Saitama JALT:

Extensive Reading Opportunities and Struggles

Date: Sunday, September 21st, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Adam Dabrowski, John Finucane, Jun Harada; followed by Pre-AGM Discussion

Promoting Extensive Reading Accountability (Short Format)
Adam Dabrowski
This short lecture will cover one approach to implementing an extensive reading program. Motivation is one of many psychological constructs which is involved with language learning. At times students are unmotivated to read and often unaccountable for doing assigned independent reading. These problems led to the creation of materials aimed at confronting these issues while also promoting extensive reading, letter writing discourse practice, peer to peer interaction, and self evaluation.

Family Resemblance Glossaries (Opening Act)
John Finucane
This presentation is interested in a practical technique for creating glossaries inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein's Family Resemblance Principle. The presenter has found this particularly effective for coaching students for debate. It would also be useful for Content based instruction (CBI) contexts.

Struggles with Extensive Reading (Short Format)
Jun Harada
Extensive Reading should be very effective for foreign language learning, but getting students to read is not as easy as it seems. What can teachers do to make the most of extensive reading? Based on his twelve years as a SHS teacher in Tokyo, the presenter will describe what difficulties teachers are likely to face in implementing extensive reading in the classroom.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) Planning Discussion
As understood by the content of JALT Executive Board Meetings, JALT has resolved to raise fees in some form or fashion. (read your TLT for more info about the fee changes) Shall all members see their fees raises the same amount? Should exceptions be made for part-time educators, and those who are home-based, or in primary and secondary education? Tell us your sentiments and concerns regarding this in order that we may better represent you. Locally, how many meetings should we be having, and what sort of content should be in those meetings? These questions deserve answers, and we find that our best responses come from being informed about what our members are looking for. Join this meeting, and share your opinions for JALT national and local.

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

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

Venue: Harigaya Kouminkan (map)

Location: Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan


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