Oita JALT:

Two Presentations on Communicative Language Teaching

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Kevin Bartlett (Hiramatsu Gakuen); Nathan Ducker (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University)

Communicative Language Teaching: TPR and Multiple Intelligences

Kevin Bartlett

In this presentation, I intend to outline my findings of a survey conducted at two different high schools in Oita City (both high academic level schools). This survey looked at teachers' opinions and concerns towards the new curriculum scheduled to be introduced in Heisei 25 (the year 2013). I intend to basically outline the new curriculum and communicative teaching theory before outlining the concerns of Japanese Teachers of English to using, implementing and gaining confidence in this style of teaching in the classroom. Using discussions and language tasks (which incorporate Multiple intelligences so that every learner is supported), I intend to brainstorm ideas with participants and get people thinking about how best to use communicative teaching in their own classrooms.

Kevin Bartlett has been working as a full time English teacher and exchange programs coordinator at Hiramatsu Gakuen in Oita City since 2005. He holds a Master of Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Arts in Advanced Japanese Studies from the University of Sheffield. His research interests include Teacher Training and Development, Communicative Teaching, Student Motivation, Gender and Sexuality issues in Japan, Japanese Anthropology and both Pre-Modern and Modern Japanese Society.

Successful Language Learners: Willingness to Communicate and Class Participation

Nathan Ducker

Communicative competence can be considered as one of the main goals of any EFL program. Additionally, theories of SLA (Output, Interaction, Skill building and Automatic processing) indicate that actual communication is an important aspect of successful language learning. As such, in many EFL programs active participation is an important part of students' learning and evaluation. This presentation asks the questions: Can the psychological construct "Willingness to Communicate" predict students' actual active participation in class? And, how can teachers and planners use this knowledge to improve their language programs?

Nathan Ducker is an English lecturer at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Oita Prefectural Shakai Kyouiku Sougou Centre (first seminar room)

Location: Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, Japan


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