Okayama JALT:

Metacognitive Language Learning Strategy Training for Japanese Learners of English as a Foreign Language

Date: Sunday, August 8th, 2004 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Jason Williams

This presentation by Jason Williams introduces a study conducted on a group of 27 Japanese high school and university students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to determine the effectiveness of teaching metacognitive language learning strategies in helping students to actively engage in and manage their own learning. Students learned a combination of two of the following three strategies:

  1. using practice opportunities,
  2. self-evaluation and
  3. selective attention.
Williams incorporated the teaching, practice and evaluation of the strategies into already existing classes. The interventions were found to be successful as students exhibited
  • an understanding of and increase in strategy use, skill and task improvement,
  • increased motivation and
  • betterment of student attitudes towards their language ability and language learning.

    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

    Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan


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