ELT Calendar for May 2008

May 1st (Thursday) 2008

The PC Music Machine
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Dan Lindholm
Organization: Tokyo PC Users Group
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

May 3rd (Saturday) 2008

Today is Constitution Day (Kenpou-kinen-bi)

Vygotsky in Your Pocket: Walk Away With 5 Effective Classroom Collaboration Techniques
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Mike Stockwell
Organization: Gifu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture

19th Annual Suwako Charity Walk
Time: 8:10 AM - 1:30 PM
Speaker: TBA
Organization: Shinshu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture

May 10th (Saturday) 2008

Wisconsin and Japan Cultural Differences
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Speaker: Heather Dow
Organization: Yamagata Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture

Gender Equality: Teaching Beyond Grammar
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Stefanie Tacata
Organization: Kitakyushu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture

JALT Pan-SIG Conference 2008
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Plenary Speakers: Dr. Tim Murphey, Junko Yamanaka
Organization: JALT PanSIG Conference
Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

May 11th (Sunday) 2008

ETJ-Aichi May 2008 workshop: Four Skills for Effective EFL: How and Why
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Speaker: Peter Warner
Organization: ETJ Aichi (English Teachers in Japan)
Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

IIEEC-Oxford University Press Teacher training Certificate Program 2008 (afternoon workshop)
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Ritsuko Nakata and IIEEC Teacher Trainers
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

(1) Almost Zero Prep Activities; (2) Error Analysis of High School Student Essays
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: (1) Conrad Matsumoto; (2) Asako Kato
Organization: Saitama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture

A Health Topic for Healthy Students: Teaching about HIV/AIDS in the EFL classroom
Time: 2:15 PM - 4:20 PM
Speaker: Louise Haynes, Director, Japan AIDS Prevention Awareness Network; English Lecturer, Nagoya City University
Organization: Matsuyama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture

JALT Pan-SIG Conference 2008 (day 2 of 2)
Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Plenary Speakers: Dr. Tim Murphey, Junko Yamanaka
Organization: JALT PanSIG Conference
Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

IIEEC-Oxford University Press Teacher training Certificate Program 2008 (morning workshop)
Time: 9:50 AM - 12:30 PM
Speaker: Ritsuko Nakata and IIEEC Teacher Trainers
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

May 17th (Saturday) 2008

Materials Creation for Professional Development
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Speaker: Neil Heffernan, English Education Center, Ehime University
Organization: East Shikoku Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture

Briefing sessions on postgraduate course on teaching Japanese (Tokyo)
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Teruyuki Zushi, the principal of the Institute of International Education in London
Organization: Institute of International Education in London
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Can we teach humor in EFL classes?
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Richard Hodson, University of Nagasaki, Siebold
Organization: Nagasaki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Teaching English Through Drama
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Kathy Emori
Organization: Nara Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Nara City, Nara Prefecture

Annual Okinawa Chapter "My Share"!
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: All participants
Organization: Okinawa Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture

There's A Book Inside Each of Us
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Paul Moritoshi
Organization: Miyazaki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture

Thinking Podcasting? Think Again.
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Alex McAulay, Yokohama University
Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

(1) Dealing with student plagiarism; (2) Preparing students for the new TOEIC
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Speaker: Terry Fellner, Saga University
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Websites, Blogs and Promotion for Illustrators
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Speaker: Takashi Oda, Kiyo Tanaka and Patrik Washburn
Organization: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Japan
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

May 18th (Sunday) 2008

The Relaunch of YoJALT
Time: 1:00 PM - 8:30 AM
Speaker: Steve Brown, YoJALT exec team
Organization: Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Machida City, Tokyo Metropolis

Twelve Steps to Teaching Verbs and Verb Tenses
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Peter Warner
Organization: Nagoya Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

Briefing sessions on postgraduate course on teaching Japanese (Nagoya)
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Teruyuki Zushi, the principal of the Institute of International Education in London
Organization: Institute of International Education in London
Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

1. Building your own interactive whiteboard: methods and applications; 2. Extensive reading with low level learners
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: 1. Nick Delleman; 2. Fiona MacGregor
Organization: Chiba Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture

From Research to Video Blog: A Final Project for Japanese University Students
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: John Spiri
Organization: Gunma Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture

Three Mini-Workshops for Elementary and Junior High School Classes
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Richard Bales, Matt Shannon and Darryl Sumida
Organization: ETJ Saitama (English Teachers in Japan)
Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture

Prepare Your Students for Academic Studies
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Eri Okuda (Oxford University Press)
Organization: Hiroshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Monthly Study Meeting #22: Creating a Positive Team Teaching Environment
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker: Hitomi Sakamoto and Sarah Birchley
Organization: Elementary School Thematic English Education Movement
Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

May 24th (Saturday) 2008

Briefing sessions on postgraduate course on teaching Japanese (Osaka)
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Teruyuki Zushi, the principal of the Institute of International Education in London
Organization: Institute of International Education in London
Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Lesson Planning: As Easy As Pie!
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Lesley Ito
Organization: Akita Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Akita City, Akita Prefecture

Themed Tasks for the Communicative Classroom
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Marcos Benevides
Organization: Kobe Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

May 25th (Sunday) 2008

ELT Career and Professional Development Conference (ECAP) 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: A number of great speakers
Organization: ELT Career and Professional Development Conference
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Identifying and Helping Students with Special Needs
Time: 10:10 AM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: Cynthia Akazawa
Organization: ETJ Kyoto (English Teachers in Japan)
Location: Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Annual Picnic & Barbecue
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Speaker: none
Organization: Toyohashi Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture

An introduction to Spaced-repetition Systems (SRS). What's the fuss?
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Kent Hill
Organization: Wakayama Chapter of JALT
Location: Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

Briefing sessions on postgraduate course on teaching Japanese (Fukuoka)
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Teruyuki Zushi, the principal of the Institute of International Education in London
Organization: Institute of International Education in London
Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Lesson Planning: As Easy As Pie!
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Lesley Ito
Organization: Iwate Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture

Elementary school English education: What can be done?
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Machiko Fujiwara (Seigakuin University), Chizuko Aiba (Tokyo Denki University), and Brian Byrd (Seigakuin University)
Organization: Shizuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Using a CALL Classroom to Teach English through Drama
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Speaker: Hitoshi Eguchi, Hokusei Gakuen University
Organization: Hokkaido Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Dynamic Presentations
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Mike Hood
Organization: Sendai Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

May 31st (Saturday) 2008

ETJ Yamaguchi Regional Meeting
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Keiko Seiki
Organization: ETJ Yamaguchi (English Teachers in Japan)
Location: Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

23rd International Education Forum
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Teruyuki Zushi,Institute of International Education in London; Hitomi Sakamoto,Toyogakuen University; Katsutoshi Ito, Kanagawa University
Organization: Institute of International Education in London
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

JALT CALL Conference 2008 - New Frontiers in CALL: Negotiating Diversity
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Featured Phil Hubbard. Call for papers due Feb 15, 2008
Organization: Computer-Assisted Language Learning Special Interest Group, Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

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