This two part workshop will consist of a demonstration of 12 different ways to use simple picture cards in EFL classes for effective, stimulating and enjoyable lessons, and an examination and demonstration of the application, design, and correction of homework.
In this session we will explore a range of practical techniques for making effective use of movies and television programs in the language classroom, including asking questions that facilitate strategy development; assigning simple tasks to make difficult video accessible; empowering students to use video programs for autonomous learning; preparing for the unpredictable: authentic English vs.
Marcos will present several unreleased ELT coursebook materials, and explain how he conceived them. These materials are under various stages of completion, from
soon to be commercially released, to own-classroom-use only, to being on indefinite hold. They will serve as catalysts to discuss ELT materials development, including the importance of classroom trials, editorial control
Almost every administration at every school in Japan expects their students to be tested. Likewise, almost all Japanese students expect to be tested. But what most administrations and students think of when the word 'testing' is mentioned are Center Shiken-like scenes in which each student has a pencil, a problem paper, an answer sheet, and, in this single 'test class', will answer discrete-point questions to duly receive a score or pass/fail grade. EFL teachers can also easily fall into this unproductive, soul-crushing dead end approach to assessment, when in fact second language testing allows for so much more. It is this 'so much more' that will serve as the focus for this workshop. *Note- participants will not be tested.
In this workshop, participants will learn about and further discuss the theoretical side of:
1. matching tests to course content
2. matching tests to cognitive skills
3. grading and assessment criteria
4. testing as a diagnostic/pedagogical tool, not merely as a means of evaluation
Participants will also create and explain models samples of at least some of:
1. productive vs. receptive testing
2. groupwork evaluation
3. features of ongoing assessment
4. project-based tasks
5. subjective evaluation
6. peer/self assessment.
Mike Guest is Associate Professor of English at the University of Miyazaki. He also writes a regular column on EFL matters in the Daily Yomiuri newspaper as well as a blog on the ELT News website. He has been interested in testing, evaluation, and assessment ever since he noticed that many of his students didn't study much until the 'final test' was supposed to come about- a test which never materialized (much too to the surprise of the administrators). Since then he has researched, written both academic and popular articles, and has presented on several aspects of testing- from the Center Shiken to how students respond to alternative methods of testing.
This workshop is especially for the instructor faced with 1) limited technology in the classroom, 2) no easy access to a website host, or 3) inexperience to assign web-based homework. For other attendees, they will understand how to assist interested peers with these assignments, such as at their school. Part one presents how a basic web page set up takes minutes without cost. Part two offers ways to add other basic website features, if desired. In the end, all attendees will feel equipped to explain web-based homework to students, regardless of the circumstance.
Rich Porter has taught part-time at a variety of universities in Japan since 1989. He currently teaches at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences, and Sugiyama University. He also teaches a class at Sasaki International Academy.
This workshop will introduce two books related to teaching speaking in Japan:
Insights on Teaching Speaking in TESOL, TESOL Inc., 2009; and Good Point!
Macmillan LanguageHouse, 2011. Participants will explore teaching ideas
from each book and discuss how they might use the materials in their
lessons. The author/editor of the texts will facilitate this session.
Tim Stewart is a faculty member at the Kyoto University Institute for
the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education.
Andrew Wright says, 'Go to any pub or party and you will hear a constant
babble of stories. The whole world is full of storytellers.' This
presentation will look at some of the typical structural and lexical
features of the stories that adults tell each other in conversation. We
will consider how we can make learners more aware of these features and
train them to become more fluent and effective conversational
Bob Jones has been in Japan since 1990. He currently runs his own small
school in Ena City, Gifu. He also teaches part-time at Sugiyama Women's
University. He has co-written a text book, "Tell Me Your Stories:
Storytelling in conversational English."
Speaking of Speech New Edition divides presentation into three messages: The Physical Message, The Visual Message, and The Story Message. In this workshop, author Charles LeBeau shows how he uses music, sports and other fun activities to introduce and teach the Three Messages. In addition, this workshop will also look at ways to use the SOS DVD in class.
Christmas month is a time for festive English.
All ages can enjoy learning English with snowmen, Santa Claus and the nativity baby. The presenter will give suggestions and demonstrate games, songs, stories, and other exercisesfor classes on the theme of Christmas. She will also discuss class parties and how to keep the English in the party.
Dealing with lowly motivated or disruptive students can adversely affect teachers, their approach(es) to classes & the classes themselves. By working together with students we can encourage them to take greater responsibility for their education, to reflect on their behaviour & illustrate how this affects their learning. The presenter will introduce techniques currently being used at universities that have produced more positive classroom attitudes, demonstrating how students become motivated to create a positive classroom culture.