Sunday, April 12, 2015

2015 April 12 | Nagasaki JALT Executive | Poster Sessions: Meet YOUR Nagasaki JALT Executive

Thanks to everyone who came out for the April meeting. The executives presented on a range of topics, providing something for everyone.

Thom Rawson (President) presented about making a digital textbook.

Thom Rawson
  • By making learning materials digital, teachers are better able to engage students where they spend much of their time and attention already: online and on their digital devices.
  • Digital textbooks allow for immediate feedback to students through automatic grading. This not only saves time for the teacher but can motivate students.
  • There are a variety of platforms available for creating digital coursework, including the following:
    • LMS: Moodle, Blackboard, Manaba
    • Google: Google Docs, YouTube, Blogger

John Patrick Owatari-Dorgan
John Patrick Owatari-Dorgan (Treasurer) presented about developing an online writing course.
  • The course focuses on developing basic writing skills for first-year university students
  • Weekly writing assignments are graded via an online rubric with teacher comments. This allows for efficient yet comprehensive grading. Moreover, all evaluation records are save on the system for future reference.
  • Projects incorporate peer-feedback based on an online rubric with comments. Peer evaluation makes the projects more interesting and helps teach students about what constitutes successful writing.

Luc Roberge
Luc Roberge (Program Chair) presented about four-corners presentations
  • Similar to most classes, students research a topic and create a presentation. However, on presentation day, students are stationed at one of four corners in the classroom. Other students observe and rotate to all four corners, observing each presentation once.
  • After giving their presentations four times to four different groups of observers, four new students become presenters.
  • The benefits of doing four corners presentations are:
    • students get multiple chances to present, thus allowing more chances for success
    • students enjoy watching their peers present about a variety of topics

Brendan Van Deusen (Publicity Chair) presented about using technology to teach vocabulary
Brendan Van Deusen

  • Students use a free online flashcard service called Quizlet to study a weekly set of vocabulary. This allows students to access and manage their learning on a pc or mobile.
  • Students then complete vocabulary homework and a weekly quiz on Moodle
  • Finally, students complete a free-writing exercise using vocabulary from the current vocabulary set to help move from receptive- to productive-understanding

To kick of the 2015 school year, please come and join our April meeting and meet your Nagasaki JALT executive. Better yet, find out what these people are doing when they aren't busy organizing local JALT events. Our executive staff have volunteered to give poster presentations in a round-robin format showcasing some of the research fields and experiences at the university level. The topics on the agenda for April’s meeting include:

- Making a Digital Textbook
- 4-Corner Presentations
- From Classroom to Community
- Vocabulary Learning with Technology: Quizlet and Moodle
- Designing an Online Writing Curriculum

Join in the discussion and meet new faces. Get new ideas for your classroom and share your own as well. Come and see what being a part of JALT is all about firsthand while learning something new.

  • Thom W. Rawson (Nagasaki International University), 
  • Karen Masatsugu (Kwassui Women's University), 
  • Luc Roberge (Nagasaki Junior College), 
  • Brendan Van Deusen (Nagasaki International University), 
  • John Patrick Owatari-Dorgan (Nagasaki International University)
Date and Time: Sunday, 12 April 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen, free for students or first-time JET Programme participants
Contact or Queries: Email contact form

Karen Masatsugu
Kwassui Women's University
J. Patrick Owatari-Dorgan
Nagasaki Int'l University
Thom Rawson
Nagasaki Int'l University
Luc Roberge
Nagasaki Junior College
Brendan Van Deusen
Nagasaki Int'l University

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