THOMAS ROBB - Considerations for the Effective Use of Technology for Language Learning.

Learner autonomy is an attribute that we should attempt to foster in all of our students. When, however, we are faced with a large number of students who wish that they didn't have to take our required English course, what are we to do? This presentation will focus on ways to deal with the non-autonomous learner so that they can and will learn despite their own low motivation to do so. This, in fact, is one of the greatest benefits of technology allowing the teacher to provide extra work for students and then to be able to view electronically whether they have done it or not and with what success. We will first focus on how the use of MReader site for Extensive Reading has achieved this goal for many teachers and schools in Japan. We will then focus on our specific teaching environments and how technology can help foster better learning for our own students.

Thomas Robb has taught at Kyoto Sangyo University for over 30 years and is Chair of the Department of English as well as coordinator of their computer literacy program. He is a past president of JALT and Pacific CALL and a past Executive Board member of TESOL. He is currently organizing the GLoCALL 2013 conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, and is on the steering committee of the Extensive Reading Foundation and TESOL's CALL Interest Section. He has been Co-Editor of TESL-EJ, the first electronic journal for ELT, since it was founded in 1994.

Posters (Student Hall)

Shirley Ando, Susette Burton and Robert Sheridan – Developing Leadership through English.

Thirty university students were selected to participate in a 3-day English leadership camping trip on a remote island in Hyogo Prefecture. The main goal was to foster leadership in an English-only environment. This poster presentation will highlight the organizational process and the various activities that led to the success of this summer English-leadership camp.

Jennifer Teeter - 10 Activities using a timer. 

This poster presentation will highlight a sample of stimulating activities for pair practice and small group practice in an oral communication class using a timer. Setting clear time limits using a timer in a class helps keep students on target while adding an element of fun to language learning. These activities also help students move from a focus on accuracy to a focus on fluency.

Union display (11:45 – 17:00) - Introduction to the General Union 

Lunch Session

Learner Development SIG: Ellen Head and Michael Wilkins

The Learner Development SIG is a very friendly and active group of teachers interested in promoting student autonomy by any means necessary! Anyone interested in learner autonomy and development is invited to join us at lunchtime to chat about classes, learner development projects, or anything at all. Please come and see us!


Tech Presentations in Room M201

Tech Presentations in Room M202

Tech Presentations in Room M210

Non-Tech Presentations in Room M206


Registration in the Student Hall in the Media Building



10:05 - 11:35

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Robb - Considerations for the Effective Use of Technology for Language Learning (Workshop)

11:45 - 12:10

Oliver Bayley - Learn Online with Oxford: Bring online learning to your students and school…easily! (1-hour presentation) ANY

"Are you looking to… engage and motivate students with online multimedia content? …maximize English input? …track student learning while saving your own time?

I will share how (without special expertise or expensive software) our powerful, brand-new integrated online tools will help you do this AND provide an end-to-end blended-learning experience for your students and school."

Steve McCarty - We Could Be Heroes: Optimize your University for Global Rankings INT

This presentation previews the JALT 2013 professional development paper “Raising your Academic Profile with Google Scholar.” Among factors measured by international university ranking organizations, Web presence can be optimized to match Google algorithms and ranking criteria. Google Scholar profiles and campus research repositories are among the strategies to raise your university’s national and global rankings along with your academic recognition.

Andrew Philpott - Various Approaches to Language Learning ANY

This presentation will look at two studies I have undertaken in the last two years. The first is in relation to autonomous & student-centered learning, and gamification using English Central,, Moodle Reader, and news reports. The second study looks at various approaches to extensive reading and speed reading. Both studies have yielded data about student opinions towards these activities.

Tony Minotti - Reading Comprehension: A technique to help students better comprehend reading passages

Students need to summarize both the main idea and the specific details from a reading passage. Students get into pairs and each person reads a different short story. Students retell their story to their partner. A test is given on the stories but student A receives the questions for student B’s story and vice versa.

12:20 - 12:45

Harry Carley - The Electronic Classroom: The End of Paper ANY

A seemingly daunting task to accomplish, a paperless classroom is not only a vision of the future but a doable opportunity for instructors in the present. By exerting a little effort towards offering a preferable method of teaching technique any instructor can succeed with going green in the classroom. This presentation offers the Do’s and Don’ts of a paperless classroom.

Hiroko Sato - Application of Evernote to Share and Visualize Language Learning Endeavors: A Challenge of Gamification Theory Implementation BEG/NOV

I will talk about my on-going implementation of Evernote in my class as a free, open and user-friendly collaborative workplace. I will show how I use it and examine students’ honest feedback based on the answers of a questionnaire. I will also explain what role it plays in the challenge of applying gamification theory to my language class.

Barrie Matte & Ben Humphreys - Note-taking in Language-learning Classrooms

In Japanese universities, note-taking during English class is often overlooked as an important part of developing learner autonomy, as well as the learning process itself. Included in this presentation will be how to take “good” notes, why it is beneficial and how it can be implemented into any classroom. Both traditional pen-and-paper and computer-based note-taking will be discussed.

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch Break in the Student Hall (please BYO or you can buy nearby)

13:30 - 13:55

Robert Stroud - Welcoming Big Brother to the Classroom: Recording to Enhance Learning (1-hour presentation) ANY

The benefits to learning of recording include providing students with feedback, metacognitive learning opportunities, a record of work undertaken, and clearer defined goals. The presenter will explore the merits and issues with recording in the classroom and leave time for discussion of its application. A suggested implementation guide for incorporating recording into classes will be provided, as well as handouts.

