Okayama Chapter

Motivating non-English majors in English classes

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 April 2009 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Paul Moritoshi, Himeji Dokkyo University

This 2-hour workshop has two parts. The first hour is an opportunity to consider and discuss issues relating to motivating students in general, but particularly university students. This includes the symptoms and underlying causes of low motivation and practical solutions. The second hour outlines and exemplifies a framework for developing discipline-specific projects intended to increase motivation among non-English majors. Though this relates more to tertiary level students, it could be applied to other settings.

Location: 
On the 2nd floor Sankaku Okayama in the ARC Square Building in Omotecho sanchome
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Screening of Sour Strawberries; a documentary

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 March 2009 - 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Arudou Debito

Arudou Debito will introduce a new and very informative documentary, "Sour Strawberries". There will be two screenings of this film which explores labor conditions for non-Japanese workers in Japan. The first viewing will be at 1:30 PM in Japanese and the second at 3:30 PM in English. (donations are requested)

Location: 
On the 2nd floor Sankaku Okayama in the ARC Square Building in Omotecho sanchome
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
Free
Published: Mon, 12/15/2008 - 10:19am

Pragmatics and Communicative Competence

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 17 January 2009 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Megumi Kawate-Mierzejewska, Temple University Japan

This presentation will help participants become aware of issues in inter-language pragmatics (nonnative speakers' comprehension and production of speech acts and how their English and/or Japanese language-related speech act knowledge is acquired), focusing on cross-cultural differences in the use of language, as well as teaching pragmatics through consciousness-raising tasks while attempting to increase students' learning motivation.
First we will cover theoretical considerations, then we will talk about practical applications.

Location: 
Sankaku A Bldg, 2F near Omotecho in Okayama City
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Evaluation of Materials for Young Learners

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 November 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker: 
Joe Seigel

This presentation will provide a brief introduction to systematic textbook evaluation. Results of evaluations of two EFL/ESL textbook series for children, Finding Out and Let's Go, will be discussed. The aim is to supply teachers with skills to critically evaluate textbooks and materials for younger learners.

This is the second of two consecutive presentations on this day. The fee covers both talks.

Location: 
Sankaku A Bldg. 2F near Omotecho in Okayama City
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Teaching Reading to Young Learners: Phonics? Sight Words? Whole Language? Yes!

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 November 2008 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Sandy Rogers

After a brief overview of the three methods, we will look at the value of, and discuss ways of, putting together all three methods to best nurture young readers.

We will look at some common mistakes in teaching phonics, and suggestions for improving your teaching.

Because most EFL teachers of young students in Japan are severely limited in teaching time, some ideas on how to make the most of your time will be included.

This presentation is to be followed by a second one. The entrance fee covers both talks.

Location: 
Sankaku A Bldg. 2F near Omotecho in Okayama City
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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