Upcoming – Gerome Rothman – Understanding Labour Contracts and the Five Year Rule

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Date and Time: Sunday, 29 October 2017– 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Gerome Rothman
Location: AIINA Rm 602 (map https://goo.gl/maps/kEQo5UV2jPr)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

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The talk will  begin by giving a brief background about temporary labor contracts to set up an examination about a unique problem facing language educators in the corporate and university sector – the so called five-year rule/ten-year rule.  This rule purports to provide a method for temporary labor contracts to become converted to permanent contracts.  This presentation will discuss the ins and outs of this new policy, the myths associated with it, the implications of the policy.  It will close by explaining why cooperation, rather than competition with ones colleagues is the only way to build solidarity and improve working conditions in the academic workplace.

Bio:  Gerome Rothman is a Field Director and Organizer at Zenkoku Ippan Tokyo General Union (Tozen Union for short).  As an organizer at Tozen he is a case officer for 10 of its locals, responsible for leading collective bargaining, drafting demands and legal documents, and representing the union to third parties such as the Labor Relations Commission 労働委員会.  He is also Tozen’s representative to the executive of Rengo Tokyo, Rengo being the national federation with which Tozen became affiliated in 2016.  He is also English language instructor at the  Foreign Service Training Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

About Tozen Union:  Tozen a Japanese labor union based in Tokyo with members who hail from over 35 countries. Members work in a diverse range of sectors including language education, financial services, warehousing, and translation/interpretation.  Tozen aims to be the most democratic and transparent union in the world.  Our website is at www.tokyogeneralunion.org http://www.tokyogeneralunion.org.

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TILES 2017 Wrap-up

This past Sunday Iwate JALT was in Aomori City at the Aomori University of Health and Welfare for our annual TILES(Tsugaru Ideas in Language Education Symposium) event. This year the conference was organized by the university’s own Mike Smith. There was a panel discussion on various educational topics and we were very happy to have Edo Forsythe, Megumi Ono Tada, Maria Reyes and Steven MacWhinnie there to offer up their points of view. After the panel discussion, Yukako Kimura from St.Ursula Gakurn Eichi ES&JHS gave a spirited presentation on creating workshops with young learners. Below are some photos from the event. I hope to see you all at TILES next year.

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MEES 2017 – Over and Out

MEES 2017 came and went today, and it was a roaring success. We had a number of amazing presentations. Here some photos of the event. Thank you for coming out everyone. We’ll see you all next year.

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MEES 2017 – GETTING TO THE MEES CONFERENCE BY CAR – FREE SHUTTLE VAN INFORMATION – MAPS

GETTING TO THE MEES CONFERENCE BY CAR

Our university is on located the outskirts of the city. It is easily accessible by car, serviced by a very limited number of public bus routes, and inaccessible by train.

So, for anyone coming to Hachinohe by public transport, we have arranged a free shuttle van service at points downtown and at Hachinohe’s two major train stations both to and from the university on the day of the conference. Please see the separate post “free shuttle van information” to reserve your spot.

For those coming on your own by car:
Here is the address for the university for Sunday’s conference (registration starts at 9am, opening comments from 10am):
八戸市美保野13-98
八戸学院大学

If you are heading towards campus using the Hachinohe – Kuji Expressway (八戸久慈自動車道), please exit at “Tanesashi-Kaigan Hashikami-Date” and head towards “Kabushima Tanesashi”. The campus is only a couple of minutes from that exit.

There is free parking available on campus and we will have staff members helping to direct guests on the day of the conference.

Please be aware that we share our campus with our Junior College, so be sure you are at the correct end of campus !
For those coming on your own, please double check your directions to Hachinohe Gakuin University campus (Google Maps, etc.) before heading out on Sunday, as we may not be available to respond to messages or e-mails asking for directions on Sunday.

Thanks & feel free to ask if you have any questions !

University Homepage link with map:
http://www.hachinohe-u.ac.jp/univ/accessmap/

 

FREE SHUTTLE VAN INFORMATION
(reserve your spot!)

We have a shuttle van arrangement with Kosan Taxi for free transport between the conference venue (Hachinohe Gakuin University) and points downtown and the two major train stations in Hachinohe. The times are convenient (within 30 minutes) for north and southbound shinkansens both before and after the conference. The schedule and pickup / drop-off schedule is posted below.

As passenger space in each van is limited, we need an estimate of how many plan on riding the shuttle vans in advance (both to and / or from the conference). Those who have reserved a place will have priority, and if we run out of space ,those without advanced reservations will have to find their own transportation.

Please be aware that the conference venue is roughly a 30-minute (direct) ride from Hachinohe station, and access is very limited via public bus and that there are no local train stations nearby. If you are not coming to the venue by car, our shuttle van service or hiring a taxi on your own will be the only convenient ways to get here.

So, please let us know (as a comment to this post or email to us) if you intend on riding the shuttle van (and if you will ride coming and / or going back).

Thanks !!

