This is a predominantly Japanese language presentation (questions can be taken in English). Hideaki Moteki is a surgeon who specialise in the brain, in particular mapping its responses to neural inputs (language & related stimuli), and the consequences of delayed stimulation e.g. deafness; alternative stimulation e.g. sign language; multiple stimulation e.g. bilingualism. As he is approaching this topic from an empirical, medical point of view, it should provide educators with a powerful insight into how that most precious of organs actually gets fired up.
Venue Futase Camp site, southern Nagano prefecture.
Search 和知野川二瀬キャンプ場 @35.296423,137.801814 in google maps
Overnight event + BBQ, music & swimming.
Gorgeous gorge with safe, shallow (and deeper) swimming holes; plenty of places for kids to explore/amuse selves Family event, all welcome.
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This is a walk not only for your health but also for your brain! We will walk halfway around Lake Suwa (approx. 8 km) while learning about the local environment from Shinshu University researchers. After lunch at Kamaguchi Suimon in Okaya, a forum starts at 12:00 which includes a short talk and quiz game about the lake’s environment as well as some “fun time”.
Mari Nakamura defines her Eikaiwa (English Square, in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref) as ‘not a juku’.
Summarised her questionnaire results (of parents of children attending her school) to the question regarding “Attitudes to learning” as ‘quite negative as a whole through high Scholl and Center Examinations, and that students don’t know what to do with the English they have learned’.
Are we language teachers producing the right kind of pegs, for the holes that they are supposed to go into i.e. academia & industry?
We all have a personal view of how well we are doing wrt our own students, but are we actually seeing the bigger picture? All the theory and flash teaching in the world might sound good, look good, and even be good...
Marcos Benevides, author of the award-winning book, Whodunit, spoke about Task-Based Learning and Teaching (TBLT) at Shinshu JALT’s An Afternoon with ABAX. He began by making a distinction between TBLT and tasks. Since essentially anything assigned to a student could be labeled a task, some may think that they are employing task-based learning and teaching.
Tired of traditional assessment which often does not really test student’s full range of skills, are not authentic in terms of how professionals are assessed in the workplace, and certainly do not increase student autonomy? If so, join John Gunning as he leads a workshop that will encourage educators to implement the use of portfolios in the classroom.
Four presenters, four presentations. A look at task-based learning, followed by a look at narrow reading 2.0 as applied in a class, an introduction to the teaching of speaking strategies (the whys and the hows) and a look at teaching listening to low-level learners (what can be actively taught?)
1) The Plastic Brain: Emotion, Cognition and Movement in Learning
We learn because the brain is plastic. Discoveries in regard to dopamine, the reward system and learning might change most of what we do in the classroom.
2) The Brain, the Self and the Successful Learner