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.
The aim of this presentation is to examine and discuss student negotiation feedback in university classes that have communication or improving speaking fluency as their main pedagogical goal. The presenter will discuss research from his classes and offer ideas to raise student and teacher awareness of non-native speaker negotiation.
Music and Movement for Toddlers by Kenny. Many teachers have a difficulty using music with very young children & some don't use any music since most English children’s songs are too difficult for young kids to understand & they do not actually retain any of the song’s language. Also, some teachers have a hard time keeping a class of little ones under control & interested. This presentation will focus on very simple songs and activities for use in EFL classrooms.
This talk looks to examine what elements in a communicative classroom can be taught and what elements can only be developed through enough exposure and practice and then at how these two groups of elements should be introduced/emphasized. It will then look at how learning materials should perhaps be structured in order to take these emphases into account.
Low motivation to study English is a common concern among teachers because it adversely affects students' attendance, participation and L2 gains and can make teaching more difficult. This workshop outlines, exemplifies and works through a framework for developing discipline-specific projects intended to increase students' motivation by virtue of their more obvious academic and vocational relevance.
The presenter will propose six principles to guide the selection and design of materials for young learners. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how they currently select or produce materials, with a view to integrating their current practice with these six principles.
Miyake, Nanzan University. In this workshop, participants will learn how portfolios allow for reflection on learning & provide an alternative to standard methods of evaluation. In addition, online sources which aid in student assessment will be introduced. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the varied assessments available to them through activities & materials, & are encouraged to reflect on their own contexts.
Cross-curricular lessons combine English
with other subjects to interest young learners and to let them use English in a real context. Such lessons are common in European ESL classes, but arerare in Japan where the presenter has created an entire
pre-school/elementary cross-curricular program for her new school. This
interactive workshop will demonstrate several classroom-tested
cross-curricular lessons, and explain their appropriateness. See how thesetypes of lessons can invigorate your program!
Global issues headlines confront us every day. Our students, however, need a way to approach such themes that can honor their creativity and empathy, while raising their awareness of the contexts of global issues. The presenter will
introduce activities using short poems as source texts for language learning. Participants will be invited to consider ways in which poems can be approached. The presenter will also share online sources for activities adaptable for EFL classrooms. (PLEASE NOTE: The information in October's Language Teacher Chapter Events column is incorrect. The date and venue have been changed to sponsor a joint event with the Gifu Chapter.)
Part Two of a multimedia presentation on how English came to be as it is now. We will look at different influences on English, including French, Latin, Dutch, and German. We will examine the characteristics and influences of the Queen's English, Cockney, Irish and Scottish Englishes before turning to American, Australian and New Zealand varieties. Music and video clips from movies will illustrate various varieties.