Saitama JALT:

JALT Omiya Member Presentations

Date: Sunday, November 8th, 2009 Time: 2:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Kyoko Suzuki and Jun Harada

2:15-3:00 Kyoko Suzuki: Student-selected Visual Images for Speaking More
This presentation shows the process in which TOEIC Part 1 test takers read pictures and choose one out of four statements they hear. Three phases were found in the process: reading pictures, considering the candidate statements while listening, and selecting one. Ten mutually interwoven factors were observed and were analyzed. When test takers made the final decision, they were often influenced by familiar words. The results of an additional test indicated sentences rather than keywords (the content words) were necessary to construct meanings. When the stories in both visual literacy and listening (language) matched, learners were able to understand the meaning.

3:10-3:45 Jun Harada: Let's delve into the minds of "BAD" students: Alternative TESOL
In this presentation I will discuss how to deal with students who "hate" English. Just like other teachers, I was tormented by such students who came to class to daydream, sleep or just fool around. Recently however, I started interviewing and private-teaching a bunch of unmotivated students and found their unique characteristics. Their ways of thinking are so different that teaching them seems to be out of the conventional TESOL wisdom, which I knew.

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

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

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan, 5th Fl

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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