Hamamatsu JALT:

The SHARP-Do and Book Buddies projects: Two stories of grant-funded work by foreign language teachers

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2012 Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Marcus Springer, Chris Tebbe

This presentation, will explore 2 Suruga Grant funded projects initiated by foreign language teachers. The first project, the Shizuoka Action Research and Professional Development Organization (SHARP-D?), was a research-based organization for foreign and Japanese teachers in Shizuoka. It was founded by Christopher Tebbe and Marcus Springer with a goal of providing teachers practical ideas for the classroom and encourage greater communication/collaboration between Japanese and foreign teachers. The seminars, held between March 2011 and April 2012, were facilitated by either Tebbe, Springer or university professors and covered a range of topics such as action research, error correction, and extensive writing. Following each meeting, attending teachers had an opportunity to share lesson plan ideas as well as ask for and receive guidance on their lessons.

The second project, called Book Buddies and scheduled for the 2012 academic year, was founded by Amanda Dove and Marcus Springer. It seeks to encourage literacy and multicultural awareness for bilingual children, ages 6-9, in Kakegawa city. This will be done through group readings of graded readers and expansion activities that take advantage of the cultural points highlighted in the stories.

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

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

Venue: ZAZA City Bldg. Palette 5th floor

Location: Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan


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