Okayama Chapter

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Expatriate ELT Faculty Members and University Entrance Examinations: Beliefs, Assumptions, and Recommendations for Change

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
Melodie Cook

This presentation focuses on several years’ research on expatriate ELT faculty participation in English entrance examination creation. Four themes will be highlighted: assumptions that expatriate ELT faculty bring to the examination creation process; the multi-functional nature of entrance examinations; how these tests stand up to recommendations for “good” language test creation practices, and recommendations for changing entrance examinations. It is hoped that this presentation will stimulate discussion about these life-changing tests.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin Univesity Logos Hall 7-2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

Focus on Canada and Cognitive Load and the Competent Teacher: Considerations and Strategies

Date and Time: 
Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker: 
David Townsend
Speaker: 
Jason Lowes

First: Focus on Canada by David Townsend. This presentation will detail a course designed to tap into the students’ collective knowledge of their own country while at the same time presenting the parallel information of a common travel destination, Canada. Second: Cognitive Load and the Competent Teacher: Considerations and Strategies by Jason Lowes. Following an explication of cognitive load, we will examine natural changes in cognitive load. These changes influence teaching practice. We will conclude with some concrete practices that teachers can carry into their next class.

Location: 
Notre Dame Seishin Univesity Logos Hall 7-2
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for one-day members: 
500 yen

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