Gifu JALT:

Empowering Young Readers with the Brain in Mind

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2012 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Mari Nakamura

Promoting young learners' reading skills is one of the biggest challenges among EFL teachers of young learners. Will there be any ways to accelerate their literacy development when we see them only once a week? What does current research in brain science inform us about effective approaches in literacy education? In this practical session, the presenter will demonstrate some fun, dynamic and brain-friendly literacy activities using illustrated stories and graded readers. She will also introduce a very unique independent reading program for G4-6 students at her own school which aims to promote various reading and study skills while preparing them for extensive reading in their teenage years.

Mari Nakamura, co-author of English Land (Pearson Longman) and Doraemon Hajimeteno Eigojiten (an English dictionary for children: Shogakkan), has been giving numerous teacher training sessions all around Japan while teaching young learners and teenagers at her own school, English Square (, in Kanazawa City. She has earned the MSc in TEYL program at Aston University, and is a columnist for JALT TC-SIG TLC Newsletter. She also volunteers as the Coordinator of ETJ Ishikawa.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: JR GIFU - Heartful Square Culture Centre 2nd Floor (Southeast end of Gifu Station)

Location: Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan


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