Challenges to Achieving Communicative Competence in Japanese High School
Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014 Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Speaker: Cory J. Koby (Sendai Shirayuri Gakuen High School)
Since 1989 Japan's Ministry of Education (MEXT) has suggested that communicative competence be the primary objective of English education at the secondary level. Although a quarter-century has passed, traditional teaching methodology still persists in the classroom, and Japanese English abilities continue to lag behind those of most other countries. This presentation will address the root causes of this disparity.
Cory Koby graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with a BA in Law, and is currently completing his MA (ELT) at the University of East London. He is President of the Sendai chapter of JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching). After a 20-year career in business, he moved to Japan 7 years ago and has been teaching communication and academic writing in high school ever since.
JALT social dinner after the meeting (UPDATED LOCATION):
Place: Nonobudou (in the IMS Building, Tenjin: info)
Price: 3,340 yen (All-we-can-drink with a buffet)
RSVP by Oct. 8th to Tim Pritchard (a link to Tim can be found under Treasurer on Fukuoka JALT's website). Please include the names of everyone attending and cellphone numbers.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Fukuoka Building, 9th Floor, Room 2, in Tenjin (just north of Tenjin Core; 'Tsutaya' is on levels 2&3; see map)
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