Reimagining Professional Development

  • JALT 2014: 40th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition, Tsukuba, November 2014.
  • Abstract: In just over three years, using the Contributor Model, the presenter’s organisation has attracted over 90 Contributors. They have published 17 issues of their journal, with 4 more in press, containing over 100 articles, many of which were written by first time authors. They have formed several working groups, organised half a dozen events and participated in the planning and delivery of 3 conferences. The organisation has also spawned two new groups that use the Contributor Model.

The Language Teacher

  • JALT 2014: 40th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition, Tsukuba, November 2014.
  • Abstract: The presenter will argue that, as a tool for professional development, the Language Teacher is poorly laid out and designed. Several improvements will be suggested. Attendees will be given a crash course in typography, layout and magazine design and invited to take part in a conversation about how the Language Teacher can best serve the needs of  JALT members.

Family Resemblance Glossaries

  • Saitama JALT, Harigaya Kominkan, September 2014
  • A practical technique for creating glossaries inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Family Resemblance Principal. The presenter has found this particularly effective for coaching students for debate. It would also be useful for Content based instruction (CBI) contexts.
Interview Drills: Making textbooks more Communicative
  • CLT and Assessment in English Education in Junior and Senior High School. Seisen Jogakuin College, Nagano City.
  • Abstract: This activity can be used to supplement your text book, at various levels, to make your lessons more communicative. Interview drills can be used as a springboard to help students to become effective debaters. A simple method of assessment for use with this activity will also be described.

Teaching in the Private Sector

  • Saitama JALT, Harigaya Kominkan, February 2014
  • Abstract: This practical workshop aims to help attendees understand what expectations private schools have of their employees and the challenges these expectations create. Attendees will learn one method to be effective, efficient private school employees.

Interactive Critical Thinking Through Simple Activities

  • The Association of Global English Teaching (AGenT), Bunkyo Kumin Kaigishitsu, Bunkyo Civic Hall, September 2013
  • Abstract: A workshop for second and third level educators interested in teaching debate and critical thinking and coaches of academic and parliamentary style debate teams.

SCE Professional Development Clinic

  • Nakasendo English Conference, Toyo University Tokyo, July 2013
  • Abstract: The value of a paid membership in a traditional professional organisations is vague at best.  This presentation explains the SCE Contributor model and how it creates value for SCE members
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Saitama City Educators (SCE), Finucane et al. [Poster Session]

  • Nakasendo English Conference, Toyo University Tokyo, July 2013
  • Abstract: A showcase of SCE Contributor’s and their work.
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Daiso iPad

  • Yokohama JALT MyShare (YoJALT), Kannai Hall Yokohama, December 2012
  • Abstract:  A simple idea to help lower level classes produce written English.

WordPress

  • Omiya JALT MyShare , Sakuragi Kominkan Omiya, November 2012
  • Abstract: Why I love WordPress and how I use it.

Team Teaching, Lesson Planning and Curriculum Development, John Finucane and Alana Schramm (SCE)

  • Saitama JET, ALT Skill Development Conference, Saitama Kaikan, August 2012
  • Abstract: This three hour workshop aims to help participants understand how to team tach effectively; plan communicative lessons in accordance with the New Course of Study and how to conceive, develop and deliver a curriculum.  Participants will also be encouraged to form working groups to unertake projects of mutual interest.  Mentoring and support will be offered to participants on a long term basis.

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

  • Yokohama JALT (YoJALT), Kannai Hall Yokohama, May 2012
  • Abstract:  A workshop about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills to students as EFL learners.  How to get started and how to practice.  We will discuss what skills are needed for critical thinking and debate.  We will discuss what kinds of language are required for critical thinking and debate.  We will learn some simple classroom exercises for introducing debate.  We will do some activities created specifically to teach critical thinking skills.
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How to Create an Effective ‘Cloze’ Listening Activity

  • Omiya JALT, Sakuragi Kominkan Omiya, March 2012
  • Abstract: A cloze activity is one in which learners listen for words omitted from a passage which they are given.  Some practical advice on how to create an effective music cloze activity will be given.  An example activity based on ‘Trash’ by Suede is included.  Effective cloze activities are those which learners can successfully complete, learn something from and enjoy.
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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

  • Omiya JALT Sakuragi Kominkan Omiya, February 2012
  • Abstract:  A workshop about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills to students as EFL learners. How to get started and how to practice.  We will discuss what skills are needed for critical thinking and debate. We will discuss what kinds of language are required for critical thinking and debate. We will learn some simple classroom exercises for introducing debate.  We will do some activities created specifically to teach critical thinking skills.
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Interview Drills: Making textbooks more Communicative

