Saitama JALT:

Using Haiku to Develop Communications Skills

Date: Sunday, May 9th, 2010 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Speaker: Atsushi Iida

At this month's Omiya Chapter event, Atsushi Iida of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will conduct three presentations. The following are the details for Atsushi's program:

1. Composing haiku for communicative purposes
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how writing instructors can use haiku and teach haiku writing for the purpose of developing communicative skills with a greater sense of voice in Japanese EFL freshman college writing courses. The presenter shares a series of writing haiku activities to develop students' voice in writing.

2. Reading haiku for developing written communication skills
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how reading haiku practice can be conducted in order for L2 writers to develop voice and audience awareness in EFL freshman college writing classrooms. The presenter shares a reading haiku activity, with a sample, for enhancing students' written communication skills.

3. The use of weblog in foreign language contexts
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss various possibilities of using weblogs in FL teaching and provide suggestions regarding how language teachers can apply the technology in EFL contexts. The presenter discusses the feature of weblogs and then illustrates one practical model of weblog-based pedagogy in a JFL (Japanese as Foreign Language) context in the United States.

Atsushi Iida is currently a doctoral candidate in the Composition and TESOL Program and an instructor of Japanese in the Critical Languages Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA. He received his Master of Arts with TESOL at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007. His research interests include L2 writing, creative writing, learner autonomy, weblog-based pedagogy and ESL/ EFL methodology.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students with student ID or members of JET)

Venue: Sakaragi Kominkan, Centre Plaza 6th Floor (near Omiya Station west exit)

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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