Conference on Language Teaching

The Lifelong Language Learning SIG (special interest group) of JALT will hold its mini-conference for teachers on November 2nd and 3rd, 2013 at the Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages. It will be held with the cooperation of the West Tokyo Chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) and English Teachers in Japan (ETJ). This event will be of interest to graduate students who intend to become teachers as well as currently practicing teachers.

Four talks are offered related to lifelong language learning:

John F. Fanselow [Analyzing what we do: Lifelong Learning for Teachers]
Saturday, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM, Room 502
Short Description: Few teachers record and transcribe their lessons partly because judging teaching is the norm. In this workshop, participants will learn ways to analyze 1-page transcripts from lessons in order to understand what is going on, make small changes, compare the results of the initial transcript and the changed one.

Tadashi Ishida [Why and how older learners study English]
Saturday, 3:30 PM – 4: 15 PM, Room 402
Short Description: The presenter will discuss possible reasons older Japanese learners have for being interested in studying English. He will also report on activities that have helped his students stay interested in English by creating situations where they can use English for real purposes.

Tatsuya Sudo [English rakugo and English teaching]
Saturday, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM, Room 402
Short Description: This presentation will examine how one form of Japanese storytelling (Rakugo) is performed and how it can be used in the classroom. The speaker will demonstrate some samples of English short stories which can be used in classrooms. After that, he will present one Rakugo story.

Deborah Bollinger [Developing Global Communication Skills]
Sunday, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM, Room 401
Short Description: This presentation features various tasks to develop global communication skills that provide opportunities for students to acquire effective presentation skills, participate in experiential learning, and focus on career development. These tasks serve to foster both learner autonomy and peer learning and can easily be adapted for use in various contexts.

EVENT: The 2013 Tokyo ETJ Expo–in association with JALT
WHEN: Sat., Nov. 2nd and Sun., Nov. 3rd / Click for Saturday’sSunday’s schedules
WHERE: Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (Click HERE for a map)

COST: ¥500 for members of JALT or ETJ [It’s FREE to join ETJ (English Teachers in Japan).]

 

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