Feeling Bloated Teacher?

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). The seeds, leaves, and roots of the fennel plant are readily available in many forms including plain seeds, sugar-coated seeds, extract, oil, and capsules. All offer a natural way to help relieve gas. When shopping, note that fresh fennel seeds should have a strong aroma, and other forms should have a freshness date. Simply chew and swallow one-half  read more

Eggs and baked potatoes can also help with bloat.

Posted in Health | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Culture in the Language Classroom

View this message in your browser »

 

Graduate College of Education

  

 

Distinguished Lecturer Series

Culture in the Language Classroom: Towards an Intercultural Pedagogy for Teaching English as a Foreign Language/World Language

Dr. Jonathan Newton (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)

 

 

Date:

Saturday, February 16, 2019Time:

14:00-17:00Venue:

TUJ Tokyo Center, Azabu Hall (Access Map)Admission:

Free (See details)Registration:

Sign Up Online 

An often overlooked truth about language teaching is that the language teacher is a teacher of culture whether they know it or not or whether they like it or not. Culture and language are intertwined; language constructs and sustains culture just as culture shapes the language choices available to us and the impact of our language choices on others. In simple terms, “Every time we speak we perform a cultural act” (Kramsch, 1993).

Read the full seminar description »

 Sign Up for the Seminar

  

 

Upcoming Seminars in Spring 2019

 

March 2-3

Optimizing Second Language Practice in the Classroom: Applying Insights from Cognitive/Educational Psychology to Second Language Learning

Dr. Yuichi Suzuki (Kanagawa University, Japan)

 Upcoming Seminars

  

 

 

 

If you would like us to remove your e-mail address from our mailing list, please send an e-mail to tujtesol@tuj.temple.edu using “REMOVE” as the subject heading. If you are replying from an email address other than the one we sent this email to, please specify the email address you would like us to remove.

 

TUJ Graduate College of Education, Tokyo Center

2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

Tel: 03-5441-9842

Posted in Conferences, Teacher Training, Teaching | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Tokyo ETJ English Language Teaching Expo

Saturday/Sunday February 23/24 (9:00-6:00 each day)

Otsuma Women’s University, Tokyo

(near Ichigaya station)

Presentation Schedule

120 presentations on a wide variety of topics

Saturday Presentation Schedule

http://ltprofessionals.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Tokyo-Saturday-Schedule.pdf

Sunday Presentation Schedule

http://ltprofessionals.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Tokyo-Sunday-Schedule.pdf

Information

Information including a map with directions

http://ltprofessionals.com/etj/2018expos

REGISTER TO ATTEND

http://ltprofessionals.com/etj/registration

The Expo is for ALL teachers

There are presentations and displays of materials for college teachers, high school teachers, elementary school teachers, kindergarten teachers… In fact, the aim is to provide top-class presentations and material displays for every kind of teacher.

You can attend one, day, two days, all day or part of a day

There are independent presentations arranged in time slots throughout the two days. This means you can drop into the Expo for just some of the time if you are busy.

Displays of teaching materials and services for teachers

The following will be having displays at the Expo:

AGO, Bingo Bongo Kids, Cambridge Exams, Cengage Learning, Dave and Amy Games, David Lisgo, Easy Fun English, English Connect 365, ETJ Book Service, ETJ Book Service International, ETJ Job Service, FETJ, Fun Bridge English Songs, Hamilton House, Independent Publishers International (IPI) / Nellie’s, JALT, Modern English Publishing, My English School, My Team Camp, Nuthouse Education, Oxford University Press, Pocket Passport, Rob Waring, Study Cat, Tanuki Games, Tryalogue Education

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Fee for attending the Expo

ETJ members: 500 yen

Non-members: 1,000 yen

Join ETJ

(no fee)

http://ltprofessionals.com/etjform

**************************

To unsubscribe from all Language Teaching Professionals / ETJ

newsletters, reply to this email with ‘unsubscribe’ as the subject

Sent to: kevinsenglishschools@hotmail.com

Posted in Conferences, etj | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

ETJ Book Service

A few important changes were made to the ETJ Book Service during the Christmas/New Year period including almost 1.000 new books, cards and games were added to the site. The stock of some books published by independent publishers in Japan has also recently been increased increased to avoid delays with the materials.

