The lecture is divided in two parts, theory and practice.
The first part introduces some theoretical aspects showing relations between rhythm in language and rhythm in music. This part may introduce linguistic concepts that may be of interest to all EFL teaching, beyond singing in class.
This is our First Brain-day event that we hope will turn into a significant annual conference for EFL in Japan. We are therefore looking to gather teachers and researchers, from novice to expert, who are interested in helping make a pivotal connection between neuroscience and EFL. http://www.fab-efl.com/ For promo posters, flyers and postcards go to http://www.fab-efl.com/21690.html
Creative & Innovative Vocabulary Card Activities
Abstract: To make significant improvements in student TOEIC scores within the duration of a typical preparation course, it's necessary to focus on the key challenges students face. This presentation will highlight these challenges, and present proven techniques to help students develop the skills and knowledge they need.
Bio: Grant Trew, an expert in testing and a long-time instructor of exam technique, is the author of the Tactics for TOEIC® series published by Oxford University Press.
Teaching English as a foreign language to young learners is a complex undertaking, yet teachers often focus on linguistic gains as being the most important. The key to success is to sequence intrinsically motivating and cognitively challenging tasks that match learners’ interests, background knowledge and age.
Keynote Speech Title: “Mission: Impossible or Possible? Discover Principles of Teaching English Through English”
Featured Speaker, Atsushi Iida, of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA - “Expressing Voice in English: Teaching Haiku in a Japanese High School Context”
Hosted by the Communication Research Institute & Department of English Education at Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki campus
Co-sponsored by JALT chapters KOBE and OSAKA
The theme of this conference is "Teaching in English: Challenges for High School"
In addition to the keynote lecture there will be fourteen workshops and presentations.
Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki campus, is a three-minute walk northwest of JR Amagasaki station.
The Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara chapters will co-sponsor a Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) style event on Saturday, December 18, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Konan University, Hirao School of Management (CUBE) in Nishinomiya (just south of Hankyu Nishinomiya Kita-guchi station). Admission is free. Contact #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com, #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com and #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com by December 1, 2010 if you are interested in presenting any topics related to teaching, learning and research. More information about PKN is available at http://www.pecha-kucha.org/. This is Kobe's second attempt at moving its annual potpourri meeting to a Pecha Kucha Night format (20 slides x 20 seconds each) and this will be the FIRST attempt at a Kansai-wide year-end event. Send your 20 slides (or jpg images)to #109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com and get ready for some fun!
Bonenkai Venue: Busy Bee Cafe on the north side of Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station (http://www.kansaiscene.com/2004_01/html/food.shtml).
Limited to 30 people from 6:30. The cost will be ¥1,500 for food only, and a cash bar.
Professor YOSHIDA will discuss the meaning and background of the new Course of Study, ranging from elementary school to senior high school. He will also talk about new ideas in university entrance examinations, as well as English education in universities.
Kensaku Yoshida （吉田研作）
Director of the Center for the Teaching of Foreign Languages in General Education at Sophia University. He is also the Director of the Sophia Linguistics Institute for International Communication. He has worked on many committees for MEXT to revise and improve English education in Japan. He is also a Trustee of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF) and an Executive Director of Asia TEFL. He has given plenary and featured talks at numerous domestic and international conferences.
Ann MAYEDA and Steven NISHIDA will attempt to answer the question-Elementary school English activities: are we there yet?-by defining and clarifying the MEXT Course of Study for elementary school foreign English language activities and look at the reasons for some misunderstanding of this policy by various stakeholders amongst the public and private school sector. They will then focus on how schools are implementing or changing current programs based on their interpretation of the teaching guidelines. The audience will be asked to share how activities are currently conducted at their schools and discuss whether they would be considered suitable under the aims of the guidelines. Lastly, the participants should come away with a better understanding of their role as HRT, ALT, JTE, or NT in the entire elementary English schema.
Ann Mayeda and Steven Nishida have co-coordinated a MEXT-funded teacher-training program hosted by Osaka Shoin Women's University between 2007 and 2010. Their work with close to 500 in-service teachers has provided them with an insider's view of the current situation facing public elementary school teachers in their struggle to implement English in accordance with the MEXT Course of Study. Ann currently teaches at Konan Women's University in Kobe. Steven teaches at Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
This is a special and unique collaborative event coordinated by MASH with support from Osaka Jogakuin College, KOBE, OSAKA and NARA JALT Chapters, and Pearson Longman Publishing.
1:30 Registration opens
2:10 Group Discussions “Defining our EFL contexts” facilitated by Steve Brown, Ann Mayeda, Steven Nishida, and Steven Herder
2:55 Question writing for Thornbury/Nation discussion
3:15 Scott Thornbury and Paul Nation Discussion
5:00 Scott Thornbury Livestream to the British Council in Spain
(An informal gathering for drinks and food is way more than likely to happen - stay tuned for more info)
More details here:
The present study was carried out to determine how University students felt about an English-Only (EO) policy implemented in their Intensive English Program classes, how teachers motivated their students to use only English, and how both teachers and students viewed the role of students' first language (L1) in their classes. According to the responses to a questionnaire from 41 students and 11 teachers, most students held a positive view toward the EO learning environment, especially because of the opportunity to discuss vocabulary with their peers in English. The teachers reported a variety of approaches to maintain EO in the classroom, which included appeals to the students' extrinsic motivation, oral and written reminders, teaching classroom language and communicative skills, self-evaluations, and lessons designed to ensure student success. A small number of students and most of the teachers indicated that limited use of the L1 may be acceptable even in an EO learning environment, taking into consideration student proficiency level and lesson content.