Sendai JALT:

Curiosity to Competency: Intercultural Activities for the Language Classroom

Date: Sunday, September 29th, 2013 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Jon Dujmovich

Description:
Language educators often speak of using techniques, and activities appropriate for each stage of language learning. But when it comes to incorporating intercultural activities in the language lessons, there is usually very little consideration given to the learners' developmental stage of intercultural learning. The consequences of ill-matched activities can lead to reaffirmed or deeper cultural misunderstandings, and little or no growth in intercultural competency.

In this workshop the presenter will demonstrate and discuss how to incorporate culture-based activities into the ESL/EFL classroom according to the learners' intercultural developmental stage, age, language ability, and other factors. All activities and techniques demonstrated are grounded in intercultural communications theory and methodology coupled with ESL pedagogy. The presenter will provide opportunities to experiment with ideas and activities in a participant workshop format while demonstrating how the activities can be adjusted for learning stage appropriateness.

Participants will be able to incorporate the ideas and activities from this workshop into their classes, and immediately apply them to their lessons.

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

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

Venue: Sendai-shi Sensai Fukkou Kinenkan (War Memorial Hall), Room 4, 4F, 2-12-1 Oumachi, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi (map)

Location: Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

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