Five Saitama JALT Chapter members will give 20 minute presentation based on the theme: Having a Successful Year. After each presentation there will be a question and answer session.
Part of a short action research that is being conducted at his school, Havaei-Ahary's presentation will highlight the lack of pronunciation practice done in Japanese high schools (and many other EFL classroom contexts). It will also discuss the need for alternative approaches to teaching pronunciation and explore the feasibility of using co-operative learning and task-based learning.
In my 40 years in ELT, I cannot recall a time when ‘new ideas’ was not on the agenda! (Maley 2005). I shall suggest five possible sources for such new ideas. I shall also suggest that this search, though it may ultimately lead to dead ends, has an important motivational and developmental function for teachers and trainers.
This study explores how Japanese learners of English understand such basic vocabulary in English with reference to perception verbs. It compares core schema-based instruction (SBI) and translation-based instruction (TBI) with regard to the learning of basic verbs of visual perception.
The main focus of this workshop will be the use of the multi-media-based text-reconstruction exercises. David Gann has been working since 2010 on producing these materials and has presented and published across Japan on their implementation and on the language learning theory that supports their use.
Have you ever wondered what your students are really thinking about when they learn? Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly how we could reach them as they develop their language? With such information in hand, we could surely make a greater impact into their second language acquisition.
Negotiated Syllabuses: Do You Want To?
It has been said that negotiated syllabuses can increase student motivation and involvement in the learning process. And yet, learner and teacher reservations towards gaining or relinquishing control of syllabus design decisions can often mean that negotiated syllabuses are difficult to implement.
It has often been said that art is larger than life.
The first part of the presentation will focus on the mechanics of writing a graded reader. Alistair will share how he approached the project to ensure historical accuracy, imagination, and connection with a modern audience.
Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology introduced its once-in-a-decade “Course of Study” in 2009, and the final phase of the mandated changes took effect in April of this current school year. Cory will outline the changes in high school English language curriculum, with particular attention paid to what is NOT changing.