1. English Teaching in Japanese Elementary Schools;
2. The Test of English Conversation
Date: Saturday, January 18th, 2003 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: 1. Christopher Creighton; 2. Paul Moritoshi
There are two presentations tonight.
- The first is entitled "English teaching in Japanese Elementary Schools: How to Move Beyond Shaking Hands, Signing Autographs, and 'Simon Says'"
Since April 2002 Japanese elementary schools have adopted a new curriculum incorporating English instruction. Christopher Creighton will review his own experiences as an AET for Okayama city and describe the successful paradigm he has been using to plan, coordinate, and present pedagogically sound lessons to large groups of young children. Creighton will also present some lesson plans.
- The second is entitled "Not an Interview, Not just a Chat: The Test of English Conversation"
Dissatisfied with commonly used techniques such as interviews and role-plays as an assessment tool for measuring students' proficiency in English conversation, Paul Moritoshi has been developing (over the last three years) a direct test: The Test of English Conversation Proficiency (TECP). After explaining the background to the test, he goes on to describe its procedure and scoring system, providing an example of an actual test via video.
Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Okayama JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen, students 500 yen
Venue: Sankaku A Bldg. 2F
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