Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Oxford University Press News
Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that we will be holding a free series of practical presentations in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo on the following dates.
The presentations will be conducted by renowned authors and presenters including the author of the brand new Passport second edition, Angela Buckingham, and evaluation consultant, author and popular presenter Grant Trew.
Please visit http://www.oupjapan.co.jp/events/index.shtml for pre-registration and more details.
オックスフォード大学出版局では、大阪・名古屋・東京にてOxford Teaching Seminarを以下の日程で開催いたします。
弊社新刊 Passport Second Editionの著者Angela Buckingham氏 や、数々の教材制作を手がけトレーナーとしても定評のある Grant Trew氏など、英語教育の分野で活躍する講師陣によるプレゼンテーションを予定しています。授業に役立つ指導のヒントが詰まったこのセミナーに、ぜひご参加ください。
詳細およびご予約方法については、弊社ウェブサイト http://www.oupjapan.co.jp/events/index_jp.shtml を覧ください。
◆Oxford Teaching Seminar Osaka
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 18:30 - 20:40
Venue: TKP Osaka Umeda Business Center, Conference 9B
◆Oxford Teaching Seminar Nagoya
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 18:30 - 20:40
Venue: Sakae Gas Building, 5F Dai-Kaigishitsu
◆Oxford Teaching Seminar Tokyo - in association with Aston University, Toyo Gakuen University, and JALT West Tokyo
Date: Thursday, November 19th
Time: 18:00 - 21:10
Venue: Toyo Gakuen Daigaku, Room 1302
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford University Press
Labels: oxford university press japan
Sun Nov 8:
Tohoku Fukushi University, Sendai
Sun Nov 29:
Seifu High School, Osaka
Sun Dec 6:
Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka
The JALT Conference
Granship Center, Shizuoka
FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
KITAKYUSHU, Fukuoka -- November 7 (Sat) 18:00-20:30
The Differing Theories of SLA
Speaker(s): Matthew J. Jenkins
SENDAI, Miyagi -- November 8 (Sun) 9:00-18:00
Tohoku ELT Expo
OMIYA, Saitama -- November 8 (Sun) 14:15-16:00
JALT Omiya Member Presentations
Speaker(s): Kyoko Suzuki and Jun Harada
TOKYO -- November 14 (Sat) 10:20-17:00
The World of Children's Book Publishing
Speaker(s): Alvina Ling
OKAYAMA -- November 15 (Sun) 14:00-16:00
The functional literacy theory and the contextual learning theory as applied to English language learning
Speaker(s): April Mella-Alcazar
NAGASAKI -- November 18 (Wed) 18:30-20:30
Functional literacy and contextual learning theories applied to English language learning
Speaker(s): April Alcazar, the Balsamo Asian Scholar/Four Corners national tour guest presenter
TOKYO -- November 19 (Thu) 18:00-21:10
Oxford Teaching Seminar 2009
Speaker(s): Angela Buckingham, Grant Trew, Sue Garton, Andy Boon
West Tokyo JALT
SHIZUOKA -- November 21 (Sat)
JALT2009: 35th Annual International Conference
KOBE, Hyogo -- November 26 (Thu) 10:40-13:20
Towards Global Excellence in Foreign Language Education: Technology and Classroom interaction
Speaker(s): Neomy Storch, Bruno Vannieu, Bill Perry, Greg Sholdt
OSAKA -- November 29 (Sun) 9:30-17:30
Kansai ETJ Expo
Speaker(s): Variety of speakers (call for participation due October 1st, 2009)
OITA -- November 29 (Sun) 18:30-20:30
ETJ-Oita / Oita JALT Year End Workshop
Speaker(s): Simon Weedon, Etsuko Minami, Lindsay Mack, Sean Chidlow
FUKUOKA -- December 6 (Sun) 9:30-17:30
Kyushu ELT Expo 2009
Speaker(s): Various Speakers (call for presentations due Oct 31)
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Make your own blog for students and teachers
GEOS in Trouble
GEOS`s website for Japan has been showing gibberish for some time now. Now this from
"Recent economic woes have lead Geos to be late paying the Japanese staff in August and September 2009. It is further reported that foreign teachers working at the adult schools were not paid on time in October 2009. Geos is currently asking clients to pay as much as 5 months in advance for the following year's lessons in a bid to raise the necessary funds to meet payroll obligations. This financial distress has led many Japanese staff members to resign."
"An article in The Japan Times noted the deplorable working conditions of GEOS staff. In 1999, the company was taken to court by fourteen of its managers over unpaid overtime. At the time of the case, the main plaintiff said that she was working a 72-hour week under constant unmanageable pressure to increase sales at her school. Even though the managers won their suit, costing GEOS 300 million yen in unpaid overtime, the media mostly overlooked the case. In the same article, managers noted high staff-turnover and long working hours. However, a spokeswoman for the company insisted that GEOS, and the language learning industry as a whole, provided women with rare opportunities to begin business careers."--from WikipediaMy wife works overtime unpaid at least three hours a day and
this is at a public junior high school in Japan.
No the lousy working conditions in Japan are not only at GEOS, they are across the spectrum,
in all industries and professions.
This country is crazy when it comes to work, and we have a high suicide rate to show for all
of this stress.
Labels: labor issues japan
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Start your own School in Japan
I did, and God knows if I did you certainly can eh!
So if you stay in Japan long term, you may wish to join the growing ranks of entrepreneurs that open their own schools here.
There`s an ETJ Group at Yahoo Groups devoted entirely to this topic.
I opened Kevin`s in 1991, two years after arriving in Japan. I had kept my eyes open, I had worked for a few different schools at that point. I had gotten a feel for what worked and what didn`t. I felt fairly confident I could open my own school.
You can too!
I encourage you to consider opening your own school or other business in Japan. Japan badly needs new people and new ideas.
Foreigners bring both into Japan when they come and stay. We
make Japan a better and more interesting place. White rice is good but rice mixed with meat and vegetables is healthier and will make you stronger.
Frankly I don`t recommend it as a business and it isn`t a good way to get rich.
It is a pretty good life though.
Just don`t open near me!
Labels: start an english school in japan