Potpourri Meeting & Bonenkai
Date: Saturday, December 11th, 2004 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Brent Jones & Anthony C. Torbert
There are two presentations.
- Reading Attitudes and Habits by Brent Jones.
Preliminary results of an ongoing action research project involving adult leaners and university EFL students in Japan are reported together with ideas and activities for promoting constructive EFL reading habits and attitudes. Practical ideas for including an extensive reading approach will be introduced.
- Teaching Business Topics to Lower-level University Students by Anthony C. Torbert.
There are many ambitious course titles such as "Pharmacy English","Business English", and "English for Nurses", thought up by curriculum designers and university bureaucrats to give non-English majors a boost and appeal to the idea of internationalization. While the motive behind them may be honorable, in practice they are often the products designed with marketing in mind, rather than an essential element in a full-on course of language study. It usually is up to the individual instructor to compile course of study that both satisfies the course title, while at the same time contains comprehensive language that may be of benefit to the students in the future. This can be especially challenging when the overall level of the student may be quite low (TOEIC 250-350). This presentation will take on a specific topic related to the field of business (Merit Pay), and offer ways it can be taught to lower level students. Suggestions are welcome on how to improve the lesson plan.
Organization: Kobe Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kobe JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Kobe YMCA (2-7-15 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe/078-241-7204)
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