Fukui Chapter

Five Minds for Language Education

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 12 December 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Roehl Sybing

Five Minds for the Future, Howard Gardner's follow-up to his theory of multiple intelligences, yields meaningful implications for the field of language learning. Where MI theory classified different types of learners along distinct categories of intelligence, Gardner's recent thinking centers on the idea that a more interconnected world requires a more holistic approach to teaching and learning. This presentation explores this new treatise and the possibilities and challenges created specifically for educators of English as a foreign language.

Location: 
Watanabe English School
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Teaching/Learning English in English: Japanese SHS Teachers’ & Students’ Perceptions

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 3 October 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Harumi Yamada and Galina Hristokova-Shimo

In March 2009, the MEXT announced the New Course of Study for Senior High Schools, which will be implemented in 2013. It stated that “(English) classes should be basically conducted in English.” How do students and teachers perceive the MEXT’s concept? If they have objections, what are the reasons for them? What are the practical problems here? What are the teachers’ attitudes toward this change? A survey was carried out among teachers and students in Fukui Prefecture to answer these questions. This presentation discusses the survey results and shows how potential obstacles could be overcome.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Developing L2 Interactional Competence through Routine Activity

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 1 August 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Aya Watanabe

The present study investigates the role of routine activities and nonverbal resources through analyzing EFL classroom interaction in Japan. Using CA as a methodological framework to explore L2 learning, the study introduces how students and the teacher manage routine activity and how the L2 development occurs over time.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Considering the effective English teaching in the Japanese secondary school context

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 6 June 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Rintaro Sato

In the presentation, Professor Rintaro Sato of the Nara University of Education discusses how English can effectively be taught in the Japanese EFL (English as a foreign language) context. In this environment, learners do not often have an actual need for communication in English. It is rare for them to have exposure to English; rather, English is taught as a knowledge-based subject; some students study it for tests or entrance exams. In the presentation, the suitability of TBL (Task-Based Language Learning) and PPP (Presentation-Practice-Production) models in the Japanese school context and the effectiveness of PPP from the point of view of skill acquisition theory will be discussed. The presenter will also discuss effective teaching from other aspects, such as focus on forms vs. focus on form, learners’ motivation, TAP (transfer appropriate processing) principle and so on.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Let's Make Beautiful Music Together: The Elements of Poetry in Music Lyrics

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 7 February 2010 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
David Kluge

What makes a song interesting? There are some hidden tools that song writers use, such as rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, consonance, and other elements to catch the listener's attention. The presenter will first explain each of the "tools," using examples from well-known songs. We will play with the language tools through some games. Then, in groups we will try our hand at writing our own lyrics to a song. Finally after a little bit of practice, the group will perform the "handmade" songs at the end of the session. No previous song writing experience is necessary!

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

The Internet as English Teacher

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 13 December 2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Roehl Sybing

A growing importance of and dependence on the Internet in language learning requires today's language teachers to acquire the skills necessary to tap into the vast resources available to both educators and students. Though computer-assisted language learning (CALL) remains an intimidating area thought to be restricted to younger, tech-savvy professionals and curriculum developers, there are very basic tools available that allow teachers to easily exploit Internet-based English resources and turn them into useful classroom materials.

Location: 
Watanabe English School
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

A Vocabulary Notebook: The Whys and Hows

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 17 May 2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Hugh Graham-Marr

We all recognize that words are the bedrock of language learning. As Michael Lewis quoting Earl Stevick in his book The Lexical Approach notes, when students travel abroad they carry a dictionary, not a grammar book. This talk will look at the place of teaching vocabulary in the curriculum and what it means to “know” a word. It will look at how learners acquire words and at the importance of both recycling and depth of processing as part of this process.

Why a vocabulary notebook? How to go about implementing the use of one? This talk looks at vocabulary notebooks in general and their place in the classroom. It then looks at one vocabulary notebook in particular that, in addition to giving students a template for recording new words and expressions, provides activities designed to explore different aspects of the words they have recorded.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Intercultural Perspectives in Language Education

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 2 August 2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Willy de Klijn and Jacqueline van Campen

National assessment of English in primary education in the Netherlands - This presentation will focus on the results that were collected in a nationwide assessment of proficiency in English (2006) in the final year (group 8 – age 11/12) of primary education. The position of English in the primary curriculum, teacher training, methods used, time spent on English lessons and results of the assessment in reading, listening, speaking and vocabulary will be discussed.

English teaching and exams at secondary schools in the Netherlands - Recently teaching methods for the older students (15 – 18 yrs) at Dutch secondary schools have undergone major changes. The debate on whether these changes are for better or for worse is still raging. The basic ideas behind this reform are that students need to take more responsibility for their own learning and that they should learn more skills instead of just gaining knowledge.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Reflecting on Teaching Practices

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 25 October 2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
Michael Stockwell and Jon Catanzariti

Teachers and students profit from reflection. By exploring our beliefs of language learning we can gain insight on how they affect our choices in the classroom. In this interactive workshop we will share a range of methodologies and discuss the principles behind them. For example, some teachers prefer highly-structured activities because they are concerned about student-produced errors and the fossilization of these errors. On the other hand, many teachers embrace mistakes as the necessary steps of a learning process. Receptivity to different approaches will begin the moment we reflect on our own, and the principles behind them. We hope to share some activities that we have found successful in our classrooms.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Rhythm and Rhyme and Harmony

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 15 March 2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Speaker: 
David Kluge, Kinjo Gakuin University

Music plays a special role in people's lives, partly because of the effect that it has on the mind and the body. We will learn about those effects, focusing on music's usefulness in the language classroom. We will be listening to various kinds of music and discussing the useful qualities of that particular music. You will be provided with a list and description of how, and when to use music, and what music to use.

Please bring your iPod/MP3 player, or favorite music or song on an MD, CD, or cassette tape. Be ready to tap your feet.

Location: 
Open University of Japan, Fukui Campus, AOSSA, 7th Floor
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

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