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.
- Do you want to know what kinds of language classes your students attended before they arrived in your classroom?
- Have you ever wondered how English education in Japan has changed since you were a teacher/student in public school?
- Are you interested in the current teaching conditions of elementary and secondary school English teachers here in Gunma?
Then this is the meeting for you.
Putting aside the usual, more sexy topics of content and language learning theories, let's consider the elephant in the room; classroom management. Especially, strategies for the more "problematic" classes of reluctant learners. How do we manage those larger required classes, or classes of lower level learners with a possible pre-learned aversion to English Language learning?
English news media can be overwhelming for students, especially in this age of information overload. How can our students sort through it all and learn to enjoy it, with English not their first language?
Extensive Reading (ER) is supported by research. However, as with all methodologies, for ER to work effectively, students and teachers must believe in it. Julian Bamford and Richard Day gave us the "ten commandments" of ER. Kunihide Sakai reduced them to just three.
This workshop will explore ways of teaching peace in EFL. It will begin with an overview of the concept of peace, and introduce the model of peace as a series of concentric circles - inner peace, peace in relationships, peace in society, peace in the world. Participants will join in sample activities at each of these levels, and take home a variety of materials and resources.
April 2013 marked the beginning of the final phase of implementation of the newest revision of the Course of Study (CoS) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). While some recommendations in it are reiterations of prior CoS revisions, the MEXT’s call for increased group work in English classes throughout Japan is a step toward more communicative classes.