Due to the scheduled speaker having a sudden health emergency, this meeting became a discussion group. Focusing on the same topic as was planned, attendees talked about their experiences in the Japanese teaching environment. Questions were raised and discussed about the future of the profession and how to best adjust to the changing situation.
Cognitive neuroscience and psychology research have much to offer the field of education in the explanation of mental processes. However, the gap between these fields of study is seen by many as an insurmountable obstacle.
Kinoshita will give a short presentation on how a summer teaching course in Britain has influenced her current methods of teaching English at a senior high school in Japan. This will be followed by a 'my-share,' during which local members will share insights and highlights from the Kobe International Conference.
This is a combined retreat/JALT Four Corners Tour in collaboration with the Hamamatsu Chapter.
Can you learn to speak without grammar? Can you learn grammar without speaking? Is there a special grammar of speech? What’s the best way to learn speaking? In this workshop Scott will address these questions and demonstrate ways that speaking and grammar can be integrated.
Frost has created a new kind of English textbook for Japanese junior high school students. Some of the features of this text include: all instructions in English; all dialogues allowing choices; descriptive English words (sentence, vowel, adjective, etc.); the phonetic alphabet; grammar learned via a color scheme; student dictionaries with all definitions in English; and native speaker-stories.
In 2009, MEXT introduced its once-in-a-decade 'Course of Study', the final phase of which will come into effect from April of this year. Cory will outline the changes to the high school English language curriculum, paying particular attention to what is NOT changing. He will also introduce evidence highlighting the tremendous obstacles facing the implementation of MEXT's TLEIE (Teaching and Learning English in English).
JALT Toyohashi will be holding our annual barbecue again at the usual location, Takashi Ryokuchi Park (south of Aichi University’s Toyohashi Campus). Please find us at the covered shelter near the southeast corner of the park. Anyone is welcome to join us for some delicious food and good conversation. Please bring something to add to the feast. We look forward to seeing you there!
The presenters will talk about their own language learning backgrounds and how their experience of successfully learning foreign languages, including English, has given insights into and influenced their own teaching strategies. Participants will be invited to share their own language learning and teaching histories.
Jane Nakagawa will briefly explain Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences theory and related learning styles research, suggesting that learners learn best, remember, perform, understand, and think in diverse ways.
This all-day event focuses on various journeys (literally and creatively) to challenge the 'norm' and experience new territory, perspectives, and expression.
9:50 - 10:20 First presentation (Matchett)
10:30 - 12:00 Second presentation (Robins, Yamamoto, Nitta, Tanahashi)
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch (A "voyage" to a nearby Italian restaurant!)
2:00 - 4:00 Third presentation (Sullivan)