Using Popular Culture to Create Interesting English Classes
Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Speaker: Jason Hill (Hachimantai City Board of Education)
Creating motivation in the English classroom is a challenging proposition in Japanese schools. This is especially true with junior high and high school English curricula. The textbooks try to be stimulating, but usually the content is out of date or is of little interest to students. To get enthusiasm for English back in my classrooms, Jason Hill has been injecting more popular culture (TV, film, music, sports etc.) into his classes and finding success. He finds there is a fine balance in what you can talk about, and this depends on the studentsí interests and the amount of time the schedule allows. Hill would like to talk about his conclusions, and then have a small workshop to discuss how we can spice up our English classrooms and make learning more enjoyable and productive.
Jason Hill is Instructor of English at elementary and junior high schools, and currently works for the board of education in Hachimantai City, Iwate. Over the past eleven years, he has taught at every level of primary and secondary education as well as teaching classes for hospitality workers in the tourism industry. He was a participant the JET programme from 2003-2006 and continues to strive to make learning English an enjoyable and worthwhile endeavour.
Organization: Iwate-Aomori Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Iwate-Aomori JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen or 500 yen for full-time students
Venue: AIINA Rm 602, Morioka
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