Okayama JALT:

Common Sense in Vocabulary Instruction

Date: Saturday, April 5th, 2003 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Rob Waring, Notre Dame Seishin Women's University

The workshop will first look at some general underlying principles that affect vocabulary instruction and learning. These include the importance of the different stages of word learning, the appropriate amount of repetition, which words need to be taught, and so on. This will look at the relationship between vocabulary and each of the four skills with a special emphasis on reading. We shall then look at how vocabulary is most often dealt with in classes and in textbooks to determine if indeed vocabulary teaching and learning is following these basic principles.
The second part of the workshop will focus on types of vocabulary exercises that will best meet the general principles of vocabulary instruction and learning. The participants will look at the strengths and weakness of various activities and exercises to determine to what extent they meet these principles. Participants will look at ways to modify existing vocabulary activities and create new activities to better meet the general principles of vocabulary instruction and learning.
This will be a 3 hour presentation. Participants should bring a text book they are currently using for examination in this workshop.

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

Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan


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