ETJ Tokyo:

The 31st Tokyo English Language (TEL) Book Fair and ELT EXPO (day 2 of 2)

Date: Sunday, November 7th, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Speaker: Presentations by prominent authors, trainers and local teachers. Special guest, Paul Nation, will give a presentation on Sunday

Inviting all ELT professionals and those interested in English language learning and teaching.

Comprehensive displays of the latest ELT materials for children and adults.

Opportunity to meet others in your profession.

Presentations at the EXPO are for teachers of students of all ages and levels! The presentation schedules can be downloaded from ELT Expo webpage.

For information about this and other ETJ Expos, go to ETJ Expos web page. To volunteer to help at the Tokyo Expo, send an e-mail to



What are the ten most effective vocabulary activities?
Paul Nation
This talk presents ten proven and very useful activities for helping learners increase their vocabulary knowledge. In addition, reasons are given why these techniques were chosen to be in the top ten. These reasons relate to the four most important jobs of the vocabulary teacher.
1 Plan and provide a well-balanced course
2 Train the learners in the four most useful vocabulary strategies
3 Test the learners
4 Teach vocabulary
Aimed at: All teachers
Sponsored by Compass Publishing

Towards blended learning for Communication Spotlight
Todd Rucynski
The Communication Spotlight series is designed to help students communicate in situations where they have incomplete understanding by helping students develop their communication strategies. Todd Rucynski has completed a series of videos which recycle the strategies used in each unit and give the added schematic support of a video representation. Activities based on these videos are now being developed so that the series can be adapted to blended learning.
Aimed at: University and high school teachers
Materials promoted: Communication Spotlight

Story telling with felt board
Philip Garden
This presentation will demonstrate the many uses of felt boards in the EFL classroom. In particular we will be looking at using felt boards as a tool to increase student interaction in storytelling. The presentation will also show how to cheaply make your own felt board.
Aimed at: Pre-school and elementary teachers
Materials promoted: The presentation will promote felt educational resources

Eigo Note - Adapt, don't adopt
Laura Blefgen-Togashi / Setsuko Terasaki
A good teacher should be able to take any material and modify it to meet the needs of his or her students. The presenters having successfully conducted lessons in grades five and six will demonstrate how best to use Eigo Note in order to enhance the entire learning process.
Aimed at: All those teachers now using Eigo Note in public elementary schools
Materials promoted: None


Great activities and techniques for large and small classes
Ritsuko Nakata
Get all the students in your classes active and talking to each other right away. It's easy and fun when you know how with Let's Go and the MAT METHOD!
Aimed at: Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: Let's Go

Motivating teenagers and adults to communicate
David Paul
How can we teach university students or adults who are still beginners or high beginners when they try to communicate? How can we teach junior/senior high schools so that they get a good foundation in communicative skills. 'Communicate', a course for Japanese beginners, addresses these needs, and will be published in a completely new edition early next year.
Aimed at: Teachers of teenagers and adults
Materials promoted: Communicate

Exploring autonomous learning stories
Andy Barfield
In this workshop we will read stories that teachers have written about autonomous learning and identify different actors, resources, processes and activities that are represented as necessary for the development of language learner autonomy. We will then use our insights to discuss and re-examine our own pedagogies for autonomy.
Aimed at: Teachers interested in language learner autonomy
Materials promoted: None

How to make a webquest
David Magnusson
A webquest is an activity where students use the Internet to find information about a certain topic. A webquest contains an introduction, which contains the purpose of the activity, a description of the activity, a list of tasks, an explanation of how to find information, and a list of links.
Aimed at: University and high school teachers with at least basic computer skills
Materials promoted: None

Get neuro-psyched! Improve memory and learning
Robert Murphy
Want to improve your memory!? Robert S. Murphy will discuss provocative new discoveries in brain research, memory, and learning. The content, stemming from his research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is cutting-edge yet highly practical! There will be a good balance between theory and fantastic hands-on applications.
Aimed at: All
Materials promoted: Optimal Levels!, Deeper Understanding Books

