June Meeting: Focus on Young Learners
The June meeting will feature two speakers, co-sponsored by Miyagi University of Education and JALT Sendai.
In her session, Chiyuki Yanase will discuss what Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is and why it can be an effective approach in EFL classes for young learners. She will also explore how CLIL can be integrated in order to develop young learners’ literacy skills in an EFL story-based class. Participants will be invited to experience CLIL activities, based on a story. It is hoped that participants go back to their classrooms with engaging CLIL activities which motivate literacy development and language learning of young learners.
Sean Reid's workshop will begin with a brief explanation of what a CLT-based approach to teaching is, followed by a discussion of how the implementation of such an approach can benefit our students and ourselves as teachers. The speaker will lead the class through the process of designing a CLT-based unit. Elements, including materials and resources, communicative activities, the teaching of communication strategies, student-centeredness and assessment will be demonstrated while the attendees actively participate in the role of students to experience and evaluate their effectiveness first hand. The attendees will then share their impression of the activities and we will discuss ways of modifying, adapting and improving these elements to our particular teaching environments.
Chiyuki Yanase is a language school owner and a lecturer at several universities in Tokyo. She has been teaching English for young learners for over 20 years and holds M.Sc. in Teaching English to Young Learners from Aston University. Her research interests focus on collaborative learning and the development of young learners’ literacy. She has presented at numerous conferences, and published several articles on team-teaching, learner autonomy and collaborative learning.
Sean Reid has a Master’s degree in TESOL from the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has taught at Taki Gakuen Junior and Senior High School in Aichi and he currently works at Teikyo Daigaku Kani Shogako in Gifu, where he has been in charge of the school`s English program since the school`s opening in 2012. At Teikyo, he has developed a completely original curriculum with all original materials for each grade level. This curriculum has been well received throughout Japan. He has given several presentations and workshops focusing on the effects of a Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)-based approach and communication strategy instruction on young learners.