Okayama JALT:

An overview of recent studies on English language teaching

Date: Saturday, January 15th, 2005 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Paul Hackshaw

Around 86% of Japanese public elementary schools offer some kind of English lessons to their students with some getting as little as 11 hours of instruction per year per grade. Due to lack of proper training, many home room teachers do not know how to teach English or how to work with an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher). Many children also have problems in maintaining their English when they leave elementary school, and in adjusting to traditional methods at junior high schools. In this presentation, Hackshaw gives a brief background to the Monbukagakusho revisions and summarises recent research studies on the teaching of English to elementary school age children in Japan, including classes he observed that were taught with a native speaker ALT. This presentation is of interest to teachers of English to children and elementary school teachers wanting to learn how to teach English in their schools.

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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