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JALT Event October 2006: Storytelling and Video iPods

Author: Japan Association for Language Teaching, Issue: September 2006, Topic: Education

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2006
Time: 9:30-17:00
Place: Tsukuba Gakuin University (formerly Tokyo Kasei Gakuin Tsukuba Women's University)
Fee: Non-members 500 yen

No Pre-registration Necessary

If you have interest in any of our lectures you are welcome to attend. There is no requirement as to workplace or occupation. All are welcome.

Presentation sponsored by the Ibaraki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT)


  • 9:30-10:00: Registration
  • 10:00-12:00: Storytelling in Language Teaching by Charles Kowalski of Oberlin College
  • 12:00-2:00: Lunch--Enjoy lunch at the Tsukuba Center Q't Bldg or at the Annual Festival of the Tsukuba University of Technology
  • 2:00-4:00: Versatile Video iPods as Classroom Tools by Bill Pellowe of Kinki University
  • 4:15-5:00: Chapter Business Meeting/Chapter Elections Continuous Book Fair--all books \50

Storytelling in Language Teaching

Everyone loves a good story! This workshop is for teachers interested in bringing the power of oral storytelling (personal anecdotes, folktales, jokes, or any other kind of narrative) into their classrooms. The first part will examine the linguistic, cultural, and personal benefits that storytelling can bring to a language class, and help participants develop their own natural storytelling talent through voice, gesture, memory, and other tools of the storyteller. The second part will present classroom activities to make stories easily understandable by learners of all ages and all levels from beginning to advanced.

Biodata: Charles Kowalski studied under professional storytellers in the United States, and taught a storytelling course at Oberlin College. He has conducted storytelling workshops for language teachers throughout Japan and in the United States, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Russia and Cambodia. He received the 2002 Best of JALT Award from the Kobe chapter.

Versatile Video iPods as Classroom Tools

All of the activities demonstrated by the presenter could be done by teachers who do not have video iPods, but the presenter will claim that the video iPod is actually an affordable alternative to other technologies such as laptop computers. Using only a video iPod, the presenter will demonstrate a number of ways that this new tool can be used during lessons to deliver material to the classroom, whether that material is a basic stimulus, a supplemental support, or the main content of the lesson. This includes using videos, slides (which are more commonly associated with laptops and PowerPoint), photos and audio, including podcasts, the latest online trend. To save time, participants will not be asked to "be students" during the activties; instead, the activities will simply be modeled.

Biodata: Bill Pellowe's first full-time job teaching English to non-native speakers was in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been teaching English in Japan since January of 1990, or, to put it in perspective, he came here just after the very first broadcast of the Simpsons Christmas Special, but before the Simpsons became a regular TV show. Bill earned his Master's degree in TEFL with distinction through the University of Birmingham (distance mode), and has been a full time instructor at Kinki University's branch in Iizuka City, Fukuoka Prefecture since 2000. Bill has been involved with technology in education for nearly a decade, having designed an Internet English course in 1996. In 2001, Bill started ELT Calendar (http://www.eltcalendar.com), and through wide syndication to several other websites (including ELT News), ELT Calendar has become Japan's premiere source for information about conferences, workshops and seminars for language teachers. Bill's most recent technology project is ELT Podcast (http://www.eltpodcast.com), a series of scripted conversations for language students that he does with Robert Chartrand of Kurume University. Bill has enjoyed a long history of participation with JALT; he was program chair, then president, of the Fukuoka chapter from 1995 to 2002, and he maintains JALT's online events calendar (http://jalt.org/calendar).

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