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  • Event in Kagoshima 3-week English study home stay in Chester, Uk, 2017 - A case studyDate: August 17th, 2017Time: 6pmLocation: AEON building, 7th floor, opposite Kagoshima chuo stationTwo ladies ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2017, 11:35 PM by NanKyu JALT
  • Newsletter If you're a NanKyu member, check your inbox for the Spring Newsletter. If you don't see it, take a look in your spam folder, sometimes it's gets ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 7:26 PM by NanKyu JALT
  • Event in Nagasaki: Expanding Academic Vocabulary Using Word Walls April 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm. Dejima Kouryukaikan. Email program@nankyujalt.org for more information!
    Posted Apr 4, 2017, 7:23 PM by NanKyu JALT
  • Job Opening: Kumamoto YMCA Kumamoto YMCA is now planning to start  Autumn English Programs for Children as well as Regular Courses for both Children and Adults. If you would like to try to be ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2016, 5:43 AM by NanKyu JALT
  • 14 May PIGATE meeting cancelled Because of the recent Kumamoto earthquake, the 14 May PIGATE meeting has been cancelled. We will announce the location of the 11 June meeting as soon as arrangements have been ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:11 AM by NanKyu JALT
  • Academic Writing Workshop cancelled The Academic Writing Workshop has been cancelled due to the Kumamoto earthquakeDate and Time: Saturday May 14th, 2016 1pm to 3:30pmVenue: Sojo University International Learning Center ...
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:10 AM by NanKyu JALT
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Event in Kagoshima

posted Aug 1, 2017, 11:35 PM by NanKyu JALT

3-week English study home stay in Chester, Uk, 2017 - A case study

Date: August 17th, 2017
Time: 6pm
Location: AEON building, 7th floor, opposite Kagoshima chuo station

Two ladies who joined this 26 strong trip will be presenting photos and explanations on a powerpoint. They will assess the experience of living with a home stay, plus the eikaiwa classes, plus a brief history and suitability of Chester for a home stay program. 

Some of the university students who came on the trip will also be available for questions after the presentation. Marcus Theobold arranged and lead the trip so he will be involved in the Q & A section afterwards also.

Newsletter

posted Apr 4, 2017, 7:20 PM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 7:26 PM ]

If you're a NanKyu member, check your inbox for the Spring Newsletter. If you don't see it, take a look in your spam folder, sometimes it's gets waylaid. Let us know if you want to add anything to the next newsletter. publicity@nankyujalt.org

Event in Nagasaki: Expanding Academic Vocabulary Using Word Walls

posted Apr 4, 2017, 7:19 PM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Apr 4, 2017, 7:23 PM ]

April 23rd, 2:00-5:00pm. Dejima Kouryukaikan. Email program@nankyujalt.org for more information!

Job Opening: Kumamoto YMCA

posted Jun 4, 2016, 9:44 PM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Jun 5, 2016, 5:43 AM ]

Kumamoto YMCA is now planning to start  Autumn English Programs for Children as well as Regular Courses for both Children and Adults. If you would like to try to be part of the YMCA English language teachers workforce, this is a very good opportunity for you to join and start as a part time teacher and hopefully be eligible for a possible Full Time position from April.

New challenges and non-stop opportunities for self-improvement through free intensive and regular trainings, workshops, and discussions await you here at the YMCA. So come and try to join us to make a difference in the global community.

Kumamoto YMCA is not only a place where you can teach English. It is also a place where you get to be a part of a community where people support and help each other. It is also the place where teachers` ideas are always welcome to make contributions for the betterment of the school which in turn contributes to making better programs based on the needs of our clientele.

Most of our teachers (and students as well) have stayed with us through the years as they have opted to be committed to our program and vision of nurturing the old and young alike to be ready as global citizens. Our foreign teachers also have regarded Kumamoto YMCA as their second home away from home.

If you are a teacher who values commitment, self- improvement, long lasting friendships, and a chance  to make a difference,  then Kumamoto YMCA is one of the best if not the best place to be.

