ETJ Tokyo:

Three Informative and Inspiring Presentations for Teachers of EFL

Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2009 Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Allen Lindskoog, Phil Brown, Robert Moreau, Terry Yearley

Musahino Shiminkaikan is less than 5 minutes walk from Musashi Sakai Station on the Chuo Line, and the station is only 18 minutes from Shinjuku (see map). Pre-registration helps us to prepare the right amount of handouts in advance. Please pre-register by sending an e-mail to: (in Japanese), or (in English). If you don 't pre-register, you are still welcome to attend.

1.00-1.15 Registration

1.15-2.15 Philip Shigeo Brown, Exploring and setting personal teaching goals.
This workshop will encourage participants to reflect on themselves as teachers and the qualities they would like to develop. Then we will help each other explore these ideas based on a co-counselling model. Finally, a goal-setting framework will be used to focus what we would like to achieve.
Phil Brown has taught English in Japan for over six years. He has three years experience as a teacher trainer and is an MA TEFL/TESL student at the University of Birmingham. He currently teaches part-time at kindergarten, universities, private companies, and government ministries.

2.15-2.30 Break

2.30-3.30 Terry Yearley. Using Resource Materials for Oral Communication Classes.
There are many useful resource packs for the EFL classroom, but many teachers seem to be unaware of their potential, and sometimes even unaware of their existence. This workshop will introduce some of the materials available, give some examples of how they can be used, and invite participants to add some ideas of their own. All practical stuff that you can use in your classroom the next day.
Terry Yearley teaches at several different schools in Tokyo, and is an MA TESOL candidate at TC Columbia.

3.30-3.45 Break

3.45-4.45 Robert Moreau and Allen Lindskoog. Teacher Development: Constructing a Classroom Presence.
One of the most important aspects of being a teacher is to know yourself and your students; this takes a level of awareness and presence in the classroom that teachers often find challenging. Presence begins with exploring the roots of who we are through reflection. How do we discover the connections between who we are as people and as teachers? Knowing who we are as educators can naturally lead to creating presence in the classroom, and begin to bridge the teacher/learner gap by creating an environment that facilitates both learning and reflection.
In this presentation we will look at ways in which to enhance our presence in the classroom by writing our story, and by reflecting on habits that get in the way of being present. Additionally, you will be introduced to practical activities and tasks designed to help your students develop awareness and reflection during their language learning journey.
The presenters are both teachers in Japan as well as student's enrolled in Columbia University's Masters in Education TESOL program. Their area of interest is Teacher Development, specifically classroom presence and autonomy.

4.45-5.00 Tidy up time

5.00 We must vacate the room by this time

Organization: ETJ Tokyo (English Teachers in Japan) (ETJ Tokyo)

Cost: ETJ Members: 500 yen
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Musashino Shiminkaikan, Musashino City, Sakai 2-3-7, Dai 1 Kouza shitsu (second floor)

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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