Tag Archives: JALT

Course 1 UbD Planner: Understanding Publications

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.

Background

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.

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Do you dare drink from the Cup of Death?

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.

List of Twitter accounts (possibly) related to the Japan Association for Language Teaching

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 National

  • JALT‏ @JALT
  • JALT Central Office @JALTCentralOffi
    全国語学教育学会(JALT)JALTは日本国内及び国外における語学の教育及び学習の向上を目指すNPO法人で、35の支部と23の分野別研究部会からなる約3,000人の語学専門家の学術団体です。
  • JALT Events @jaltevents
    Upcoming events for chapters and SIGs of the Japan Association for Language Teaching

Conferences

  • JALT Conference 2012 ‏ @JALTConference
    38th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition 12 – 15 October, 2012, Hamamatsu

Publications

  • JALT Publications ‏ @jalt_pubs
    Publications of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)
  • TLT Wired @TLT_Wired
    TLT Wired is a column on technology for educators in the monthly JALT publication, The Language Teacher Japan. http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/

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
    http://www.jaltcall.org

Chapters

  • 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