Yokohama JALT:

Word Association and the Mental Lexicon

Date: Sunday, January 14th, 2007 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Philip Shigeo Brown

How do we learn new words? What connections do we make between words? How can we use our knowledge of the mental lexicon to further our learners' lexical development?

This workshop, based on classroom research, leads through a series of tasks to examine word associations, exchange teaching ideas, and consider how to encourage students to explore their own lexical development, better understand relationships between words, and further empower themselves with regards to learning and teaching vocabulary.

We will aim to achieve four things:
1)deepen our knowledge and understanding of word associations and the mental lexicon;
2)discuss pedagogical implications for teaching and learning vocabulary, including fostering learner autonomy and implementing vocabulary learning strategies;
3)share classroom experiences, and bridge the gap between theory and practice, linking research, teaching and learning; and
4)practice learning by doing.

Philip Shigeo Brown is in his fifth year in Japan teaching English conversation to children and adults, as well as ESP. He has taught part-time at university and had three years experience as a teacher trainer. Brown is currently undertaking an MA TEFL/TESL at the University of Birmingham.

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

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

Venue: to be announced

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


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