Fukuoka JALT:

Fostering Awareness of Learning Styles and Alternative Approaches to Learning English

Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2005 Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: Steve Brown, Professor at Konan Women's University in Kobe and JALT National President

Learners in colleges and universities are often left to their own devices when it comes to furthering their English studies outside the classroom. Having emerged from an exam-passing approach to get into the college or university, many of them are not quite sure how to set about improving their English, or even of what works (or doesn't work) for them. In this presentation, Steve Brown describes and evaluates an orientation programme for incoming students in the English Department of a women's junior college. The programme was aimed at fostering students' awareness of their own learning styles, and also at alerting them to alternative approaches to learning English. This won't be a one-way presentation. Steve will show some of the approaches used in the programme - active participation is encouraged! He also hopes to share ideas for ways in which this kind of programme might work in other contexts and institutions.

JALT Open Mike
The presentation will be followed by an Open Mike session, when everyone can chance to ask questions, suggest ideas and share their concerns, complaints and opinions. Enjoy a no-holds-barred session with JALT's current President, Steve Brown!

Brief Bio:
Steve Brown has been teaching in Japan for 20 years and before that in the UK and Kuwait. He's interested in autonomy in language learning and has been Coordinator of the Learner Development SIG, as well as serving as Site Chair and Programme Chair at recent national conferences.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Tenjin Satellite Campus (9F), Tenjin 2-8-38, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi map

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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