Skills Development Conference 2017

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The 2017 Skills Development Conference (外国語指導助手の指導力等向上研修) was held on October 24th at the Prefectural Education Center in Tenno. The first day of The 2017 Skills Development Conference was cancelled due to travel concerns involving a typhoon.


  • The scheduled check-in times were:

Day One: 09:30-09:50
Day Two: 09:00-09:30

  • Dress: Formal Business Attire

What to Bring

For those lucky enough to be staying in the dorms at the Center, there is a bed and a shower provided for you but almost nothing else. You will need to bring:

  • A towel (plus small towel for the onsen) and toiletries;
  • Indoor athletic shoes if you plan on using the gym;
  • Cash. There is no ATM at the Center. The vending machines for meal tickets accept notes of ¥1000, and change no smaller than ¥10.


The cafeteria at the Education Center will serve a different set menu each day.


Elementary School Activities Brianna Hom & Kathryn Ross
Starting next year, many schools will enact new elementary school English subject policies. Teachers and ALTs will have an increased role in his new curriculum and will be expected to support homeroom teachers, especially since most elementary teachers have never taught English before. In addition to introducing and playing some example activities, two veteran ALTs will look specifically at elementary English instruction, including lesson planning, tailoring games and activities to classes, team teaching, and how to try to avoid a dry, rote lesson to take advantage of the energy and enthusiasm of elementary school students.


Junior High School Activities Didy Huang & Liam Fahy
Didy and Liam's finest, curated selection of activities fit to razzle-dazzle and bembazzle your junior high school students! Be the talk of the school with these magnificent and scrumptious dollops of activities, brought to you by Liam and Didy. Didy and Liam, Liam and Didy, ka-pow!


Senior High School Activities Pimms Hubbell & Danielle Manos
Two-heads are better than one - two SHS ALTs living under the same roof comes with a lot of competition, but over the past 2 years we've cultivated a treasure trove of activities used between our 6 schools. From them we'll share with you our favorites, and ask fellow veteran SHS ALTs/JTEs to share their own!

Special Needs Activities Karl Booth & Stephanie Gross
Are you looking for ways to enrich the learning experience of your special needs students? If so, this is where you need to be! We all want to get the most out of our lessons, so we'll discuss issues surrounding ALTs in special needs education and provide you with a variety of 'tried and tested' activities to implement into your classes!

Communication and The Workplace Priscilla "Chey" Parlato & Keith Ikoma
A working relationship is a two way street that relies on effective communication between both the JTE and ALT. In order to have an effective working relationship both in and outside the classroom we must be able to communicate and understand each other so that we can be more effective in teaching English. Throughout this presentation we will be examining how to improve our communication through a range of activities that will allow both sides to understand more about each other, our expectations of the job and English.

Coaching for Success Michael Aubrey & David Wilson
Your ALT duties don' end in the classroom! ALTs are often called on to help coach students for speech contest, the EIKEN test, and more. We will give you the tools you need to help your students succeed.

Coaching for Success Presentation

Coaching for University English Interview Entrance Exams (Written Supplement)

Put the "Pro" in PROnunciation Chris Dean & Aaron Kern
Are you finding it difficult to teach pronunciation in class? Come join our discussion where we will talk about what makes pronunciation so difficult and how we can remedy some of these issues. Let's put the pro back in pronunciation.
File:English and Japanese Linguistics.pdf

Teaching with Technology Derek Bonilla & Kei Lam
Are you curious about using technology in the English classroom but are technologically inept? Afraid of a steep learning curve? Fret not. I will show you six ways to use technology in the classroom that are so easy, a caveman can do it.

North Block Presentation Aaron Kern & Tristan Hill
Power Point Link

Central Block Presentation David Wilson & Didy Huang

South Block Presentation Chloe Doole & Liam Fahy

Dinner Party

The Charity Akita dinner party was also cancelled as a result of the first day of SDC being cancelled. The planned dinner was taco rice.

See Also

Skills Development Conference
Mid-Year Conference 2008 • 2009 • 2010
Skills Development Conference 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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