Event Information: 2017 Tohoku ELT Expo in Sendai


Part of a national series of Expos, the Tohoku ELT Expo is a one day mini-conference offering quality presentations and materials displays for language teachers in any context: college, junior & senior high, elementary, kindergarten and private language school.

48 presentations will be given by speakers from around Japan and the Sendai/Tohoku region. This year’s Expo will also feature a series of presentations from the JALT Critical Thinking (CT) SIG. Besides great presentations, an extensive publishers’ display area offers opportunity to talk with representatives and see new texts, software and other teaching materials from many publishers.

Good Education Versus Gamification — Who Wins?

English Firsthand co-author John Wiltshier will give a presentationat the 2017 Tohoku ELT Expoconference following Sunday (10th November). Please see below for details.


Title Presenter
Good Education Versus Gamification: Who Wins?
11:15am – midday
John Wiltshier
See below for biography
…and 47 other sessions by David Paul, Rob Peacock, Eric Clark and many more!

Click here to see a list of all sessions at the 2017 Tohoku ELT Expo.


Why do our students spend so much time gaming, tweeting, clicking, liking, uploading, texting? As teachers we can critically observe students’ online activities to determine what — if anything — can be utilized for good education.

In this presentation, John will present 6 principles that make online games, apps and internet-use so compelling – even addictive – and invite you to draw parallels to what you do in your classes. What this reveals may well surprise you! He will then shift focus to think about the materials, activities and media we use in class. To what extent do our choices include or exclude these 6 principles? Practical examples, from the newly published English Firsthand Fifth Edition, with its online component MyMobileWorld, will be used to demonstrate each principle. After exploring the underlying principles of “addictive” online behavior, we will go backtogether to reconsider the title. You’ll then be able to answer the question: “Who wins?”

What is 2017 Tohoku ELT Expo?

What: 2017 Tohoku ELT Expo
When: Sunday, December 10th
Where: St. Ursula Eichi Elementary / Junior High / Senior High School
1-1-2 Ipponsugimachi, Wakabayashi-ku
Sendai,Miyagi Pref.,

10 min. walk from Yakushido Station, Subway Tozai Line
Limited parking also available

Click here for amap and directions.
How much: ETJ & JALT members: 500 yen
General admission: 1,000 yen
Registration: Please Preregister!
Preregister at the ETJ website: http://ltprofessionals.com/etj/registration.

You can attend without pre-registering, but it saves you time at the Expo and gives us an idea of how many to expect. You can also join ETJ (free) or JALT through their websites or at the Expo. See the ETJ website and the JALT Sendai website for updates and more information.
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