NanKyu JALT

Welcome to the NanKyu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching! Our chapter incorporates the areas of Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. We promote and sponsor events in all four prefectures, and aim to bring together language teachers from all levels and fields. Have a look around!

Upcoming Events

15 September 2018

PIGATE EVENT (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

Creating and Implementing Interactive Tasks based on Self-Determination Theory - for young learners and the young at heart!

David Ockert's teaching interests are in critical thinking, reading comprehension, and academic writing. He does research on the influence of technology on affective variables (motivation, confidence, anxiety, and willingness to communicate). For this presentation, he will focus on self-determination theory-based EFL motives, as they are interrelated.

David also enjoys creative lesson planning for communicative purposes, using a task-based language teaching (TBLT) approach via the three pillars of self-determination theory: competence (mastery), relatedness, and autonomy. He will show how all three can be easily incorporated into any level of pedagogy, with a focus on the junior high school level in Japan.

When: Sept. 15, 2018, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: The Prefectural University of Kumamoto - Administrative Studies faculty building, 5th floor, Seminar room 10

For more information/updates, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

13 October 2018

PIGATE Monthly meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, October 13, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Prefectural University of Kumamoto, 3 Chome-1-100 Tsukide, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 862-8502, Japan (map)

Cost: Free

For more details, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

Also, check out our PIGATE page!

19 October 2018

Yuka Akiyama (Tokyo University)

What makes a successful interaction? Research and Practice on Telecollaboration

The presenter will discuss some of the theoretical and practical issues involved with implementing and researching telecollaborative interactions (a.k.a. virtual exchange), namely technology-mediated intercultural interactions between participants of different first languages. She will start the presentation with her recent study (Akiyama & Cunningham, 2018) that synthesized 20 years of telecollaboration practice in the world. She will then introduce her discourse analysis study (Akiyama, 2017) on a semester-long, video-mediated eTandem project between thirty U.S. learners of Japanese and thirty Japanese learners of English who engaged in weekly interactions via Google Hangouts. Her analysis will show how telecollaborative success was mediated by participants’ discursive practices that were subject to various institutional, intercultural, and individual difference factors.

When: Fri, October 19, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Sojo University

20 October 2018

Yuka Akiyama (Tokyo University)

What makes a successful interaction? Research and Practice on Telecollaboration

The presenter will discuss some of the theoretical and practical issues involved with implementing and researching telecollaborative interactions (a.k.a. virtual exchange), namely technology-mediated intercultural interactions between participants of different first languages. She will start the presentation with her recent study (Akiyama & Cunningham, 2018) that synthesized 20 years of telecollaboration practice in the world. She will then introduce her discourse analysis study (Akiyama, 2017) on a semester-long, video-mediated eTandem project between thirty U.S. learners of Japanese and thirty Japanese learners of English who engaged in weekly interactions via Google Hangouts. Her analysis will show how telecollaborative success was mediated by participants’ discursive practices that were subject to various institutional, intercultural, and individual difference factors.

When: Sat, October 20, 14:30pm – 16:30pm

Where: Nagasaki International University

10 November 2018

PIGATE Monthly meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, November 10, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Prefectural University of Kumamoto, 3 Chome-1-100 Tsukide, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 862-8502, Japan (map)

Cost: Free

For more details, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

Also, check out our PIGATE page!

23-26 November 2018

JALT 2018

The 44th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition will be held at the Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center (Granship) Shizuoka City, Shizuoka, Japan on Friday, November 23, to Monday, November, 26, 2018

Call for presentation proposals: https://jalt.org/conference/call-proposals

Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 11:59 pm, JST

15 December 2018

SUTLF 5 x JASAL 2018

The fifth annual Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum will be held in partnership with the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) on 15 December, 2018.

Recent Events

Video Exchange Project: Presentation by Andrew Meyerhoff (Nagasaki)

The project involves video exchange between fourteen first year Japanese University students and a Japanese-Canadian living within the former internment camp, now-turned incorporated town. This town is known mostly as a hotbed for agriculture. The Canadian-based correspondent is an avid horticulturalist, growing self-sustaining fruit and vegetable crops, as well as herbs. Close to half the students in the Japanese student group are Agriculture majors and introduce Japanese crops to the Canadian correspondent and two of her sons through video. In addition, the students learn about internment camp life and a local roadside signage project. The goals of the project are four-fold: raising awareness and motivation for students; fostering linkage between cultures (Canadian, Japanese, Nikkei); cross-cultural content-based learning; empowerment and preservation for Nikkei community through cultural bridges. The platform and other features will be discussed. Come attend this event and learn results to date.

Bio: Andrew Meyerhoff is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a lived in Japan for 29 years. He has completed TESOL training from Langara College and UBC, along with practicum from the Vancouver School Board, in addition to holding an MEd from Acadia University in Curriculum Studies. He has been an Associate Professor at Saga University for 12 years.

Cost: JALT Members: free

Non-members: 1000 (students free)

Venue: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejima machi, Nagasaki City (map)

Feel free to RSVP or drop comments/questions on our Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/188287081846736/

PIGATE Monthly Meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, July 14, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Prefectural University of Kumamoto, 3 Chome-1-100 Tsukide, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 862-8502, Japan (map)

Cost: Free

For more details, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

Also, check out our PIGATE page!

2nd 2018 JALT Executive Board Meeting

Held at the International Congress Center in Tsukuba, JALT leaders from around the country assembled for the 2nd annual Executive Board Meeting (EBM) to report on the state of JALT and discuss future changes and projections. NanKyu Chapter was represented by our President, Branden Kirchmeyer. Of note, a new SIG was voted into existence: Intercultural Communication. Potential collaborations with other chapters and SIGs were discussed, and strategies for improving members experiences were learned and are currently being implemented.

If you are a NanKyu member and would like more information about this or future EBMs, or are interested in attending an EBM, please contact one of the officers listed here.

4th Annual Oita JALT Pechakucha Event

Our friendly neighbors in Oita JALT have invited us out to their 'pechakucha' event! The deadline for registering is March 19th. Click on the title for more information including location and contact details.

SUTLF 2018: English Beyond the Classroom

The fourth annual Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum was a big success. ¥65000 was raised for Randall's charity.

My Share & New Year's Party

Members met in Nagasaki for a My Share followed by a New Year party.