Getting Inside Your Students' Minds Using Think-Aloud Protocols (TAPs)
Date: Saturday, September 17th, 2011 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Robert Croker
Are you interested in understanding your students' actual learning processes? Verbal reports, or think-aloud protocols (TAPs), are an effective way to get inside your students' minds and see the learning process from their point of view. You can use TAPs, for example, to explore how a student selects a graded reader from a shelf of books, how a student looks at and 'sees' the class handouts that you've painstakingly made, or how a student actually finds the answers to your reading test. And TAPs are not difficult to do - you simply ask a student to 'think out aloud', explaining what she's thinking as she does the learning task. This hands-on workshop will illustrate how to do TAPs, give you lots of practice doing them both in the teaching and the research context, and also the opportunity to discuss how to use them in your own research.
Organization: Gifu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Gifu JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen (free for first time participants)
Venue: Heartful Square, JR Gifu (East side)
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