Three Mini-Workshops for Elementary and Junior High School Classes
Date: Sunday, May 18th, 2008 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Richard Bales, Matt Shannon and Darryl Sumida
(1) Helping students discover and use their personal vocabulary banks
Japanese teachers of English (JTE) generally underestimate how much English vocabulary their students have acquired during English classes in elementary schools and from daily exposure from various media sources. Quite often, students entering junior high schools are unaware that they possess a personal vocabulary bank consisting of nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs that is waiting and ready to be used.
(2) Towards Effective Writing Prompts
Existing English curriculum for junior high school students in contemporary Japan may be considered lacking in the area of extemporaneous or compositional writing. Contributing factors to this are varied, but the element of social expectations may be remedied through relatively simple transformations of existing narrative structures and by borrowing conventional plot devices from outside the classroom.
(3) An Interactive Tasf-based Activity for Elementary Schools
Students in elementary public schools are often taught route memorization of words and expressions in English and spend little time in 'real' interactive activities. These students have English 'activities' (lessons), where they are frequently taught to respond with structured responses.
Organization: ETJ Saitama (English Teachers in Japan) (ETJ Saitama)
Cost: ETJ Members: 1000 yen
Non-members: 500 yen
Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan, Shino-Omiya Center Plaza 5F, 1-10-18 Sakuragi-cho Omiya-ku Saitama-shi, 5 minutes ' walk from Omiya Station, West Exit
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