Pan-SIG 2015

Greg Goodmacher: MW-sponsored speaker at the Pan-SIG 2015

We have a 90-minute workshop at the Pan-SIG. Greg Goodmacher’s presentation will be highly motivational and interesting for materials writers looking to develop their creativity in writing. (May 16-17, see Pan-SIG 2015 website for details:

Greg will facilitate work- shop-style discussions about creativity and teaching materials. Accomplished materials writers will learn some new tricks from each other, and novices will gain much knowledge from their more experienced peers. The presentation will cover ways to make the average mass- produced textbook more affectively engaging, intellectually stimulating, and pedagogically effective. For example, the presenter will show how to turn reading sections into cooperative reading texts that involve oral communication and challenging tasks. Another topic is the creation of learning games that use the content of standard textbooks. Making and adapting teaching materials so that they appeal to students with differing learning styles will be discussed. We will also examine realia (maps, catalogs, newspapers, YouTube videos, government documents, etc.) and share our ideas on adapting them for our classes. Greg will show some examples of his work and ask the audience to critically analyze them. All participants will actively work together while sharing their ideas and experiences in creating teaching materials. The presenter has written typical textbooks published by Japanese publishers and has published and created materials that are too extreme (yet very effective) to be accepted by most book publishers. He believes that teaching materials are never really finished. They can and should be revised to better fit class needs and augmented to create more enriching learning and teaching experiences.

Nara April 2015

Dear members and friends of Nara JALT and MW-SIG,

With the high jinks of April fools out of the way for another year, it is time to get serious and add our April event to your schedule:

Materials and Methods for Teaching Spoken Language

Presented by Nara Chapter and Materials Writers SIG

Date and Time: 
 Sunday, 26 April 2015 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm
           Cameron Romney (Sangyo University) 
                           John Campbell-Larsen (Kyoto Women's University) 

With the cooperation of MW SIG, Nara JALT is proud to present this wonderfully practical doubleheader-event to kick off the academic year. Cameron Romney, a Featured Speaker at JALT 2015, will be talking about ways to write supplements that go with commercial textbooks. To follow, John Campbell-Larsen will be talking about how to use materials to stimulate speaking.

-Presentation 1-
Creating Supplements that Increase Opportunities for Spoken Interaction

Speaker: Cameron Romney (Sangyo University)
Cameron Romney has taught ESL/EFL in both the United States and Japan for the last 15 years. He holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Denver. In 2015, he was employed as a Foreign Language Contract Lecturer at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan. 

-Presentation 2-
A Page Full of Text to a Mouth Full of Air

Speaker: John Campbell-Larsen (Kyoto Women's University)
John Campbell-Larsen is associate professor of English at Kyoto Women's University. He received his master's degree in TESOL from Birmingham University and his research interests include Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics and teaching the spoken language. 

 Yamato Meeting Place (やまと会議室), conveniently located near Kintetsu Nara Stn.
Guide to Location: 
 Link to meeting location
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for one-day members: 
 1,000 yen

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