(1) Almost Zero Prep Activities; (2) Error Analysis of High School Student Essays
Date: Sunday, May 11th, 2008 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: (1) Conrad Matsumoto; (2) Asako Kato
(1) Almost Zero Prep Activities, by Conrad Matsumoto.
Learn some fun and easy warm-ups, games and activities that require very little preparation or materials. Most of these are adaptable to use from elementary age students to adults. At the end, participants can share their own ideas in small groups.
(2) Error Analysis of High School Student Essays, by Asako Kato.
“Writing” has always been beyond the affordable time range in Japanese high school curriculum despite the fact that the Ministry of Education places an emphasis on writing to be mastered as an important productive skill. To what extent can high school students “write” essays in English? This presentation focuses on the errors and problems in high school students’ essays written in an annual writing contest in Saitama, with a view to explore the ways of teaching and learning writing.
Asako Kato is a full-time high school English teacher in Saitama. She has been teaching at four Prefectural high schools with different academic levels within twenty-three years. She involves herself in organizing the annual high school writing contests as a member of Saitama High School English Teachers Research and Study Association. Her research interests include teaching writing and learner strategies and autonomy.
Organization: Saitama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Saitama JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen
Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan. 5F (near Omiya Station, west exit, see map).
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