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First Meeting in 2014 - Sunday, Feb, 9th

Aloha, The meeting has NOT been cancelled but expected attendance will be low with highways and local roads closed. Enjoy the snow! 全国語学教育学会      The Japan Association for Language Teaching  -JALT-   Sunday, Feb, 9th, 10:00 – 17:00 Meeting   Presentations:   1. University Accreditation: It's Impact on EFL Teaching (10:00-12:00) by Bern Mulvey ( Iwate University)  As of 2004, all universities in Japan must submit to an external accreditation evaluation, to be repeated every seven years. The universities receive written assessments in multiple categories from one of four official accrediting agencies. These assessments are intended to provide detailed evaluations of curriculum appropriateness and teacher effectiveness, not to mention school/program effectiveness in meeting mission objectives. All reports are publicized. The universities also receive grades: pass, probation, or fail. In other words, at least in theory, university accreditation represents an unparalleled oppor
October Meeting Saturday, Oct, 5th, 13:00 – 17:00 
 1. Older students as both teachers and learners by Tadashi Ishida (13:00-14:00) The presenter will discuss possible reasons Japanese older learners have for being interested in studying English. He will also report on his activities to help them study English by demonstrations of certain aspects of Japanese culture and a program that matches up non-Japanese visitors with volunteer tour guides. The presentation will end with a case study illustrating what happened at a festival where international students from Waseda University carried a portable shrine with the help of residents of a downtown Tokyo community through the medium of English. BIO: Tadashi Ishida has been teaching English to senior citizens at community centers in Tokyo, sponsored by the Taito Ward Board of Education for the past 30 years. He is the Founder and Coordinator of JALT Lifelong Language Learning SIG. 2. English Rakugo and English teaching by Tat