Four JALTGifu members will present on the theme they will be presenting on at the national conference in November. This will give those of us who can't make it to Tsukuba a chance to see some of the presentations. It will also be a great way for the presenters to get feedback.
NGO Gender Awareness Material (Brent Simmonds)
Research shows the brain is more activated by movement than by sitting which increases fatigue and reduces concentration. Learning by doing creates more neural networks in the brain. Moreover children find active learning to be more fun and engaging, which means they’re more incline to learn. In this workshop the presenter will share some classroom-tested games you can use right away.
This workshop will introduce several variations on ‘standard dictation,' focusing in particular on combining dictation with talk-radio audio clips and YouTube videos. The presenter will introduce examples of such dictation-authentic media activities from both general English and EMP (English for Medical Purposes) classes.
This workshop discusses humor’s potential in EFL instruction. It looks at two intertwined applications of humor in the classroom: “humor as subject”—giving students input showing how humor pervades contemporary English usage; and “humor as medium”—encouraging humor as a teaching/learning/socializing tool in classroom interaction.
This workshop demonstrates how Japanese cultural formats like haiku, tanka, and kamishibai may be employed in the foreign language classroom. This encompasses areas such as comparative culture, scaffolding, teaching aspects of pronunciation/ prosody, creative language usage, and literature awareness. Workshop participants will have a firsthand opportunity to experiment with the various formats.
Current reforms in the educational landscape are pushing toward a more student-centered approach to education. The talk is now of learning more than teaching. Cooperative Learning (CL) is a research based teaching pedagogy that provides an effective teaching approach, especially in language learning. Through interactive, task based activities, students learn to take control of their own learning.
This presentation and workshop will explore and seek to make sense of the concept of quality in HE institutions in Japan. We will discuss what quality means, how it is measured, how it is interpreted by those involved and whether it's a habit or an act.
This presentation will focus on generating and harnessing student engagement and motivation, covering aspects of developing creative lessons, keeping students accountable, classroom management, utilizing simple technology, etc. My university students tend to be actively engaged for a full 90 minutes, week after week. I have almost never had a student sleep or use a keitai in my classes.
Speakers from a variety of language teaching and learning perspectives will give dynamic presentations with 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. There will be plenty of time for q & a. Titles include:
Techniques for Community Building in Writing Classes (Wendy Gough)
Volunteer Work in English Spaces (Clair Taylor, Naoki Akahane & Nami Sakata)
Creating a classroom questionnaire might seem daunting, but think of it as a series of seven steps: deciding what information to collect; creating, editing and ordering your questions; writing the title, introduction, instructions and conclusion; laying out your questions; and piloting and checking your questionnaire.