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.
Hot debates with regard to the goals of ELT have never ceased in Japan. Since people here tend to have either strong desires or regrets for English, the general public as well as scholars and practitioners in that academic field have provided so many different perspectives on the “why and how” of ELT in Japan.
This professional development seminar, sponsored in part by the Junior & Senior High School SIG, will feature presentations, workshops and discussions on various topics related to language learning/teaching of adolescent learners in Japan.
9:30 – 10:10 Zane A. Richie & Aaron Fox – “Incorporating CBI into EFL Textbooks”
JALT Toyohashi will be holding our annual May barbecue again at the usual location, Takashi Ryokuchi Park (just south of Aichi University). Anyone is welcome to join us for a great time and some delicious food. Please bring something to add to the feast. We look forward to seeing you there!
Presentation is a sophisticated communicative activity. How can we simplify it for beginners? The presenter shows how dividing presentation into three messages (The Physical Message, The Visual Message, and The Story Message) makes it comprehensible and manageable for both learner and teacher. In this workshop, Charles LeBeau, award-winning speaker and author of Macmillan’s best-seller, Speaking of Speech, will show how he uses music, sports, and other fun activities to introduce and teach the Three Messages.
Advertising permeates our everyday lives and demands our attention. Ultimately, though, advertisements (ads) are about a great deal more than just the products they represent. They promote certain values, images and concepts of success and worth. Ads tell us who we are (or are not) and who we should be (but are not). By associating a product with certain socially desirable qualities, the images in these advertisements are not just selling a product - they are also selling a worldview and lifestyle.
Our students are also affected by the messages contained in mass media. For the most part, they are inculcated with embedded stereotypes and learn how or how not to behave, dress and even think. In this workshop, the presenter will share an approach she has adopted to teach her students about gender stereotypes. She will also share some of the ways she encourages students to develop the critical intelligence necessary to move beyond culturally inherited stereotypes.
In a well-balanced language program, what kinds of opportunities should exist for developing student’s L2 vocabulary? The focus of our workshop will be to answer this critical question through lively discussion and practical hands-on activities. Specifically, we will learn 1) what kind of vocabulary students should be learning, 2) proven techniques for learning vocabulary inside and outside of class, 3) ways to more effectively teach vocabulary across the four skills, and 4) relevant theory that support the above. You will leave this workshop with both useful strategies and techniques for teaching vocabulary, and a greater sense of how to plan for effective vocabulary acquisition in your language programs.
How can we get our students interested and participating in conversation classes? This is a question the presenter had struggled with until a little over ten years ago. The answer he came up with was to use the students own lives as the basis for all the lessons. His new book, In My Life (Macmillan LanguageHouse) is the result of fine-tuning the idea for over a decade. This book teaches conversation strategies while using information on the students' lives as content material. The author will give a very brief introduction to the book. Participants will then create their own materials and go through an entire unit. (For a preview of the book, see: http://www.mlh.co.jp/catalog/product/714.)
Following this presentation, we will be holding our annual Bonenkai. It will be from 5:00pm to 6:50pm at the Restaurant Rosiere at the Associa Hotel Toyohashi. The cost is 5000 yen for all-you-can-eat/drink. Please contact Mr. Shiga (#109;ailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com) as soon as possible (latest registration is December 15th) if you plan to attend.
Information gap activities have long played an important role in the English conversation classroom. However, a surprising number of teachers don't use information gaps in their classes. This presentation will discuss some of the research supporting the use of information gap activities in English conversation classes and share examples of various types of info gaps. We will also discuss practicalities of designing info gaps and managing their use in the classroom.
A transformative intercultural experience facilitates the language learning process giving both the conceptual imagination—a vision of entering into the group of those who can communicate in the other language—and a personal connection, a meaningful highpoint that is part of one’s mythology of self, personal story and journey, and which helps propel forward the motivation and effort required for the long haul of language acquisition. This presentation will explore intercultural awareness as an educational-experiential tool to help students develop self-regulated learning strategies. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for cultivating intercultural awareness and leveraging student experience for language-learning motivation.