Osaka JALT:

Good Practices that Help Students Learn and Teachers Grow

Date: Friday, February 6th, 2009 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Wilma Luth, Hokkai Gakuen Univ., Hokkaido JALT Chapter President

Changes in classroom practice generally have a ripple effect. For example, a teacher's primary reason for learning their students' names might be to simply foster a caring environment in the classroom. But students also stay more motivated when the teacher knows their names, and teachers are better equipped when problems arise in the classroom or when assessment time rolls around.

The first half of this presentation will focus on small changes that teachers can make in the classroom that aid student learning either directly or indirectly. They include actions taken by the teacher as well as ways of organizing classroom activities. Participants will explore how the suggested actions help student learning and will be challenged to transform their teaching by making one change in their classroom practice.

In the second half of the presentation, we look at ways teachers can sustain their energy and enthusiasm for teaching by engaging in professional development outside of the classroom. Keeping a teaching journal, participating in professional organizations (like JALT) or enrolling in courses are just some of the ideas that we will discuss. The ideas presented are not meant to be an exhaustive list. Please come prepared to share your own ideas and experiences.

Wilma Luth earned her MA-TESOL at SIT (the School for International Training) and is a licensed trainer in SIT's TESOL Certificate Course. She's the current president of Hokkaido JALT and is looking forward to starting a full-time position at Hokkai Gakuen University in April. Her professional interests include learning strategies and reflective practice.

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

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

Venue: Namba Shimin Gakushu Center (Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center, Namba Branch), O-CAT 4F, 06 6643-7010 map

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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