Teaching writing online for university students
Abhishek Goel
How can Japanese universities ensure that ALL their graduate students and young researchers receive the training they need to write good research papers for publication? Online training could be the answer. We will present our experiences in developing and teaching online academic writing courses for two universities in Japan.
Aimed at: University teachers
Promoted: Research/academic writing courses

Student poster sessions: Teacher and learner perspectives
Andy Boon / Simon Stevens
This presentation will explore the poster presentations as a creative end-of-semester project for students. It will discuss the various teaching contexts in which poster sessions have been used, the process that students go through in completing projects, the organization of the final poster presentation day, and students' reactions to the experience.
Aimed at: All
Materials promoted: None

Suggestions for developing task-based curricula
Eric Setoguchi
This presentation explores the development of a task-based curriculum for a university English program. The goal is to present an alternative to the dominant single lesson task based approach, and offer a new perspective with practical applications to materials design, class planning, and teaching.
Aimed at: Jr high school and above
Materials promoted: None


Developing fluency across the four skills
Paul Nation
About one-quarter of the time in any course at all levels of proficiency should be spent on fluency development. Fluency development activities typically require four conditions, (1) a focus on the message, (2) very easy material, (3) pressure to perform at a faster than usual level, and (4) quantity of practice. In this workshop we will analyse some fluency development activities across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and then look at a much wider range of fluency activities.
Aimed at: All teachers
Sponsored by Compass Publishing

The goal driven class - We can do it with WE CAN!
Rumiko Kido
When children achieve goals during their English classes, they become more motivated to study and parents and teachers can easily check their progress! But how exactly can a teacher bring goals into the lesson? In this presentation, experience how chants, games and extension materials fit into the goal driven class.
Aimed at: Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: We Can

Getting children to notice sounds and letters
Yuco Kikuchi
In this presentation a simple way to connect vocabulary learning and phonemic awareness that can be applied to elementary students will be shared along with songs and activities for literacy skill development.
Aimed at: Teachers of Children
Materials promoted: None

The business language program: A consolidation of materials, needs and assessment.
Phillip B. Go
We will be analyzing and discussing the consolidation of material, needs and assessment in making a successful business language program. Instructions and advice on designing and personalizing a successful corporate program will be given. Briefly considering corporate culture and the different training tools available in the market today.
Aimed at: Business English Teachers and anyone interested in teaching Business English
Materials promoted: None

Thematic English learning for elementary school students
Junko Machida
With eight thematic unit lessons focusing on international education, "your world" provides a content based approach to cultivating learners holistic language skills as well as global awareness and self-esteem. The speaker will introduce how this material works in the classroom.
Aimed at: Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: Your World

Creating nature cards, verb cards, and other materials for classroom use
John Spiri
It's not always easy to find a commercial textbook appropriate for your students. The presenter will describe a range of materials that can be created for students of various majors and levels. Tools, techniques and printing options to create these materials will also be described and shared with participants.
Aimed at: All
Materials promoted: Self-made materials

English through stories: the Oxford Reading Tree
Ben Shearon
Stories are interesting, effective, and powerful ways to introduce language and practice reading skills, both of which are needed by children learning English in Japan. This workshop will introduce the Oxford Reading Tree series, and give pointers for parents, teachers, and schools who would like to start using it.
Aimed at: Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: Oxford Reading Tree

Turning grammar into illustrated poems
Jill Christopher
The presenter will demonstrate successful projects making learning English interesting and fun. Allowing students to make the rules, she will show how one can use all areas of Grammar and turn language into illustrated poems. Included will be a simple reading program creating fluent, enthusiastic learners.
Aimed at: Primary/middle school
Materials promoted: None


Using the Oxford Reading Tree in shogakko eigo katsudo
Setsuko Toyama
ORT big books are ideal tools to input natural English and encourage interaction between the teacher and children. The presenter will share classroom-tested ideas and ways to use ORT in large classes in public elementary schools, where Eigo Katsudo becomes official in 2011. Aimed at:Ĺ@Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: English Time

