Kyoto JALT:

"Post" Pandemic Practices Colloquium

Date: Saturday, June 19th, 2021 Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: Adrianne Verla Uchida (Nihon University College of International Relations), Takaaki Hiratsuka (Ryukoku University), Chie Ogawa (Kyoto Sangyo University) and Nancy Shzh-chen Lee (Osaka University)

1:00-1:05 Opening

1:05-1:30 Moving forward: Reflections from a year of ERT
Adrianne Verla Uchida (Nihon University College of International Relations)
With the start of 2021 continuing online, it offered the opportunity to look back on the past year of ERT. The good, the bad, and everything in between. This presentation will look at my growth as a tertiary educator and first-time mother as I learned to juggle those roles to survive and occasionally even thrive during the pandemic. I will share about the computer and smartphone applications that I integrated in my lessons, the role that various communities of practice played in supporting me mentally, and the joys and challenges of being a new mom during that time. Through reflecting and sharing my experiences, I hope to draw attention to the challenges that primary caregivers, especially mothers, have faced during this time and encourage others to engage with both established and new communities of practice as a way to engage in professional development during these changing times.

1:40-2:05 Dreams cut short but heads held high: Study abroad in the times of coronavirus
Takaaki Hiratsuka (Ryukoku University)
The emergence of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has brought about a historically unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation where the entire world has been put under threat with widespread panic and anxiety concerning the unknown illness. Language teachers are among many whose quality of life has been affected in a dramatic manner. In particular, pre-service teacher candidates who participated in study-abroad programs had to respond to the global pandemic in a foreign land by abruptly ending their study or suddenly shifting to online classes. This study explored the experiences of two of such pre-service teachers from Japan who undertook year-long study-abroad programs, one in Sweden and the other in Taiwan. Using narrative, this chapter documents the ways in which the participants reacted to the life-changing event, via the intricate process of feeling initial distress, finding subsequent acceptance, and expressing dispositional optimism. This chapter also examines how their idiosyncratic experiences might influence their attitudes towards teaching English in Japan and their plans for becoming English language teachers in the future. Implications are also raised for study-abroad programs, teacher education, and future research.

2:05-2:25 Break/ Networking

2:25-2:50 How can teachers better self-manage themselves when teaching online?
Chie Ogawa (Kyoto Sangyo University) & Nancy Shzh-chen Lee (Osaka University)
The Covid-19 pandemic changed the delivery of many classes from face-to-face to online. We investigated teachers’ self-efficacy to teach online by surveying 138 university English teachers in Japan during the pandemic in June, 2020. A survey with 30 Likert-scale items was developed to examine four latent constructs of online teaching self-efficacy: pedagogy, technology, CLT, and self-management. Results showed that teachers were highly self-efficacious about teaching online but were not self-efficacious to manage themselves especially with time usage. In this workshop, we would like to share ideas of how teachers manage their time efficiently while shifting to online teaching. In the first half, the presenters will share the results of their survey and in the second half, they will conduct group discussions in breakout rooms. This session will not be recorded so that the audience and the presenters can actively share ideas/concerns/strategies of their time-and self-management for teaching online.

2:50~ Announcements/ Open Discussion

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

Cost: free

Venue: Online; Registration Form

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