The next ETJ-Aichi workshop
Back to school 2017-2018
March 5 (Sun), 10:00-11:50
The next workshop
|Back to school 2016-2017
Come join us!
|5 Mar 2017||(details TBA)
And please join us post-worshop for a Chinese lunch at Restaurant Koukinryu!
|Nagoya International Centre
3rd Floor, Room 2
|JM’s Card-game Theory||8 Jan 2017||
Card games provide a flexible platform for interactive language practice. This presentation demonstrates several specialized card games that may be used to promote learning with progressively complex language functions. The presenter J.M. Dunn has taught English in a variety of contexts, including ten years in Japan. He has an MA in TESL and, while currently pursuing a doctorate in education at Northern Arizona University, he will present for us via Skype and an avatar named Wayne.
|Kids are like goldfish!||20 Nov 2016||The average attention spans of children have fallen below that of a goldfish! Take a humorous look at lesson planning, activities, and songs with Bob Pensak to keep them little goldfish interested!
|Halloween share||18 Sept 2016||It is still very, very hot but fall is definitely on its way. And it means... Halloween! Ready to scare and share? September is the time for our always popular Halloween Sunday Workshop. Bring your favorite Halloween ideas and materials as we present and share our ideas. Halloween is a fun holiday for both kids and adults.
Come on Sunday and help us introduce this spooky and playful holiday to our Japanese students.
|PechaKucha™ style presentations||15 May 2016||PechaKucha™. PechaKucha (PK) is a presentation format that shows twenty images for twenty seconds each as the speaker talks about each image. Topics range from storytelling, travels, and hobbies, to research, student projects, and other interests. PK presentations can be adapted to classrooms of all levels from kindergarten to university.
Explore how this exciting technique can be used in your classroom. Take the opportunity to collaborate on or make your own PK presentation on the spot. If you already have a PK ready to go, or an idea for one, bring your ideas and images to the workshop! Ready to dazzle and enlighten?
|Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Classroom||15 May 2016||Nic Kapper will introduce a technique that will increase your students' vocabulary retention significantly. Also, he will demonstrate a point system that will keep your children's eyes on you throughout the lesson. Finally, he will tell you about the NPO Spelling Bee, an effective program that will improve your students' phonics and reading abilities really fast.|
|Poster Session||6 March 2016||It's Back to School time for our next ETJ-Aichi workshop! Our focus is on our favorite beginning of the year activities. We'll be sharing ice breakers, class management techniques, phonics activities, games and more! Come prepared with one or two of your favorites. We'll share our ideas in a poster session activity, which in itself, is a FANTASTIC game plan for getting our students involved in their own English language learning!
In our Session A, we will explain what a poster session is, show you how to develop a topic for one and then help you make it.
In Session B, we will practice presenting our posters in pairs before dividing everyone into two groups to take turns both presenting and viewing a mini poster session. We expect the poster sessions will provide you with a great teaching format as well as several interesting teaching topics and ideas.
Our Back-to-School Sunday Workshop will stimulate and motivate teachers of all levels as we head into a great new school year.
|Fowl Play / Game making session||10 Jan 2016||(Part 1) For presenter Andrew Hitchings, of AndrewzGamez, analog games (table-top, non-digital) are his passion, and turning such games into valuable teaching resources is his most positive contribution to language education in Japan. Now that the end of his tenure in Japan may be looming on the horizon, he has come to introduce his games to you.
Having lived in Japan for over 20 years, Andrew currently lives on a poultry farm in Mizunami City, Gifu with his Japanese wife and three sons. He has taught students of all ages, in groups of various group sizes and in numerous places. Though questioning his success as a teacher, he soldiers on.
(Part 2) An opportunity during the workshop for attendees to brainstorm and create their own game ideas and games.
|Games & Activities||15 Nov 2015||The coordinator of ETJ-Aichi, Wayne Jackson will share his huge collection of games and activities at our next Sunday workshop. You can learn how to create, use and play several types of games that can help any teacher. Wayne will demonstrate activities for seasonal events and specific language skills. This workshop is sure to be fun, educational and applicable for language teachers of all levels.|
|Working with or as a Japanese English teacher||26 July 2015||(Part 1) Round table discussion.
