Yokohama JALT:

(1) English Rakugo; (2) Older Students as both Teachers and Learners

Date: Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: (1) Tatsuya Sudo; (2) Tadashi Ishida

English Rakugo
Tatsuya Sudo
Rakugo is one of the traditional spoken arts which started about 300 years ago in Japan. It is a story based on conversation. Therefore, it is suitable to acquire spoken English. You need to recite the story hundreds of times before you present it to the audience. This process of reading aloud is crucial to develop the skill of spoken English. Also, since Rakugo is a solo performance, you donít need a conversation partner. In Rakugo, you talk to imaginary characters such as your friends, your parents, and siblings, so you can practice conversation by yourself and you can create your own story. Through English Rakugo, we can learn not only English but also our own culture including our sense of humor. Sudo believes it will be a great incentive for the Japanese English learners who are interested in expressing Japanese culture in English.

Older Students as both Teachers and Learners
Tadashi Ishida
The presenter will discuss how he has helped promote international understanding and intercultural communication between Japanese and non-Japanese people through the medium of English. He will also report on his activities, including demonstrations of calligraphy, the tea ceremony and how to put on a kimono, as well as musical performances using Japanese musical instruments, and a program that matches up non-Japanese visitors with volunteer tour guides. The presentation will end with a case study illustrating what happened at a festival where international students from Waseda University carried a portable shrine with the help of residents of a downtown Tokyo community.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

Venue: Yokohama City University, Kanazawa Hakkei Campus Classroom 201 map

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


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