Ibaraki JALT:

(1) Using brainstorming strategies for teaching argumentative writing; (2) Using TV commercials in English class

Date: Sunday, September 30th, 2012 Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: (1) Naomi Takagi (Ibaraki University); (2) Joyce Cunningham (Ibaraki University)

Using brainstroming strategies for teaching argumentative writing to college students in Japan
Naomi Takagi (Ibaraki University), Ibaraki JALT Chapter sponsored presenter for JALT2012

Argumentative writing is an important mode of communication in academia and the workplace, and it is often assigned in the college classroom as well. This mode of writing, however, can be challenging for college students in Japan because many of them lack prior experience with it. The presenter will discuss the use of brainstorming strategies to reduce studentsí cognitive strains and enhance their productivity and enjoyment in argumentative writing.

Using T.V. commercials in English class
Joyce Cunningham (Ibaraki University)

After the advent of YouTube, commercials have never been easier to unearth and download, but their very abundance can make the task somewhat daunting initially. In this workshop, tips on useful sites for locating commercials as well as educational sites containing advertising information and worksheets will be mentioned, and a variety of commercials viewed. The presenter will suggest different ways to exploit the latter in order to stimulate learners and engage them more fully in target activities.

Brief, entertaining and authentic, appropriately selected commercials can focus on linguistic and cultural content and, at the same time, recycle vocabulary and introduce or reinforce pronunciation. Since the scripts are so short, they can be used for listening retells, role plays, and critical thinking when deconstructing the commercial to analyze the message, pinpoint the intended audience, and become familiar with persuasive techniques and claims, etc. Lower level or weaker listeners can be encouraged to access an online commercial later, for further practice. In addition, commercials provide excellent opportunities for discussion among second and foreign language learners when observing English speaking cultures, and reflecting on their values, behavioural patterns, and so on. Participants will be asked to brainstorm in small groups and share ideas for exploiting commercials viewed. Handouts of the presentation will be distributed.

Ibaraki JALT Chapter Business Meeting and Election

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

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

Venue: Tsukuba Gakuin University (Meeting Rooms 1 & 2), Tsukuba (map)

Location: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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