As of 2004, all universities in Japan must submit to an external accreditation evaluation, to be repeated every seven years. The universities receive written assessments in multiple categories from one of four official accrediting agencies.
The New General Service List (NGSL) is a list of core vocabulary words for EFL learners and is a major update of West's (1953) GSL. Based on a carefully selected 273 million word sample from the Cambridge English corpus, the 2800+ words of the NGSL offer between 90-92% coverage of most texts of general English.
Traditionally language instruction has emphasized the importance of learning through producing sentences in the target language. This is true of grammar translation (e.g.
Language teachers have long been aware of the devastating effect of learners’ grammatically correct, yet inappropriate spoken or written communication. Most classroom teachers need access to relevant information about how speech acts are performed and need to know both the strategies and the grammatical forms generally employed, as well as how the social context.
Mass-produced textbooks usually do not match the specific needs of our classes and students. Too often, though, textbooks seem to control the lessons and academic content of our schools. The presenter believes that teachers, not textbooks, should lead classes. The goals of this presentation are to help teachers to improve their skills and to increase their confidence regarding creating teaching materials that suit a variety of learners. Among the topics to be covered are adapting textbooks for students with different learning styles, creating lessons with realia (maps, catalogs, newspapers, YouTube videos, songs, government documents, etc.), personalizing abstract topics, and supplementing textbooks with the imagination and physical responses of students. The presentation will cover materials creation and adaptation for general language classes and for content-based language classes. The presenter invites participants to bring textbooks that they use in their classes and to ask questions about how to use them more effectively. All participants will actively work together while sharing their ideas and experiences in creating teaching materials. Many of the procedures and ideas we will explore can be applied to classrooms for children and older learners, so there should be something for everyone.
Curtis is now designing a weekend workshop dealing with brain science and language teaching (neuro-elt). We are still working out the details of this event. Please check back here later as we will update this information closer to the event date.You can always check our website www.jaltsendai.org for the most up to date information available.
Our annual My Share meeting. Several short presentations. Come out and learn about ways to get your students talking in the classroom. This event is sure to be rewarding for all who come out.
The science of teaching involves your teaching skills and knowledge you have about your students. The art of teaching lies in your creativity and the personal touch that you bring to the job.
In this workshop apart from Multiple Intelligences (Howard Gardner), Marco will share with you his inputs on how children learn. He will demonstrate to you why active learning approach works better than the traditional method of listen-and-repeat. He will also speak on the whole language approach to teaching but will focus on using developmentally appropriate activities that integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Come with your singing voice and be ready to move!
Local members will report on the best presentations they attended at the 2014 JALT International Conference in Tsukuba. This is a great chance to learn about up and coming researchers/teachers in the field of ELT, learn of new innovations which may help us in the classroom, and hear the stories behind this yearly highlight of the Japanese ELT community.
After the creative writing workshop in the afternoon, Alan and a group of JALT die-hards will head off to Akiu Hot Springs for a night filled with fun and frolic.