Shizuoka JALT:

Autumn Triple Header: TOEIC, Cooperative Learning and officer elections

Date: Sunday, October 25th, 2009 Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Izumi Tanaka, Jon Robinson

Description:
This meeting will have two presentations:
Cooperative Learning in Young Learner Classrooms
Izumi Tanaka (Tokoha Jr. College / Tachibana Elementary School)
Action Research on cooperative group reading was conducted at a private primary school in Shizuoka city, Japan. Sixty-five children (grade 5), who were 10-11 years old, were observed. The primary aim of this project is to explore the effective usages of authentic storybooks in cooperative learning. Two areas, understanding of content and language awareness, are focused on.

Bio: Izumi Tanaka taught in the public educational system for 12 years. After leaving, she began a children's English class in her home. While living in Australia with her 8 months, she noticed many interesting observation about her children's English development. She has recently completed her MA (Teaching English to Young Learners) at the University of York.

Teaching Tactics for the TOEIC Test
Jon Robinson (Oxford University Press)
Are you looking for ideas to improve your students' TOEIC scores? Teaching your students the vocabulary, grammar and strategies for passing the TOEIC test on top of conveying its relevance to their everyday lives is a very difficult task. During this presentation you will learn background on the TOEIC test as well as effective and proven ways to help your students improve their scores.

Bio: Jonathan Robinson graduated from Hawai'i Pacific University and taught on Japan Exchange Teaching Program. He now serves as an Oxford University Press consultant to Osaka.

In addition to these two presentations, we'll be having elections for next year's officers. Doors open at 1:00 pm and the discussion begins at 1:30. We should finish no later than 4:00, though officers may stay later.

Shizuoka Kyouiku Kaikan ( http://www6.ocn.ne.jp/~s-kyoiku/ ) is located on Miyuki Dori, the main street going directly North from Shizuoka Station, and is located right across from Shin-Shizuoka Centre, facing the outside moat of Sumpu-park. It is a 5-7 minute walk North from Shizuoka Station, and there are maps of the area in the underground crossing area between the station and the downtown core.

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

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

Venue: Shizuoka Kyouiku Kaikan

Location: Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

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