Student Projects in the EFL Classroom - Why and How.
Date: Sunday, June 11th, 2006 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Chuck Sandy
Classroom projects are an effective way to consolidate and extend learning, increase motivation, enhance classroom dynamics, and promote learner-autonomy. Also, because projects by definition result in some sort of tangible end product, project work provides clearly definable learning outcomes and real take-away value. Yet despite these many benefits, some teachers tend to shy away from doing project work because they feel projects may be difficult to set up and manage. This hardly needs to be the case!
In this workshop, the presenter first discusses the benefits of project work before demonstrating several easy-to-manage single and multi-class projects that require little if any set up and that can be easily adapted to work with learners of almost any age or ability. In addition, the presenter will offer a number of techniques for having students share or present completed projects to classmates, as well as suggestions for encouraging both self and peer evaluation of project work.
Chuck Sandy is coauthor of Passages and Connect as well as various components of the Interchange series. He's currently working on a new textbook series with Curtis Kelly and teaching project-based classes at Chubu University.
Organization: Saitama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Saitama JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan 5F (near Omiya Station, west exit,see map).
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