Social Media and Students: English made accessible and fun
Students of English in Japan, particularly those outside major metropolitan areas, typically have limited chances to talk with foreigners. This could result in English communication being strictly a classroom phenomenon. Social media, however, can allow students the chance to connect with people from around the world in a way that is accessible and not unfamiliar. The presenter’s experience in empowering students with the confidence, drive and skills to be successful in this, as well as the positive lasting aspects will be discussed. This will be followed by a workshop where teachers will be able to design programs for their own classrooms.
Jason Pratt is a special lecturer at Toyo Gakuen University in Tokyo. Before entering teaching, he served as the Public Relations Officer for the Embassy of Afghanistan, where he was in charge of connecting with the public to better Afghanistan’s image, and additionally wrote speeches for Afghan politicians, royalty, and diplomats, served as an interpreter, and beyond. He holds an MA in International Politics from Hosei University and his research deals both with issues related to teaching, particularly classroom management and fostering a global mindset in students, as well as those related to Afghanistan’s refugees and politics.