Iwate-Aomori JALT:

Understanding Students' Non-Verbal Behavior: What does that silence mean, anyway?

Date: Sunday, May 30th, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Peter Ross

The feedback that teachers give to students in second and foreign language classroom oral interaction has been studied in various ways by such researchers as Fanselow (1977), Chaudron (1977, 1986, 1987) and Long (1977). Far less attention has been paid, however, to both the feedback that students in such classes give to teachers moment to moment, and how teachers respond to such feedback in planning the next steps in their lesson online; i.e. in real-time. (Gaies, 1983)

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to develop their skill at detecting, and responding to online, student-to-teacher, verbal and gestural feedback. Participants will observe both live (micro-lesson) and videotaped samples of classroom interaction. Examples of student-to-teacher feedback will be selected, described behaviorally, classified, and interpreted. Based on this analysis, participants will brainstorm categories for classifying various types of feedback that commonly occur in the classroom.

Participants will then practice applying their analysis in the context of the observed lessons as the basis for selecting the next step in the teaching sequence.

Organization: Iwate-Aomori Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate-Aomori JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Aiina, Morioka, 6th Floor, Room 602

Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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