Saitama JALT:

Cooperative Learning: teaching that is easy as 1-2-3-4

Date: Sunday, January 19th, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Joel Laurier (Gunma Kokusai Academy)

Current reforms in the educational landscape are pushing toward a more student-centered approach to education. The talk is now of learning more than teaching. Cooperative Learning (CL) is a research based teaching pedagogy that provides an effective teaching approach, especially in language learning. Through interactive, task based activities, students learn to take control of their own learning. By making students the center of learning, the role of the teacher becomes that of a facilitator, reducing the need to rely on teacher-centered presentations. The classroom then becomes a place where students and teachers work together to create meaningful and fulfilling learning experiences. This hands on workshop will show how attendees how they can use CL to increase active participation between students, build confidence for teachers, and deliver more student-centered English lessons. Attendees will be shown effective CL structures that make learning the student's responsibility and facilitating the teacher's concern.

JoŽl Laurier is a teacher at Gunma Kokusai Academy. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, he is equally proficient in both of Canada's official languages. His research interests are bilingualism, language policy and cooperative learning. He is a 2013 Kagan Academy Scholarship winner and recipient of the 2011 John F. Fanselow Scholarship from Teachers College, Columbia University where he is an MA in TESOL graduate. Along with his son Noah, he is the voice and face of the award-winning Yomiuri Kodomo Shinbum's Hello Eikaiwa weekly feature.

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

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

Venue: Sakuragi Kominkan, 5F, (map)

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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