Many teachers in Japan would
like to get their finances in order, but aren’t quite sure where to
start. This exposes them to three big potential dangers: not doing
anything, doing the wrong thing, and being taken advantage of by ‘
advisors’ or financial institutions. This workshop will cover basic
aspects of personal finance and investing, as well as specific investing
Part 1: The first half of this pragmatic workshop will deal with CLIL (
Content and Language Integrated Learning) in young learners' classrooms.
The presenter will demonstrate some teacher-friendly and fun math
Part 2: The second half of the workshop will focus on developing young
learners’ literacy skills and discuss how much phonics should be taught.
Lee and VanPatten (2003) observe that many communication activities are grammar drills that do not develop communicative competence. Rather, attention to grammar needs to be integrated with lessons that have a communicative purpose.
The presentation will focus on the mechanics and retelling process of writing graded readers at a low level as well as look at the socio-cultural benefits of low-level graded reader versions of non-Western classic literature. The presenter will share how he approached projects to ensure a connection with a modern audience.
Language education at Japanese universities has shifted towards cultivating a “global” mindset. This includes cultural instruction. However, set images of a “target culture” carry the risk of reinforcing a stereotyped worldview.
The two presentations aim to describe the issue of foreign language (FL) writing in Japan and explore how Japanese students can learn to write in English. The presenter will discuss how composing haiku can facilitate their development of voices and will show some activities for use in the EFL classroom.
Head-held camcorders in the classroom by Duane Kindt. Part 1: Developing interactional skills. This practice-oriented presentation describes the camcorders and their use for developing materials and activities focused on pragmatics: 1) understanding explanations, 2) using strategies in pair work, 3) and greeting, small talk, and leave-taking in role plays.
International education is now a buzzword in Thailand. As a result, English instruction programs are mushrooming. Meanwhile, these programs are seen as helping this country become globally
competitive. But are they really beneficial as believed by the Education Ministry? The presenter will look at the evolution of these programs, government policy, and current status.
Team-teaching with ALTs has played a vital role in Japan for
decades. This panel discussion, including both JTEs and ALTs, will focus
on clarifying the place of ALTs in English education. The education
structure will be discussed by the ALTs and JTEs to better understand
the reality of the EFL classrooms in Japan.
Research shows the brain is more activated by movement than
by sitting still. In this workshop the presenter will show why young
children find active
learning engaging and fun and will also share some classroom-tested
games you can use right away. Be ready to play games and have some fun.