Skills Development Conference 2023
The 2023 Skills Development Conference (外国語指導助手の指導力等向上研修; Gaikokugo Shidō Joshu no Shidōryoku-tō Kōjō Kenshū) was held on November 6th, 2023 at both the Prefectural Education Center and the Personnel Training Center in Tenno. It marks the first time this conference was held in person since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Japan.
- The scheduled check-in:
9:30 AM - 9:55 AM
- Dress: Formal Business Attire
- Venue: Prefectural Education Center and Personnel Training Center, Tenno, Katagami
- Schedule: File:Akita SDC 2023 schedule.pdf
Due to budget cuts, the cafeteria at the Education Center was closed for use.
Workshop 1 Part 1: Teaching Demonstration Video
ALTs were divided and attend one of three teaching demonstration videos given by a team of one JTE and one ALT. Attendees were asked to observe and analyze the lessons.
Workshop 1 Part 2: Teaching Video Discussion
Workshop 2: Block 1
Creating Fun and Helpful Games for the Classroom
By Jackson Leventhal
This presentation aims to help you create stimulating and helpful games for your classes. Games are a great learning tool for students to get interested in the classroom. Sometimes, they don’t even realize they are learning.
Understanding Culture to Understand Language
By Steven Basquez
Have you ever wondered why Americans call football "soccer"? Chances are your students have, too, or they've had a similar question. This workshop aims to show you how to look for those answers by understanding English's cultural and historical context and why your students must also learn it.
Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills
By Wiliem Tawake
In this presentation, we will explore the significance of these skills in personal and professional contexts, providing practical strategies and tips to help individuals become better listeners and speakers. Topics covered include active listening techniques, overcoming common barriers, building strong communication habits, and the benefits of honing these skills. By the end of this presentation, you`ll have the tools and knowledge to enhance your ability to convey ideas and understand others with clarity and precision. Whether you`re a student, professional, or anyone looking to improve their communication prowess, this presentation is a valuable resource to help you.
The Way of the PowerPoint.
By Kristopher Jackson
A workshop for developing better PowerPoint (PPT) presentations in the ESL classroom and beyond. Recommended for beginners looking to use PPT in the classroom and intermediate to advanced users looking to improve and share their PPT skills with others. This workshop will focus on the philosophy informing our PPT usage, the wealth of resources available for use, and real-world examples used in the classroom. In general, anyone who is looking to share or improve their PPT skills is welcome to join.
Using Japanese to learn Japanese (Intended for ALTs)
By Suriya Ratnam
Intended for intermediate Japanese language learners (N4-N2), this presentation will discuss how to ease the transition from instruction to immersion by using online resources, media, technology, and developing scalable language acquisition skills.
Workshop 2: Block 2
Improvising Last Minute Lessons
By Jojo George
We've all had to throw together a lesson 15 minutes before class. But there's no need to stress! In this presentation, we'll discuss preventative measures, navigating the situation, and some easy activities you can make in a pinch. Bring some of your best ideas to share with the class!
Language Teaching Strategies
By Steven Basquez
Recommended for ALTs with little experience teaching a foreign language or ESL classes. This workshop will demonstrate teaching techniques for foreign language classes to help students better internalize what they learn in their English class. Fair warning: active participation will be a thing in this one.
Teaching English Pronunciation and Prosody
By Andrew Acs
We will talk about the differences between Japanese and English from a linguistic perspective and how those differences lead to the pronunciation errors we hear in our students. Then, we will discuss applying this information in actual classroom instruction, including a vocabulary game about syllable stress patterns.
“Manage your Managers” Leadership Skills to Thrive in the Workplace
By Charles Vanbourgondien
Although an ALT is an assistant, it doesn't mean you can’t be a leader or implement leadership skills while on the job. In this workshop, you will learn about the skills and practices you can use to be proactive in the workplace to work towards better relationships with your coworkers and better outcomes at work.
Japanese Phonology and Improving Your Pronunciation (Intended for ALTs)
By Aiya Perrine
How can I sound like a native? What does phonology even mean? What the heck is a “mora”? In this presentation, we will be answering these questions and more as we discuss the structure of Japanese phonology. This will involve exercises and pronunciation practice, and you will also be given tips on how to improve your Japanese pronunciation generally.
Workshop 3: Team Teaching Case Studies
In groups, JTEs and ALTs read over the following case studies and then expressed their opinions and discussed what they thought will better the situation. The groups had 10 minutes to analyze each topic. These topics included situations both inside and outside the classroom. The goal was to have JTEs and ALTs communicate their personal experiences and opinions while working together to arrive at an agreeable solution.
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