ELT Calendar for February 2012

February 1st (Wednesday) 2012

Dealing with challenging learners - Why do some pupils make us feel they are unteachable?
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Speaker: Marie Delaney
Organization: The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

ELT Chat on Twitter
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Speaker: Group discussion on Twitter
Organization: ELTChat
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

February 3rd (Friday) 2012

Kick starting the Teaching Module
Time: 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Speaker: Charles Goodger
Organization: The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

February 4th (Saturday) 2012

Briefing sessions on postgraduate course on teaching Japanese (Fukuoka)
Time: 2:30 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: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

(1) Incorporating Crosswords in the English Language Classroom; (2) What, exactly, do Junior and Senior High School Textbooks Teach?
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: (1) David Townsend: (2) Mutsumi Kawasaki
Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

Writing: Making it more fun and productive
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: ETJ Fukuoka Committee
Organization: ETJ Fukuoka (English Teachers in Japan)
Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

February 5th (Sunday) 2012

Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2012 (Sendai)
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Speaker: Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina, Ritsuko Nakata, Setsuko Toyama, Kevin Churchley
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

Bookswap
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: No speakers
Organization: International Womens Bookswap
Location: Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture

Briefing sessions on postgraduate course on teaching Japanese (Osaka)
Time: 2:30 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: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

2-Day Certificate Course In Teaching English To Children
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Speaker: Marco Brazil (director, IETC)
Organization: Institute of English Teaching to Children
Location: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture

February 6th (Monday) 2012

Sounds fun! Playing with Sounds in the English Language Classroom
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Speaker: Susan Hillyard
Organization: The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

February 8th (Wednesday) 2012

ELT Chat on Twitter
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Speaker: Group discussion on Twitter
Organization: ELTChat
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

February 9th (Thursday) 2012

Technology in Language Teaching Series (2 of 4)
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Scott Lockman
Organization: Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

February 11th (Saturday) 2012

Today is National Foundation Day (Kenkoku-kinen-no-hi)

Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2012 (Saitama)
Time: 10:30 AM - 2:20 PM
Speaker: Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina, Ritsuko Nakata, Setsuko Toyama
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture

Developing resources for self-directed learning
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Paul Collett (Shimonoseki City University), Kristen Sullivan (Shimonoseki City University)
Organization: Kitakyushu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture

February 12th (Sunday) 2012

TESOL Certificate (Young Learners) Workshop: How children learn
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: David Paul
Organization: Language Teaching Professionals
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2012 (Niigata)
Time: 10:30 AM - 2:20 PM
Speaker: Setsuko Toyama, Marco Brazil, Kevin Churchley
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture

Film showing: The Grandpa from Brazil
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: Nanako Kurihara (film director/producer)
Organization: Osaka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

(1) From Phonics to Literacy; (2) Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: (1) Brad Semans; (2) John Finucane
Organization: Saitama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture

TESOL Certificate (Young Learners) Workshop: Child-centered learning
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: David Paul
Organization: Language Teaching Professionals
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Humor is Teachable
Time: 2:15 PM - 4:20 PM
Speaker: Monika Szirmai, Hiroshima International University
Organization: Matsuyama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture

The 14th Annual Temple University, Japan Campus Applied Linguistics Colloquium
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: call for papers due December 1st
Organization: Temple University Japan
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

February 15th (Wednesday) 2012

ELT Chat on Twitter
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Speaker: Group discussion on Twitter
Organization: ELTChat
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

February 18th (Saturday) 2012

Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2012 (Okayama)
Time: 11:40 AM - 2:20 PM
Speaker: Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Eric Kane
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

TUJ Tokyo Distinguished Lecturer Series: A Learning Orientation to Classroom-Based Language Assessment
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: James E. Purpura (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Organization: Temple University Japan
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Developing Resources for Self-Directed Learning
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Paul Collett (Shimonoseki City University), Kristen Sullivan (Shimonoseki City University)
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Improvisational Psychodrama
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Peter Ross
Organization: Hamamatsu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

SCBWI Tokyo Writers' Night
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Speaker: Writer/blogger Claire Dawn-Marie Gittens and Children's Book Author Trevor Kew
Organization: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Japan
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Embrace Your Power to Connect: Creative Techniques to Improve Teamwork and Communication
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Mhairi Robson (Sunnyside International)
Organization: Gifu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture

Benefits of computer-mediated communication (CMC) through negotiated learning tasks using Text-chat and Voice
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Speaker: Anthony Young, Sian Edwards
Organization: Toyohashi Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture

