Our March meeting features three speakers from the JALT FLP and LD SIGs.
Despite its obvious importance, listening as a language skill can often lack the focus placed on the other areas of language such as speaking, reading, and writing. Learning to listen actively can greatly improve a student’s ability to achieve understanding. This workshop aims to help participants explore the concept of active listening in language teaching.
"In order to make sense of abstract thought, humans have developed a rich facility for metaphor. These metaphors are loaded with meanings to be unpacked and interpreted. Research into education has a strong tradition of metaphor analysis, utilising metaphors for education to categorise differing attitudes towards the learning process.
In this task-based interactive presentation, I wish to highlight some problems in grammar-based, teacher-centered, and context-poor instruction that is still prevalent in English education in Japan and show directions for change that hopefully enable us to teach English in English for greater students’ benefits.
With advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that increasingly allow the computer to handle human/natural language in various ways, it’s time to look into how English education can be affected by new developments in AI , how language is learned and used by humans, as well as how human intelligence has been applied to second language acquisition.
The theme of this month’s meeting is “Local Knowledge”. Four speakers will be featured presenting on a variety of topics.
Workshop: Effective Use of Playing Cards in Language Learning
For some years teacher education and professional development in English language teaching has been moving away from promoting top-down approaches, where teachers are expected to absorb bodies of knowledge and then apply them in the classroom, to more bottom-up perspectives.
Title: How Preschool (& Exec Function) Can Save the World
Speaker: Curtis Kelly
In this lecture, I'd like to share the way we give tasks to students and evaluate their speaking ability. In my experience, it's very important to give well-prepared tasks in speaking lessons. Without tasks and Can-dos, speaking lessons might end up being nothing more than a series of fun experiences and you might not get expected results over a long period.
JALT’s mission states “JALT promotes excellence in language learning, teaching, and research by providing opportunities for those involved in language education to meet, share, and collaborate.” (http://jalt.org/) Conferences, chapter meetings and publications are ways that JALT promotes and provide opportunities to its members.