Kitakyushu Chapter

Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 2:51pm

Kitakyusu JALT usually meets on the second saturday of the month. See our website for full details.

Chapter Officers

Zachary Robertson
Charlie Bell
David Wilkins
Jason McDonald
Juha Vaittinen

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Upcoming Events

Colin Thompson
Saturday, 11 February 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The term practice has been viewed positively and negatively within the field of SLA. In other fields of pursuit however, practice is considered a vital part of skill learning. Whether it involves learning to drive a car or play the piano, practice is deemed a necessary cognitive process that people have to participate in order to perform any skill of high level. Humans tend to develop skills by receiving knowledge and applying it through practice (Anderson, 2000). But to what extent does this apply to second language acquisition?

Given the degree to which practice is viewed within SLA, this presentation will explore some key cognitive theories that help to explain the effects of practice. The presentation will demonstrate that SLA research to date has produced different accounts on the role of practice, and as a result, a united view does not exist. Nevertheless, it is useful for teachers to be aware of some of the research in order to inform their own ideas.

Colin Thompson lectures at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka. His research interests are psycholinguistics and language pedagogy.

Adam Stone
Saturday, 11 March 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The aim of this presentation is to share and discuss findings from a 2016 qualitative research project on teachers’ and students’ perceptions on Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) in EFL classes at a Japanese University.

While blackboards and data projectors are usually the traditional tools of a teacher centered approach to learning, IWB may offer opportunities for teachers who prefer a student centered approach. There will be an opportunity to discuss experiences and new ideas to try on IWB in the classroom. All people with an interest in technology and language learning are encouraged to attend this presentation.

Adam Stone is currently teaching English at Kyushu Sangyo University and at Kyushu Sangyo High School. In 2001 he graduated from Auckland university in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2016, he completed a Master of Applied Linguistics at Massey University in New Zealand.


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