Osaka JALT:

Overcoming Common Challenges for High School and University Language Teaching

Date: Saturday, February 6th, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Keynote Speaker: Kazuhiro Nomura. Plus many others

English teaching is changing. Students have more exposure to foreign culture and travel. English is being introduced as part of primary education. International travel is becoming part of many high school students' experiences. Asia is growing rapidly and English is becoming the common language of the region. Speaking is becoming part of International tests like TOEFL. In effect, the world is changing, and we need to change with it. This seminar will focus on the 5 years that comprise the three years of Senior High School with the first two years of university. This seminar hopes to add to the discussion on how to overcome challenges in preparing students for the future. This event is co-sponsored by Kansai University of International Studies and Kobe JALT.

Keynote Lecture (13:00-14:30)
Be prepared to speak: Teachers as public speakers with confidence and presence, Prof. Kazuhiro Nomura, Kobe City University of International Studies

Workshops in Japanese:
1) 10:00-11:00 (TBA)
2) 11:10-12:10 (TBA)
3) 14:40-15:40 (TBA)

Workshops and Presentations in English

Room A: 501
1) 10:00-10:30 Who said Japanese students can't speak English?, Jonathan Aliponga & Eugene Vahknenko (Kansai University of International Studies)
2) 10:35-11:05 Using real-world content to promote cross-cultural communication, Michael Cahill (Cengage Learning)
3) 11:10-11:40 Movie Novelization: An ER variant, Michael Redfield (Osaka University of Economics)
4) 11:45-12:15 iZone and blended learning: the means to embrace challenges in English pedagogy, Roger Palmer (Pearson Longman)
5) 14: 40-15:10 E-learning skills checklist for students (and teachers!), Michael Wilkins (Kansai University of International Studies)
6) 15:15-15:45 TOEFL IBT - Understanding the TOEFL test and how to help students prepare, Gerald Williams (Kansai University of International Studies)
7) 15:50-16:10 Fostering more student autonomy, Craig Gamble (Kansai University of International Studies)

Room B: 502
1) 10:00-10:30 Creating a community of learners: KUIS model, Midori Sasaki (Kansai University of International Studies)
2) 10:35-11:05 Joy of learning English as a foreign language - What forms learners' motivation, Daisuke Kimura (Kansai University of International Studies)
3) 11:10-11:40 Teacher and Student expectations of effective language teaching as a problem for motivation, Ryan Richardson (Ritsumeikan University)
4) 11:45-12:15 Confidence is your studentís passport to success, Yoshiko Hashimoto (Oxford University Press)
5) 14: 40-15:10 Computers in the classroom: The practices and perceptions of Japanese English teachers, Andrew Sowter (Kansai University of International Studies)
6) 15:15-15:45 Overcoming challenges and preparing learners for the future through travel motivated projects, Simon Thomas (Osaka Prefecture University)
7) 15:50-16:20 Attaining proficient pronunciation and reading fluency in high school may contribute significantly to overall English performance for Japanese college students, Trent G. Spriggs (Kinki University)

Display of teaching materials (10:00-16:15) Room 505 & Room 506
Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Pearson Longman,

Lunch is provided by the publishers (Room 504)

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

Cost: free

Venue: Kansai University of International Studies, Amagasaki campus

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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