Requirements
  • Non-native English speaker:  900 TOEIC score and above for adults and 750 and above for Kodomo
  • Native English speaker: TESOL and/or teaching experience preferred but not required
  • Driving license preferred (but not necessary)
  • Foreign applicants must have a valid visa
Please send your CV/application and other related information to:

Attn: Maria Kase
5-5 Kamitori-cho Chuo-ku Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto, 860-0845
Global Education Department
Kumamoto YMCA,
a Public-interest Incorporated Foundation
〒860-0845 熊本市中央区上通町5-5
公益財団法人 熊本YMCA 語学教育部 加瀬マリア宛
Phone:096-352-2344

14 May PIGATE meeting cancelled

posted Apr 26, 2016, 7:07 AM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 7:11 AM ]

Because of the recent Kumamoto earthquake, the 14 May PIGATE meeting has been cancelled. We will announce the location of the 11 June meeting as soon as arrangements have been made.















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Academic Writing Workshop cancelled

posted Apr 6, 2016, 11:21 PM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 7:10 AM ]

The Academic Writing Workshop has been cancelled due to the Kumamoto earthquake
Date and Time: Saturday May 14th, 2016 1pm to 3:30pm
Venue: Sojo University International Learning Center (Map Link)
This event is intended for both new and experienced researchers who hope to benefit from some extra hints and tips for writing for academic purposes and publication. In addition to three useful workshops, there will be time for questions and discussion.

Workshop 1: Joe Tomei (Kumamoto Gakuen University) and Richard S. Lavin (Kumamoto Prefectural University): Rounding up references: incorporating reference software into your life

Workshop 2: Dave Bollen (Sojo University International Learning Center) Writing for a PhD

Workshop 3: Rob Hirschel (Sojo University International Learning Center): Getting started with Action Research



Kagoshima meeting 15 Mar: Specialised English at Art Universities in Japan

posted Feb 19, 2016, 4:31 PM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 8:39 PM by Joseph Tomei ]

Date and Time:  Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Speakers: Will Hall and Eric Luong
Venue: In the new AEON building 7th floor opposite Kagoshima Chuo station (map link)
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In this talk we will outline the situation of English language education in specialist art universities in Japan. Throughout our university art studies in Kyoto, we both realised that the standard compulsory English education offered was not enough to meet the very specialised needs of the students, many of whom have hopes to be active abroad as exchange students at foreign art schools, or to take part in exhibitions or the increasingly popular artist residen
cies. We will pay particular attention to the art specific teaching methods and materials we have developed to meet the unique linguistic demands of our students, including:
  • Discussing artworks (both famous works and students’ own)
  • Deconstructing real artists interviews (written and video)
  • Artist CV and artist statement making workshops
We feel that this is an area yet to be thoroughly explored in EFL teaching and we hope to encourage lively discussion about how these methods may be used in other specialised (non-art) universities or classrooms and hear about other teachers’ experiences with content-based and specialised language education.
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After the talk we will be going to recife for drinks and food. All are welcome, JALT members free, non-JALT members 500 yen. Hope to see you there. For more info, please contact Marcus Theobald at <marcustheobald@hotmail.com>.

12 March PIGATE meeting

posted Feb 18, 2016, 6:06 AM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Mar 7, 2016, 5:19 AM ]

PIGATE, the grass-roots teacher training group, co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT, will be having their regular meeting on 12 March from 1:30 to 4:30 at Kumamoto Gakuen University, Building 1 English Lounge. 
1. 13:00 ~ 13:30 Preparation (30mins) 
2. 13:30 ~ 13:40 Opening remarks (10mins) 
3. 13:40 ~ 14:40 ETE (English Through English slot) by Mr. Kota Kuroki (Aso Chuo SHS Aso Seiho Building) "Reading Aloud Activities" 
4. 14:40 ~ 15:20 Kitemiran and Shitemiran + Break (40mins) 
5. 15:20 ~ 16:20 GAS(Grammar Awareness Series) by Ms. Tomomi Nishioka (Kikuchikita JHS)(60mins) 「EVERの活躍に追いつく(About "ever"」 
6. 16:20 ~ 16:30 Summary by Mr. Takaki (10mins) 
 7. 16:30 ~ 16:40 Annoucements & Closing Remarks(10mins)









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Miyazaki Meeting 21 May: Story-based approach

posted Feb 17, 2016, 4:52 AM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Mar 2, 2016, 12:30 AM ]

Sharing the joy of reading stories with young learners 
21 May, 2 to 5 pm at Miyazaki Municipal University (map link)

In this workshop, together with Chiyuki Yanase, we will explore how story-based approach can develop essential language learning skills of young learners as well as explore a number of storytelling styles and story-based activities. Participants will also be invited to develop their own story-based lessons using a picture book. It is hoped that participants go on to use these ideas in their classes to facilitate their students’ language acquisition in a pleasurable and creative learning environment. 

