West Tokyo Chapter


Published: Sat, 12/06/2008 - 9:56am

West Tokyo JALT usually meets on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month.

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Peter Ross
Junko Fujio
Andy Boon
Tim Gutierrez
Alan Stoke

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Upcoming Events


Presentation 1: Alan Maley
Presentation 2: Sonthida Keyuravong
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:45pm

As part of JALT’s Four Corner’s Tour,
JALT’s West Tokyo & Tokyo Chapters are pleased to host
two presenters from JALT 2014

Presentation 1: The Role of Extensive Reading (ER) in Developing Global Awareness - Professor Alan Maley

Presentation 2: Learning through English in Thai Schools: Policy, Concerns and Directions - Professor Sonthida Keyuravong

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Presentation 1: The Role of Extensive Reading (ER) in Developing Global Awareness - Professor Alan Maley

I will begin by rehearsing what ER is in my understanding, and go on to discuss some of its undoubted benefits. I want to argue that, alongside its purely language learning benefits, ER can also be a valuable resource for developing ‘Life skills and Critical Thinking’.

Increasingly awareness is growing that as language teachers we need to be more than passive technicians for delivering a package. In Kumaravadivelu’s terminology, we need to become ‘transformative intellectuals’ (Kumaravadivelu ). That is to say that, as educators, we have a responsibility for raising our students’ awareness of the world they live in.

I will use material drawn from some of the currently available graded readers to illustrate my point. Participants will be invited to engage in discussion of these issues.

Learning through English in Thai Schools: Policy, Concerns and Directions - Professor Sonthida Keyuravong

International education is now a buzz word in Thailand in an attempt to improve English language communication among Thai high school students. As a result, programs that use English as the medium of instruction are mushrooming. These programs include English Programs, Bilingual Programs, International Programs, English Integrated Learning Programs, and Content and Language Integrated Learning. The main driver of the growth is parental demand, but it is also hoped that these schools will assist Thailand in answering the needs of the country to become competitive in the global market in the age of knowledge-based economy. But are they really beneficial as believed by the Ministry of Education? This presentation will look at the evolution of these programs, government policy, current status and various models of these programs. Concerns and directions will also be discussed.

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