Sendai JALT:

Learner Psychology and Motivation

Date: Sunday, May 28th, 2006 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Curtis Kelly

This May event for Sendai JALT is actually a two-day workshop. Please note that the Saturday venue will be confirmed at a later date (check the JALT Sendai Webpage at: for updates).

The Psychology of Difficult Students
Every college teacher must face students who are bored, indifferent, or even hostile. While there are no simple solutions for dealing with such students, there are four theories in psychology related to motivation, moral development, and learning which provide fascinating insights. Curtis Kelly will also explain how our pedagogy is based on the industrial model, and how humanistic techniques can dismantle the wall of fear.

Stories for the Heart
Stories are magic. If you have ever told one in the classroom, then you know their power. They are more comprehensible than any other format, and they touch the learners' hearts. As one college student wrote: The story makes me grow up every time. But to understand the secret of their power we have to examine how our brains have evolved and the theory from psychology of moral development. Curtis Kelly will discuss these theories and give you five heart-warming stories to try out in your own college or high school English classes.

Curtis Kelly, a 25-year resident of Japan, is the author of Significant Scribbles, Basics in Writing, The Snoop Detective Conversation Book, and the Writing from Within series. He is a professor of English at Osaka Gakuin University and has a doctorate in adult education. He recently finished a Ministry of Education research project on using e-learning to train Japanese elementary school English teachers. Because of his specialties - teaching English writing, Adult Education, teaching children English, and storytelling - he often presents in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. He has been a featured speaker at the International JALT conference and has been in invited speaker on the JALT 4-corners and ETJ teacher development tours.

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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