Japanese College Student's Beliefs About the Enjoyment and Usefulness of Classroom Tasks
Date: Saturday, April 10th, 2004 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Peter Burden
Assumptions of effective classroom practice are often based on anecdotal evidence and the intuitive sense of teachers. In this workshop we will discuss what we as teachers think are useful learning tasks. We will examine different expectations that may lead to possible misunderstandings of teacher and learner roles. A study of first year university students evaluating tasks through a closed-item survey and interviews will be outlined. We will discuss the results, implications of whether students are likely to accept real-language activities as being useful and how teachers can make learning more relevant to learners' perceived needs. Awareness of these differing beliefs may help avoid teacher/learner mismatch.
Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Okayama JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen; students 500 yen
Venue: Okayama Sankaku building near Omotecho in Okayama city
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