Iwate-Aomori JALT:

What Language Should We Be Using in Our Classrooms?

Date: Sunday, July 25th, 2010 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Takaaki Hiratsuka

With growing English education fever in Japan in mind, it is time to consider what would be the ideal teacher/classroom language in daily English lessons. Some researchers like Medgyes have abandoned the idea of NEST and NNEST dichotomy, and other researchers like Cook have come to realize the important factor L1 plays in the language classroom. The speaker will take a closer look at the NEST/NNEST issue and the L1 use in English classes by examining and interpreting activities and interviews in which high school students in Akita participated.

Takaaki Hiratsuka is a full-time English teacher at Futatsui Senior High School as well as a graduate student at Akita International University.

NEST: Native English-Speaking Teacher
NNEST: Non-Native English-Speaking Teacher
L1: First language, a person's native language

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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