Peace as a Global Language Conference 2003

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ELT CalendarConference Dates: September 27th - 28th, 2003
Location: Seisen University (Gotanda, Tokyo)

Spencer Kagan's Japan Workshop Tour Schedule

Dr. Spencer Kagan's tour of Japan runs from Monday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 28. Details for each date of the tour are below.

Monday, Sept. 15, 2003
  • Location: Nagoya
  • Venue: Aichi Small Business Support Center
  • Time: 1:00-5:00 PM
  • Title: "Cooperative structures and language learning"
  • Sponsors: Nagoya, Gifu, and Toyohashi JALT chapters, Teacher Education, Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE) and Teaching Children SIGs, JAPANetwork, and Trident Preschool
  • Contact: Linda Donan
  • Description: Cooperative learning is a natural catalyst for language learning. Cooperative learning structures can be incorporated easily as part of any lesson, with a powerful mpact on comprehensible input and frequency of language output opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, the cooperative structures reduce the affective filter and provide a positive, natural context for language learning. Come learn a range of simple cooperative learning structures that can be included in any lesson to promote language learning, including Draw-A-Gambit, Three Pair Share and Same Different. There is a 1,000 yen fee for participants who are not members of one of the sponsoring organisations. The venue is located very close to the station.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003
  • Location: Nagoya
  • Venue: Nanzan University
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Title: "Brain friendly instruction through cooperative learning structures"
  • Contact: Louise Haynes
  • Description: The brain readily learns information when presented through brain-friendly instructional strategies, but retains little when information is presented in ways contrary to the way the brain best learns. In this presentation Dr. Kagan presents five principles of brain-friendly instruction and how those principles can be implemented through simple instructional strategies called structures. In this presentation Dr. Kagan shows brain-imaging scans that demonstrate greater engagement when brain-friendly instructional strategies are used. Come deepen your understanding of the brain and of the revolutionary instructional strategies called structures. Structures such as Visualize Share, Take Off/Touch Down, and Categorizing will be demonstrated. This workshop will be interpreted into Japanese.
  • How to Get to Nanzan University: From the Tsurumai subway line get off at Irinaka (check the map at the station) and walk up the hill. When you come to a Lawson convenience store, go back a few feet to the street before it and go UP (steeply) the hill. Nanzan is at the top. It's around a 15 minute walk from Irinaka. The workshop will take place in D Building, Room 51 (D51). If you would like directions from Motoyama Station (Higashiyama Line), please contact the organiser Louise Haynes.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003
  • Location: Kariya shi, Aichi ken
  • Venue: Aichi University of Education
  • Time: 10:50 - 12:20 PM
  • Title: "Cooperative Structures to Improve Learning, Classroom Management, and Student Social Skills"
  • Contact: Jane Nakagawa
  • Description: Research reveals cooperative structures create greater student motivation, higher student achievement, effective classroom management, and better interpersonal relationships among students and between students and teacher. Cooperative structures create an active and effective learning environment, a well-organized but supportive setting for diverse kinds of learners, and mutual respect among learners. In this workshop you will learn cooperative learning structures that improve learning in any subject matter (including native and foreign languages, science, math, and other content areas) effectively. Remarkably, the structures take no special planning or change in curriculum. They are not something new to teach-- they are a more efficient way to teach. Come learn structures such as Blackboard Share, RallyTable, and Simultaneous RoundTable. You can use these structures as part of any lesson to promote academic success, language learning, mutual respect, and better social relations between students of various abilities and temperaments.
  • How to Get to Aichi University of Education: From Nagoya station take the Meitetsu line to Chiryu Station. From Chiryu, take the bus that goes to Aichi kyouiku daigaku. When you arrive at the university go to the building called kodo, or Large Hall. For people coming by car, the parking lots tend to fill up, but the lot near the affiliated high school always has space. If you are coming by car, you may want to check the more detailed map, which shows nearby roads.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Venue: Teachers College, Columbia University, Tokyo
  • Time: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Title: "Kagan Cooperative Structures to Promote Language Learning, Caring, and Peace"
  • Co-sponsored by Teachers College, JASCD (the Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) and GILE (the Global Issues in Language Education SIG of JALT)
  • Contact: Michele Milner
