Saitama JALT:

Using Cooperative Learning Techniques in English Lessons

Date: Sunday, July 9th, 2006 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Kumiko Fushino, Temple University Japan

In this workshop, Kumiko Fushino will demonstrate several cooperative learning techniques for English classrooms. As communicative language teaching has gained momentum, English teachers have started using group work in their classes. However getting students interacting with each other in English can be a problem. In theory group work increases opportunities of student-student communication; however this does not always happen. Cooperative learning principles provide teachers with many useful ideas to promote effective student-student interaction, and books on CL offer countless techniques which teachers can easily adapt to their classrooms. However, techniques for the EFL situation are seldom introduced in those books. Therefore, in this workshop, Kumiko Fushino will introduce the basic CL principles explained in Jacobs, Power, Loh's The Teacher's Sourcebook for Cooperative Learning (2002), which Fushino co-translated into Japanese while demonstrating CL activities. She will introduce each CL principle and demonstrate techniques, which have been effective in our English lessons. Workshop participants will join in these CL activities to actually experience them so they can better apply CL techniques in their own English classes. Finally, some cautions about CL group work in English classes will be discussed.

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

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

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan 5F (near Omiya Station, west exit,see map).

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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