional development through collaboration” Kyoto JALT and University of Birmingham Distance MA program students

Kyoto JALT was pleased to co-host this one-day event with the MA TEFL students in the University of Birmingham Distance MA program. Attendees enjoyed a full day of poster sessions and 20-minute presentations in beautiful Kyoto.

09:30 — Registration
10:00 — Welcome and “Early Bird Meishi Lottery”
10:15 — Poster Session I (abstracts)

Poster Session I: “Talking about Practice in the Classroom”

11:45 — Lunch (BYO and enjoy some networking)
12:30 — 20-minute Presentations (plus 10-min Q&A) (abstracts)


2:00 — Feedback Circle
2:30 — Reflection and Refresh
3:00 — Poster Session II (abstracts)

Poster Session II: “Talking about Theory for the Classroom”

4:30 — Registration