Sendai JALT:

Text exploitation workshop: Moving from accuracy to fluency

Date: Sunday, June 18th, 2006 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Gerry Lassche

Description:
Current high school classroom conditions tend to prepare students for testing and university entrance exams, which creates conflicts with current communicative pedagogical practices. A more pedagogically sound rationale for extending fluency-based reading comprehension is provided in this workshop.

This rationale focuses on exploiting texts more deeply, beyond accuracy-based comprehension modes. It includes 4 parts:

1. looking at texts according to length of discourse;
2. categories of information as perceived by the text-maker and text-user, as well as from the text as a stand-alone product;
3. learner strategy development, for developing textual production;
4. and an evaluative phase of all the choices outlined.

In this workshop, participants will have a go hands-on with this rationale to exploit an example text, thus creating options which can serve as points of departure for material design. The handout used in the workshop is provided on this website. A journal article based on this rationale will be provided to participants as well.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: Sendai Mediatheque map

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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