  • Yokohama JALT (YoJALT), Kannai Hall Yokohama, December 2011
  • Abstract: This activity can be used to supplement your text book,  at various levels, to make your lessons more communicative.  Interview drills can also be used as a springboard to help students to become effective debaters.
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Don’t Tell, Show: Communicative models in the classroomBryan Darr (SCEAJET) and John Finucane (SCEJALT)

  • SCE Féis, PARCO Kominkan Urawa, August 2011
  • Abstract: This workshop demonstrates how modelling activities is much more effective and fun, than simply telling students what to do. It helps attendees experience a typical team taught class from a young learners point of view. It introduces several activities that can be used to teach vocabulary to young learners.
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Planning Communicative Team-Teaching Lessons for High SchoolJohn Finucane (SCEJALT) and Alana Schramm (SCE)

  • SCE Féis, August 2011
  • Abstract: This workshop demonstrate how to plan and deliver an effective and communicative team-teaching lesson.  It also gives attendees an example of a communicative self-introduction lesson that they can use in their classrooms.
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The JET Programme as a Springboard into a Career in Teaching

  • JET Program (JET) Tokyo Orientation (B), Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, August 2011
  • Abstract: Interested in a career in teaching?  Find out what to do now, what to do next and what opportunities the JET Programme offers to aspiring teaching professionals.
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The JET Programme as a Springboard into a Career in Teaching

  • JET Program (JET) Tokyo Orientation (A), Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, August 2011
  • Abstract: Interested in a career in teaching?  Find out what to do now, what to do next and what opportunities the JET Programme offers to aspiring teaching professionals.
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EFL and Graphic Design [Poster Session]

  • Nakasendo English Conference, Dokkyo Senior and Junior High School, June 2011
  • Abstract: Teaching has made designers of us all.  Find out how.
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Interview Drills: Making textbooks more communicative

  • Omiya JALT MyShare, Sakuragi Kominkan Urawa, March 2011
  • Abstract: This activity can be used to supplement your text book,  at various levels, to make your lessons more communicative. Interview drills can also be used as a springboard to help students to become effective debaters.
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The Role of High School ALTs

  • ALTi Meeting, Saitama City Board of Education, Saitama City Hall, January 2011
  • Abstract: A discussion of the role of high school ALTs and how they can prepare for the New Course of Study.

Motivation: Techniques for motivating students

  • Saitama Prefectural and Municipal JET Program (JET) Mid Year Conference, Shimin Kaikan Urawa, November 2010
  • Abstract: Motivated students are a necessary condition of successful lessons. Five techniques for motivating students: advertising, packaging, cross- selling, progression and recycling, are discussed.

Communication: What makes activities communicative?

  • Saitama Prefectural and Municipal JET Program (JET) Mid Year Conference, Shimin Kaikan Urawa, November 2010
  • Abstract: This workshop explores what it means to say that an activity is communicative. It also presents a simple rubric for judging if an activity is communicative or not.

Communicative Activities for Elementry School

  • Saitama Prefectural and Municipal JET Program (JET) Mid Year Conference, Shimin Kaikan Urawa, November 2010
  • Abstract: This workshop demonstrates how modelling activities is much more effective and fun, than simply telling students what to do. It helps attendees experience a typical team taught class from a young learners point of view. It introduces several activities that can be used to teach vocabulary to young learners.

Communicative Activities for Elementary School [Poster Session]

  • Nakasendo English Conference, Kasei University Tokyo, June 2010
  • Abstract: This poster session is about several lessons that were created to prepare students for learning the new skills they would need in junior high school English classes. There were three aims for these lessons. 1) For students to use multiple adjectives, in a sentence, in the correct order. 2) For students to learn and use the word ‘not’ as a communication strategy. 3) To introduce Romanji as a part of the lesson.
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Using Adjectives as a Communication Strategy

  • The 2nd ETJ Saitama & JALT Omiya Sainokuni Workshop for Teachers of Japanese Young Learners, JALT Omiya, Sakuragi Kominkan Omiya, June 2010
  • Abstract: This presentation is about two lessons that were created to prepare students for learning the new skills they would need in junior high school English classes. There were three aims for these lessons. 1) For students to use multiple adjectives, in a sentence, in the correct order. 2) For students to learn and use the word ‘not’ as a communication strategy. 3) To introduce Romanji as a part of the lesson.
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Discover Ireland

  • Saitama Association for Global Awareness (SAGA), PARCO Kominkan Urawa, April 2010
  • Abstract: A multi-media presentation of Irish music, language and culture.