Nagano JALT:

Adapting textbooks for more successful lessons

Date: Sunday, June 4th, 2006 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Speaker: Tetsu Osada, Yashiro High School

Description:
In this workshop, high school teacher Tetsu Osada will discuss the problems facing EFL teachers at Japanese high schools and colleges which result from using published textbooks. These problems arise when activities are not suitable for large classes and/or monolingual situations (in which all of the participants share the same native language). Some activities are too mechanical, whereas others are so ambitious that students cannot produce output as is intended by the textbook. Such unsuccessful activities may not only lead to demotivation, but also result in students being unable to communicate in the target language. In order to solve these problems, underlying causes will be identified, and ideas for adapting published textbooks for more appropriate (and hence more successful) lessons will be explored and suggested.

Osada is now teaching at Yashiro High School. His main interests are listening tests and textbook adaptation. He holds a M.Ed. in TESOL from University of Edinburgh.

Organization: Nagano Chapter (formerly the Shinshu Chapter) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagano JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Matsumoto M-Wing, Room 4-2, across from PARCO

Location: Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

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