February 19th (Sunday) 2012

Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2012 (Osaka)
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Speaker: Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina, Ritsuko Nakata, Setsuko Toyama, Kevin Churchley
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Cross-cultural Pragmatics and Communicative Competence
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Megumi Kawate-Mierzejewska
Organization: Yokohama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Teaching English in Junior High School
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Allan V. Antonio (Assistant Language Teacher), Jessica Moore (Assistant Language Teacher), Hisae Hosaki (English Instructor)
Organization: Hiroshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture

Implementing Information and Communications Technology
Time: 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: (1) Lauren Brumfield; (2) Panel: Todd Beuckens, Paul Collett, Robert Diem, Bill Pellowe
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Webinar: Implementing Information and Communications Technology in an Institution
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Lauren Brumfield
Organization: The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, Learning Technologies Special Interest Group
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

2-Day Certificate Course in Teaching English to Children
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Speaker: Marco Brazil
Organization: Institute of English Teaching to Children
Location: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture

February 22nd (Wednesday) 2012

ELT Chat on Twitter
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Speaker: Group discussion on Twitter
Organization: ELTChat
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

February 25th (Saturday) 2012

Portfolios for learners and teachers
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: John Gunning and others
Organization: Shinshu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Iida City, Nagano Prefecture

(1) TKT Study Meeting; (2) CLIL Workshop; (3) Sharing activities and materials for assessment
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Yuco Kikuchi and various
Organization: English Teaching Workshop
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

TUJ Osaka Distinguished Lecturer Series: A Learning Orientation to Classroom-Based Language Assessment
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: James E. Purpura (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Organization: Temple University Japan
Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

February 26th (Sunday) 2012

Pearson Kirihara Spring Teachers Conference 2012 (Osaka)
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Mayuka Habbick, Ann Mayeda, Mari Nakamura, Goro Tajiri, Atsuko Takase, Shigenori Tanaka, John Wiltshier, and Kenzo Yoneda
Organization: Pearson Kirihara
Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

APRICOT Plaza 2012 in Osaka
Time: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Peter Morris, Kierryn Bowring, Mikiko Nakamoto, Yukako Manta, Samantha Kawakami
Organization: Apricot Publishing
Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Oxford Teaching Workshop Series 2012 (Tokyo)
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Speaker: Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto, Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina, Ritsuko Nakata, Setsuko Toyama, Kevin Churchley
Organization: Oxford University Press
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

TESOL Certificate Workshop: Motivating students to communicate
Time: 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: David Paul
Organization: Language Teaching Professionals
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

Brain Rules, Tools and Jewels for Your Classroom
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Kim Horne, Japan Assoc. for Language Teaching (JALT)
Organization: Teaching Younger Learners Special Interest Group, Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture

Text-to-Lesson: Online Resources for Vocabulary and Lesson-Making
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Christine Winskowski, Morioka Junior College
Organization: Iwate Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture

Using iPads and iPhones in the Classroom
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Daniel Beck
Organization: Gunma Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture

Grammar Insights: From Swan to Thornbury to You
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Matt Wilson
Organization: Sendai Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture

Preparing Students for Speech Contests
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Justin Hunt (Nagasaki Commercial High School)
Organization: Nagasaki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Thoughts on ELT Materials Development
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Marcos Benevides
Organization: Shizuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching
Location: Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture

TESOL Certificate Workshop: Communication Activities
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: David Paul
Organization: Language Teaching Professionals
Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis

8th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching (day 1 of 2)
Time: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Jack C. Richards (Univ. of Sydney), Janet K. Orr (TEAL Services), Chea Kagnarith (Australian Centre for Education), Alan Klein (Univ. of British Columbia), Hoang Thanh Lien (Hanoi Univ.)
Organization: Cambodia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Location: Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

8th Annual CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching (day 2 of 2)
Time: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Jack C. Richards (Univ. of Sydney), Janet K. Orr (TEAL Services), Chea Kagnarith (Australian Centre for Education), Alan Klein (Univ. of British Columbia), Hoang Thanh Lien (Hanoi Univ.)
Organization: Cambodia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Location: Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Power Seminars EFL Event
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Speaker: Donald Kinney (Kinney Brothers Publishing), Peter Warner (A-Go Man (Phonics) Products)
Organization: Power Seminars
Location: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

February 29th (Wednesday) 2012

ELT Chat on Twitter
Time: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Speaker: Group discussion on Twitter
Organization: ELTChat
Location: Online, Online (Online Event)

Cheap ebook and audiobook ideas and activities for teachers