Sendai JALT:

Taboo English

Date: Sunday, April 27th, 2003 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Anthony Crooks, Miyagi University of Education

This presentation focuses on the issue of addressing Taboo English in the ESL/EFL classroom. It is felt that this linguistic area is a vital feature of English, but it is neglected in most language courses, often to the detriment of the students. The presentation discusses the results of an Action Research project conducted with adult participants who attended a brief course on Taboo English while in an Intensive English Program in Melbourne, Australia. The presentation will also address the question of presenting Taboo English in EFL contexts such as Japan, along with some of the issues involved for teachers, students and administrators when delivering such classes. ELT Materials for Taboo English will also be presented and discussed. Please note that due to the potentially sensitive nature of this presentation, participants should exercise discretion when choosing to attend. Please keep in mind that, in discussing Taboo English, explicit content will be raised during this presentation and therefore may not be appropriate to all individuals. About the presenter: Anthony Crooks is a lecturer in English Education at Miyagi University of Education.

Organization: Sendai Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Sendai JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free (also free for TALE members; TALE is Tohoku Association of Language Educators)
Non-members: 1000 yen (for non-JALT and non-TALE members), students 500 yen

Venue: Aoba-ku Chuo Shimin Center (formerly the Ichibancho Shimin Center)

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


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