Dual MyShare - Saitama hosts Gunma
A Short Workshop for Intercultural Relations
by Harry Meyer - Gunma Prefectural Women's University
As the world is becoming more globalized, the importance of intercultural education in Japan continues to increase. This very short workshop will focus on something that most of us take for granted - personal space. We will start with an examination of our own personal space, followed by a look at personal space in different cultures, and finish with a discussion. The goals of the presentation are to:
Make participants aware of various cultural perspectives regarding personal space.
Make participants aware that foreigners are not one monolithic block, but are culturally diverse and may seem strange to each other.
Make Japanese aware that their own behavior may be strange to people of other cultures.
Have participants consider the importance of their own use of space in the classroom and its impact in intercultural
Using Kobanashi in a Beginner Level English Classroom
by Yoko Kamo - Gunma Language Center
This is a report of a short project to use kobanashi in a beginner level English class of 6th grade students. Kobanashi, are short jokes that rakugo performers tell to warm up the audience before launching the main story of rakugo. Performing kobanashi in English could be one of the excellent ways to learn English regardless of age. This presentation will explain its educational effects by showing students' performance movies as well as some kobanashi stories.
Self-access Learning in eikaiwa: Attitudes, Reflections and Challenges
by Daniel Hooper - Kanda University of International Studies
This presentation is based upon two recent studies concerned with the need for and viability of self-access language learning among adult students in the under-researched private English conversation school (eikaiwa) sector. Language learning in eikaiwa schools is unique within Japanese ELT in many ways and, therefore, any instructor needs to be aware of these context-specific affordances, constraints and ideological hurdles if they are to create realistic and sustainable provisions for self-access learning that will engage students. This presentation will address potential contextual constraints, highlight relevant findings, and present practical ideas for teachers interested in promoting self-study in eikaiwa schools.
An Activity Exploiting L1
by Yoko Miyazaki - Takasaki City University of Economics
I believe students’ L1 can be positively integrated into teaching methodology for lower-level adult classes in Japan, where often more than 90% of students share the same L1. I would like to share an activity which utilizes L1, or Japanese, to help learners establish the linkages between pragmatic functions expressed in L1 and those in L2. The learners are encouraged to grasp the meanings of the English sentences and by chunking them and applying equivalent Japanese to them. They are also encouraged to be aware of the form of the English sentences through repeating and shadowing exercises.