Yamagata JALT January Meeting
Title- Communicative Grammar Teaching Improves JHS Students’ Communicative Competence
Presenter- Yoko Takano
Abstract- In traditional language teaching in Japan, there is a “focus on forms”--the deliberate teaching of grammar, in the hope that the language learner will memorize the grammar rules in pattern practice. This workshop will explain how second language acquisition is more effectively achieved, instead, with communicative grammar teaching or “focus on form”. The results are based on a two-year action research project conducted in a private language school. The speaker will elaborate on the data that was analyzed in this research.
Bio- Yoko Takano has been teaching English to students aged 6 through 18 in her private language school (OKIDOKI EIGO SCHOOL) for 20 years in Nagoya. She obtained her MA TESOL at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS), and an MA TESOL certificate from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). She is also currently teaching “Grammar”, “Reading” and “TOEIC Practice” at NUFS. Her major interest is second language acquisition (SLA) and extensive reading (ER) studies, so she contributes to the NUFS monthly workshop for English teachers (including doing presentations). She is an active member of the Toast Masters Club in Nagoya in order to improve her presentation skills.