"Back to School" is Osaka JALT's annual spring mini-conference which aims to share ideas on a wide range of topics to help everyone start the new school year on a positive note.
With long and short presentation slots, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make Back to School 2013 a success. In case you missed it, here are some views of what happened.
Date: Sunday, April 27 (Submissions deadline April 6.)
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Otemae University -Itami campus (between Hankyu Inano Station and JR Inadera Station, about 20 min. from Umeda.)
Admission: JALT members ¥1000 (full time student members and senior members ¥500); One-day members ¥2000 (full time students and seniors over 65 ¥1000).
Here's the schedule for Back-to-School 2014, which can also be downloaded below or at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jgqvjtmm56gzlqv/Back_to_School_2014_Schedule.pdf
This year's 22 presentations (in alphabetical order):
Sugu Althomsons - Ways to effectively use note-taking apps (especially Evernote)
Gordon Carlson - Snooze-busting games and activites for all ages and levels
Lucas Dickerson - Teaching Pragmatics with Comics
Ann Flanagan - A Shared Learning Partnership in the Classroom
Michael Furmanovsky - Getting to Know You
Sean Gay - Choose two, pick one
Hazel Hashinishi - Ways to keep students engaged and motivated
Michael Herke - International Integration and Task-based Learning
Mary Hillis, Lucas Dickerson, Bilunta Carter, and Jade Ivy - Multiple Perspectives from the Writing Center
Michael Hollenback - Contextualizing EFL Lessons: How to foster relevance and immediacy
Harlan Kellem - Critical Reading for Critical Thinking
David Lees - Use of Digital Flashcards For Vocabulary Practice
Matt Lucas - Self-publishing: Customizing materials for learner needs
Laura Markslag and Robert Sheridan - Publish or Perish: A Critical Look at International English Language Teaching Conferences
David Ockert - Self-determination theory-based lessons plans that work
Megumi Ohsumi - Why Not Poetry?: Reading Alexander Pope, William Blake, and Robert Frost
Rob Peacock - Cross-Curricular Learning for Teenage Students in Japan
Rob Peacock - Track Your Students' Success with Online Learning
Oliver Rose - Integrating Online Reading and Game Apps for Vocabulary Development
Martin Salinas - Reinforcing Speech Intonation with Music
Martin Salinas - Storytelling with tempo-controlled background music
Ryan Smithers - Writing with Hyphens
Please print out and post up the fliers below at your schools to help spread the word.