Nagoya Chapter


Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:41am

Chapter Officers


Rich Porter
Scott Bowyer
Andrew Blyth
Chris DeSteffen
Mari Minoura

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Upcoming Events


Darren Elliott of Nanzan University
Sunday, 16 April 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:30pm

"In order to make sense of abstract thought, humans have developed a rich facility for metaphor. These metaphors are loaded with meanings to be unpacked and interpreted. Research into education has a strong tradition of metaphor analysis, utilising metaphors for education to categorise differing attitudes towards the learning process. Work such as this suggests the potential of metaphors as a shorthand for attitude systems. If this promise can be realised then researchers will have a powerful tool at hand.

In this presentation / workshop, the presenter will introduce metaphor in an accessible way, and describe a mixed-methods study which sought to examine the possible connection between learners’ metaphors for language learning and their perspectives and attitudes, with a particular focus on learner autonomy. Participants will have a chance to discuss the research methodology and connections to their own practice, as well as some innovative activities to try in the classroom."

Chris Donaldson
Sunday, 18 June 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Despite its obvious importance, listening as a language skill can often lack the focus placed on the other areas of language such as speaking, reading, and writing. Learning to listen actively can greatly improve a student’s ability to achieve understanding. This workshop aims to help participants explore the concept of active listening in language teaching. Through a series of interactive activities participants will see what it is to listen actively and how effective it can be as a teaching tool. Finally the workshop will present some interesting ways in which this concept can be applied in the classroom.

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