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)
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
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