Using English outside the English classroom
Putting together 45 minutes of English activities to make a fun lesson
Which language to use in the classroom？
The Elementary English Environment
- Comfort and Communication
Erin King and Shinobu Koya,
Communication is Key: A Look into a Team-Teaching Relationship
Main Speaker: 13:45
What is the foundation of communication ability?
--English activities for non-linguists to tackle alone
Participants choose to walk clockwise or counter clockwise halfway around the lake (8-8.5 km) with Shinshu University researchers. After having lunch at Kamaguchi Suimon in Okaya at 11:30, a forum starts at 12:00 which includes a short talk and quiz about the lake’s environment and a musical performance. The forum ends at 1:30, after which we catch the Swan Boat back to the starting point at 2:00 pm. Please bring your own lunch and pencils. This is a family-friendly day, so bring the kids! Sun 30 May; meet at 8:15 at Katakura Fureai Nagisa (across from Katakura Kaikan) in Suwa.
Andy Boon is Associate Professor at Toyo Gakuen University, JALT West Tokyo Program Chair and an Aston University PhD student. He has published articles on teacher development, motivation and methodology.
Presentation 1 - Instruction-giving: Effective Procedural Instructions
Providing students with effective procedural instructions is important for facilitating understanding and encouraging successful learning outcomes in our classes. This presentation examines the communication process between teacher and students during instruction-giving and describes a number of classroom instances where miscommunication took place. After analyzing the nature of these misunderstandings, different methods of issuing task directions in lessons are suggested.
Presentation 2 - Here we are now, motivate us: Motivational teaching strategies
Motivation is a key learner factor that can determine success and progression in the L2 Thus, a vital role for language teachers is maximizing student interest and involvement in a lesson. And yet, how do we change the classroom dynamic to one where learning can take place for all concerned? This session will provide teachers with a number of practical techniques for generating and maintaining student motivation.
Panel Discussion featuring David Carlson of Matsumoto Dental University, Yuko Itoh of Matsumoto University and Koji Matsuoka of Shinshu University.
Join us with the whole family for a children-friendly Christmas party! Santa is coming, and there will be fun and games for the kids, led by the talented Karen Ricks, and Christmas music for all. This is a potluck event, so please bring some food, snacks and/or drinks to share.
Linda Ohama is a third generation Japanese-Canadian who has produced seven full length feature films centering on the struggles of people, including working and living in a foreign country, and the suffering of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, etc.
Her latest film, "Obachan's Garden", has won international acclaim. She is also very interested in story-telling. Her work is certainly relevant to us as language educators in Japan. You can preview Linda's films by going to her website at www.lindaohama.com. She is currently in development with several projects including the feature films, "Perfection of the Morning"(Canada) and "Summerhouse Dreams"(Japan).
The director will present her award-winning film, "Obaachan's Garden",
the story of her grandmother, the last living picture bride in Canada when she passed away
at nearly 105 years old. Linda will discuss her work as a filmmaker and educator, and the
importance of preserving personal stories to understand the impact of history, politics,
family and culture on our lives.
Hana Craig has been teaching English in both ESL and EFL contexts for over ten years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Administration, a CELTA and a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics. Currently, she is in her third year teaching at Meisei University in Hino city, Tokyo. She is the co-ordinator of a CALL-based course, and also teaches EAP and business English, as well as courses covering general skills and TOEIC preparation.
First presentation: Learner autonomy in a CALL-based classroom
Key words: Motivation / CALL / Learner autonomy / Learner training / SILL
This presentation will look at a case study of a learner autonomy-based CALL course currently being run at a university in Tokyo. It will look at the course's content and development over three years. Theory related to learner autonomy, specifically in relation to learner and teacher roles in the autonomous classroom, and using SILL (the Strategies Inventory for Language Learning; Oxford, R. 1990) as a learner benchmark, will be lightly covered, followed by a new approach to scaffolding learners at different stages of autonomy. Most of the presentation will focus on practical aspects of running such a course and a list of useful self-study resources will be provided.
Second presentation: Vocabulary strategy training
Key words: SILL strategies / Scaffolded learning / Learner training / Vocabulary strategies
SILL (the Strategies Inventory for Language Learning; Oxford, R. 1990) is seen as a benchmark for the ideal language learner, yet many of our students fail to meet the criteria outlined in the survey. How can the strategies outlined be practically addressed in a classroom of passive learners? This workshop will address some of these issues by focusing on vocabulary learning strategies. The "English Notebook" or "My Dictionary" approach will be introduced, along with a number of consciousness-raising worksheets and activities for students. The audience will be asked to brainstorm ideas to help the presenter take learners to the next stage of vocabulary strategy learning.
Joint event with Luna International. Emily Percival teaches primary classes in English.
She is also responsible for the design and implementation of assessment for the
school, which is the only British international school in Japan.
Let's take a relaxing weekend by the river in the rustic rural scenery of Nagano, near Ueda City. You can camp, rent a cabin or a bungalow. There are lots of facilities here. Please have a look at the website. Be sure to make your reservations early, because the cabins especially will fill up fast. Bring the children!
For more information, click the location link below. You may also wish to have a look at the following link (Please copy and paste): http://outdoorjapanforums.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/1411072951/m/8121045581
Please join us for this exciting event with two wonderful children's book authors. In order to help us, we would like to ask that all interested persons please follow one of the links below to pre-register. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
The days schedule will be as follows:
13:30-14:30 Presentation by Akiko Seino
14:30-15:00 Break, Display viewing & ELT consulatation
15:00-16:00 Presentation by Aleda Krause
16:00-17:00 Display viewing & ELT consulatation
Teaching Made Simple -Keys to make real learning happen
Presented by Akiko Seino, co-author of English Land
As an example of CALL integration, consider the features of today’s digital video cameras. Some models are smaller than a deck of cards and can also be used to record video with sound. This technology enables educators to capture ‘live’ events in the so-called ‘real world’ for use in the classroom. The advantages of such events include: authentic speech, including, but not limited to: auto-corrections; natural pauses; facial expressions; pragmatic speech acts; interruptions, and the required handling of them; background noise, and the various ways to overcome this interference. Furthermore, student presentations, role-plays, and speeches can all be recorded for feedback and evaluation purposes. Finally, to promote and encourage autonomy, students can make videos of themselves and their friends for feedback, evaluation, and just plain fun.
Video can be taken at any time and with ease. The classroom uses are both innovative and original ways that educators can use to take advantage of the most up-to-date technologies to help their students learn language. With these digital materials/technologies, for example, educators can make cloze exercises, quizzes, listening comprehension questions, and practice dictation skills.
The presenter will show various video clips of his children, friends, and colleagues to the participants for practical, hands on experience. The participants may also have a chance to give the technology a hands-on test by taking video of themselves and/or other attendees (time permitting). It’s a simple, useful, and cost-effective way to get the whole group involved in the learning process.
All are welcome, so please join us!