Turning your Course into a Student-driven, Content-based Group Project
Date: Sunday, January 20th, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Luc Loosveldt
Bringing content into the ESP class room can be a daunting task for non-specialist English teachers. This presentation will illustrate a PBL approach where students find and research topics in their chosen major to present and teach to their peers as group projects. Informed by theories of learner autonomy, collaborative and reflective learning, and near-peer motivation, the course was piloted at the Nagasaki University School of Medicine in the Spring semester of 2012 and further developed the following semester to include Moodle based activities. While the first part of the presentation will give an overview of the course and discuss course set-up, student motivation and student feedback, the second part will introduce supplementary activities used to frame the course, stimulate critical thinking and create an environment where students feel safe and free to experiment, make mistakes, play with language, and build confidence. This particular course design can be used with small and large classes and, if time allows, a tried-and-tested method to adapt a course textbook to this approach will be introduced.
Organization: Nagasaki Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Nagasaki JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: 4F Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejima Machi
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