Fukuoka JALT:

The language classroom and social interaction: How learners create classroom practice

Date: Saturday, September 8th, 2012 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Paul Stone

While communicative and task-based approaches to language pedagogy promote high levels of learner-learner interaction, research on language learning has tended to focus on the individual linguistic competence of particular learners, rather than classroom interaction itself.

This presentation will introduce a community of practice approach to the language classroom, which views "learning" as a process, rather than a product to be measured against absolute standards. By examining examples of real classroom interaction, we will see how learners, working in a specific social context, create task-based interactions together, and how these interactions create different opportunities for learning. We will discuss the implications of this approach for classroom practice.

Paul Stone has been teaching and researching English as a Foreign Language at the post-compulsory level for nearly ten years, primarily in the UK and Japan. He obtained a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education at Exeter University and an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham. He currently teaches Academic English at Fukuoka Women's University and his main research interests are Discourse Analysis and Multimodality.

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

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

Venue: Seinan Community Center (map to the venue). Near Nishijin Subway station.

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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