Saitama JALT:

My Share!

Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2011 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: John Finucane; Carl Bloomfield; Matt Shannon; Dave Magnusson; Tyson Rode; Ivan Botev

Description:
Presentation 1: John Finucane 2:05-2:25
Interview Drills
This activity can be used to supplement your text book, at various levels, to make your lessons more communicative. Interview drills can also be used as a springboard to help students to become effective debaters. John Finucane is a fourth year participant on the JET program. He works as an ALT instructor for Saitama City Board of Education. He is also the President of Saitama City Educators, a teaching organisation based in Saitama City. He currently edits the Journal of Saitama City Educators, a new publication. His interests are debating and critical thinking. He is based in Saitama City.

Presentation 2: Carl Bloomfield 2:25-2:45
'What are Heavy?' An ice breaking and rapport building activity
This activity can be used, at various levels, with a new class. The activity helps students practice classroom English. It also helps to build rapport by asking students to work with each other and the teacher to complete an activity in a personal but collaborative way. Carl Bloomfield is a graphic designer, Step Eiken examiner and junior high school ALT working for the Saitama City Board of Education. He is the Online Chair of Saitama City Educators, a teaching organisation based in Saitama City. He currently co-edits the Journal of Saitama City Educators, a new publication. His interests are CALL, preparation for Step Eiken and IPA. He is based in Saitama City.

Presentation 3: Matt Shannon 2:45-3:05
Game Show
This experience-based lesson demonstrates successful elements of contemporary and previous game shows, and how they might best be applied for content retention. Game-related issues such as problem creation, problem selection and scoring, and participant-response dynamics are specifically addressed through examples; a review of studies in cognitive science makes the case for testing as a means of effective content retention. Matt Shannon is as fifth year teacher for the Saitama City Board of Education, now serving an Assistant Language Teacher Instructor. He is an active member of the Saitama City Educators, and serves as Public Relations chair. Matt greatly enjoys cooking, gardening, and the life sciences. He is based in Saitama.

Presentation 4: Dave Magnusson 3:30-3:50
What is a Webquest?
A webquest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. Dave Magnusson will show you some webquests. Dave Magnusson is an Assistant Professor at Meikai University (Chiba Prefecture) and a freelance J-E translator. His interests are in computer-assisted language teaching, media English, international business, translation, and interpretation.

Presentation 5: Tyson Rode and Ivan Botev 3:50-4:10
Making English Communication Delicious!
There is one thing that all junior high school students hunger for - school lunch. Two activities will be presented that show how to make English communication class more delicious by collaborating with the school nutritionist. Tyson Rode is an ALT Instructor for the Saitama City Board of Education. He is now in his fifth year of teaching Saitama City's English Communication Abilities Development (ECAD) Program and is also a Saturday School teacher at Columbia International School. Tyson is serving as Treasurer for the Saitama City Educators and is a co-editor of the Journal of Saitama City Educators. His research interests include: teacher motivation, content-based instruction, and integrated studies. Ivan Botev is a full-time instructor in the Saitama City's English Communication Abilities Development (ECAD) Program in municipal elementary and junior high schools as well as an assistant teacher in the compulsory and elective English classes in junior high school. He currently serves as PR Chair for the JALT Omiya Chapter and also as Membership Chair for the Saitama City Educators. He has been teaching ESL/EFL for over six years now. His current interests include immersion and multilingualism.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan 5th floor, Shiino Omiya Center Plaza 1-10-18 Sakuragicho, Omiya Saitama 330-0854

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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