By ordering through the ETJ Book Service, you help make it possible for ETJ to continue as a free association supporting English teachers in Japan

ETJ Book Service
https://www.etjbookservice.com
Over 16,000 books, resources, games . . .

There is a 20% discount on all materials sold through the site and free shipping on orders over 5,000 yen before discount and tax.

ETJ Book Service International
https://ltpbooks.net
A selection of imported materials that are appropriate for teachers in Japan.

Best wishes,

David Paul

**************************

Posted in Books, etj | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Tokyo ETJ English Language Teaching Expo

You are invited to . . .

The Tokyo ETJ English Language Teaching Expo

Saturday/Sunday February 23/24 (9:00-6:00 each day)

Otsuma Women’s University, Tokyo

(near Ichigaya station)

THE event for English language teachers (and future teachers) in Kanto

• Presentations by authors, local teachers . . .

on a wide range of topics for English teachers in all kinds of situations.

• Displays of teaching materials by international publishers and individual teachers.

Information

Information such as the presentation schedule, a map with directions . . .

will gradually be added at:

http://ltprofessionals.com/etj/2018expos

REGISTER TO ATTEND

http://ltprofessionals.com/etj/registration

The Expo is for ALL teachers

There are presentations and displays of materials for college teachers, high school teachers, elementary school teachers, kindergarten teachers… In fact, the aim is to provide top-class presentations and material displays for every kind of teacher.

You can attend one, day, two days, all day or part of a day

There are independent presentations arranged in time slots throughout the two days. This means you can drop into the Expo for just some of the time if you are busy.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Fee for attending the Expo

ETJ members: 500 yen

Non-members: 1,000 yen

Join ETJ

(no fee)

http://ltprofessionals.com/etjform

**************************

Take a Break from Teaching, Visit Beautiful Hakone!

Posted in Conferences, etj | Leave a comment

I Made 877,000 Yen in April

But it was not from teaching!  It was from my side hustle.

Want to pad your teaching salary with a side hustle income?

Sign up to host on Airbnb and use the extra income to fund your passions.

Here’s my invitation link: Make Money with Airbnb

Kevin Burns

red and black temple surrounded by trees photo

Photo by Belle Co on Pexels.com

Teaching English in Japan

Posted in Living, Money, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

JALT Announcements

As the end of one year comes to an end and another is set to begin, we
would like to send our holiday greetings to our many Monthly
Announcements readers around the world. We wish all of you a happy,
healthy, peaceful, and mindful holiday season and a successful year of
teaching and learning in 2019.

This month’s announcements include:

1. JALT2019 Theme and Call for Proposals
2. JALT2018 Feedback Questionnaire
3. JALT2018 Postconference Publication
4. Join JALT2018 Editorial Team
5. JALT2018 Poster Design Competition Winners
6. PanSIG2019 Call for Papers
7. Discount on the Thailand TESOL 2019 Conference Registration Fee
8. “Global Communication: Practice and Policy in Higher Education” Symposium

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
1. JALT2019 Theme and Call for Proposals

Our annual international conference will be in Nagoya from November 1
 November 4, 2019. The theme for JALT2019 is Teacher Efficacy,
Learner Agency and the call for proposals is now open. Most proposals
are due on February 1, 2019. More details about the conference,
including submission links, are available on the conference webpage:
https://jalt.org/conference/

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
2. JALT2018 Feedback Questionnaire

Now that the conference is behind us, plans for next year’s event are
underway and we hope you can help with that by taking a few moments to
complete a short survey about your experiences at JALT2018.

