Writing and Storytelling
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2002 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Curtis Kelley, Heian Jogakuin College
Two presentations tonight by Curtis Kelly:
- Process and Thought: Two Articles that have Shaped EFL Writing Instruction, and
- Stories for the Heart.
Process and Thought: Two Articles that have Shaped EFL Writing Instruction
Two paradigm-shaping articles have shaped the field of EFL writing instruction. Neither article is recent or known for its research methods, but each has led to a new school of thought. One article introduced the concept of process, while the other defined contrastive rhetoric. Curtis Kelly, a professor at Heian Jogakuin University, will discuss the fascinating theories these articles have spawned, discuss how English and Japanese are organized differently, and give suggestions for how to teach organization in class. This presentation will be of value to anyone teaching in Japan, including Japanese wishing to improve their writing skills.
Stories for the Heart
Stories are magic. If you have ever told one in the classroom, then you know their power. They are more comprehensible than any other format, and they touch the learners' hearts. As one college student wrote: "The story makes me grow up every time." But to understand the secret of their power we have to examine how our brains have evolved and the theory from psychology of "moral development". The presenter will discuss these theories and give you five heart-warming stories to try out in your own college or high school English classes.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen
Venue: Aso Foreign Language & Travel College, Building 5, 1-14-17 Hakataekiminami, Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi (10 minutes from Hakata Station; map on web site
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