While sentence-level ideologies may be readily engaged in the classroom, those manifesting across an entire curriculum are often less apparent. Presenting the results of a corpus-driven study, the presenter will examine discourse on first and second language use in high school textbooks.
Dr. Brett Walter of Hiroshima University’s Institute for the Promotion of Global Education opened this presentation by describing how an Atla’s Complex often works against language teachers. Thinking they need to hold up all the instructional weight can lead to lessons heavy with highly controlled drills that do not put appropriate communicative load on learners.
Teacher Journey’s 2016 was held at the YMCA in Hiroshima on June 19th. Organized in conjunction by the Teacher Development SIG and Hiroshima JALT, the all-day event had a total of 18 presenters plus an outstanding plenary from Hiroshima legend David Paul. Drawing on his vast experiences in Japan as a language teacher, language school owner, and founder of ETJ, Mr.
To whet your appetite for the JALT International Conference in Nagoya Nov. 25-28, FOUR presentations will also be featured at Hiroshima JALT on Nov. 13 as a kind of "sneak preview." First, Rob McGregor will give a talk entitled "The Vicious Triangle: CLT, Native Speakers, and 'English Only'.
Do you have a good teaching idea, or have you read a high-quality book recently? If so, YOU can speak at the meeting. Please contact Brett Walter or any Hiroshima JALT officer so that a few minutes can be scheduled for your talk. More details will be announced here, and at http://hiroshima-jalt.org
Some children learning English in Japan are very reticent; they are quiet and not used to speaking up. How can such reticent students have a fair and equal chance of participating and succeeding ?
In a lot of language classrooms, tasks are often developed that are little more than drills, having students repeat the same phrase multiple times while only replacing one or two key vocabulary words and drilling only for the sake of drilling.
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. Just a few small changes and additions to everyday classroom activities can increase students’ extrinsic motivation and engagement with the target language.
This day-long conference will feature many presentations aiming to help primary, secondary, eikawa, cram school, and university teachers improve the quality of their English lessons. The featured speaker is David Paul, who manages the popular homepage called Language Teaching Professionals. For more details, see: https://sites.google.com/site/teacherjourneys/welcome or http://hiroshima-jalt.org
The Hiroshima JALT chapter was treated to a workshop about how to introduce drama in your classes. The workshop was based on how to adapt the book “Hi, friends”, commonly used in elementary school classes, to get the students up, moving and motivated. This textbook is visually appealing and has some listening activities, but has a limited vocabulary and may result in passive students.