The possibility of practicing CLIL in Japanese elementary schools

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Event Speaker: 
Rie Adachi
Fee for JALT members: 
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen

In this presentation the speaker will examine the possibilities of contextualizing Content Language Integrated Learning (henceforth, CLIL) into Japanese elementary schools, and discusses how to implement CLIL lessons which are adjusted to Japanese educational settings. In Japan, it is a priority to improve students’ English communicative proficiency. Therefore, Japan will start English education for the third grade and above from the academic year 2020. The presenter believes CLIL should be employed rather than just introducing English lessons. Although Japanese elementary school teachers usually do not have high proficiency in English, they do have confidence in teaching skills in general subjects. In addition, the 4Cs (Content, Cognition, Communication, and Culture/Community) are considered very important in CLIL lessons. The speaker conducted two studies to ask school teachers about CLIL lessons and based on the results she will discuss the possibilities and potential problems of implementing CLIL lessons into the Japanese educational context.
Professor Adachi is an associate professor at Aichi University, and has taught English and Intercultural communication at various universities. Her main research interests are the intercultural receptive attitude of Japanese and the motivation of Japanese young students. She has published many papers in the areas of motivation, intercultural communicative attitudes, and EFL students’ learning environment.

The presentation will be followed by our annual chapter bonenkai. All are welcome.