  • Description: Dr. Kagan's simple cooperative structures are transforming instruction in classrooms world-wide. His simple structures dramatically increase comprehensible input, language practice opportunities, and a safe context in which to try on unfamiliar language forms. At thge same time students learn to accept and celebrate diversity, and understand and care for each other. The ultimate outcome is a transformation of social orientation from a "Us versus Them" to a "We" orientation. Come experience the power of Kagan's simple cooperative structures like Timed Pair Interview, RoundRobin, and Mix-N-Match.
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Venue: Ochanomizu University
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:30PM
  • Title: "Cooperative structures for any lesson"
  • Contact: Diane Nagatomo
  • Dr. Kagan presents a revolutionary approach to instruction: Structures. There is always a structure in the classroom. Structures determine academic achievement as well as a host of non-academic outcomes. Knowledge and implementation of a range of structures dramatically improves educational outcomes. Come learn the theory of structures and experience the power of Kagan structures like Numbered Heads Together, RallyRobin, and Team Statements.
  • How to get to Ochanomizu University: The nearest station is Myogadani on the Marunouchi Line. Go down Kasugadori about 7 minutes and the main gate to the campus is on the left. You will need to show I.D. (of any sort with photo) to go onto campus. The guards will have maps showing how to get to the building where the workshop will be held, Kyotsukogito 1. You can also check the University's web page.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Venue: Soka University
  • Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM
  • Title: "Multiple intelligences: visions, myths, and structures"
  • Contact: Prof. Sekita
  • Description: Multiple Intelligences Theory offers education three powerful visions:
    1. teaching the way students best learn;
    2. developing a range of intelligences;
    3. celebrating diversity.
    Dr. Kagan and his co-workers have developed dozens of easy-to-use, easy-to-implement structures such as Kinesthetic Symbols and Visualize Share for each of eight intelligences. The structures allow any teacher to realize all three visions as part of any lesson. Come deepen your understanding of Multiple Intelligences Theory and of structures such as Kinesthetic Symbols, Window Panes, and RallyRetell - novel ways to align instruction with the three visions. This workshop will be interpreted into Japanese.
  • How to Get to Soka University: Take the Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Hachioji Station (about 40 mins.). The University is a 4km walk, or a 20-minute bus ride. Go out the north exit of the station and take bus 12 that stops at Soka University and Tokyo Fuji Bijitsukan (be sure to check with the bus driver, as not all buses stop there). The workshop will take place on the 3rd floor of the Student Hall (Gakusei Ho-ru). The University website has instructions in Japanese.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2003
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Venue: Seisen University
  • Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Title: "Positive human relations via cooperative structures"
  • (This is the Pre-conference workshop at Peace as a Global Language II conference)
  • Contact: Alison Miyake
  • Description: Classroom structures determine academic achievement as well as a host of non-academic outcomes. Traditional classroom structures undermine positive social relations. Cooperative structures, in contrast, enhance understanding of self and others, respect for differences, empathy, self esteem, as well as liking for school and classmates. Remarkably, cooperative structures improve human relations without taking time from academics. Students actually learn and retain more when cooperative structures are used. To help you build positive peer relationships in your classroom, while maximizing student learning come learn structures like Team Interview, Agree-Disagree Line-Ups, and Timed Pair Share.

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Venue: Seisen University
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:30 PM
  • Title: "Cooperative structures, character, and peace"
  • (This is the Experiential plenary at Peace as a Global Language II conference)
  • Contact: Alison Miyake
  • Description: There is always a structure in the classroom, and the structures we use on a daily basis form character. A teacher cannot choose not to impact on character formation. An important question is the direction of that impact. Traditional classroom structures (individual worksheet work; having students raise their hands one at a time to be called on) if not balanced by cooperative structures, have a demonstrable negative impact on character and diminish our long-term hopes for peace. In this experiential plenary session, we will examine a fifteen-virtue model of character and analyze the impact of traditional and cooperative structures on virtue acquisition. Finally we will explore how structure forms character which in turn impacts on long-term prospects for peace. To help you build character in your classroom, and increase our long-term prospects for peace, come learn structures like Three-Step Interview, Paraphrase Passport, and Corners.

JALT's Global Issues in Language Education website gives this tour information in both Japanese and in English

Please feel free to put a link to the conference and to Spencer Kagan's tour information up on your organisation's webpage. We look forward to meeting a great number of educators and others interested in the methods of cooperative learning from across Japan.