Fukuoka JALT:

Building Student Confidence through Intercultural Performances

Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2006 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Joseph Shaules

This presentation will focus on helping students gain confidence using English. To do this, Dr. Joseph Shaules will argue that students need to face performance pressure while expressing a point of view in English. This is said to build students intercultural identity -- the ability to be oneself in English. During the first half of the presentation some key ideas will be discussed. These include:
1) the difference between communication and conversation, and
2) the difference between nervousness and insecurity.

There will also be interactive activities which focus on teaching skills, including:
1) asking effective questions and finding motivating topics, and
2) learning to structure activities to give students time to reflect and prepare, and then a space to "perform" their communicative task.

There will be sample activities demonstrated and sample materials given out. The emphasis throughout the presentation will be on fun and interaction, and applying the ideas and tasks presented to one's own teaching situation.

Joseph Shaules is an educator and author specializing in language education and intercultural communication. He holds a Masters Degree in TESOL from the School of International Training and a PhD in Intercultural Communication from the University of Southampton. He held a tenured position at Rikkyo University for 10 years and was responsible for curriculum planning and materials development there. He has written numerous textbooks, including Identity (Oxford University Press), Impact Values (Longman), Different Realities (Nan'un-do) and Insights (Nan'un-do). He co-presented the NHK television program Crossroads Cafe for six years. He is currently the director of the Japan Intercultural Institute.

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

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

Venue: Fukuoka Jo Gakuin Tenjin Satellite Campus (9F), Tenjin 2-8-38, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi map

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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