Over 25 years ago, Dinsmore (1985) documented the phenomenon of silence in the Japanese EFL classroom. It can be argued that this problem still persists today. This presentation will introduce the audience to a number of strategies that can help break the silence and get students engaging in meaningful communication.
We all have our own little tricks and activities for starting the year off the way we would like it to continue, these include introductions, games, classroom rule setting, creating goals and lots of other unique and interesting activities we have all developed to start the year on the right foot. This event will give local members a chance to share some of these ideas with our audience.
Local members who are preparing to present at JALT national conference will be given an opportunity to trial their presentations with our friendly local chapter.
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This presentation will give educators the opportunity to learn about the 46 year history and experience of Meysen Academy, an educational institution in Sendai that focuses on teaching children English through natural communication and a nurturing environment.
JALT Sendai is very pleased to host this all day mini-conference featuring four amazing speakers who will present on Brain-friendly English Language Teaching. Topics include Neuromyth-busters (Robert S. Murphy; Neuroscience of Lesson Design (Curtis Kelly); Happiness 2.0 (Marc Helgesen); Diversity Peering (Tim Murphey).
1) With experience taking teams twice to the All-Japan High School English Debate Tournament, Koby will present on the challenges and rewards of engaging high school students in English debate.
A number of local members will briefly present their favorite oral communication activities. We'll talk about them, try them, and brainstorm on variations. Join us for a great time of sharing ideas, and return home with a set of activities ready for use in your classes.
1. How should extensive reading (and listening) be implemented on the iPhone? What opportunities present themselves and what difficulties arise?
Michael Swan and Scott Thornbury's ideas concerning the development of grammar and its roles in the classroom will keep everyone interested for the first part of the workshop, as we will look at their ideas through their videos, presentations, and books.