The field of pragmatics has become very exciting recently because of a lot of discoveries which are very applicable to the English classroom. After a brief introduction to pragmatics and its potential in foreign language teaching, the three researchers/teachers will each tell the story of one or more activities, and "do" the activities so that they can be easily understood. For details, please see recent Hiroshima JALT emails.
While sentence-level ideologies may be readily engaged in the classroom, those manifesting across an entire curriculum are often less apparent. Presenting the results of a corpus-driven study, the presenter will examine discourse on first and second language use in high school textbooks. For details, please see recent Hiroshima JALT emails.
Learners who struggle with a foreign language often suffer from feelings of alienation and failure, and may be seen as lazy or unmotivated. This presentation will argue, however, that negative reactions to language learning are, in effect, a normal part of the learning process. It will also argue that current models of motivation in SLA don’t fully take this into account. The presentation will help teachers look at motivation in a new light, and will provide tips for reducing learner resistance. Prof. Shaules, coming all the way from Tokyo, is renowned for being an exciting speaker. For details, see recent Hiroshima JALT emails.