Saitama JALT:

(1) Practical Activities using Mac Keynote; (2) Teaching English: It's YOUR Business

Date: Sunday, May 8th, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: (1) Mary Nobuoka; (2) Miguel Gervais

Two presentations this meeting:

Practical Activities using Mac Keynote
Mary Nobuoka
Generation Y has reached the university level. Unlike their teachers and professors, this generation takes digital technology completely for granted. Innovated ways for using the computer in the classroom is one way to keep the attention of this new breed of students, making it vital for teachers to keep up with technology. This non-technical presentation demonstrates practical ideas and classroom activities utilizing Mac Keynote software (much of which is applicable to Power Point software). Applications include setting the mood for the classroom, warm-up games, activity explanations, pronunciation practice, listening, cultural exposure, and the benefits of using slides for activities that are repeated whether throughout the year, in more than one class, or year after year.

The presentation will also include tips and cautions on preparing and using technology in the classroom. Teachers who are interested in integrating fun, interactive and engaging activities for their digital-age students will gain practical ideas to bring back to their classrooms. Participants are welcomed and encouraged to share their experiences and ideas using Keynote or Power Point in the language classroom.

Mary Nobuoka is an associate professor at Mejiro University, where she teaches English writing, content courses, and EFL classes. During her 16 years in Japan, she has taught students of every level, aged 2 to 82. Other subjects she has taught include cross cultural communication, art and English karaoke. She is also a licensed ikebana instructor. Innovation in education is of particular interest; here she is as much a student as a teacher. Mary is also a member of CALL and the Bilingual Special Interest Group.

Teaching English: It's YOUR Business
Miguel Gervais
Why did you become a teacher? I doubt that it was part of a get-rich-quick scheme. In fact, I don't expect your decision to be a teacher had much to do with money at all. Does that mean that you took a vow of poverty when you became a teacher? I hope not. In this seminar, I will be discussing the business-side of teaching. Whether you are an eikaiwa teacher, a part-time university lecturer, a school teacher or even if you are tenured, this seminar should provide some interesting ideas for improving your cash-flows and managing your affairs in a turbulent economy. We will sketch out a personal business plan and discuss some of the nuts and bolts of the business of teaching English in Japan.

Miguel Gervais has been teaching English in Japan since 2000. In 2003, he wrapped his various contracts into a profitable sole-proprietorship company. For the last 8 years, he's been busy managing and growing his business while continuing to study the art of teaching.

Organization: Saitama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Saitama JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan 5th floor, Shiino Omiya Center Plaza 1-10-18 Sakuragicho, Omiya Saitama 330-0854

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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