Iwate JALT:

Talk: Revisiting Mechanical Speaking Practices

Date: Sunday, July 27th, 2014 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Speaker: Emiko Kaneko (University of Aizu)

Description:
In the English as a foreign language (EFL) context, learners only have limited exposure to naturally spoken English. They also have very few opportunities in which they use English naturalistically for oral communication. Considering the limited exposure to the target language and a large classroom size, speech repetition may be a useful practice for oral fluency development. Though traditionally repeating and drilling have negative connotations, more recent studies show that they have positive influence on learner oral proficiency. In this presentation, I will familiarize the audience with a series of oral dictation practice conducted in the University of Aizu and report how students' spontaneous speech (speaking without prior preparation) changes.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for full-time students)

Venue: AIINA Room 602

Location: Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

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