Can textbooks tell why Japanese lag behind other Asian countries on standard tests of English proficiency? This workshop will take the audience on a virtual Asian textbook tour with stops in China, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan. At each stop the audience will taste a local ELT textbook sample and try to see if it can help them answer the above question.
Promoting young learners’ reading skills is one of the biggest challenges among EFL teachers of young learners. Will there be any ways to accelerate their literacy development when we see them only once a week? What does current research in brain science inform us about effective approaches in literacy education?
The presenters will share the process creating a student placement test at a university-level English program from design to implementation, showing how a single test based on receptive skills was replaced with two parallel tests based on productive skills: one speaking test based on the SPEAK test, and one writing test based on a learner corpus.
For our next workshop, Mhairi Anne Robson, from Sunnyside International will offer . . .
"Embrace your power to connect: Creative techniques to improve teamwork and communication"
This interactive workshop will use engaging and energetic activities to explore and better your communication skills to improve teamwork with your colleagues and students. We all could use a little bit of this!
What does "Serious Fun: Creativity in the Classroom" entail? It involves taking typical language learning objectives and WHACKING THEM ON THE SIDE OF THE HEAD! You'll learn how to use humor, improvisational comedy and storytelling to develop student interest, motivation and fluency. See how to engage your students in discovering language talents they never knew they had.
Are you interested in understanding your students' actual learning processes? Verbal reports, or think-aloud protocols (TAPs), are an effective way to get inside your students' minds and see the learning process from their point of view.
Marcos Benevides will present and explain several of his unreleased ELT coursebook materials and proposals, and how he came about conceiving of them. These materials are under various stages of completion, from soon to be commercially released, to own-classroom-use only, to on indefinite hold.
"Montessori is a well-respected, but often misunderstood educational philosophy that focuses on maximizing student potential. This will be a dynamic presentation with plenty of hands on training with unique didactic materials, that will open up peoples eyes to new options in early childhood education.
Cross-curricular ELT lessons combine English with other subjects to interest and motivate young learners and give them a chance to use the English they have learned in a real context. These types of lessons are quite common in ESL classes throughout Europe, but are rare in EFL classes in Japan.
Low motivation to study English is a common concern among teachers because it adversely affects students’ attendance, participation and L2 gains and can make teaching more difficult. This workshop outlines, exemplifies and works through a framework for developing discipline-specific projects intended to increase students' motivation by virtue of their more obvious academic and vocational relevance. Participants will apply this framework to generate ideas for, and design projects relevant to their own contexts.