To some extent, all teachers are materials writers. For some it is just an occasional review worksheet or a homework assignment. For others their self-made materials are the bulk of their coursework; most teachers of course, fall somewhere in between.
The term C.A.M.P. comes from collaboration, autonomy, mastery, and purpose, and together we will examine how to weave them into our classrooms. Firstly, ignore intrinsic motivation. Act as though everything you do (and don’t do) in the classroom (and beyond) effects your students’ extrinsic motivation.
We are fortunate to have a number of lecturers from Meikai University joining us to present on a wide variety of topics. Below you will find the abstracts for each presentation, which will be about 25 minutes in length including time for questions.
Will Simpson presents "Ascriptions of Native Speaker Identity"
A number of Japanese teachers with a wide variety of experience, ranging from young learners to university students, will be presenting at this event. Below you will find the abstracts for each presentation, which will be about 15 minutes in length.
Jun Harada presents "Language Learners? No, They Are Little Shakespeares"
Dr. Boon will be speaking on two topics at this event, which is being sponsored by Cengage Learning.
Inspire or Perspire? Getting Students Speaking
Mr. Graham-Marr will be speaking on two topics at this event, which is being co-produced with ABAX ELT Publishing.
1. Why Teaching Listening is Vital
Learners often lack an understanding of how English is actually spoken, impeding comprehension. Japanese learners are often unable to hear words that they know! Presented is a look at how listening should be taught.
First Class: First Impressions
We only get one chance to make a first impression, and just like any relationship, what happens in that encounter often shapes the outcome. The presenter will share his no-prep activities and team-building techniques that have helped him positively connect with his students for over a dozen years.
Pronunciation Methods and Materials
The Saitama JALT My Share is an excellent opportunity to come out and share your ideas! My Share presentations are up to 15 minutes long and are on any topic related to language teaching. Please submit your presentation proposal here: http://saitamajalt.weebly.com/present.html.
During the summer a number of our officers participated in the museum’s Junior Bonsai Ambassador Program as part of Saitama JALT’s community outreach efforts. This symposium will gather language education professionals for the purposes of providing the museum with feedback and guidance. The event will include a panel discussion, free tours of the bonsai museum, and small group discussion.
In response to the national calls for another major overhaul to English education Saitama City has determined to remain a national leader. The city’s response is to completely remove English lessons from its schools and replace them with a 9-year, independently developed subject called Global Studies.