Teaching Children: Theory and Practice
Date: Saturday, June 14th, 2003 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Curtis Kelly, Heian Women's University
This event is co-sponsored by CSELT (Center for the Study of English Language Teaching) at Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University.
Curtis Kelly will discuss four topics on teaching English to children.
- MEXT policies & problems regarding the elementary English instruction
The presenter will start by discussing the situation in Asia, the situation in Japan, the MEXT policy, and problems in implementing it. He will also discuss his research, funded by the Ministry of Education, to assess elementary school teacher training needs, and develop a prototype teacher training Web site.
- General theories and methods for teaching English to children
The presenter will discuss the key theories on how children learn languages and methods for teaching it. The theories will include the Critical Age Hypothesis, Multisensory Input, Deep Processing, Noticing, and Ahn's Model of Bilingual Acquisition. Methods will include traditional methods, indirect methods, songs, guessing, etc.
- Developing a model (theory) on how Japanese kids learn English
The presenter will describe development research methodologies and then have the participants use it. Based on the theories above, and their own experiences, the participants will generate a list of criteria for teaching English to kids.
- Designing an activity or lesson based on the model
Participants will design lessons that conform to these criteria.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Venue: Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University, 3-42-1 Osa, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi 811-1313 (Phone: 092-581-1492, Fax: 092-575-4456) [map]
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