Chiba JALT:

DramaWorks

Date: Sunday, February 24th, 2002 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Theo Steckler, author of Star Taxi and Marc Sheffner, Tezukayama University

Description:

    "Theater is a school where you learn while being entertained."
           -- Moliere
Teachers of spoken English face a difficult task: how to provide enough "comprehensible input" and practice, and also teach pronunciation, intonation, usage, grammar and paralinguistic features, while maintaining student interest? In most textbooks, comprehensible input is provided by dialogues. These are often pretty limiting, to say the least, and it is difficult for students to make an emotional connection with the content or the characters. Instead, upbeat, imaginative stories told in scenes of dialogue will be offered. The language is authentic yet simple and the scripts are short and fun with elements of suprise. The presenters will demonstrate how to use these scenarios to teach spoken English to teenagers and adults. Participants, acting as students, will learn how to use this method. Students love it, and it works!

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Chiba Community Center (near Chiba Shiyakushomae on the JR monorail), 5th floor, room 52

Location: Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

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