On October 9th, Chris showed the participants at Kyoai Gakuen College results from his research project utilizing a “Secret” Facebook group where students upload numerous speaking videos. He instructed Gunma JALT members how to create a secret group, and suggested numerous activities for how to use it to increase students’ talking time, listening time, English writing and even motivation, all outside the classroom.
Also, Chris showed Gunma JALT attendees two YouTube videos. In the first, Steve Jobs talked about collaboration, and was an appropriate level for any university student. Chris shared his worksheet with cloze, discussion questions, and writing homework. In the second, “Drive” by Dan Pink, regarded motivation, and with the worksheet could be used with higher level students. In it, Pink proved through two social experiments that external incentives hamper cognitive performance. Then he outlined the three vital factors necessary for motivation in all of our lives; autonomy, mastery and purpose. This second video served as a point of departure for a fruitful discussion among Gunma JALT participants.