Fukuoka Chapter



Self-determined Language Teaching: What It Means and How To Do It

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 28 January 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Quint Oga-Baldwin
Speaker: 
Neil McClelland (University of Kitakyushu)

Self-determination theory describes human motivation in terms of how individuals control their lives and environments. Central to this theory is the concept of autonomy, the sense that our actions are internally directed. In this presentation, we will discuss how teachers can make their classrooms places of autonomous learning. We offer clear definitions and examples of self-determined teaching and learning, and then present recent research findings which corroborate these ideas. These findings will be used to make clear recommendations for teachers on how to create an autonomous, self-determined learning environment for all levels of language classes.

Biographies:
Quint Oga-Baldwin has taught at every level of the Japanese education system. He currently trains future elementary and junior high school teachers. His research interests include elementary foreign language education, student engagement and motivation, and teacher education.

Neil McClelland is an Associate Professor at the University of Kitakyushu and has more than twenty years of experience teaching in Japan. Research interests include language learning motivation and the application of Psychology in Applied Linguistics.

Location: 
ACROS Fukuoka, 2F, Seminar room 1, 1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Fee for JALT members: 
free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen

Bringing The World To Your English Classroom Easily Via Online Exchange

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: 
Eric Hagley (Muroran Institute of Technology)

Virtual Exchange (VE) has many benefits for foreign language teachers and their students but it is still not easily accessible to the mainstream. Students in English as a foreign language classrooms often have few opportunities to physically interact with other users of English. VE gives them virtual mobility, enabling them to participate in a global community. In this presentation the author introduces a large scale VE which includes over 1500 students from 5 countries in a VE via a Moodle platform. Students interact online in English as a lingua franca. Exchanges are carried out over 8 week periods. Outcomes from the project, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, will be outlined using data gained from questionnaires, text analysis and student feedback. Details of how this method of VE could bring it into mainstream, ensuring VE can become a part of any English communication class throughout the world, if the teacher so wishes, will be outlined in addition to an outline of problems that can eventuate and ideas for incorporating the VE into classroom practice. Those attending will also be able to participate in a quick workshop so that if they want to join the exchange from April 2017, they will be able to.

Location: 
ACROS Building in Tenjin, 2F
Fee for JALT members: 
free
Fee for one-day members: 
1,000 yen
Contact or Queries: 
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