Iwate-Aomori JALT:

Text-to-Lesson: Online Resources for Vocabulary and Lesson-Making

Date: Sunday, February 26th, 2012 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Christine Winskowski, Morioka Junior College

Why is vocabulary so important? Applied linguist Paul Nation says that students must know 95% of a text's vocabulary to understand it. What should teachers know about vocabulary? What online tools can help us effectively develop vocabulary materials? Finally, how can we apply what we know, and develop a lesson module from a text?

In this session, online tools will be introduced and demonstrated to:

  • Quickly identify useful vocabulary in a text - e.g. most frequent 1000 words, 2nd most-frequent 1000 words, and academic vocabulary;
  • Show students common sentence contexts for vocabulary and vocabulary collocations in 10-100 (or more) lines of text;
  • Find what vocabulary is shared by two texts; raise or lower the vocabulary "recycle rate" in the second text to target students' vocabulary learning;
  • Develop a reading text into a lesson with customized exercises.

Join us and add some online tools to your instructional toolbox!

Organization: Iwate-Aomori Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate-Aomori JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen; 500 yen for full-time students

Venue: Aiina, Morioka, 6th Floor, Room 602

Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


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