Self-Directed Learner Training for English Language Learning, followed by Bonenkai (Fukuoka JALT's annual end-of-year party)

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Speaker: 
Mathew Porter (Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Nursing University)
Fee for JALT members: 
free (bonekai fees will be separate)
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen (bonekai fees will be separate)
Contact or Queries: 

Please note the earlier starting time.

Language is a tool for communication, and identifying what you want to do with language can provide a path for improving language ability. However, students often describe their language learning goals using vague or generic language that makes it hard for them to achieve tangible results. In the first half of this two-part presentation, I will explain goal-setting in relation to self-directed language learning and introduce some activities for analyzing needs and setting goals. In the second half of the presentation, I will discuss two projects that illustrate considerations teachers must make to support students in their selection of materials for achieving goals. The presentation will conclude with some observations about the challenges of explicitly instructing students in self-directed learning.

Mathew Porter is currently Assistant Professor of English at Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Nursing University. He spent three years as a language learning advisor at a university self-access center and is the co-coordinator of the Learner Development SIG. He is interested in collaborative learning and reflection.

Join us for our end-of-year celebration at a fantastic Mexican restaurant off of Nishidori called Plaza del Sol. The charge is 3800 yen (all-we-can drink and a set meal) from 19:30 (7:30 PM) to 21:30 (9:30 PM). RSVP to reserve your place