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August 09, 2005

Gearing Up for JALT 2005

The annual JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) conference will be held in Shizuoka from Oct. 8-10. The conference co-chairs Rob Waring and Marc Helgesen (a regular contributor to the ELT News Think Tank) outlined some of the special features this year:

The JALT 2005 theme is "Sharing our Stories". We have tried to interpret this in many different ways. Firstly, JALT 2005 is a place for the presenters and publishers to share their stories. To that end we have three fine plenary speakers - David Nunan, Jennifer Basset and Torikai Kumiko - who will be able to share with you their insights. In addition, there are many special events during the conference which are connected:
- The "story space" on Sunday featuring storytelling activities;
- Stories, Jazz, Wine & Cheese. A storytelling entertainment event on Sunday evening. Cash bar;
- A Speaker's Corner;
- The ELT News Think Tank Live event where the expert panelists will share their experiences and insights. This is followed by the party (and you're sure to hear stories from old and new friends there!);
- In addition to the hundreds of regular presentations, posters and symposiums, JALT2005 has Discussion Sessions. In these sessions the presenter sets a few questions for the audience to discuss and share ideas with everyone;
- Ask the Experts session on Sunday at 5pm. Everyone is invited to ask questions and share their stories with experts from many fields;
- Preconference "skills upgrade" sessions will introduce teachers to NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), teach computer skills such as Powerpoint and basic website construction for beginners and higher level computers skills such as Moodle, and managing digital sound for other teachers.

People can preregister for the conference before Sept. 9 at discounted rates. Information is available at:
JALT 2005 website
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