Here is the link to the survey:
https://jalt.org/conference/feedback-survey?qc=35858

It will remain open until January 6th.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
3. JALT2018 Postconference Publication

All noncommercial presenters at JALT2018 are cordially invited to
submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in
Diversity and Inclusion, the official JALT Postconference Publication.
The deadline for submissions is midnight of Friday, January 4th (JST),
2019. Please visit this link for more details:
http://jalt-publications.org/pcp

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
4. Join JALT2018 Editorial Team

The JALT Postconference Publication is putting together its team of
reviewers for the submissions based on this year’s conference
presentations. As ever, we’re looking for reviewers, both new and
experienced, who can help out with a few reviews for us in the January
to March period. If you are interested in joining the review team,
please take a minute to fill out the form on our site:
http://bit.ly/2EdBpVb

If you know someone who might be interested in gaining some experience
of reviewing, please pass on this link to them.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
5. JALT2018 Poster Design Competition Winners

We are very pleased to announce the four winners of JALT2018 Poster
Design Competition:

Session A – Samuel Bruce – Using Background Music in the Classroom
Session B – Anthony Digiullo and Herman Bartelen – Learning How to
Learn: 24 Time Management Tips
Session C – Greg Lambert – Using Comic Life and iMovie for Cultural Exchange
Session D – Gretchen Clark and Sean Gay – Defining Critical Thinking in ELT

You can find their posters at:
https://jalt.org/main/news/jalt2018-poster-design-competition-winners

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
6. PanSIG2019 Call for Papers

You are invited to take part in the 18th Japan Association for
Language Teaching’s PanSIG Conference by submitting a presentation
proposal relating to the particular interests of any of JALT’s Special
Interest Groups (SIGs). Presentations in Japanese as well as other
languages are also warmly encouraged.

Call for papers is open October 1st, 2018 through December 22nd, 2018.

Proposals must be submitted by December 22, 2018. Notifications of
final acceptance of proposals will be sent via email between
mid-February and early March, 2018.

For more information, please visit: http://pansig.org/cfp

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
7. Discount on the Thailand TESOL 2019 Conference Registration Fee

Background

JALT and five other international partner organizations (Thailand
TESOL, English Teachers Association of Republic of China, Far Eastern
English Teachers Association [Russia] , the Philippines Association
for Language Teachers, and Korea TESOL) form Pan-Asian Consortium or
PAC. We have been collaborating with each other and seeing ways to
provide more benefits to members of PAC Associations. As part of PAC
initiatives, Thailand TESOL is offering a discount on the Thailand
TESOL 2019 conference registration fee.

Details and How to Apply for the Discount

JALT members can get a discount on the conference registration fee
(from the 170 USD of the regular conference registration fee to 150
USD). To be eligible for this discount, your JALT membership must be
valid through Thailand TESOL conference until January 19. If you are
interested, please e-mail me by December 15th. My e-mail address is
maho.tesol@gmail.com

Even if you are not 100% sure about attending the conference at this
moment, you can still apply! (Registration details will be announced
later).

Maho Sano
International Affairs Committee Chair

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
8. “Global Communication: Practice and Policy in Higher Education” Symposium

The Center for Global Communication Strategies (CGCS) at the
University of Tokyo is pleased to announce a symposium on English and
multilingualism in university settings on January 30th, 2019, titled
“Global Communication: Practice and Policy in Higher Education.” The
symposium will include talks by CGCS faculty on aspects of their
curriculum and teaching practices, as well as plenary talks by two
invited speakers. This event is made possible through the generous
support of the Japan Association for National Universities and the
University of Tokyo Global Faculty Development Committee. For further
information, please visit:
http://www.cgcs.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp/events.html

