Yokohama JALT:

Discourse, Teaching and Video Journals

Date: Sunday, February 18th, 2007 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Colin Skeates, Seisen University

If Skeates were to begin this presentation description with keywords, they would be video, discourse, classroom application and unresolved questions. The presentation will begin with a look at what we use video cameras for. Next, with participation from willing audience members, we shall video record conversations and see what is so great about using a video camera as an observation tool. The newly created footage will then in turn be used as a backdrop to investigate some aspects of spoken discourse. Before the break, a summary of the first half will be provided.

Part two begins with a focus on classroom application of video recording. A quick review of current usage of video recording in language teaching precedes a case study of how video-journaling has been used at one university. The seminar concludes with questions to the audience and reflections on video-journaling and video.

Colin Skeates (Seisen University) is in the final stage of his MA TEFL/TESL from Birmingham University. With a degree in market research, he has 10 years experience teaching EFL, Marketing, and Professional Development courses in various countries including Thailand, Canada and Japan. He is interested in studying languages, applications of technology in language learning, and teacher education. He can be reached at

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

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

Venue: Ginou Bunka Kaikan (Skills & Culture Center) near JR Kannai & Yokohama Subway Isezakichojamachi [See for details & a map]

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


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