Our community was devastated by the earthquake of 2011, come and listen to some of the stories by the teachers and students who have been involved and are still involved in the gradual recovery process here in Tohoku. There is still a long way to go, both with the physical reconstruction of the area and the psychological and emotional healing of the people.
Abstract:Discover how cooperative learning can help make communicative classes happen. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is calling for more communicative classes. The strength of this recommendation lies in its sharp contrast from traditional teacher-centered presentations still being used throughout Japan.
Abstract: This presentation shows how technology has been used to enhance the teaching and learning goals of a new first-year university core listening and speaking English program. It will not only be of interest to instructors who are responsible for course design and implementation, but also to those who are looking at practical ways to engage their learners using CALL in their classes.
In the field of second language writing, there has been much debate about the place of corrective feedback in writing instruction. While some argue that corrective feedback is not effective, if not harmful (Truscott, 1996), a growing body of research has shown that corrective feedback can facilitate L2 development to some extent.
Curiosity, kindness, respect and cooperation are highly desired virtues in many cultures. What core virtues support your classroom? Using resources and activities that span from preschool to adults, we’ll explore how to transmit these values and more to your students to improve and inspire discipline and motivation.
Professional Development through Collaboration on Quantitative Research
Motivation has long been held as the magical key to language learning. Come and share your own take on how you remain motivated as a teacher and how you help foster a motivational attitude in your students. Let’s get motivated together!
A total of eight local presenters will examine many different aspects of motivation.
Based on a Japan-wide survey of expatriate ELT university faculty, Melodie Cook attempts to answer the eternal 4 questions about English on Japanese entrance examinations: Who creates these tests and what assumptions do they bring to the test development process? What is the purpose of entrance examinations? Why do we hold certain beliefs about “good” tests?
Everything to do about extensive reading. Several presenters will share details of extensive reading programs they are currently managing at various institutions and levels of education.
Local members will report on the best presentations they attended at the 2013 JALT International Conference in Kobe. 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.