Note for visitors: This is my final project for COETAIL Course 1. If you are unfamialr with Understanding By Design (as I was until very recently) you might want to look at this.
For my first UbD planner in Course 1 of COETAIL, I took a bit of a departure and addressed teachers not students. Many thanks to Trent Citrano who was writing his UbD for parents and pointed me to some useful resources.
The Japan Association for Language Teaching is a national organization of about 2,600 members. The organization’s motto is “Teaching to learn-Learning to teach” which sums up what members do and how JALT aims to help them. JALT is an NPO and must comply with Tokyo Metropolitan Government regulations. We have a lengthy constitution, longer bylaws, and many other rules we have to abide by. This can be a challenge for a large organization with many groups under its umbrella.
Here is a little teaser for one of my upcoming presentations at the JALT2012 conference. This is a commercial presentation sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education Asia. They are publishing the new series of Choose Your Own Adventure graded readers that I have been working on. Marcos Benevides is the series editor and he asked me to contribute 4 of the 30 titles in the series. (Disclaimer: The Cup of Death is actually Mark Firth’s book, but I’m using it for this workshop because it is set in Japan.)
Update: At risk of giving people no reason to come to my presentation, here is my handout.
It’s quite helpful if people know the story background ahead of time, but we’ll have sample copies of the book to give away. If my narration grates on your nerves, you can read the beginning of the book yourself quite quickly at the conference. Hope to see you there.
Interactive reading to deepen learner engagement
Saturday, 13 October 2012 6:10-7:10pm Room MR37
Abstract: Stories should invite learners to make the characters and the language their own. This presentation will provide participants with practical ways for learners to interact with graded readers in and out of the classroom. Based on experience as a classroom teacher, program coordinator, and materials writer, the presenter will share some pitfalls best avoided along with plenty of example activities to support readers interacting with their reading on both a textual and a narrative level.
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Tagged CYOA, Education, EFL, ELT, ER, ESL, extensive reading, free books, JALT, practical, Teaching activities, TESOL
The Japan Association for Language Teaching promotes good teaching and professional development for language educators around Japan and internationally. The group is composed on the national organization, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), local Chapters, and committees and projects such as publishing JALT Journal, The Language Teacher, and Conference Proceedings. Many Twitter users have set up accounts for various parts of the organization. I cannot vouch for the official nature of some of these accounts, but most of them seem legitimate. I have copied the profile information as-is.
Of course, some of them tweeted just a few times and are now dormant, but please follow any of these that you feel are useful, or maybe just add them to a list. Following the hashtag #JALT will also bring you all kinds of other (possibly related) messages.
If you have an account related to JALT that I missed, please contact me or just comment below.
- JALT @JALT
- JALT Central Office @JALTCentralOffi
- JALT Events @jaltevents
Upcoming events for chapters and SIGs of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
- JALT Conference 2012 @JALTConference
38th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition 12 – 15 October, 2012, Hamamatsu
Special Interest Groups
- Business English SIG @jaltbesig Contexts, Consensus, Collaboration, Community, Contacts, Competition – Business English
- GILE SIG @gilesig Global Issues in Language Education (GILE) is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) http://www.gilesig.org
- jaltcue @jaltcue
The Japan Association for Language Teacher’s College and University SIG’s Twitter page
Japan · http://jaltcue-sig.org/
- JALT MW SIG @MWSIG
Materials Writers SIG
- JALT TC SIG @jalttcsig
Teaching Children SIG
- TED SIG @TEDSIG
JALT Teacher Education and Development (TED) special interest group.
- JALT CALL @jaltcall
- FukuokaJALT @FukuokaJALT
Fukuoka, Japan · http://fukuokajalt.org
- GifuJALT @GifuJALT
Gifu Chapter ofJapan Association of Language Teachers
- HiroshimaJALT @hiroshimajalt
This is the HiroshimaJALT chapter Twitter feed.
- NagasakiJALT @NagasakiJALT
The official account for the Nagasaki Chapter ofJALT, a non-profit organization connecting language teachers in and around Nagasaki
- JALT @jaltokinawa
Serving Okinawa for over thirty years.
- OsakaJALT @osakajalt
The Osaka Chapter of theJapan Association for Language Teaching (JALT).
- Jalt Shinshu @jaltshinshu
ShinshuJALT is the local Chapter of the Japan Assoc. Language Teachers, covering Nagano Prefecture. Promote professional development and cultural integration.
- TokyoJALT @tokyo_jalt
Official Twitter feed for the Tokyo chapter ofJALT.
- YokohamaJALT @YokohamaJalt