(Part 2) Panel discussion, and materials presentation.
|An Introduction to Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for ELTs and Language School Operators / External Motivators to Get Jr. High School Students Talking More in Class||10 May 2015||(Workshop Part 1) Creating learning content on a computer assisted learning platform can be a beneficial option for classroom ELTs and language school operators. Students need practice drills to master grammar concepts and vocabulary so that they can apply them to something beyond an upcoming test. By creating drills online on an LCMS (Learning Content Management System), teachers can distribute valuable exercises to students on home computers and even smart phones.
The presenter, Tim Chambers, is an adjunct professor at several leading universities, and an early adopter of LCMS technology. With ten years experience creating course content on LCMS platforms, he has experimented with all of them in a search for the ideal LCMS and is well-acquainted with each one's features and ease of use.
(Workshop Part 2) The English classroom provides essential opportunities for Japanese students to use the English they are learning. The presenter will show how an organized stamp system, a class credo, and a few tweaks to your teaching style can get large classes using more English than they already are.
The presenter, Joshua Myerson, has been teaching in Japan since 1994 in both eikaiwa and junior high classrooms, the latter for the past eight years where the topic of today's workshop was born and continues to be honed.
|English Unplugged - Generating energy in the classroom / Extensions of Extensive Reading||18 Jan 2015|| (Workshop Part 1) Students are curious about each other, but lack confidence to explore this curiosity in English. Dogme ELT, a strategy by Scott Thornbury, taps students' desire to communicate as a teaching tool. It discourages materials and technology in favor of student-driven topics. We'll consider ways to foster Dogme in the classroom.
Speaker Paul Durant is a business English trainer experienced in TEFL and TESOL in America and Japan. After 20 years international business experience, he moved to Japan, training in International business.
(Workshop Part 2) This presentation will introduce a unit on literary genres designed to help guide L2 students to choose books that reflect their reading interests. The presentation will also look at the use of mind-mapping as a tool to encourage students to further explore the content of their extensive reading choices.
Speaker Heather Doiron teaches at Nanzan University. Her main interests are in extensive and intensive reading. Ages of students best suited for: Jr. High, Senior High, University.
|English Activities for Intercultural Awareness||16 Nov 2014|| Basic knowledge of how language teachers can incorporate intercultural activities into their language curriculum adjusted for language ability and intercultural developmental stage. Participants will be introduced to some basic intercultural development concepts and will take part in activities that focus on various stages of development and ages. Workshop activities will range widely and include demonstration and discussion for classes from teaching young learners, children, adolescents, and adult learners.
Presenter Jon Dujmovich is currently an Assistant Professor at Aichi University and director of Imagination Ink. In 2008 Jon was awarded a grant to design and implement an English language intercultural communications pilot course for third year Jr, H.S. students in Shizuoka prefecture with the aim to prepare them for "international classes" at H.S., increased intercultural contact, and study abroad. Prior to that Jon worked in the corporate world as an intercultural trainer and language instructor for Matsushita National/Panasonic Overseas Training Center and Excel International.
|Halloween share||21 Sept 2014||Halloween fun and spookiness with songs, games, activities, party plans, and other ideas from our members, who brought their favorite Halloween music, picture books, games, crafts, party tips and other teacher tricks and treats to share!|
|Lesson Planning for Very Young Learners||11 May 2014|| Music, movement and imagination are the keys to planning fun and exciting lessons for very young learners. In this workshop, activities and games for 2 to 4 year olds are introduced, in addition to the use of transition songs between activities, magic, and props.
Presenter Bob Pensak lives in Okazaki (Japan) with his wife and five-year-old son. He is the owner of Bob’s English and has been teaching English to children in Japan for twelve years.
|Preparing for the TOEIC Exam / 1+1=3: Strategies for Better Team-Teaching||30 Mar 2014|| (Workshop Part 1) The demand for TOEIC preparation classes is increasing. Students can improve their listening and reading skills by using sample TOEIC tests. This presentation will discuss how.
