Nagano JALT:

Using Stories with Younger Learners

Date: Sunday, February 25th, 2007 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Speaker: Trevor Ralph and Kazue Taniguchi

Kids love stories! Stories are imaginative, colorful, interesting, and provide teachers a chance to engage and interact with their classes on many levels. This seminar is aimed at childrenfs teachers who are thinking of including more stories into their classroom. The presenters will discuss the benefits of storytelling in the EFL classroom, give different examples of stories and story-based activities, and discuss ways of implementing these at various stages of a lesson. There will also be time for attendees to practice the methods discussed in this seminar, which will be given in both English and Japanese.

Trevor Ralph runs Ez Communications, an English school in Kiri, Matsumoto. Ez Comm's focus for its younger learners is through storybooks and songs.

Kazue Taniguchi is a staff member at Ez Communications who is actively involved in promoting storytelling as a means for social development in children.

Note: An earlier-scheduled event for Shinshu JALT Chapter was cancelled, and was then replaced with the event described here.

Organization: Nagano Chapter (formerly the Shinshu Chapter) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagano JALT)

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

Venue: Nan-nan Hiroba, Meeting Room 1, near Minami Matsumoto Station

Location: Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan


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