Echoing the theme of the JALT National Conference of making a difference, JALT Toyohashi is pleased to announce this special presentation by Linda Ohama.
This meeting, sponsored by Cengage Learning, will feature two short presentations by Rika Kojima. Also, at the break time, Cengage Learning is offering 2 raffle prizes:
1) Digital Play: Computer Games and Language aims
2) National Geographic Science Readers
Cengage Learning's brand new authentic readers just introduced to Japan.
This mini-conference, jointly sponsored by the College and University Educators (CUE), Critical Thinking and Speech, and Drama & Debate (SD&D) SIGs, will feature presentations and workshops on the topic of critical thinking and debate in language learning and teaching.
JALT Toyohashi will be holding our annual May barbecue again at the usual location, Ryokuchi Park (just south of Aichi University). 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!
A teacher’s philosophy of learning and teaching are at the core of what he or she does or aims to do in the classroom. Our philosophies evolve over time, and are so fundamental to what we are and do as teachers that they may be taken for granted or go unnoticed unless periodically made explicit and reviewed.
Advancements in technology have fueled a growing interest in utilizing computer networks for second language acquisition purposes. This presentation will describe the findings of a comparative research project carried out over a three month period by looking at the benefits of computer-mediated communication (CMC) through negotiated learning tasks using Text-chat and Voice.
Following Paul Nation’s research on extensive reading and speed reading for the development of reading fluency and accuracy, this presentation will demonstrate its application in the EFL classroom through an exploratory study focusing on first year university students in Japan.
Part of the annual JALT Four-Corners Tour, this interactive workshop by Theron Muller is divided into two parts. The first illustrates how audience members can become legitimate participants in academic publishing by explaining different journal systems, including The Language Teacher, the JALT Conference Proceedings, and the Asian EFL Journal family of journals.
When conducting research, it may be easy to take a wrong turn and be uncertain of how best to proceed with our individual projects. And yet, if provided with opportunities to articulate our jumbled thoughts in a supportive and non-judgmental environment to a fellow peer who is willing to listen and understand them, we may begin to see things more clearly, discover new perspectives on our research, and find a direction forward.
This meeting will feature three presentations on various approaches to facilitating and encouraging communication. Issues affecting communication such as environment, medium, and strategies for bridging cultural differences will all be examined in what promises to be a highly informative meeting.