Osaka JALT:

Six principles for foreign language classes

Date: Sunday, May 31st, 2009 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: David Beglar

A number of leading authorities in the field of second language teaching and learning have stated that teachers should be guided by pedagogical principles that are primarily based on empirical research, rather than strictly adhering to a single teaching method, and particularly one that has little or no theoretical or empirical support. The purpose of this presentation is to propose six pedagogical principles that can be applied in any foreign language classroom and to suggest multiple ways of implementing each principle. These principles also influence instruction by allowing teachers to quickly assess their course syllabus and course materials for strengths and weaknesses. Through the use of these principles, teachers can create a more acquisition-rich learning environment in which students can both enjoy learning and make substantial progress in their attempts to acquire the foreign language. Attendees will be asked to participate frequently in pair and group discussions, react to the ideas proposed in the presentation, and make suggestions regarding how they would implement the six pedagogical principles.

David Beglar, Ed.D., is Director of the Graduate Programs in Education at Temple University, Japan Campus Doors open at 1:30. Workshop starts at 2:00.

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

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

Venue: Osaka City Municipal Lifelong Learning Center, 5F, Umeda's Dai-2 Building, across from the Hilton and the Maru building. Tel 06-6345-5000

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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