19981998 - Fukuoka JALT Events Archive

Fukuoka JALT's Book Fair 1998
Rod Ellis, featured speaker
January 25, 1998.
The plenary session by Rod Ellis was very well-attended, with over 130 people. This was about half of the people in attendance at that hour, suggesting that the plenary was an important factor for many of those who braved the cold.

We have to note that the book fair's attendence was hurt by the weather -- many parts of Kyushu were snowed in. We don't know for sure, of course, how significant this factor was, but we do know that it played a part, resulting in lower attendence than expected. After sorting through the sign-in data and removing the names of publisher reps who had signed in by mistake, we had 346 names. In Fukuoka, we had the coldest weekend of the year, but the day was sunny, so we were fortunate in that regard.

This year marked a first in terms of distances travelled; we had at least three people from Korea. Some teachers came from as far as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and some from Miyazaki avoided the unexpected snow by flying in. Rod Ellis, our plenary speaker, flew in from Philladelphia.

This year also marked the first time we had official representation from KOTESOL, the Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages organization.

Using Interviewing to teach English
Christine Chinen
Sunday, February 15, 1998

In addition to being a good motivator, the technique of interviewing is useful in giving students practice in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing English. Outside of class, interviewing bridges the gap between English learned in the classroom and English used in the real world. Using video and cassettes, Chinen will show teachers the mini-skills students need to do interviewing and show how to use interviewing in their own teaching situations.

(There is a more detailed description of this presentation on this site.)

Christine Chinen, who teaches at Fukuoka University, has written a book on interviewing.

Extensive Reading Programs
Keith Lane
Sunday, March 1, 1998

Extensive reading programs promote high volumes of reading among students. This workshop/presentation will describe ways to promote these high volumes of reading as well as discuss annectdotal findings and well-documented studies to describe the effectiveness of large quantities of reading. Among the reasons to promote extensive reading is evidence that it enhances not only reading ability but many other areas of language proficiency as well, primarily vocabulary, grammar, writing, and listening. Intensive reading programs facilitate intrinsic motivation and a greater feeling of confidence. An extensive reading program should be subject to simple management techniques in order to derive the greatest use to teachers and students. In this workshop presentation, materials, graded readers and other sources will be discussed, as will the issues of 'authentic' materials vs. 'simplified' material vs. 'graded' material. For a hands-on experience, participants will be invited to view and comment on graded readers, publishers' catalogs and promotional materials.

Keith Lane, MEd, has lived and taught in Japan for twelve years. Presently he teaches for Miyazaki International College, where in addition to English courses he also team-teaches credit bearing content courses in English. He also has considerable experience in community language programs and English at the secondary level. He is also highly involved with JALT and promoting regional ties among the Kyushu chapters.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Tests, TOEFL, and Other Terrible Tortures
Dr. Joseph A. Murphy
Sunday, Arpil 19, 1998

This workshop/presentation has four purposes: to practice second-language (L2) test development activities, including specification and item-writing; to spot and critique poorly written tests and items; to learn what's new in oral testing (The Test of Spoken English) and TOEFL (Computer-Based Testing and TOEFL 2000); and to get an overview of the ITP TOEFL and other standardized tests. The second half of this presentation includes a hands-on demonstration of the TOEFL computer-based test in a computer lab; each participant will have access to their own terminal.

(There is a more detailed description of this presentation on this server.)

Joseph A. Murphy, Ph. D., is a Professor of English at Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University. He is also the ETS consultant in Japan for ITP, TOEFL, CBT, TOEFL 2000, and TSE. During the past 10 years, he has served on 5 different test development committes at ETS.

KOTESOL-Vetted Speaker Event:
Academic Writing and the Process Approach
Dr. Rodney E. Tyson
Sunday, May 17, 1998

Asian students and writing teachers often resist use of the process approach in favor of more traditional methods that emphasize grammar and error correction. The speaker will present evidence from his experience and research at Korean universities which suggests that certain "process-oriented" techniques may help students produce better compositions as well as increase their motivation and confidence. There will also be group activities that encourage participants to exchange ideas and suggest ways for dealing with typical problems encountered in teaching writing at the university level, including motivating students, responding to student writing, and teaching various stages of the writing process.

(There is a more detailed description of this presentation on this server, as well as an announcement regarding the KOTESOL-Vetted Speaker Award.)

