Curriculum My Share
Date: Saturday, January 21st, 2012 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speaker: Robert Chartrand, Rob Cochrane, Darcy DeLint, Aaron Hahn, Trevor Holster, Bill Pellowe, Tim Pritchard, Alonzo Williams
Several short presentations. Afterwards, let's continue the discussion over beer and food nearby.
The speakers are listed below in alphabetical order:
- Assigning homework to university students
Should we give homework to our students? What are some homework exercises that are useful for our students? Robert will show real examples of different kinds of homework that he has assigned to students in a variety of courses, and discuss why some of the activities were successful or not, and how to minimize the time spent by teachers to check the homework.
- Class website/blogs
Class websites and blogs can be used to help students become more responsible for their learning as well as extending language learning beyond the classroom. The pros and cons of using websites and blogs will be discussed and a list of resources for beginners will be presented.
- Student generated listening and quiz set
Getting content and audience first
A set of student-centered activities designed to practice writing, presenting, question construction, listening and note taking. Students often pay little attention to other students' presentations and all too often those presentations are targeted at the teacher, laden with display language and hence, not audience centered. This activity set, based on the Task-based cycle, is effective and getting students engaged in each other's work and focused on both content and audience.
- Gender roles
A two-session lesson for high school students (adaptable for older students) that uses the students' lives and future plans to help students indirectly explore gender difference. It focuses on listening, but also includes speaking and reading practice. The lesson plan also demonstrates a simple way for students to shape the content of future classes (student-centered learning).
- Diary Review Discussions
Trevor Holster, Fukuoka Women's University
Trevor will demonstrate using diary review discussions as a source of meaningful pushed output and comprehensible input in communication classes. These tasks are suitable for levels from false beginner to advanced and work especially well in mixed level classes.
- Answer Paddles
Bill Pellowe, Kinki University
Bill will demonstrate a very quick and easy way to keep students paying attention, and to gauge students' understanding.
- Learn about your students as they learn to converse
Tim will describe two methods he has used to help get to know his students over the course of a year, and one activity which helps them get motivated to speak and actually hold a conversation. This is through the use of a cunningly annotated class photo, weekly two-way feedback using name cards and a weekly topical 'find someone who' activity, respectively.
- Engaging students through interactive speaking activities
Alonzo will share one or two classroom activities that he uses to get students up and speaking.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Seinan Community Center (map to the venue). Near Nishijin Subway station.
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