Title:Hard Pressed to Succeed without Soft Skills
Summary: This workshop explores the professional skills necessary for success in international business with a particular focus on Soft Skills and how we can approach these in the classroom. The presenter will begin by defining Professional Skills and how they are taught in universities in Japan, before arguing for the cautious introduction of a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach for business students. The content of a Professional Skills course – a key feature of which is the awareness-raising of soft skills - is explained and defined. This includes a Professional Skills for International Business (PSIB) can-do framework that has been developed to assess such skills. She will then share the results of a pilot qualitative analysis of students’ perceptions of the necessity of soft skills for international business in Japan.
The second half of the workshop asks participants to engage in a selection of practical activities that have proved useful in raising awareness of soft skills among Japanese learners. The session concludes with a discussion about professional skills, soft skills and CLIL in the Japanese university context.
Creating engaging, authentic, quality classroom materials completely from scratch proves challenging for today's busy teachers. However, adapting and supplementing materials from an already established textbook or classic piece of literature may be a more reasonable expectation.
Summary: This presentation will give advice to teachers about how best to go about facilitating written feedback on students' writing. Teachers of writing often wonder when to give feedback, how to give it, how much to give and how often. In addition to this there are different sources of feedback – Should the teacher give feedback on every assignment?
Bio: Mamoru "Bobby" Takahashi and Stephen Shucart teach English at Akita Prefectural University, Honjo Campus.
Join us for a tour of cool online tools – several will be devoted to tools for teachers, several tools for students, and of course some work for both. Online sites may include places to easily construct an online lesson, text-to-speech, quiz construction, rubric construction, graphic organizers, whiteboards, and mindmapping.
Abstract: Vocabulary is an essential part of language, however it is also an often neglected and misunderstood part of language teaching.
Preview: Reflecting on his experience training and coaching teams twice in the All-Japan High School English Debate Tournament, Cory will present on the challenges and rewards of engaging Japanese high school students in English debate.
Akita-JALT will host this year's JALT National Conference Balsamo Asian Scholar, Indonesian Junior High School teacher, Inggy Yuliani Pribady. She will speak about genre pedagogy and how to assist students to think critically and learn deeply via scaffolded writing tasks. The event is free of charge and open to all.
Saturday, September 29 (After Kathy Kampa's presentation and Annual General Meeting Business)
From 13:00 in JoinUS Room #5 (3rd Floor)
Agenda – Will be talking about all things JALT – upcoming conference, new initiatives, and how JALT is trying to assist members all over Japan accomplish their goals.
All are welcome, and the session is free of charge.
Abstract: Discover the power of music, movement, and multiple intelligences (MI) to create a dynamic learning environment for your students. Music is celebrated in many cultures around the world. Its universality can be found in its shared structures. Music enhances memorization, a critical process in language acquisition.