Extensive Reading and ICT contents: Improving University Students' Reading Proficiency
Date: Sunday, February 28th, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Natsumi Onaka, Iwate University
Iwate University has increased the number of programs in which their students can spend a year abroad, which is a part of the internationalization of their education. However, due to the lack of reading volume in English, many of the students still read English paragraphs very slowly, sentence by sentence. As a result, it becomes extremely difficult for them to obtain a high enough score on the TOEFL iBT, which is an acceptance requirement for the exchange programs at Iwate U's partner institutions.
In this presentation, Natsumi Onaka will discuss how she is developing a user-friendly program which combines graded readers and the pre-reading, post-reading, and speed-reading activities which are stored in a database on a server, applying the concept of e-learning. Since this program is in the process of production, positive questions and comments are welcome.
Organization: Iwate Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Aiina, Morioka, 6th Floor, Room 602
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