Sunday, 11 December 2011

Shinshu JALT presents...

Today I helped organise an event for the local chapter of JALT (Japan Association of Language Teachers) wearing one of my others hats (Programme Chair) in association with the publishers Cengage, at a college in Nagano city. Our ambition is to reach out to teachers in other parts of the prefecture, not just Matsumoto (where the most active members currently live &/or work.

It was a long day, starting with a puncture en route to picking up one of our sponsors from the airport, and finishing with a quick enkai in a funky ethnic restaurant "Cho Bali Bali" in downtown Nagano, before legging it to catch the last train back.

Cengage's featured speaker was Curtis Kelly, and his presentations were about his thoughts on brain plasticity and the implications for language learning/acquisition. He also shared  ideas on the use of certain activities from a text book he co-authored with Chuck Sandy (Active). Cheryl Kirchhoff represented Shinshu JALT on stage, giving us feedback on the success of a homestay/working holiday programme.

As you can see from the slideshow, turnout was good and brains suitably taxed!

Thank you speakers & Cengage, and to everyone who made the journey.
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