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Peace,
Parisa

Parisa Mehran
Director of Public Relations, JALT

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Join JALT: http://jalt.org/main/membership
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JALTConference
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JALT.conference
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaltconference
LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/99764
LinkedIn Page: https://bit.ly/2BY2y8X
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/158472496@N03
YouTube: http://bit.ly/jaltYTchan
*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

_______________________________________________
You are receiving this message as a JALT Member, a recent past JALT Member or a conference participant. If you do not wish to be subscribed to this list please unsubscribe using the link below.
http://mail.jalt.org/mailman/listinfo/announcements_jalt.org

Pictured: Tokai University, Shonan Campus

Posted in jalt | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Ideas for the First Class with New Learners

img_2267-1Ideas for the First Class with New Learners

The first class with new learners can be an anxious one for all concerned – teacher as well as learners. Below are some tips to make that first class go smoothly.

* Lesson Plan: in any ‘first lesson’ it is vital to interact and motivate the learners so they will want to come back again. Thus it is essential to create a positive, supportive and challenging environment. This mean encouraging the learners to work together and raise their awareness of the course as well as using their names and finding ways of making the language/material relevant to them and their lives.

 

white a and brown house covered with snow

Photo by Andrey Grushnikov on Pexels.com

* Lesson Aims:

* Get to know you activities: these allow the learners to find out information about each other and fosters a supportive and interesting environment. For example, personalized board games, questionnaires, interviews, Find someone who… etc. Activities that are learner generated work very well for example have the learners write facts about themselves on strips of paper which are then redistributed and learners have to find who wrote what. Alternatively learners change the information into questions and use it in a mingle activity.

* Get to know the teacher activities: it is important that learners have the opportunity to find out something about their new teacher (without going into too much personal information). Learners like to know a little about their new teacher – who has come from abroad, traveled and can speak English very well! One way to do this is to bring in some pictures or photos of important people or places and place them around the room. Learners work together to try and guess why they are significant. Alternatively, you could write some sentences on the board and learners choose which are true and which are false – this could lead on to a learner generated activity where they do the same thing in groups or pairs.

* Teach Something: it sounds obvious but learners like to leave the class feeling they have learnt something. Getting to know you activities can be fun and communicative but some learners may feel that language input is missing. One way to deal with this is to combine teaching with an initial activity: for example at lower levels teaching like/love/don’t like + noun/gerund and with higher levels dependent prepositions e.g. good at/interested in/worried about/scared of etc. Also teaching useful classroom language such as can you say that again? What do you have for number …? is a good place to start as it can be graded for any level and gives learners language that encourages them to talk to each other and communicate in English. Finally learner centred error correction and feedback after activities can act as a useful input stage.

* Round up: End the class with a fun activity so the learners leave the room up smiling and wanting to come back.

What are your top tips for new classes?

Sophia McMillan is the Training Manager / TESOL Course Director at Shane Training Centre, Shane Corporation Ltd, Japan. The only Trinity accredited centre in Japan and dedicated to promoting & fostering teacher development.

ancient architecture asia bench

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Posted in Teacher Training | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

JALT ANNOUNCEMENTS

JALT2018 is only a few days away from us and we are looking forward to
seeing many of you at the conference and/or online! The conference
hashtag is #JALT2018 – please get involved! We wish you a memorable
conference experience, full of diverse ideas, productive discussions,
new learnings, inclusive networking, and inspiring moments.

This month’s announcements include eight announcements about JALT2018
and two announcements about JALT Publications:

1. Registration
2. Code of Conduct
3. First-Time Attendees and New Members Orientation
4. Conference App
5. Environmental Levy
6. Livestream Schedule and Recording
7. Best Poster Design Competition Guidelines
8. Twitter Selfie Contest
9. Volunteering for JALT Publications
10. Job Hunting in Japan

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
1. Registration

Online registration is available until tomorrow (19 November).
Conference registration link: https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2018/registration
Registration onsite will be available for all days of the conference.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
2. Code of Conduct