Kazumi Takagi has been teaching English at various manufacturers over the past several years as a non-native English teacher. In her free time she enjoys hiking in the mountains.
(Workshop Part 2) Team-teaching is based on communication between two teachers from different backgrounds. Effective team-teaching comes from sharing and communicating with mutual understanding and respect for all particpants. This presentation will present the general backgrounds of both the Japanese and foreign teacher as well as provide specific strategies for improving communication both in and out of the classroom.
Steven Charles has been teaching in Japan for over 10 years, including three years as an ALT in both junior high and elementary schools. He has studied both cultural anthropology and education and so has developed an interest in cultural differences in education.
|How to motivate students to learn English vocabulary / Flexible Game Templates||10 Nov 2013|| (Workshop Part 1) Nobutaka Tsubota explains how students can master, in one year, the 8,000 English words required for the 1st grade of the STEP test and a 990 on the TOEIC.
(Workshop Part 2) Games can be an effective way to introduce or review language. Wayne Jackson demonstrates how using a small number of flexible game templates allows a teacher to focus more on teaching language than teaching games.
|Faster Number Recognition and Fluency / The Learning Power of Music||28 July 2013|| (Workshop Part 1) The ability to both quickly say and understand numbers is a critical skill which the majority of our students are not sufficiently adept at. Presenter Chris Davanzo demonstrates effective classroom methods to help students understand, practice, and improve fluency using numbers.
(Workshop Part 2) Ever wonder why we naturally tap our feet, dance or sing to music? Ever notice that kids do the same thing? Music and song are a natural and effective way of introducing and creating communicative opportunities in the classroom. Presenter Eric Kane shows how any teacher can expose, perform, and expand on songs in fun and creative ways.
|Useful Activities and Techniques for Junior High and High School Teachers / Group share||5 May 2013|| In part 1 of the workshop, Nick Boyes provides attendees with a number of activities for livening up junior and senior high English classes. The activities add variety, communication, and movement to lessons, they have been proven effective in classroom use, and some are even requested by students.
Part 2 is a "Group share". A chance for everyone to share one or two of their personally favorite classroom activities.
|Engaging Young Readers: Introducing Young Learners to Extensive Reading||24 Mar 2013||Thomas Bieri will begin his presentation with an introduction of Extensive Reading and a variety of materials available for young English learners. This will be followed with examples of classroom activities for getting young students interested in reading. The workshop will close with attendees applying what they have learned using books provided by the speaker. Aimed at teachers of 3rd year junior high school and up.|
|Creative Games for Young Learners / Gaming in the Classroom||20 Jan 2013|| Bob Pensak: Creative Games for Young Learners
"Come learn some simple and creative activities that will capture your students' imagination. A little music, simple props, and magic are just what the magician, I mean doctor, ordered. Games for toddlers and students up through junior high school will be presented that can be used with any target language."
Chris Loeber: Gaming in the Classroom
"Who doesn't like to run jump and play? Who doesn't have students who would rather have fun instead of just using their textbooks? Come to learn some new games and some new ways to play old ones. Or come just to have fun."
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||25 Nov 2012||Many thanks to everyone for a successful event.|
|Halloween Event Management & My Share||30 Sep 2012||First, Wayne Jackson discusses some tips and tricks for planning events, give suggestions on how to establish an annual event, and present a number of Halloween-themed activities! Then it's YOUR turn! Bring your own ideas, games, activities and crafts to share for this spooky holiday!|
|The Ins and Outs of Teaching Prepositions||22 July 2012||Peter Warner explains and demonstrates twelve steps of preposition lessons for children, teenager, and adult students. Prepositions are a big part of language, and helping students develop a sense of English prepositions can be enjoyable.|
|Embrace your power to connect: Creative techniques to improve teamwork and communication||18 Mar 2012||Mhairi Anne Robson offers an interactive workshop using engaging and energetic activities to explore and improve a teacher's communication skills, which can then be used to improve teamwork with colleagues or students.|
|Active engagement with orthographic text dictation / Interclass Communication||29 Jan 2012|| Paul Tanner explains the benefits of dictation in the learning process and demonstrates how a teacher can successfully implement a dictation in class. Specific instruction is provided for the five stages of the activity: 1. preview; 2. delivery/transcription; 3. consolidation and correction; 4. final corrections; and 5. follow-up stage.
