Yamagata JALT February Meeting
Title- Creating Comprehensible Input and Blending with a Task-based Approach for Japanese Primary School English Classes
Abstract- One role of the teacher is to create appropriate comprehensible input for students both at the planning stage and in real time in the classroom. This takes a lot of time and effort. This presentation will explain and show practical ways to do this.
Also in this presentation the question of whether or not it is useful to combine a task with the input will be considered with reference to; type of task, age of children and how to use each task.
Bio- John has been involved with teaching children for over 25 years. He started teaching as a primary school teacher in the UK and later in Japan has taught at every age ranging from kindergarten through to university. During his time in Japan, John set up and successfully ran his own private school for children, but currently works at Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University in Sendai as a professor and Head of the English department. At the university he teaches courses in speaking, listening, reading, writing and Teaching English to Children.
John has presented nationally and internationally in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He has co-authored the English Firsthand Series which is a best seller in Japan, Korea and Taiwan and his recent six level primary course: Our Discovery Island which is popular in countries in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. Both series are published by Pearson.
In addition to his professional record John has two children now aged 20 and 21 who have been brought up to be bilingual and importantly bi-literate (English / Japanese).