Fukuoka JALT:

Exploring Professional Development through Language Awareness

Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2006 Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Speaker: Deryn P. Verity, Osaka Jogakuin College

Please note: There are two Fukuoka JALT events today, and they are at different locations. The afternoon presentation will be on the main campus of Fukuoka Jo Gakuin in Osa, Minami-ku and the evening presentation will be held later the same day at the Satellite branch of Fukuoka Jo Gakuin in Tenjin. The afternoon presentation will be free for all attendees, while the evening presentation will be free for JALT members and 1,000 yen for non-JALT members.

Teachers of English face the double challenge of having to keep both pedagogical and linguistic skills up to date. Being aware of how language intersects with technique can help language teachers focus their own professional development. In this talk, I will address the issue of metalanguage for low-proficiency learners. Theory suggests that even beginners need to be able to talk about language in order for language acquisition to occur most efficiently. Child learners of English should not be burdened with extensive grammatical terminology, but there is a place for talking about goals, motivation, and language elements even to young learners. Some practical activities will be previewed, and a brief theoretical introduction to the sociocultural approach to language acquisition will be presented.

Deryn Verity has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delaware. Currently teaching at Osaka Jogakuin College, she has also taught English and graduate courses in teacher education at Osaka University and other institutions in the United States, Thailand, Poland and Japan. For the past two years, she has traveled to Morocco and Jordan to participate in a series of teacher-education conferences, sponsored by the US State Department and Fulbright Commission. Her primary interests in the field of teacher education lie in language awareness for teachers, activity theory, and pedagogy.

(This event is sponsored by Fukuoka JALT in cooperation with Fukuoka Jo Gakuin.)

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

Cost: free

Venue: Room 421, Fukuoka Jo Gakuin College University, Osa 3-42-1, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi (http://www.fukujo.ac.jp/university/map/index.html) parking available on campus

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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