Using the Whole Language Approach to create meaning for young children by Ruth
Barnes, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand. This interactive workshop explores
the whole language approach to developing children’s language. Advocating that language
learning is a whole life experience, best learnt when there is real purpose for the child.
Ruth explores using puppets, rhymes and magnetic stories to make language learning more
relevant, engaging and memorable for children.
Linda Ohama* The director will present her award-winning film, "Obaachan's Garden",
the story of her grandmother, the last living picture bride in Canada when she passed away
at nearly 105 years old. Linda will discuss her work as a filmmaker and educator, and the
importance of preserving personal stories to understand the impact of history, politics,
family and culture on our lives. Sun 21 Jun 13:30-16:00; Nagoya International Center, 3F,
Lecture Room 2, one-day members \1,000. http://www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/en/aboutus/access.htm
Positive, motivated students -- engaged with their subject and each
other -- learn more. How do we facilitate that? Attitude. The new field of
“positive psychology” offers ideas. Traditional psychology focuses on
mental illness. Positive psychology focuses on mental health: What do happy,
mentally healthy people do? TIME magazine calls it “the science of
happiness.” Language learning is informed by educational psychology. This
session will experiment with tasks combining positive psychology with
language learning goals.
Marc Helgesen is author of more than 100 professional articles, books and
textbooks including the popular English Firsthand series and has led teacher
development workshop on 5 continents. He is a professor at Miyagi Gakuin
Women's University, Sendai and adjunct at Teachers College Columbia
University, MA Program, Tokyo
The presenter will briefly introduce tasks related to motivational theory based on Pintrich & De Groot, before taking participants through a receptive listening lesson focusing on task sequences and their effect on student learning/motivation. An action research project will provide evidence of how task sequences improved student motivation. Participants will discuss how teachers and educators can improve student motivation in their own teaching situations.
Students learn more when they are interested and their curiosity is aroused. As language teachers, it can be difficult to create lessons that make language points challenging and engaging. However, teaching new vocabulary and language points can be enhanced using interesting tools such as magic, puppetry, 3D effects, and unique props. Stephens will share some interesting perspectives that illustrate how emotions and different teaching methods can influence various types of learners.
Come to an "open microphone" end of the year JALT where anyone in the audience can share their favorite lesson ideas, a TESL research topic, or a report of their favorite presentation from JALT2008 in Tokyo.
Bohnenkai will occur afterwards at a nearby restaurant.