Sendai JALT:

Debate and Discussion: (1) English Debate in Japanese High School; (2) Task-based Learning

Date: Sunday, May 27th, 2012 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: (1) Cory Koby (Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen); (2) Daniel Eichhorst (Tohoku University)

(1) English Debate in Japanese High School
Cory Koby (Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen)
With experience taking teams twice to the All-Japan High School English Debate Tournament, Cory will present on the challenges and rewards of engaging high school students in English debate. Bio: Cory Koby is a faculty member at Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen High School and serves as JALT Sendai's English publicity officer. He is currently working on a MA in ELT as well as establishing an extensive reading program at his school.

(2) Task-based Learning
Daniel Eichhorst (Tohoku University)
Daniel will present about a task-based small-group discussion activity designed to promote the development of English, communication, and critical thinking skills that he developed for classes at Tohoku University and Miyagi Gakuin Women's University. This activity requires that students prepare their thinking about a topic in writing, orally express their thinking in discussion, and write a final timed reflection about the topic. These will be thoroughly explained through concrete examples and audience participation. Bio: Daniel Eichhorst is a senior assistant professor at Tohoku University. His teaching career in Japan includes 2 years at an English conversation school, 18 years as a full-time teacher at Shokei Gakuin Junior & Senior High School in Sendai, and 5 years of both part-time and full-time university teaching in Sendai.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1-Day Memberships 1,000 yen (500 yen for students and 1st timers)

Venue: Sendai Shimin Activity Support Center, Seminar Room 5, 4F Ichibancho 4-1-3, Aoba-ku, Sendai. North side of Hirose Dori, west of Higashi Nibancho Dori (map)

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan


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