Harry Carley - Applying Education Technology with a Wikispace account ANY

A Wiki is a safe and secure software program that is free to download. It enables learners to become actively involved in their own scholarship. Wikis offers opportunities to be utilized in a variety of classes such as Basic Conversation, Presentation Prep, and Writing courses. Items such as maps, videos and graphs can be easily embedded in student's work.

Eric Cincirpini - Internet Based Tools for Increasing Productivity in the Classroom ADV/INT

This presentation will show two Internet based tools for classroom management. The first item allows students to check in for attendance via Internet client such as an iPhone. The second item randomizes pairs and places them at numbered locations (Subsequent pairs are different during a particular class session). Development for this project is currently ongoing and feedback is highly appreciated.

Ryan Smithers - Project-Based Learning: The Integration of Content, Learning and Technology ANY

Twenty-first century L2 learners are digital learners who need to be taught in a manner that allows them to use their technical know-how to engage in an investigation of authentic problems that matter to them. This paper demonstrates why project-based learning is an effective way to motivate students to take control of their own learning.

14:05 - 14:30

Harry Carley - Techniques for Large Writing Classes utilizing Technology ANY

This presentation illustrates an ongoing introductory writing course for non-English majors that involve over 100 students. Computers are their only mode of scribing and submitting assignments. Various instructional techniques used with positive and negative results will be offered. Additionally the use of Japanese junior high English texts as instructional material will be discussed

Matt Lucas - Teaching iBT TOEFL through Moodle ANY

Students studying for the Internet-based TOEFL test for the first time can find themselves daunted not only about what is expected of them in the test itself, but also about how to navigate an online system. Using Moodle as the basis for a preparatory course, we’ll look at some simple but effective ways of how to overcome these difficulties.

Kim Bradford - Organising student work (or How to streamline and store mountains of papers)

"Many universities expect teachers to collect and store student work for several years. Students unhappy with a grade may challenge it, so prudent teachers amass a large collection of student work. This presentation describes a system quickly implemented so teachers can:

*Quickly organise student work *Ensure that everything is easily accessible for years

*Streamline grading so they are not overwhelmed"

14:40 - 15:05

Mark Pileggi - PowerPoint Choose Your Own Adventure & gameshow creation and implementation (1-hour presentation) ANY

Teaching at the I-Chat Lounge at Osaka Gakuin University, we are developing interactive language learning activities using Powerpoint, a projector and an iPod for the bells and whistles. We host classes of 5-30 university students who may or may not want to be there. This is a session to help stimulate various new ways to use PowerPoint.

Sean Gay - Microsoft Office for Teachers (1-hour presentation) ANY

Microsoft Office is available at almost all work areas and provides a platform for increasing efficiency inside and outside of the classroom. This workshop presentation will give tips on utilizing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint tailored to teachers

Oliver Rose - Online/Mobile Vocabulary Tools and Games! (1-hour presentation) ANY

I will introduce several websites and mobile applications, including the Quizlet flashcard website and the Lex Flashcard Game, a mobile/online vocabulary game I designed. Other websites I will demonstrate can help identify and make wordlists to be used in Quizlet of difficult vocabulary in texts. With these tools, teachers can efficiently provide optimal reading texts supported by engaging vocabulary practice.

Matthew Apple - An overview of recent language learning motivation studies in Japan (45-minute presentation)

The presenter will introduce and summarize research findings on motivation from recent studies in the soon to be published book "Language Learning Motivation in Japan." Research discussed includes empirical studies from three levels of education using a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. The presentation will conclude with implications of the research for EFL practitioners at the chalkface.

15:15 - 15: 40

15:50 - 16: 15

Michael Herke - Movie Trailers as Text: Using Short Clips in the Classroom (45-minute presentation) ANY

Everybody loves movies. However, making movies into useful texts for learners can be a challenge. This presentation looks at the many features of movie trailers – highly condensed versions of feature films – that can be adapted for engaging activities in the language classroom as well as demonstrating how participants can get trailers off the internet and into their curriculum.

George Schaaff - Media and Professional Development (45-minute presentation) ANY

Within a competitive job market, it is becoming increasingly difficult for applicants to stand out from others. What makes an application unique? There have been hints that video profiles, teaching samples, and online platforms will play a larger role in applications and the screening process. This presentation explores media tools that turn the application process into an opportunity for teachers to clarify their message, stand out among others, and ultimately get noticed by the right people.

Laura Markslag - Collaborative Learning with Smartphones BEG/NOV

Teachers sensitive to 21st century teaching and learning know that technology has a special way of engaging learners. This presentation will illustrate how to integrate smartphones and free online publishing to encourage students to work collaboratively to make paperslide videos. This engaging four-skill activity has been well received in a variety of EFL classes.

Bob Sanderson - Simultaneous oral testing methods that promote fluency, confidence, and learning (45-minute presentation)

Many teachers test students’ oral skills with conversation and interview tests, but time constraints can limit the length, quality, and effectiveness of such tests. Drawing on Calman and Saylor-Loof’s methodology, the presenter will demonstrate and discuss ways of testing multiple students simultaneously so as to improve their fluency, confidence, and overall learning outcomes. Participants’ discussion and experiences will be welcome.

16:25 - 16:50

Chad Cottam - From business to teaching: Transferrable skills for the EFL classroom

In this presentation I will introduce an acronym used in sales methodology for self evaluation, and how I applied it to EFL teaching for my own self-evaluation. I will also discuss some of the practical applications that have been successful for my colleagues and I in teaching, student evaluation, dealing with low motivation, and more...


Clean up and go out for Delicious Indian Food right near Inano station!

Osaka JALT,
Sep 26, 2013, 8:27 AM