Hiroshima JALT:

How Native English Speakers See Gairaigo in Japan (followed by My Share)

Date: Sunday, June 20th, 2010 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Ashley Souther (Takeda Junior and Senior High School), Jerry O'Sullivan (Hiroshima Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School)

Description:
Gairaigo is Japanese for "loan word" or "borrowed word". For example, "conbini" is gairaigo for "convenience store." Is gairaigo a helpful and snappy tool for teaching analogous English terms, or is it a corrupting influence on learners' understanding and pronunciation of real English words? During the first hour, the two main speakers will discuss the results of a survey of the opinions of native English teachers about gairaigo, and they will examine the assumptions held therein.

During the second hour, everyone present is welcome to speak for a few minutes about effective teaching ideas.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Peace Park, 3F Conference Room

Location: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

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