Two Presentations in Tohoku: Akita JALT and Iwate JALT

I had the great pleasure of going to Tohoku in September and conducting two workshops for the Akita and Iwate JALT chapters. In Akita I gave one workshop, Typography and document design for classroom materials, and in Iwate I gave that presentation and I also another called, Japanese copyright law and authentic materials: what teachers need to know.

In the first workshop, I discussed a number of typography and visual design theories, the research behind them, and offered some ‘best practices’ for teachers to think about when making classroom handouts. The handout for the presentation can be downloaded HERE and the references can be downloaded HERE.

In the second workshop in Iwate, I introduced authentic materials, discussed some of their advantages and disadvantages, noting that one of the largest concerns for teachers is the issue of copyright. I then outlined two main areas of the Japanese copyright law (the personal use limitation and the educational use limitation) and then discussed a number of example situations to help teachers better understand what they can and cannot do under the law.

It was a fun and challenging weekend in Tohoku and I had a great time. I want to say thank you to both the Akita and Iwate chapters for inviting me and also to the Materials Writers SIG for sponsoring me.

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