A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Speaker: 
Kazumi Kato
Fee for JALT members: 
free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1000 yen

Do your students really speak English when they do group work?

This presentation will introduce a teaching method of how to conduct group work in English. The task-based group project was conducted by native English speaking students in a college in the U.K., and their group work was recorded with a video camera. Using the video, model materials for group discussion activities were made for Japanese students.

Lessons using these authentic materials were conducted in 9 different university classes in Japan with several revisions. I also conducted classes in a high school and found teaching differences with university classes. The unique point of this method is that students record their discussions with iPads and compare and analyze their discussion to the native English speaking students. In addition, they collect English expressions they want to use in a group and had output opportunities. I will introduce the video materials and methodologies along with student reflections. This teaching method can help students notice their weak points and find better expressions and strategies for their group discussions in the classroom.

 

Prof. Kazumi Kato: A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English

December 10 from 1400-1600 in Shizuoka :
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The meeting is free for members. 1000 yen for non members.
After the meeting, we invite members to join us for some end of year drinks and maybe a light meal.

A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English

Do your students really speak English when they do group work?
This presentation will introduce a teaching method of how to conduct group work in English. The task-based group project was conducted by native English speaking students in a college in the U.K., and their group work was recorded with a video camera. Using the video, model materials for group discussion activities were made for Japanese students.

Lessons using these authentic materials were conducted in 9 different university classes in Japan with several revisions. I also conducted classes in a high school and found teaching differences with university classes. The unique point of this method is that students record their discussions with iPads and compare and analyze their discussion to the native English speaking students. In addition, they collect English expressions they want to use in a group and had output opportunities. I will introduce the video materials and methodologies along with student reflections. This teaching method can help students notice their weak points and find better expressions and strategies for their group discussions in the classroom.

Biography:
Kazumi Kato is an associate professor at Tokai University in the School of Marine Science and Technology, Shimizu Campus. She also has experience teaching at high school and junior college. Her main research interests are interlanguage pragmatics, speech acts, task-based language teaching and cooperative learning. She is also interested in ESP and has found opportunities for her students to use authentic English in a seaport near her university. The study titled “Community Outreach and Autonomous Learning” was presented at JALT Shizuoka 2015, with her colleague Wendy Gough and was selected as the Editors’ Selection.

Address: 
 静岡市葵区駿府町1-12 Kyoiku Kan
Shizuoka, Shizuoka
〒420ー0856 Japan
Event Theme: 
presentation