Here is the shuttle schedule we have arranged:
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Sunday, June 18
(heading to conference venue)

8:45am – Hachinohe Station (shinkansen) – shuttle bus DEPARTS from outside of the EAST (Main, front) EXIT (東口)
~9:05am – Hon-Hachinohe Station (local train / bus transfer) – bus pick up outside of the WEST EXIT (西口)
~9:15am – Mikka-machi (downtown main shopping street, in front of Sakurano Dept. Store)
~9:40am – Bus arrives at Hachinohe Gakuin University (conference starts from 10am)
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(returning to downtown / stations after conference)

15:50 – Bus leaves Hachinohe Gakuin University
~16:10 – Bus arrives Mikka-machi (downtown main shopping street, in front of Sakurano Dept. Store)
~16.25 – Bus arrives at Hon-Hachinohe Station (local train/ bus transfer)
~16:50 – Bus arrives at Hachinohe Station (shinkansen)

* northbound shinkansens arrive at Hachinohe at 8:34am this day

* southbound shinkansens depart Hachinhoe station at 17:06 this day

 

VENUE / CAMPUS MAPS

Here are some maps of our university campus. The MEES conference will be held in building # 8 (labeled with an ⑧ on the full campus map, with separate photo attached). Free parking is available in front of building ①.

* Please note that the shuttle bus departure time shown on the attached map (16:45) is incorrect. The correct departure time is 15:50.

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MEES 2017 – Pre Event Dinner, Presenter Lineup and Schedule

PRE-CONFERENCE INFORMAL DINNER PARTY / NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY ON SAT, JUNE 17th

Come and join us for a fun and relaxing dinner the Saturday evening before the MEES conference ! Make new friends and share ideas over some drinks & eats!

This year, we will meet at the HACCHI Portal Museum, located in central downtown Hachinohe, and decide on where to go (within walking distance) from there, taking into account the number and preferences of those present. If the weather is agreeable, there are also outside eating/drinking options.

We would appreciate it if those planning to join us would let let us know in advance by WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th.

Thanks & hope to see you all there !!

Date: Saturday, June 17
Meeting Time: 6:00pm
Place: inside HACCHI Portal Museum (はっち 八戸ポータルミュージアム)1st Floor ‘Hacchi Square’ (Public Meeting Space)

* If you are running late the evening of the 17th, please contact Barry Grossman or Greg Anthony (phone, facebook messenger, e-mail, etc)… just posting here on facebook might not get noticed the weekend of the conference!

Google Maps Location:

https://goo.gl/maps/HUJox3cvNQm

 

PRESENTER LINEUP AND CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

MEES page on Iwatejalt

Hello everyone !
Just under a month to go until the 2017 MEES conference ! We want to thank everyone who submitted presentation proposals this year. We are proud to announce our full day’s lineup of six presentations for Sunday, June 18th!

Please check out the full conference schedule below. The lineup and full presentation descriptions are also attached to this post as 4 separate image files.

Details on the pre-conference dinner party (evening of Sat. 17th), shuttle busses to and from the venue, and bento reservations will be posted here soon.

Conference Schedule:

09:00 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Opening Comments

10:10 – 11:10 Plenary Session – Marc Helgesen (Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University) ‘DIY NeuroELT – Make Your Text More Brain-friendly’

11:20 – 11:50 Session 1 – James Hobbs (Iwate Medical University) ‘Neuropsychology and the Nervous Presenter’

12:00 – 12:30 Session 2 – Robert Walsh (University of Maryland University College-Asia) ‘Service Learning for Higher Education in East Asia’

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break (bento available on site)

13:30 – 14:00 Session 3 – Robert Walsh and Norie Chida (University of Maryland University College-Asia) ‘A Bridge Across Cultures: An Intercultural Interview Project at University of Maryland University College’

14:10 -14:40 Session 4 – Mike Morris (Hachinohe National Institute of Technology) ‘So You Got Stuck with the English Writing Class’

14:50 – 15:20 Session 5 – Yukako Kimura (St. Ursula Eiichi Elementary and Middle School) ‘Creating Workshops with Young Learners’

15:20 – 15:30 Closing Comments

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HOTEL LOCATIONS / DINNER PARTY / GETTING AROUND
(Hachinohe city is set up weird !)

In particular, this information is for those staying at a local hotel AND planning to attend the Saturday evening dinner party. We wanted to let you know about the distance and travel time required to the dinner party if you stay at one of the hotels close to “Hachinohe Station”.

There are 2 main train stations in Hachinohe: “Hachinohe Station” and “Hon-Hachinohe Station”.

“Hachinohe Station” 八戸駅 has access to shinkansen lines and local trains. However, it is located on the extreme outskirts of the city and about a 15 minute ride to the closest downtown station (Hon-Hachinohe Station). There are a couple of hotels close by (Toyoko Inn, Hotel Mets) that are very convenient to Hachinohe station, but as the location is remote from the city center, there is very little else close by within walking distance. If you stay here, please be aware that the Saturday evening dinner party location is a 20-30 minute bus ride …or 30 minute+ train & walking) away. If you do this and take the train / bus, we recommend checking timetables / maps and planning out your trip downtown and back in advance. Of course, taxi is also an option.