Brent Simmonds presents two examples of inter class activities done at Sugiyama University, after which workshop participants discuss other possibilities where these class activities can be used in their own context.
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||6 Nov 2011||Otsukaresama to everyone for another fabulous Expo.|
|Using magic in the classroom / Ideas for Halloween!||25 Sep 2011||First, teacher- / magician-extraordinaire Bob Pensak performs and explains magic for use in the language classroom. Then it's a Halloween my-share, where workshop participants share their own fabulous classroom ideas for Halloween.|
|Brain Rules and Tools for Teaching Young Learners||24 July 2011||Learn the brain rules and tools necessary for effective learning. Discover how to motivate, empower, and involve your students to boost their self-confidence.|
|Ready for action (research)! - Where do I start?||22 May 2011||Action research is a powerful way to explore your own classroom. But where do you begin? How do you frame your research questions? How can you create data? If you would like to begin doing action research but are not sure where to start, then this session with Robert Croker will help you.|
|Teaching special children||20 Mar 2011||Cynthia Akazawa presents a model for student assessment that uses detailed criteria for evaluating learning disabilities. Included are examples of classroom activities designed to integrate auditory and visual processing skills with kinesthetic components for more effective, dynamic lessons. Emphasis is on isolating the areas of weakness in struggling learners in order for teachers to better support these students.|
|World Englishes and Related Paradigms: Putting Theory into Practice in the Japan Context / Presenting the Perfect Speech||23 Jan 2011||James D'Angelo explains how World Englishes theory can be the basis of a revolutionary methodology for ELT practitioners in Japan.
Ula Gorski shows how to coach a winning speech with guidelines for pronunciation, intonation, body language, and conveying mood.
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||10 Oct 2010||Thank you everyone for another great Expo.|
|From chalk to chip: A journey from a no-tech to lo-tech classroom||26 Sept 2010||Lance Bennett shares experiences, tips and ideas teaching junior and senior high students using multimedia.|
|Effective Use of Multi-Media in the Classroom||11 July 2010||Mark Reed provides ideas on how to use pop songs, TV programs, etc. in a constructive way, using range of activities tried and tested in public, private, and international schools in Japan.|
|The Reflective Cycle / American Values, Human Values, and Teaching English||30 May 2010||In the first workshop, Ben Backwell guides participants on using the Reflective Cycle, a method of problem solving for teachers. To illustrate, participants are asked to bring along a recent teaching dilemma/problem they would like to examine and solve. In the second workshop, Peter Warner presents a fascinating and important look at the three founding values of America, how they compare with basic human values, and how they are part of the English classroom.|
|World Englishes Education in High School||28 March 2010||Naoko Murata and Kayo Sugimoto report on a high school pilot program in which English was taught via the concept of world Englishes, and how awareness of varieties of English increased student motivation.|
|Drama in the Classroom||24 Jan 2010||Jeffrey Scott explains how acting techniques can bring to life even the most repetitive and mechanical daily conversational patterns practiced in the language classroom.|
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||18 Oct 2009||Once again a great success -- thank you everyone!|
|Is One Two Hard? Teaching 'Sight Words' in a Phonics-based Curriculum||27 Sep 2009||Peter Warner examines what 'sight words' are, and demonstrates how to help students deal with them even in a phonics-based curriculum.|
|Creating meaning through literature and the arts||12 July 2009||Ruth Barnes presents how to use puppets, songs, rhymes and magnetic stories to develop English language skills for young children.|
|Teaching verbs||17 May 2009||Peter Warner shares twelve gradual steps for teaching verbs and tenses to young EFL students.|
