Elementary School English Activities: Are we there yet?
Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2010 Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Ann Mayeda (Konan Women's University), Steven Nishida (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
In this workshop, the presenters will begin by defining and clarifying the MEXT Course of Study for elementary school foreign English language activities and look at the reasons for some misunderstanding of this policy by various stakeholders amongst the public and private school sector. We will then focus on how schools are implementing or changing current programs based on their interpretation of the teaching guidelines. The audience will also be asked to share how activities are currently conducted at their schools and discuss whether they would be considered suitable under the aims of the guidelines. By the end of the workshop, the participants should come away with a better understanding of their role as HRT, ALT, JTE, or NT in the entire elementary English schema.
Ann Mayeda and Steven Nishida have co-coordinated a MEXT-funded teacher-training program hosted by Osaka Shoin Women's University between 2007 and 2010. Their work with close to 500 in-service teachers has provided them with an insider's view of the current situation facing public elementary school teachers in their struggle to implement English in accordance with the MEXT Course of Study. Ann currently teaches at Konan Women's University in Kobe. Steven teaches at Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
Organization: Kobe Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kobe JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Kobe YMCA (2-7-15 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe. tel: 078-241-7204)
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