OKAYAMA– First: Extensive Reading in the Real World by Bettina Begole. Extensive reading has a proven track record, but what about with low-level students or limited resources? This presentation will show you some easy ways to integrate it into your existing classes. Second: Critical Thinking in Language Teaching by Tremain Xenos. Details later at www.sites.google.com/site/okayamajalt.
First: “We’re Going Global?” A look at Local Efforts to Implement Japan's National English Education Goals by Tom Fast. Tom Fast will report on how the Ministry of Education's mandates to become “Super Global” and teach English in English are impacting local secondary school teachers. Second: Okayama JALT’s Annual Meeting. Officers will give yearly reports on their activities within the chapter.
First: Focus on Canada by David Townsend. This presentation will detail a course designed to tap into the students’ collective knowledge of their own country while at the same time presenting the parallel information of a common travel destination, Canada. Second: Cognitive Load and the Competent Teacher: Considerations and Strategies by Jason Lowes.
This presentation focuses on several years’ research on expatriate ELT faculty participation in English entrance examination creation.
While classroom management issues lie at the heart of the student–teacher relationship, little time is given to discussing them in a more formal setting. The presenters will offer some choice examples of practices that have worked well (e.g., learning names; dealing with problem students; organizing pair/group work), followed by a chance for discussion and the fruitful exchange of ideas.
Collaborative Critical Thinking For Real World Change by Chuck Sandy. What is critical thinking really if it doesn’t lead to real-world action and changes in behavior?
First, An alternative to speech writing by Paul Delaney. Breaking away from the traditional speech writing format of a high school public speaking course by incorporating task based learning to generate a group presentation in which the students teach the audience how to cook a three course meal.
Exploring cultural differences through humor by John Rucynski, Ayako Namba, and Scott Gardner What are the cultural boundaries of humor? This presentation reports on a research project in which students from various cultural backgrounds viewed and discussed a variety of “controversial” comedy clips.
WordEngine e-learning system provides students with a personalized vocabulary supplement, and the V-Admin LMS provides teachers a way to assign, track, and grade their students’ self-directed study.