Humans have been motivated and inspired by stories since the beginning of civilization itself and can be found in even the most primitive cultures. Regarding literacy skills for native speakers, it is said that; “The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it, (Trelease, 20013, pp.4). Children naturally search for meaning in the pictures, words and sounds presented in picture books, and easily pick up language used repeatedly, so reading picture books aloud could be considered an ideal introduction to foreign languages for young children. In this study, pupils’ preconceived image of English as a subject was compared before and after a series of ten short storytelling sessions. Findings from the completed questionnaires indicate that this narrative based approach of reading picture books out loud and watching university students acting out original plays, were considered enjoyable and easy to understand by the pupils and had the added effect of enhancing the majority of the pupils’ image of English as a subject, in a positive way.
This conference provides an excellent opportunity to share ideas with a diverse group of colleagues. Each year both JALT and Non JALT members have the opportunity to present at the event. For more information on the conference and the call for papers, please go to http://nearconference.weebly.com/
Workshop 1 - Using Facebook to enhance motivation
Chris will show the ongoing results of his research project utilizing a “Secret” Facebook group where students upload numerous speaking videos. He will show you how to create a secret group, and suggest numerous activities for how you can use it to increase your students’ talking time, listening time, English writing and even motivation, all outside the classroom.
Workshop 2 - Two videos that could Change the Way you Teach and Live: Back to Boot C.A.M.P.
Chris will show two YouTube videos, both potential life-changers. In the first, Steve Jobs talks about collaboration, and can be used with any level university student. Chris will share his worksheet with cloze, discussion questions, and writing homework. The second, “Drive” by Dan Pink, regards motivation, and with the worksheet can be used with higher level students (upper-intermediate, CEFR B2, TOEIC 550+). In it, Pink proves through two social experiments that external incentives hamper cognitive performance (think extrinsic motivation, tests, etc.). Then he outlines the three vital factors necessary for motivation in all of our lives; autonomy, mastery and purpose.