Prepare your students for academic success with Questions in the classroom
Oliver Bayley
What questions do you use in the classroom with your students? Do these questions motivate students and develop their critical thinking skills? Participants will consider these points and reflect on their own practices. The speaker will then introduce Q: Skills for Success, a new course that specifically addresses these issues.
Aimed at: Teachers of adults and young adults, Teachers interested in skills
Materials promoted: Q: Skills for Success

Open tasks in the Japanese university classroom
Michael Mondejar
This presentation explores the incorporation of "open tasks" into university EFL settings. Instead of providing pre-determined language forms and outcomes, open tasks involve the spontaneous co-construction of language between interlocutors with possible divergent results. This promotes authentic negotiation of meaning and tailoring of tasks to students' specific linguistic development.
Aimed at: University teachers
Materials promoted: None

A junior/senior high school oral communication lesson
Terry Yearley / Hiromi Tanada
The presenters will demonstrate a lesson that gives students practice using regular and irregular past simple forms, and introduces them to 'back drilling' to promote fluency at the sentence level. Vocabulary includes names of countries and cities around the world, and various holiday activities.
Aimed at: JHS and SHS teachers, teachers interested in developing students' fluency in speaking
Materials promoted: None

Choosing the right extensive reading materials
Rob Waring
This talk will present a list of many of the graded reading materials available in Japan. It will also set out some criteria for selecting the most appropriate materials for your classes.
Aimed at: Junior high and above
Materials promoted: Cengage graded readers

Assisting students to arrange study abroad programs
Jim Forsyth
Once students have started studying EFL, they are more likely to become interested in supplementing or extending their study with a short group tour, or a longer individual course abroad. Some Junior Highs, many High Schools, and most universities and colleges have in-house programs. Language school owners are well-positioned to offer programs to students not catered to by their institutes.
Aimed at: Mainly language school owners, but also of interest to those involved in their institutes' study abroad programs.
Sponsored by OPM

A comparison of building vocabulary through listening to lectures versus enhancement activities
Andrea Little / Kaoru Kobayashi
The presenters will describe their study comparing the effectiveness of reading plus focused-listening activities (RL) and reading plus vocabulary-enhancement activities (RV) for promoting vocabulary acquisition and retention among university-level EFL students. Although the RV treatment was superior, the presenters will describe how both treatments can enhance vocabulary learning.
Aimed at: University teachers
Materials promoted: None

Adding detail and variety to your students' writing
Katherine Tanizawa
Writing improves with practice. The more detailed and varied the sentences, the more interesting the writing becomes. For EFL teachers of high-beginner to intermediate students, come to this workshop and practice three techniques to improve your students' writing: grammar basics, vocabulary substitution, and sentence structure variety.
Aimed at: Teachers of high-beginner to intermediate students
Materials promoted: None


Essential elements of effective TOEIC prep
Grant Trew
To make significant improvements in student TOEIC scores within the duration of a typical preparation course, it's necessary to focus on the key challenges students face. This presentation will highlight these challenges, and present proven techniques to help students develop the skills and knowledge they need.
Aimed at: Teachers interested in TOEIC
Materials promoted: Tactics for TOEIC

Personal construct psychology and its implications in the classroom
David Paul
Personal construct psychology involves the notion that reality is always experienced from a personal perspective. Another key aspect is that we choose to do what we anticipate will most likely improve our understanding and our ability to anticipate. David Paul will demonstrate how these and other related insights have deep implications for how to teach effectively.
Aimed at: Teachers or all age groups.
Materials promoted: PCP has had a deep influence on all David Paul's books.

ELT in preschool: This is how we teach
Aurora Dobashi / Lori Ligon
Aurora and Yumiko will share the ideas that they use in their junior high school classes. Attendees will participate in activities that make the best use of the skills of both members of the teaching team. Towards the end of the presentation, attendees will participate in the exchange of ideas on how team teaching (between ALT and JET especially) work successfully.
Aimed at: Elementary and junior high school teachers.
Materials promoted: None

A case study of Japanese women: developing independence through self-directed homework.
Teruko Nakajima
The purpose of this presentation is to report the effectiveness of self-directed homework to foster autonomous learners. I investigated emotional development and material selection of five adult women. This approach is based on Candy's constructivism; acquiring knowledge by learners. The students developed autonomous learning, but it took a long time.
Aimed at: All
Materials promoted: None