“Hon-Hachinohe Station” 本八戸駅 is the closest local train station to downtown Hachinohe. There is no shinkansen access here. And, although it is the closest station to downtown, it is still a good 10 minute walk to the city center, called “Mikka-machi” (where the Saturday evening pre-conference dinner party will be held).

“Mikka-machi” 三日町 is what the locals call downtown Hachinohe. There are a number hotels in / near downtown (Super Hotel, Daiwa Roynet, Citypark, etc.). This is where the nightlife is and where the dinner party will be held. There is convenient access to and from “Hachinohe Station” via local bustops in “Mikka-machi”.

Our free shuttle van service to and from the conference on Sunday will stop at “Hachinohe Station”, “Hon-Hachinohe Station” and “Mikka-machi”.

Hachinohe’s layout have you confused yet?! (=
If you have any questions or concerns about hotels and getting around in Hachinohe, just drop us a message in advance.

Thanks!

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I’ll have more updates when they become available.

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MEES 2017 Information is up

Please check out our tab for MEES 2017 for a permanent place for all MEES 2017 information. I’ve placed it here as well.

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2017 Michinoku English Education Summit

Co-sponsored by the Iwate Chapter of JALT and Hachinohe Gakuin University

Sunday, June 18, 2017

at Hachinohe Gakuin University

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Conference theme:

“Transformations: Possibilities in Teaching and Learning”

This year’s conference will explore the themes of change and evolution in language teaching and learning. Topics will address changes related to language pedagogy, perceptions of language education, and/or other relevant topics.

Plenary speaker:
Marc Helgesen (Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University)

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PRESENTER LINEUP AND CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
(updated)

Hello everyone !
Just under a month to go until the 2017 MEES conference ! We want to thank everyone who submitted presentation proposals this year. We are proud to announce our full day’s lineup of six presentations for Sunday, June 18th!

Please check out the full conference schedule below. The lineup and full presentation descriptions are also attached to this post as 4 separate image files.

Please also check out details on the pre-conference dinner party (evening of Sat. 17th), shuttle busses to and from the venue, and bento reservations posted here on the Facebook event page.

Conference Schedule:

09:00 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:10 Opening Comments

10:10 – 11:10 Plenary Session – Marc Helgesen (Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University) ‘DIY NeuroELT – Make Your Text More Brain-friendly’

11:20 – 11:50 Session 1 – James Hobbs (Iwate Medical University) ‘Neuropsychology and the Nervous Presenter’

12:00 – 12:30 Session 2 – Robert Walsh (University of Maryland University College-Asia) ‘Service Learning for Higher Education in East Asia’

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break (bento available on site)

13:30 – 14:00 Session 3 – Robert Walsh and Norie Chida (University of Maryland University College-Asia) ‘A Bridge Across Cultures: An Intercultural Interview Project at University of Maryland University College’

14:10 -14:40 Session 4 – Mike Morris (Hachinohe National Institute of Technology) ‘So You Got Stuck with the English Writing Class’

14:50 – 15:20 Session 5 – Yukako Kimura (St. Ursula Eiichi Elementary and Middle School) ‘Creating Workshops with Young Learners’

15:20 – 15:30 Closing Comments

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Upcoming: April 23 – Preparing for the global marketplace: How can we best prepare our learners? – Richmond Stroupe

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Date and Time: Sunday, 23 April 2017– 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Speaker: Richmond Stroupe
Location: AIINA Rm 602 (map https://goo.gl/maps/kEQo5UV2jPr)
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

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There will be an open mic session after the presentation.

In the 21st century, prospective employers of our graduates are no
longer satisfied with solely higher levels of English language
proficiency, but also require additional skills that shape a
well-rounded global citizen. As part of the global community, our
learners will be required to be autonomous and confident and be able
to think critically. In addition, our learners need to be able to
effectively manage large amounts of information, use technology
efficiently, understand the cultural perspectives of others, and work
collaboratively and in leadership positions. All of these skills need
to be incorporated into language programs that increasingly are
providing content through English medium instruction, increasing the
expectations placed on students and instructors alike. This workshop
will provide opportunities for teachers to discuss the obstacles they
face when trying to support learners as they develop these skills, and
to discuss effective approaches to overcoming these obstacles.
Participants in this workshop will also have the opportunity to
discuss specific strategies and effective suggestions that teachers
can use on a daily basis within any curriculum with students at any
level to help them achieve the skills necessary for success within the
global community.

Bio

Richmond Stroupe is the current Chair of the International Language
Education: TESOL Graduate Program at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan.
He has worked with university and professional language-learners from
Asia since 1989, and his academic interests include curriculum
development, teacher training and professional development, and
enhancing learners’ critical thinking skills.

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