As English language teachers, our day-to-day profession consists of three main strands: creating resources, administering activities, and gathering evidence of learning from students. These three strands tend to be present no matter what theoretical approach to teaching we adopt.
Please note that Fukuoka JALT is trying a completely new location this month, Namiki Square in Chihaya (map).
Virtual Exchange (VE) has many benefits for foreign language teachers and their students but it is still not easily accessible to the mainstream. Students in English as a foreign language classrooms often have few opportunities to physically interact with other users of English. VE gives them virtual mobility, enabling them to participate in a global community.
Self-determination theory describes human motivation in terms of how individuals control their lives and environments. Central to this theory is the concept of autonomy, the sense that our actions are internally directed. In this presentation, we will discuss how teachers can make their classrooms places of autonomous learning.
Please note the earlier starting time.
Language is a tool for communication, and identifying what you want to do with language can provide a path for improving language ability. However, students often describe their language learning goals using vague or generic language that makes it hard for them to achieve tangible results. In the first half of this two-part presentation, I will explain goal-setting in relation to self-directed language learning and introduce some activities for analyzing needs and setting goals. In the second half of the presentation, I will discuss two projects that illustrate considerations teachers must make to support students in their selection of materials for achieving goals. The presentation will conclude with some observations about the challenges of explicitly instructing students in self-directed learning.
Do your students (or you!) regard "process writing" as a remedial technique designed for struggling writers or low-level language students? This workshop takes participants through all stages of the writing process: brainstorming, organizing, drafting, editing, and rewriting, to demonstrate its usefulness and efficiency for any level of young adult or adult writer (including native speaker).
Reading is a complex process that integrates numerous sub-skills, ranging from lower-order decoding skills to higher-order skills that integrate context and background knowledge into the comprehension process. Although reading instruction must aim to develop proficiency in higher-order skills, learners must automatize lower-order skills before they can access higher-order skills.
Behavioural economics is the study of how psychological, social, cognitive, and emotional factors affect decision making. Despite its name, many of the findings uncovered in this emerging field have many practical benefits in the classroom.
Part 1: Focusing on teachers: Eliminating the false dichotomy between native and non-native English speaking teachers
Please note the earlier starting time. For beer garden (see below), maximum 20 places available; please RSVP by July 7th.