このワークショップでは、物語を基盤に置くアプローチによって、児童の基礎的な言語学習スキルをどのように高めることができるかということや、数多くの物語の伝え方や物語を軸とした活動について探求していきます。また、参加者は絵本を使いながら、ワークショップの中で物語を軸とした授業を組み立てていくことになります。楽しく創造的な学習環境の中で生徒の言語習得を支援するために、このワークショップで考えたアイデアが実際の授業の中で使われることを楽しみにしています。

Bio-data: Chiyuki Yanase is a language school owner and an ALT at public elementary schools in Tokyo. She has been teaching English for young learners in Japan for over 20 years and graduated from the MSc TEYL program at Aston University. She also started teaching at universities in Tokyo in 2015. Her research focuses on collaborative learning and literacy development of young learners. She has presented at numerous conferences, and is the co-author of textbook Guinness World Records1 and 2 (Macmillan, 2013).

Job Opening: Yamaga BOE

posted Feb 12, 2016, 6:42 PM by Web Admin NanKyu JALT   [ updated Feb 16, 2016, 8:49 PM by NanKyu JALT ]

Yamaga BOE is looking to direct hire one ALT for an ES and/or JHS position for the 2016-2017 school year to add to its already amazing team of 3 other directly hired ALTs. If you or anyone you know is creative, hardworking and a team player with excellent interpersonal skills is interested in this position please contact NanKyu JALT at officers@nankyujalt.org for salary, benefits and application process. Good luck!

Interested Candidates should e-mail the following in PDF format:  
1. Resume (English)  
2. Rirekisho (Japanese resume)  
3. Cover Letter which should share your thoughts regarding...  
a. Why is learning another language important?  
b. What is your educational philosophy?  

Please send necessary paperwork to the following address:  

〒861-0592 熊本県山鹿市山鹿987-3山鹿市役所 教育総務課  
〒861-0592 Kumamoto-ken, Yamaga-shi, Yamaga 987-3 Yamaga-shiyakusho Kyouikusoumuka  

Application deadline is Feb 19th.  

Be ready to do a short, live interview in Japanese and English about Mid-March at the Yamaga BOE offices.  

Salary: 280,000 Y - 300,000 Y per month depending on experience 
Benefits: Shakai Hoken (1/2 paid by employer, 1/2 paid by employee) 
10 days paid leave per + 1 day each consecutive year (nenkyu) of continued employment  

Time: 40 hrs per week typically Mon-Fri - classroom, prep, special events 12 month working temporary contract with yearly renewal possibility Schools: JHS and/or ES schools per week with occasional ES and kindergarten classes, eikaiwa classes 5-8 times per semester 

This is a unique ALT position for a dynamic individual. The classrooms at these schools have high speed internet, HD TVs, and are slowly but surely having a progressive English education culture. You will have a schedule the same as Japanese teachers, and you are expected to work during the summer time when classes are out doing prep work, collaborating with JTEs and other ALTs unless you take nenkyu. If you are an interested ALT who has a vision to help move English education forward in the 21st Century please contact with attached resumes and cover letter. Besides the typical JHS duties of an ALT, the position is interested in individuals possessing the following goals and abilities of the 21st Century ALT. 

1.Be passionate about teaching and learning. 
2.Build great relationships with JTEs and students. 
3.Actively speak English with students at all times. 
4.Make textbook lessons real and relevant by sharing videos, articles, music, and original writing. 
5.Coordinate authentic communication skills such as speaking and writing with students from foreign countries with Skype, e-mail and letter writing on a regular basis.
6.Research, create and share multimedia such as YouTube Videos, smartphone apps, learning websites with JTEs and students. 
7.Create student centered, cooperative group learning activities that use English for self-expression to communicate with foreign students. 
8.Use the computers as an active learning tool to bring English to life. 
9.Work seamlessly, constructively and positively with the current trio of seasoned direct hired ALTs. Good luck!

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