Teaching English conversation to large groups of low-intermediate university students
Stephen Richmond / Jennifer Teeter
Many university conversation teachers, especially when teaching large groups, experience trouble in getting students to actively communicate. Students have had years of English instruction, but little chance to put their knowledge into practice in the form of meaningful, real-time conversations. The presenters will introduce ways to manage such groups so that almost all students are (gently) compelled to speak actively and in a culturally appropriate way.
Aimed at: University level English conversation teachers
Materials promoted: Conversations in Class New Edition

Fun ideas for using non-fiction material in the EFL classroom
John Spiri
Humans share Earth with millions of other creatures. The ways they appear, survive, eat, and reproduce are both fascinating and informative. EFL Materials describing the natural world can be accessible and of great interest to students. The presenter will explain the value of nature-related course content and share fun activities that will educate learners about the natural world and improve their English.
Aimed at: junior high, high school and university
Materials promoted: RIC Publications

The healing power of mistakes
Ted Quock
This presentation focuses on language learners' perception of mistakes, and how teachers can help students understand that making mistakes is natural and universal and should be valued rather than feared. The presentation will begin with a study of the prominent role mistakes play in Western humor.
Aimed at: Junior high school and up
Materials promoted: None


LET'S PLAYŠ LET'S GO! The secret to a funtastic and successful children's English class
Marco Brazil
What makes Let's Go such a popular course book? This presentation will demonstrate practical ways to make your English classes even more effective. By maximizing the use of teacher and student cards you can transform your classes into a positive learning experience, allowing children to be successful while giving them plenty of speaking opportunities.
Aimed at: Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: Let's Go

Is the language school industry dead? Is now an Opportunity?
Dean Rogers + guests
From a peak of 9.6m students in 2006 to 4.2 million in 2009 the decline has caused major downsizing and bankruptcies. The industry according to METI has had a massive decline in student enrollment total ling near 60% over the last 3 years. Is this the Death Knoll of Eikaiwa, or the greatest opportunity in 30+ years? Dean Rogers CEO of Dean Morgan Academies will be discussing the decline of the industry, and will focus on where the opportunities lie in the current market.
Aimed at: Teachers, Language School owners, people considering building their own schools.
Sponsored by Dean Morgan

Student generated self-assessment that helps the teacher too
Stacey Vye
This presentation will describe a student generated self-assessment and multi-purpose aid used in the classroom, which is designed to help the students and their teachers alike. The device flexibly serves as a self-assessment tool, a name badge, a classroom language guide, a vocabulary builder, and chances for greater student-teacher communication.
Aimed at: Junior High School through University
Materials promoted: None

Red Rocket Readers: Launch into literacy
Riaz Donaldson
With 320 titles in both book and e-book format to choose from, Red Rocket Readers provides young learners with ample opportunity to develop reading skills and multi-cultural awareness.
Aimed at: Teachers of young learners
Materials promoted: Red Rocket Readers

Turnitin - the problem of plagiarism and what you can you do about it
Jason Good
54% of students in the US admit to plagiarizing from the internet. 47% of students believe their teachers sometimes choose to ignore students who are cheating. We'll look at the issue, and also look at Turnitin antiplagiarism service, used by half a million teachers worldwide, and growing fast!
Aimed at: High school / university
Promoted: Turnitin antiplagiarism service

Simple but great ideas for young learners
Yoko Ishii
Every teacher needs a stock of ideas for fun lessons that do not require a lot of preparation time. In this presentation, I will share some ideas for games, 5-15 minute activities, and fun songs for young learners that the teacher can enjoy too.
Aimed at: Teachers who teach young learners (especially elementary school students)
Materials promoted: None

Organization: ETJ Tokyo (English Teachers in Japan) (ETJ Tokyo)

Cost: ETJ Members: 500 yen per day
Non-members: 1,000 yen per day

Venue: Toyo Gakuen University, Building 1, Hongo Campus (in the centre of Tokyo), 1-26-3, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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