Dr. Rodney E. Tyson, MATESOL and PhD (Second Language Acquisition and Teaching), is an Assistant Professor at Daejin University, Republic of Korea (South Korea). He has been teaching in Korea for 10 years.
Homepage link: http://road.daejin.ac.kr/~rtyson

Thinking and Writing, Webwise
Dr. Jack Kimbal
Sunday, May 21, 1998

hat connections are there between (1) learning theories and (2) current practice in language teaching using materials accessed from the Internet? Regarding (1), Internet-generated materials can help refocus classroom dynamics, shifting emphasis from monitoring language skills toward the integration of skills and more abstract processes of concept formation and problem-based learning. With respect to (2), various electronic media may be arrayed to provide a model of how the Web affords rapid and adaptable content for interactive reading and writing. To illustrate this model, examples of a variety of instructional materials focused on student composition will be detailed. The purpose here is to suggest how the Web can serve as an adjunct to language teaching, engaging learners in meaning-making to practice writing and other forms of language.

Dr. Jack Kimball (Miyazaki Medical College professor) develops web-based EFL learning resources for science, medicine and poetry. Kimball also co-cordinates the CUE N-SIG (the College and University Educator National Special Interest Group of JALT) and edits the newsletter, ON CUE. He received his Ed.D. in Sociolinguistics from Harvard University in 1990, and his MA in Applied Linguistics from University of Massachusetts in 1985.
Homepage link: http://interserver.miyazaki-med.ac.jp/~Kimball

Teaching and Learning a Second Language
Rory Britto
Sunday, July 5, 1998 (2:00 - 3:20)

In this presentation, the presenter touches upon some basic considerations that seem to require deliberation in order to approach the task of teaching a second language in the classroom setting in a meaningful way. What is it we are teaching? How is that which we are teaching learned? What are the roles of the teacher and the student in the language learning classroom? How can the different aspects of language, i.e., reading, writing, listening, and speaking be synthesized to further the language learning process? And lastly, while not exhaustive by any means, the purpose of this presentation is to assist in focusing on approaches to language teaching and it is hoped that it will lend insight to others with the same concerns.

Daily Food for Thought: Learning Standard English by Analyzing "Japanized English"
Jonathan B. Britten
Sunday, July 5, 1998 (3:40 - 5:00)

Jonathan Britten will explore methods of educating Japanese college students through an ongoing study of Japanized English. The title, "Daily Food for Thought", is derived from Japan's ubiquitous and erroneous grocery store signage identifying the dairy foods (gyuseihin) section. From Hokkaido to Okinawa, these signs commonly read "Daily Food", an error based on the common "l" and "r" inversion. Identifying similar errors in Japan's English borrowings affords students many enjoyable "teachable moments" outside the classroom.

Recognizing and analyzing the widespread use of English -- especially "decorative English" -- is a starting point for ongoing student self-education. The resulting critical awareness also encourages an appreciation of linguistic innovation in genuinely creative use of "Japanized English". The presenter will discuss the relationship of "Japanese English" to the growing academic study of so-called "World Englishes".

Jonathan B. Britten has taught in Japanese universities since 1989, when he was selected by Monbusho to teach at Kitakyusu University on the JET Program. H has been teaching at Nakamura University in Fukuoka since 1992. He holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from University of Memphis and a BA from the University of the South. His short-story collection "Pachyderm and Other Stories" was published in 1988. In 1993 he won a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Britten is an active JALT member and former editor of ON CUE, the newsletter for College and University Educators.

  1. Understanding (and Redefining) Bilingualism
  2. Raising Bilingual/Bicultural Children

Fred Anderson
Sunday, September 13, 1998 (2:00 - 5:00)


aising bilingual children is a topic of interest to many of us whether we are teaching returnees or raising multi-cultural children of our own. This special presentation is one sure to arouse the interest of a wide audience and is one not to miss. This event will actually be two presentations, both by Fred Anderson, PhD. "Although the two presentations are closely related (with the first intended to set the stage for the second), they are independent enough such that participants do not need to attend both if they don't want to," notes Dr. Anderson."The first presentation is basically academic/theoretical (but without assuming any prior background on the part of the participants); the second is more practical."

Presentation One:
Understanding (and Redefining) Bilingualism
This presentation will be an academic introduction to the study of bilingualism for teachers, parents and other interested parties, examining key concepts of the field, but at the same time arguing that the field (as currently conceived) fails to address the needs of many bilingual persons, especially children.

Presentation Two:
Raising Bilingual/Bicultural Children
In this workshop-style presentation, participants will share their experiences and feelings as parents (or potential parents) of bilingual children. No particular "method" of raising children bilingually/biculturally (or choosing not to do so) will be espoused; however, various issues and problems in bilingual child rearing will be discussed.

