Osaka JALT:

Outdoor Language Learning: An Alternative Learning Environment

Date: Sunday, May 8th, 2005 Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Terry Fellner, Himeji Dokkyo University

As language teachers continue to search for optimal teaching methodologies, learning environments and classroom techniques for their students, it is surprising that one learning environment that is so accessible to educators and students has been thus far largely ignored: that known as the out-of-doors environment. This presentation provides an argument for a new methodology called Outdoor Language Learning (OLL) and will illustrate the positive effects OLL can have on student motivation and attitudes. The presenter will identify the similarities and strengths Outdoor Language Learning shares with other language methodologies such as experiential language learning, total physical response, task-based learning and the traditional PPP approach. He then provides an outline for an OLL program.

In case of rain, this meeting will be postponed until May 15th.

Following the meeting, join us for great views and a live Cuban Salsa performance on the 40th floor of the Sky Building from 5:00 (admission 700 yen). After that we'll be going to one of the many great restaurants in the modern but old-style basement level for dinner, drinks, and more discussion.

Organization: Osaka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Osaka JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: In the wildflower garden on the north side of the Sky Building, a 10-minute walk west of Umeda Hankyu station on Shibata-1 street (just north of the Yodobashi bldg) thru the long pedestrian tunnel

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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