Iwate-Aomori JALT:

Presentation1: Typography and document design for classroom materials; Presentation2: Japanese copyright law and authentic materials: What teachers need to know

Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2011 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Cameron Romney

Presentation 1

Typography and document design for classroom materials

Many teachers give students handouts of some sort in the classroom. Whether these are in-class activities or homework, the content of the handout is only half of the document. The other half is the visual elements: graphics, page layout, typography, etc. While lots of thought and energy went into the creation of content, often the visual elements of the document are ignored. Teachers should be concerned about these elements because research has shown that the visual design effects comprehension, motivation, etc.

The presentation will review research related to visual design and then cover some of the basics of document design including: typeface (font), line spacing, white space, lines/shapes and clip art/graphics and offer some suggestions for best practices. Participants should come away from the presentation with a greater understanding of what the visual elements of a document are and how visual elements affect a reader’s comprehension and motivation.

Presentation 2

Japanese copyright law and authentic materials: What teachers need to know

Authentic materials such as newspapers and videos are protected by copyright. If teachers use them in the classroom are they violating the copyright? How can teachers legally use them? This presentation will look at the copyright laws in Japan as they pertain to teachers, students and classrooms.


Cameron Romney first came to Japan in 1998 and has taught in a number of educational environments since then. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver and his main area of research is visual communication and L2 learners. He is currently a Sr. Adjunct lecturer in the Center for Foreign Language Education at Momoyama Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan.

Organization: Iwate-Aomori Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate-Aomori JALT)

Cost: please see here for details

Venue: Aiina, Morioka, 6th Floor, Room 602

Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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