West Tokyo JALT:

MASH JALT Tokyo Equinox 2010 (day 3 of 4)

Date: Sunday, September 19th, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Scott Thornbury, Roger Palmer and more

10.00 - 10.45 Yokohama/Tokyo JALT Presenter (TBA)

11.00 - 12.30 Scott Thornbury: The Long Conversation: Learning through speaking
Classroom speaking is traditionally thought of either as a way of reinforcing newly learned language structures -- that is, as accuracy practice -- or as a means of developing the skill of speaking itself, i.e. as fluency practice. But it is now thought that speaking may also be a means, not just for practicing language, but for learning it. Having outlined some basic principles, I will attempt to show how they might be realised in classroom practice.

12.30 - 13.45 Lunch break

14.00 - 14.45 Pearson Longman Presenter Roger Palmer: A Blended Learning Ecology
This talk borrows the metaphor of an ecology of learning in demonstrating the ways blended learning brings together established face-to-face teaching with technologically-enhanced instruction. It is hoped that those attending will gain new insights from the combining and associating of established ideas with cutting-edge pedagogical solutions. Establishing a learning ecology involves the creation of a learning environment, and a delivery mechanism for that environment, allowing students a diversity of learning options. Blended learning fits in by allowing for a range of learning styles to blossom under in-class directed learning with an instructor embedded in fully integrated materials available anytime, anywhere, via online labs. In order to meet the needs and expectations of a generation of learners brought up on technology, the diversity lying at the heart of the ecology demands that ICT be incorporated into education. Investigations of educational practices (Bonk and Graham, 2006) support these assertions, emphasizing the need for any blended courses to provide integrated instructional design and delivery. Some examples of materials developed by the presenter for online labs will be introduced, enabling those attending to enhance their ecologies of learning when returning to their own teaching contexts.

15.00 - 16.00 Pecha Kucha - Various speakers

16.00 - 16.45 Open Session or Panel with Scott Thornbury

18:00 - Pink Cow for a dinner buffet

To pre-register for the 4 days or for individual days, please go to mashcollaboration.com/equinox-rsvp

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

Cost: JALT Members: Friday 500, Saturday 1,000, Sunday 2,500, Monday 2,500 (4-day pass - 5,000 yen)
Non-members: Friday 1,000, Saturday 1,500, Sunday 3,000, Monday 3,000 (4-day pass - 7,500 yen)

Venue: Toyo Gakuen University, Building 1, Hongo Campus, Tokyo.

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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