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

3 November 2019

NanKyu Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We will hold our AGM at JALT2019 on Sunday morning. An agenda will be posted soon. If you'd like to comment on, make requests for discussion items, or would like to join the meeting, please contact Branden Kirchmyer, Chapter President, at president@nankyujalt.org.

  • Time: 9:50 AM - 10:35 AM (45 minutes)
  • Room: 906
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To Be Determined...

Your Next Event!

Do you have an idea for an event? Fill out the form here or contact us directly at president@nankyujalt.org.

Past Events

29 June 2019

Officers Meeting

Directly following the conference on 29 June, our officers will be meeting to discuss policy and future programming for our Chapter. An agenda will be posted soon. If you'd like to comment on, make requests for discussion items, or would like to join the meeting, please contact Branden Kirchmyer, Chapter President, at president@nankyujalt.org.

28-30 June 2019

The sixth annual Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum will be held in partnership with the Teacher Development SIG on 29 June, 2019, with a Welcome Party on Friday the 28th and a castle tour on Sunday the 30th.

15-16 June 2019

JALT Executive Board Meeting (EBM)

The second Executive Board Meeting of 2019 will be held in Nagoya, where Chapter Presidents and SIG Coordinators will assemble with the National Officers (Board of Directors) and various appointed officers to discuss and decide on JALT policy. For this EBM, Branden Kirchmeyer represented the NanKyu Chapter as Chapter President.

9 May 2019

Guest Speakers: Marcus Theobald and Will Hall

When: Sat, May 4, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: AEON building 7th floor, 教室第1, Kagoshim

Cost: 500

Marcus Theobald, Shigakukan University, Kagoshima: Japanese university students’ ability to recognize the (ɔ:) phoneme

Will Hall, Miyazaki International College: Engaging with language through visual art

9 March 2019

PIGATE Monthly meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, March 9, 1:30pm – 4:45pm

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!

PIGATE Event 3-2019.pdf

23 February 2019

Integration of Content and Language 2 of 2: The Reactive Approach

(organized by the Prefectural University of Kumamoto)

When: Sat, February 23, 10:00pm – 3:00pm

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

Who: Roy Lyster, Professor Emeritus, McGill University

Cost: Free for everybody!

NOTE: People are welcome to turn up on the day, but we would like to get some idea of numbers, so notifying Rick Lavin (rlavin@pu-kumamoto.ac.jp) in advance of your intention to attend would be greatly appreciated. Queries also welcome at the same address.

22 February 2019

Integration of Content and Language 1 of 2: The Proactive Approach

(organized by the Prefectural University of Kumamoto)

When: Sat, February 22, 9:30pm – 12:30pm

Where: Room 204, Glocal Center, Prefectural University of Kumamoto, 3 Chome-1-100 Tsukide, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 862-8502, Japan (map)

Who: Roy Lyster, Professor Emeritus, McGill University

Cost: Free for everybody!

NOTE: People are welcome to turn up on the day, but we would like to get some idea of numbers, so notifying Rick Lavin (rlavin@pu-kumamoto.ac.jp) in advance of your intention to attend would be greatly appreciated. Queries also welcome at the same address.

9 February 2019

PIGATE Monthly meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, February 9, 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!

15 December 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.

13 December 2018

23-26 November 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



Shout out to Greg Rammit (Kumamoto Gakuen University) who won the Best Poster Competition at the conference!

15-16 November 2018

11th International Symposium of America-Japan Societies in Kumamoto

(not a JALT-sponsored event)

When: Friday & Saturday, 15-16 November

Where: Hotel Castle BF Crystal Hall 〒860-8565 Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto, Chuo Ward, Jyoto-machi 4-2

Cost: ¥20,000 for both days, ¥12,000 for Saturday only

This event is not sponsored by JALT, but is a good opportunity for those who have an interest in Japan-America relations. Our chapter president will be attending, so if you'd like more information please contact Branden Kirchmeyer at president@nankyujalt.org, or visit the Japan-American Societies of Kumamoto website.

2018.11.15-17-11th-International-Symposium.pdf

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!

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.

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.

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.