University of Kitakyushu:

Task-Based Language Teaching in Japanese Contexts

Date: Saturday, December 14th, 2013 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Rod Ellis (University of Aukland), Craig Lambert (University of Kitakyushu), Colin Thompson (Lancashire University), Natsuko Shintani (Nanyang Technological Unversity, Singapore)

Description:
This one-day conference sponsored by the Faculty of Foreign Studies at the University of Kitakyushu is for English teachers in the local area, future English teachers in training, and anyone else interested in language teaching. The talks will provide an introduction to what tasks are, how they can be used in teaching, and how teachers know if they work. Specific presentations will then address how input tasks can be used to improve learning with beginning level Japanese students, how simple speaking tasks can be created to push students to use more advanced language, and how grammar instruction might be supporting with tasks. The event includes a reception to allow participants to socialize as well as a final panel discussion in which participants can ask questions and talk about problems they foresee in using tasks with Japanese students.

The conference is provided free of charge, but we request that you pre-register so that we can plan and prepare handouts and materials in appropriate numbers. To register for the conference, simply send an e-mail to the English Department Office (eisen@kitakyu-u.ac.jp) with: (1) your name, (2) your school or affiliation (if applicable), (3) your e-mail address, and (4) a telephone number that we can use to contact you in the rare event of changes in the schedule. If you are coming together with others, please indicate the number and names of the additional people in your group.

Schedule of Events
10:30-12:00: Rod Ellis, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Using Tasks in Task-Based and Task-Supported Language Teaching

12:10-13:00: Craig Lambert, University of Kitakyushu, Japan
Using Task-Based Teaching to Advance Language Use

13:00-14:00: Reception (Lunch Break)

14:00-14:50: Colin Thompson, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Using Task-Supported Teaching to Improve Grammar Instruction

15:00-16:30: Natsuko Shintani, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Using Tasks with Beginning Level Japanese Learners

16:30-17:00: Panel Discussion
Participants will have a chance to raise questions and concerns about using tasks in Japanese schools generally, as well as in situations that they face in their own schools and their own classes.

Organization: University of Kitakyushu

Cost: free

Venue: The University of Kitakyushu Kitagata Campus Kokura-Minami Kitakyushu

Location: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan

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