Saitama JALT:

More Community and Motivation Through Coloring

Date: Sunday, February 10th, 2008 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Miori Shimada

Description:
The presenter was assigned to teach English to a repeaters' class in a university. Those students had previously failed the basic English course for various reasons. They therefore needed more and different support from the teacher compared to regular students. In order to motivate these repeater students, the presenter chose a suitable textbook for them and created activities based on that textbook.

In this session, the presenter will introduce a coloring activity based on a low-level textbook of English anecdotes. The textbook displays a monochrome illustration for each story on every two pages, and students are assigned to color the illustration of each unit towards the end of the class, when they have completed the reading practice and relevant exercises and understand the story fully. After this coloring activity, each student examines the work of the other students, asking them questions about their work and exchanging their impressions with one another. These activities aim at strengthening the community among classmates and enhancing their learning attitudes towards the English language.

During the session, the presenter will also offer an opportunity for the audience to experience the actual activities, share their work, and discuss their ideas about the activities. As coloring is a favorite activity for children and even for adults these days, the application of similar activities for different age groups will also be explored.

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

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

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan (near Omiya Station, west exit, see map).

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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