Other Language Educators SIG

Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 10:23am

Hello; dobr denj; kalimera; ni hao; guten tag; anyong hashimnikka; bonjour, buenos dias; hyvää päivää; bom dia; haisai; konnichiwa!

In a time when we can easily understand where and how other people live, there is still only one surefire way to find out what they think individually or as a culture: to learn their language. As every culture contains specific patterns of thought and mindsets which cannot always be put into English or translated easily from one language to another, learning its language opens the door to that culture and the countries using it. The OLE SIG was founded in 1996 in order to serve the special needs of such learners and teachers.

Languages are also thought to be instrumental in developing cultural empathy, opening up our minds to other concepts and ideas, and enabling us to reflect on our own. In this way, OLE can also be considered part of peace education.

Although many teachers of German, French, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian etc. have their own teacher organizations, they need JALT with its powerful network across the nation and even outside of Japan in order to get more urgently needed representation on a nationwide overarching scale. On the other hand, JALT would simply be incomplete without representing the thousands of students learning and the hundreds of teachers teaching the above languages throughout Japan.

So, please help us by letting your colleagues know that JALT is inclusive of all language teaching in Japan!

SIG Officers

Rudolf Reinelt
Andreas Kasjan
Eric Fortin
Monika Szirmai
Gabriela Schmidt

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Upcoming Events

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 9:00am - Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 6:30pm

The Past, Present and Future of Second Foreign Languages in Japan
September 15-16, 2017
Hiroshima International University, Hiroshima Campus
Organizers: JALT OLE SIG, JALT Hiroshima Chapter
Co-sponsor: Hiroshima International University
Call for papers

The conference offers a chance for teachers of any language to share their ideas and research results with colleagues. However, for the sake of mutual understanding, English or Japanese would be preferred as the language of presentation. Although papers about topical themes, such as active learning, e-learning, plurilingualism, and the CEFR, are encouraged, presenters should not feel restrained.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of JALT OLE SIG, a special publication of the papers presented at the conference is being considered.

Proposals should be between 150-250 words in English or in Japanese.

Presentations last 30 minutes. Projector is available with VGA connection on site. Presenters should bring their own adapters.

A limited number of workshops will be scheduled for Friday afternoon, September 15th, 2017. Proposals for workshops should state the time needed for the workshop (45, 60 or 90 minutes).

Deadline for proposals: Midnight, June 17th, 2017.

Please send proposals to: jaltolesig@gmail.com

Notifications of acceptance of proposals will be sent by e-mail during the first week of July.

Participation is free both for presenters and audience.
ACCESS: http://www.hirokoku-u.ac.jp/access/hiroshima.html (in Japanese)
Hiroshima International University 730-0016 Hiroshima, Naka-ku, Nobori-cho 1-5

About 10-minute-walk from Hiroshima JR Station.

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