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Phonological memory and listening comprehension of Japanese Learners of English by Junichiro Takeno. This presentation focuses on the role of phonological memory in listening comprehension of Japanese learners of English. It can be said that phonological short-term memory, specifically the capacity of the phonological loop of working memory, is largely affected by the learner’s rehearsal speed. It concludes that practice in repeating English input quickly and accurately should be given in English instruction.
Kyoko Sunami-Burden will make two 25 presentations on 1) An exploration into the students’ insights about Extensive Reading and 2) The Effective Use of a Checklist on Silent-reading in EFL Reading Classroom: Learners’ Acquisition and Practical Use of Reading Strategies. These presentations are based on ongoing action research projects at a Junior College where she aims to make learners more receptive to reading while raising their text comprehension by habitualizing reading strategies.
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Language Education Center (LEC) at Okayama University, in conjunction with its Teacher Development Workshop, is inviting JASAL members to visit the L-café, its social space for language learning. This will be followed by a short JASAL event and a presentation by Charles Browne (Meiji Gakuin University), sponsored by the LEC and Okayama JALT.
“Covering Your Bets: The Reading/High-Frequency Vocabulary Connection” by Charles Browne
This presentation will review and discuss some of the literature on the importance of high frequency vocabulary in helping to improve reading comprehension, the way extensive reading and intensive vocabulary study are complementary and symbiotic learning activities and then introduce several free word lists, online tools and websites that the presenter has developed in order to help students and teachers to work towards improvement in these two very important areas of second language acquisition.
The presentation will be followed by the Okayama JALT annual beer garden party. (More details to follow)