Nagano JALT:

(1) Learner autonomy in a CALL-based classroom; (2) Vocabulary strategy training

Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2009 Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Hana Craig

Hana Craig has been teaching English in both ESL and EFL contexts for over ten years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Administration, a CELTA and a Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics. Currently, she is in her third year teaching at Meisei University in Hino city, Tokyo. She is the co-ordinator of a CALL-based course, and also teaches EAP and business English, as well as courses covering general skills and TOEIC preparation.

First presentation: Learner autonomy in a CALL-based classroom
Key words: Motivation / CALL / Learner autonomy / Learner training / SILL
This presentation will look at a case study of a learner autonomy-based CALL course currently being run at a university in Tokyo. It will look at the course 's content and development over three years. Theory related to learner autonomy, specifically in relation to learner and teacher roles in the autonomous classroom, and using SILL (the Strategies Inventory for Language Learning; Oxford, R. 1990) as a learner benchmark, will be lightly covered, followed by a new approach to scaffolding learners at different stages of autonomy. Most of the presentation will focus on practical aspects of running such a course and a list of useful self-study resources will be provided.

Second presentation: Vocabulary strategy training
Key words: SILL strategies / Scaffolded learning / Learner training / Vocabulary strategies
SILL (the Strategies Inventory for Language Learning; Oxford, R. 1990) is seen as a benchmark for the ideal language learner, yet many of our students fail to meet the criteria outlined in the survey. How can the strategies outlined be practically addressed in a classroom of passive learners? This workshop will address some of these issues by focusing on vocabulary learning strategies. The "English Notebook " or "My Dictionary " approach will be introduced, along with a number of consciousness-raising worksheets and activities for students. The audience will be asked to brainstorm ideas to help the presenter take learners to the next stage of vocabulary strategy learning.

Organization: Nagano Chapter (formerly the Shinshu Chapter) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagano JALT)

Cost: free

Venue: ILF Plaza (culture center) 3rd floor, Room#1, TEL: 0266-24-8401,

Location: Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan


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