Toyohashi Chapter

Incorporating Music in the Classroom

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 18 January 2009 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
Prisca Molotsi

Using music in the classroom is not just about filling in the blanks. Prisca Molotsi will show us how music can be used in various ways to enhance language learning. During her dynamic presentation, Prisca will explore ways that music can foster a deeper understanding of and heightened interest in various facets of English such as expressions, idioms, pronunciation and grammar.

Location: 
Aichi University, Toyohashi campus, building five, room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Getting "Back to Basics" in English Language Teaching

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 14 December 2008 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
David Barker (Nanzan University)

Since the advent of Communicative Language Teaching methodology, many highly effective language learning techniques and promising avenues of research have been abandoned on the grounds that they were not sufficiently ‘communicative’ or ‘authentic’. These include things that many successful language learners swear by, such as rote learning, memorization, substitution, drilling, grammar-translation, and error analysis. Despite this ‘progress’, there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Japanese students learn any more English now than their parents did – and many people believe that the opposite is true. In this presentation, I will introduce a new range of materials, which follow a ‘back-to-basics’ approach focused on what actually works for Japanese learners, and discuss the principles and research evidence on which they are based.
The annual bonenkai will follow the meeting.

Location: 
Aichi University-Building 5 Room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen
Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:56am

Toyohashi JALT usually meets the 3rd Sunday of the month on the campus of Aichi University in Toyohashi. Feel free to come join us.

  • Chapter President: Robins, Anthony
  • Membership Chair: Devolin, Dan
  • Program Chair: Sanada, Simon
  • Publicity Chair: Komura, Hiroshi
  • Treasurer: Hankin, Eric

Developing a Curriculum Enhancing Website

Date and Time: 
Sunday, 16 November 2008 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: 
James Venema and Bruce McCaughan

This presentation will look at efforts to use a website to enhance curriculum. Specifically, the following needs were identified:

- An online database which would allow for the sharing of students' example sentences in a vocabulary course with future students in the same course.

- Online access of locally developed listening materials for a listening and speaking course.

- Online access of administrative and curricular files, for teachers as well as students, for all the courses in the language program.

In this presentation we will briefly outline the language program and demonstrate how the NWU curriculum website addresses specific program needs, those of teachers and students. We will also briefly outline some technical issues in developing the website and address any queries along that line that members of the audience might have. The audience will be encouraged to reflect on and contribute ideas on how websites can be incorporated into programs to enhance teaching and learning.

Location: 
Aichi University, Bldg 5 - room 543
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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