Himeji JALT:

The Role of Popular Music in the EFL Classroom; and Preparing Students to Study at English-Speaking Universities

Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2006 Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Maggie Lieb and Linda Martine

Popular Music in the EFL Classroom

Effective teaching and learning relies heavily on student interests and motivation. It's no secret how much high school and university students love popular music. It makes sense, therefore, to build upon this in the teaching of English, since the wealth of popular songs in the English-speaking world offers a rich and extensive course for language education. This workshop will examine the roles of popular songs in optimizing learning and motivation. The rationale for using popular songs in the EFL classroom will be explored and suggestions will be offered for their use. Song selection guidelines will be discussed. There will also be a practical demonstration of the use of popular songs in the classroom.

Preparing Students to Study at English-Speaking Universities

As more and more Japanese students seem to be electing to study at universities in English-speaking countries, it seems pertinent to examine the challenges students may encounter in their classroom interaction with their English-speaking classmates in the future. This presentation will outline the concerns come Japanese and other Asian students experienced while attending the MA TEFL at the University of Birmingham and, using their recommendations, suggested activities that can be used in Japanese university classes to prepare students to study abroad. These activities will focus on helping students with the use of discourse strategy of turn-talking as well as focusing on raising cultural conciousness awareness and exposing students to the principles of small-group-work.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 300 yen

Venue: Hanakita Shimin Hiroba (across from Nozato Station on the Bantan Line. Free parking; train leaves Himeji Station at 13:46)

Location: Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan


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