JALT seeks to provide a safe, hospitable, and productive environment
for all JALT members, staff, volunteers, and event attendees,
regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, disability, physical
appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. JALT prohibits any
intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during JALT events and
any socializing related to those events. Please visit this link for
more details:

https://jalt.org/main/jalt-code-conduct, and here is the link to a
video about our Code of Conduct: https://youtu.be/64wwDPq53XI

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
3. First-Time Attendees and New Members Orientation

Is this your first time attending the JALT International Conference?
Are you a new JALT member? If so, please consider attending this
orientation, which will be held on Saturday, November 24th, 11:00 AM –
11:25 AM, Practice Room 2 B1.

More information at: https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2018/orientation

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
4. Conference App

This year we have a conference app available on both the Apple App
Store for iPhones and iPads, and in Google Play for Android devices.
Access via your smartphone or tablet and search for JALT.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
5. Environmental Levy

This year at JALT2018, we are encouraging participants to consider
paying an environmental levy of 500 yen or 1000 yen at registration or
at the GILE (Global Issues in Language Education) SIG table on-site to
help offset the conference’s footprint. After the conference proceeds
will be donated to carbon-offset projects that have been selected by
the Environmental Committee.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
6. Livestream Schedule and Recording at JALT2018

We are planning to live-stream the sessions listed at this link
https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2018/virtually-connecting on the
conference Twitter page (@JALTConference) and record them. The
recordings will be available on JALT’s YouTube channel
(http://bit.ly/jaltYTchan) after the conference.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
7. Best Poster Design Competition Guidelines

This year, we will be running a competition for best poster design.
There will be four winners – one winner for each of the four sessions
– 11.00-12.30 on Saturday A (24th), 16.40-18.10 on Saturday B
(24th),12.30-14.00 on Sunday C (25th), 16.35-18.05 on Sunday D (25th).
Winners will be awarded a 5,000 yen Amazon voucher to spend as they
wish!

When you attend the JALT poster sessions, please look for a voting
slip and ballot box. Write the name and title of the poster you feel
has the best design. Drop your voting slip in the box. Your number one
pick, just may win! Remember, every vote counts!

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
8. Twitter Selfie Contest

Take a selfie at JALT2018, tag it with #JALT2018Selfie, tweet it, and
win free coffee! Winners will be randomly chosen and notified via
direct message on Twitter.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
9. Volunteering for JALT Publications

Interested in volunteering for JALT Publications? We are constantly on
the look out for volunteers to join all of our publications. We offer
full training and support, and the chance to join a group of dedicated
people at the heart of JALT’s services to members. If you’d like more
information, please visit: http://jalt-publications.org/recruiting, or
contact us directly through http://jalt-publications.org/contact.

We will also be holding a poster session at JALT2018 in Shizuoka on
volunteering for JALT Publications. Come and see us there, or drop by
our JALT Publications booth in the main hall.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
10. Job Hunting in Japan

Looking for a teaching position in Japan? Visit our JALT Publications
Career Development Corner:
http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/departments/career-development-corner/jobs

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Peace,
Parisa

Parisa Mehran
Director of Public Relations, JALT

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hope to see you @ #JALT2018: https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2018
Join JALT: http://jalt.org/main/membership
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JALTConference
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JALT2018
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaltconference
LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/99764
LinkedIn Page: https://bit.ly/2BY2y8X
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/158472496@N03
YouTube: http://bit.ly/jaltYTchan
*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

Posted in jalt, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Ways to Cultivate good Gut Bacteria & Reduce Depression

We are all born with genes that predispose us to all kinds of things — in my case, most of the psychiatric illnesses listed in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition). And while we have some control over the way our genes express themselves or “turn on” — a new science called epigenetics — we are more or less stuck with our human genome. But we are by no means permanently attached to a diagnosis of Major Depression Disorder (if that is what Mom and Dad kindly handed down).

Nope.

Read More

Posted in Happiness, Health, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment