In this presentation, Rob Waring will focus on the process of writing a graded reader. He will look at the story formation stage by identifying story plot and development, and showing key elements that should or should not be in place for a good story to be told. Then Waring will look at how a graded reader syllabus is created by investigating in detail how words are selected and grammar syllabuses selected. Following this, the presenter will show how to put it together to write motivating graded reading materials.
Task-based language teaching (TBLT) represents the evolution of communicative language teaching into a more structured performance-based approach. Gone is the day when anything-goes "free conversation" passed for language teaching; instead, TBLT's emphasis on achieving clear, quantifiable, authentic goals allows students to gauge their strengths and weaknesses in meaningful ways, boosting motivation and the possibility for a sustained virtuous cycle of language learning.
The presenter, the 2009 Balsamo Asian Scholar, will kick off her participation in the Four Corners Tour by discussing these theories with regard to her own language learning (English and Japanese) as well as her work advocating for better English language teaching in her native Philippines.
This will be followed by two short presentations by local speakers.
Many teachers want to publish but are often put off by the challenging and frustrating publishing process. The two presenters will attempt to give advice and information on how to make this process clearer and more ‘doable’. Based on a little bit of success and a huge amount of failure, the presenters will share their experiences of publishing a textbook and academic articles in journals and books with tips on how and what to write.
This study investigates Japanese high school teachers’ (N = 139) beliefs and practices regarding communicative language teaching (CLT). Results show that CLT has not yet been widely used in Japanese high schools despite teachers’ positive beliefs about CLT. They also demonstrate that contextual factors and teachers’ perceived teaching efficacy influence the teachers’ use of CLT.
This workshop-lecture will highlight how celebrity interviews are organized to draw out new and interesting information. Special attention will be paid to what can be learned by examining transcript excerpts to appreciate how talk-in-interaction is a co-accomplished social activity.
The speaker will discuss TASK based learning in CLT programs he has developed, offer suggestions for developing TLB programs that consider learners’ needs & ability, teacher experience & training, and program constraints.
Many Japanese journals require native checks for English abstracts. Are these native checks effective? The presenters describe a study that explored nursing researchers' experiences with and attitudes towards native checks.
Through this one hour workshop, educators can discover techniques to tap into a learner's use of English through comics. Educators will be able to see how manga is a relevant tool in helping reluctant learners to share language and for instructors to channel instruction.
This presentation will examine the interview discourse of athletes, coaches and supervisors who participate in the national sports of four countries (Australia, Korea, China and Japan). Differences will be discussed and theories considered for these differences.