Event Report, Hiroshima Chapter July 2016

July 19, 2016 by Hiroshima Chapter

Hiroshima Chapter

Speaker: 
Brett Walter
Event Date: 
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dr. Brett Walter of Hiroshima University’s Institute for the Promotion of Global Education opened this presentation by describing how an Atla’s Complex often works against language teachers. Thinking they need to hold up all the instructional weight can lead to lessons heavy with highly controlled drills that do not put appropriate communicative load on learners. Emphasizing that language does not exist merely to be practiced grammar point by grammar point but to be applied in a meaningful and communicative manner, the point was made that too often drilling robs learners of meaningful input and the chance to produce meaningful output. After reviewing some SLA history and describing the various types of drills that are commonly found in textbooks and/or employed in language classrooms, workshop participants were then offered the opportunity to try adapting some of these drills to make them more communicative in nature. Finally, participants were allowed to get truly creative and develop novel communicative activities that emphasized a grammar point.

Reporter: 
Aaron C. Sponseller

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