Date: 8 April 2017
Topic: Current Trends & Future Developments on Language Education
Presenter Contact Information: email@example.com, The University of Niigata Prefecture
Brief Biographical Information:
Has been working at The University of Niigata Prefecture from 2009 until the present. A prolific publisher involved in CLIL and has a published book forthcoming.
As busy teachers, it can be difficult to keep up with the rapidly changing field we work in. But it can be valuable to stop every now and then to think about the big picture and how global and trends can affect our own classrooms. This workshop offers a chance to discuss and make sense of trends that are likely to influence ELT in Japan over the next 5 to 10 years.
Summary of Andy Boon's Presentation - 28 January 2017
Presenter Contact Information:
Mr. Andrew Boon
Toyo Gakuen University
Getting Students to do Research
Approach to Research
Why do projects? (Answers submitted by audience members)
- Cooperative - Improve student buy-in - Active learning
- Different from normal class - Interdependent projects
Workshop 1 - Using Facebook to enhance motivation
Humans have been motivated and inspired by stories since the beginning of civilization itself and can be found in even the most primitive cultures. Regarding literacy skills for native speakers, it is said that; “The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it, (Trelease, 20013, pp.4).
Project work can be a powerful means of empowering students to take their learning beyond the borders of the classroom, to examine the world outside, to seek answers, and suggest change.
This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of colleagues. Each year both JALT and Non JALT members have the opportunity to present at the event. For more information on the conference and the call for papers, please go to http://nearconference.weebly.com/
Martin's interactive lecture/workshop on Art in the Language Classroom was a well-attended, interesting, and fun presentation. After reassuring participants that we didn't have to be "good" at art, Martin started off the talk with a memory activity.
This workshop will discuss three applications of art and how they can be utilized to encourage communication.
The hands-on communicative activities portion has applications for all ages of English learners. And for those teachers lacking artistic confidence,
In the words of Bob Ross, “We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
This presentation outlines the successful application of using reading material and three student-generated questions to address issues such as mixed class levels, topical material, and lack of opinions or confidence.