Fred Anderson has a PhD in linguistics from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, with major areas of concentration in ethnolinguistics (sociocultural linguistics), language learning & teaching, and Japanese linguistics. He has taught in Japan for approximately 16 of the past 21 years, and has been a Foreign Professor (EFL and applied linguistics) at Fukuoka University of Education since 1987.

Fred has also taught classes in linguistics and in child language acquisition at the University of Hawai'i; and a seminar on classroom communication in the MA-TESOL program at Northern Arizona University. Fred has long been active in the JALT community. Currently (since 1995) he is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the JALT Journal; he also serves as Kyushu liaison to the JALT Bilingualim N-SIG. Past JALT involvement includes Fukuoka Program Chair (1988-89), Fukuoka Chapter President (1989-90), and member of national Nominations and Elections Committee (1990). He has given presentations at 5 JALT international conferences (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991), and at other national/international conferences including TESOL, AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics), PacSLRF (Pacific Second Language Research Forum), IAWE (International Association for World Englishes), JACET (Japan Association for College English Teaching), and LLA (Language Laboratory Association of Japan). His publications include a chapter in "A Handbook for Teaching English at Japanese Colleges and Universities" (ed. by Paul Wadden, Oxford, 1993), and a chapter in a forthcoming volume of studies in Japanese bilingualism. His doctoral dissertation was an ethnographic study of Japanese elementary-school classroom discourse. Fred is also the father of two (somewhat) bilingual children, ages 12 (almost) and 9.

  1. Successful Fast Paced Lessons with MAT (the Model Action Talk method)
  2. Running a Sucessful Eikaiwa School: A Strategy of Four Skills

Samuel Yang
Sunday, October 25, 1998 (2:00 - 5:00)


uccessful Fast Paced Lessons with MAT (the Model Action Talk method)

Part one of this two-part presentation will focus on teaching children through fast paced lessons. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the presenter's lesson format, he will conduct a typical lesson. This lesson's students will be the members of the audience, and the language being studied will be neither English nor Japanese. This will enable the participants to fully understand the dynamics of the speedy rhythm of the Model Action Talk method (MAT) and allow participants to appreciate the students' perspective of learning a language.


art Two is entitled A Strategy of Four Skills

This presentation is geared towards the retention of students in commercial English schools. Manages or even teaches at English schools want to see their business grow and keep their students progressing. The problem is finding ways to attain these goals. In this presentation, the speaker will suggest solutions to achieve these goals and promote strategies for beating the competition. This incorporates a curriculum and policy design that will enable you to teach all four skills of English (speaking, listening, reading and writing). The amazing results will give you confidence to compete in a tough market.

Sam Yang teaches at various English schools and companies. He was born in Korea but grew up in Orange County, California. Originally a counselor in Los Angeles, he enjoys teaching English to all ages. He and his family plan to live in Japan a long time. Sam earned an M.A. in Education at Biola University near Los Angeles. Aside from teaching, you can see Sam playing keyboard every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Maruko Inn in Hakata for Hakata New Life Church.

JALT Pre-Conference "Four Corners of Japan Tour"
Classroom Research
Professor Mark Clarke, PhD
Sunday, November 15, 1998

Prof. Mark Clarke

s a result of Clarkes extensive research, he concludes that decision-making at all levels is conducted with an awareness of the essential unpredictability of human events, and the need to view learning as a process more akin to socialization than to training. What is required, at all levels, is time, patience, and attention to important details in contexts of genuine concern for all involved.

Professor Mark Clarke teaches at the University of Colorado at Denver. He holds a PhD in Education (with an emphasis in Linguistics and ESL) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

For an extended description of this presentation and the presenter, see

Fostering Creativity, Cooperation and Communication in the Classroom
Christopher Chase
Sunday, December 13, 1998


How does one foster greater creativity, cooperation and communication in the EFL/ESL classroom? What methods or approaches have worked best for you? How do you motivate your students to cooperate and communicate with one another? This workshop will give the presenter and audience members the opportunity to share their success stories, and a chance for us to discuss some of our common difficulties. The presenter will also describe his current research, seeking to promote creative communication between students, through chat notebooks and free conversation time.

Christopher Chase teaches at Seinan University and is a co-author of Natural Speaking, published by Intercom Press. Chris recently completed his doctorate in Psychological Studies at Stanford University's School of Education.

Upcoming Events Links
- For upcoming JALT events in Fukuoka, see the Fukuoka JALT Events Calendar
  For upcoming events for teachers throughout Kyushu, see the Kyushu ELT Events Calendar.
  For upcoming JALT events in every chapter of Japan, see the JALT National Events Calendar.

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