Iwate JALT:

Comparing Teacher Feedback on Writing Assignments in Japan

Date: Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Bill Lewis

Description:
Although oral communication English classes have recently become more common, reading and writing maintain their predominance in English education in Japan. Having students write is one of the best ways to look at what they can do, but in the end, all such evaluations are made by humans, and thus have a certain amount of subjectivity to them. This presentation looks at the different kinds of feedback given by Japanese and non-Japanese English teachers on students' writing samples. It first examines some of the literature relative to EFL classes in Japan, with particular attention to writing in such classes, as well as some of the errors commonly made by Japanese learners. Participants will have a chance to give feedback on writing samples during the presentation and make comparisons.

Originally from Savannah, GA, Bill Lewis has lived in Mizusawa, Iwate for almost 20 years and has taught at cram schools, eikaiwas, elementary and high schools, kindergartens and day care centers,to students of all ages. He earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from a state college in Georgia and an MA in TEFL from the University of Birmingham.

Organization: Iwate Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate 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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