|Using Portfolio Assessment in the EFL Classroom||29 Mar 2009||Steve Quasha, on how teachers can use portfolios to develop their own grading rubrics, perform peer assessment, and explore ways to increase student accountability and learner autonomy.|
|Phonetics: it's all in your head, literally||25 Jan 2009||Jeffrey Scott, on an experiential guide to phonemic awareness, a method of instilling language learners with the tools to self-check and self-correct their pronunciation.|
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||26 Oct 2008||Our 6th Expo! Many thanks to everyone for helping create a successful event.|
|Create your own stories / Halloween party ideas||28 Sept 2008||Chris Loeber, on how to create your own stories; Joe Alsheimer, with ideas for Halloween parties.|
|Games: spelling, vocabulary, grammar / Putting ourselves in another language||13 July 2008||Bob Jones, with bingo games, a shopping activity, the coffee-potting game, and other games suitable for jr high; Vic Ssali gives a Swahili lesson to remind attendants of what being a language student feels like.|
|Four Skills for Effective EFL: How and Why||11 May 2008||Peter Warner on how reading and writing skills can be taught in an active children's EFL curriculum to provide a balanced and effective language learning experience. This presentation promotes lively class activities, Linguistic Phonics, and systematic alphabetic code instruction. Attendees will engage in active demonstrations, and there will be time for questions.|
|Let's enjoy picture books in the classroom / A Tale of Two Kindergartens - A Journey of Intercultural Exchange||23 Mar 2008||
Kazumi Takagi, on a read-aloud program regularly held at Gifu Prefectural Library, plus ways to help Japanese children enjoy foreign picture-books; Kim Horne and Aya Asano, on a homestay project involving 50 Japanese kindergarteners, and how the children made it into homes and hearts in the U.S.A.
This was also the last workshop for our reception officer, Chris Williams. Thank you for all your help, Chris!
|Relating to very young children / Crosswords for fun||27 Jan 2008||Two presenters: Nicola Oshima, with pointers on how to relate to very small children - ages 0 - 5; and, Otto Lamb, on how crosswords can be a fun and efficient way to achieve your teaching aims in the classroom.|
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||14 Oct 2007||From the ETJ-Aichi officers, thank you to the volunteers, attendees, presenters, publishers and to David Paul English House for their generous help and enthusiastic participation. Together, we all made this, our 5th Expo, yet another great success.|
|Interactive conversation: jr high to adult / Halloween events and games||9 Sept 2007||Two presenters: Bob Jones, with simple activities that help students develop a more interactive conversational style; and, Joe Alsheimer, on organising classroom- or school-sized Halloween parties (haunted house, trick or treating, and games).|
|Using Music to Teach Rhythm, Vocabulary and Self-Confidence / Homework for Young Learners||1 July 2007||John Wilcutt, on using popular music in the classroom to teach vocabulary, rhythm, and confidence with the language; and, Peter Warner, on how to design, use, and correct children's EFL homework that is attractive, enjoyable and effective.|
|Cooking & childrens EFL / Deactivating the Mute Button in JHS Classrooms||27 May 2007||Joe Hindman, exploring techniques for getting those taciturn junior high students to talk; and, Chris Williams, on how to use cooking in childrens EFL lessons -- including actually cooking from muffin and cake recipes during the presentation !|
|Enjoy learning grammar / Refresh your game & activity repertoire / Techniques to enliven storytelling in the classroom||18 Mar 2007||
Three presentations: Yoko Takano showed how easy it is to teach past tense verbs through games and activities; Joshua Myerson discussed new ideas for games to help start off the school yea; and, Ben Backwell explained how to make storytelling and dialogue work more engaging and memorable for students in jr high and elsewhere.
|Teach them All By Reaching Them All||14 Jan 2007||Continuing with the exchange program between ETJ regions, ETJ-Kyoto member Chuck Kayser pays us a visit to discuss methods and activities for not only surviving but also enjoying the challenging classroom: suddenly enrolled new students, 'problem' students, classes of mixed abilities and ages... all will be covered and all will be answered!|
|ETJ Chubu ELT EXPO||26 Nov 2006|