Nagoya Chapter


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

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Rich Porter
Scott Bowyer
Andrew Blyth
Chris DeSteffen
Mari Minoura

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Upcoming Events


Darren Elliot 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."

Shinichi Izumi, Sophia University
Sunday, 23 July 2017 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

In this task-based interactive presentation, I wish to highlight some problems in grammar-based, teacher-centered, and context-poor instruction that is still prevalent in English education in Japan and show directions for change that hopefully enable us to teach English in English for greater students’ benefits. More specifically, I will discuss the importance of paying attention to form in relation to meaning and function and helping students to see the connections among them if we wish for them to develop balanced communicative proficiency in English. I hope that the audience will get some theoretical ideas as well as hints for practical applications for more effective language teaching through my talk.

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