November 25: Hamamatsu: JALT Conference 4 Corners presenter
Create Hamamatsu. Room 51. 18:00-20:00, Room open at 17:30.
Developing oracy skills in the classroom
The development of oracy skills is generally cited as one of the difficulties that English language teachers experience. In this workshop we will explore various tried and tested techniques that get students talking…and talking…and talking. Come to this workshop and learn a variety of techniques to help boost your learners’ oral expression.
No matter what level we teach, we are generally confronted with silence whenever we introduce a speaking class. In this session, I will attempt to present a series of techniques that help learners activate their passive knowledge of the language so that they can express themselves orally both with fluency and with accuracy. The techniques range from controlled to free so that they can be usefully applied not just to the development of oracy skills, but also to the development of language as a whole.
Gabriel Diaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as teacher educator, researcher and author. His area of research is the application of Sociocultural Learning Theory to the field of teacher learning. Gabriel has authored, and co-authored, 28 books ranging from course books to reference books, as well as numerous academic articles. He has shared his theories and praxis with colleagues in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Gabriel also works as a consultant for international agencies such as the European Union, UNESCO, UNICEF, the British Council, the US Department of State, and The World Bank. He currently lives and works in Uruguay, where he is Tenured Professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College, and Director of the MATESOL Program at CLAEH University.
November 26 Prof. Diaz Maggioli presents in Toyohashi.
Prof. Kazumi Kato: A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English
December 10 from 1400-1600 in Shizuoka :
The meeting is free for members. 1000 yen for non members.
After the meeting, we invite members to join us for some end of year drinks and maybe a light meal.
A Method and iPad Materials for Teaching Group Discussion in English
Do your students really speak English when they do group work?
This presentation will introduce a teaching method of how to conduct group work in English. The task-based group project was conducted by native English speaking students in a college in the U.K., and their group work was recorded with a video camera. Using the video, model materials for group discussion activities were made for Japanese students.
Lessons using these authentic materials were conducted in 9 different university classes in Japan with several revisions. I also conducted classes in a high school and found teaching differences with university classes. The unique point of this method is that students record their discussions with iPads and compare and analyze their discussion to the native English speaking students. In addition, they collect English expressions they want to use in a group and had output opportunities. I will introduce the video materials and methodologies along with student reflections. This teaching method can help students notice their weak points and find better expressions and strategies for their group discussions in the classroom.
Kazumi Kato is an associate professor at Tokai University in the School of Marine Science and Technology, Shimizu Campus. She also has experience teaching at high school and junior college. Her main research interests are interlanguage pragmatics, speech acts, task-based language teaching and cooperative learning. She is also interested in ESP and has found opportunities for her students to use authentic English in a seaport near her university. The study titled “Community Outreach and Autonomous Learning” was presented at JALT Shizuoka 2015, with her colleague Wendy Gough and was selected as the Editors’ Selection.