Sendai JALT:

Primary School Ryugaku: The debate

Date: Sunday, July 30th, 2006 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Annamaree Sugai, John Wiltshier, Christopher Cuadra, Elaine Gilmour

This debate features two sides, the 'for' and the 'against.' The 'for' speakers are Annamaree Sugai, Tohoku Gakuin University and John Wiltshier, Miyagi University. The 'against' speakers are Christopher Cuadra, Shokei Gakuin College and Elaine Gilmour, Miyagi Gakuin University. The meeting will have three parts:
1. A presentation of a case study: 2:00-2:45
2. A punchy and lively debate: 3:00-3:40
3. A panel discussion with questions / comments from the audience: 3:50-4:30

In the initial presentation John will present details of a case study he undertook last year of 2 children who were taken out of Japanese primary school for a year to attend primary school in the UK specifically to improve their English ability. Evidence from tests, children's work and interviews taken with the children, teachers and parents to support findings will be presented. The presentation will also include psychological, social and logistical issues; specifically how to gauge the proper emotional, psychological, and social environment to support your children and the costs involved in such a project. A lively debate of the above motion will follow. In addition to debating the motion this part of the meeting will provide an opportunity for Japanese high school / university students / teachers to witness a native speaker debate. An accompanying 'how to debate'worksheet will be given to all participants. The debate is sure to bring up issues such as: the danger of having young children learn a second language, and how to maintain a child's language ability. Finally, there will be a panel discussion which allows the audience to air their own views and ask the speakers questions.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen (ETJ members 500 yen)

Venue: Sendai AER Building (just north of Sendai Station) 28F, Dai 2 kensyuusitu

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


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