Fukuoka JALT:

Multicultural Me: Expanding horizons for intercultural communication

Date: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Jon Dujmovich

Rescheduled from Feb. 21

Updated time: 6 PM start

Utilized in various settings for adults & university students, down to J.H.S. 3rd grade students, the activities and program within Multicultural Me provides students with an opportunity to develop intercultural and second language competency, in a manner specifically tailored to the challenges of the Japanese context.

The Multicultural Me module for intercultural communication blends task-based learning (TBL) and content-based approaches for language learners. The central aims of the module are: To deepen cultural self-realization; broaden awareness of social diversity in daily life; develop and express empathy; enable learners to open multiple channels for communication; and provide a language framework for expressing one's identity as well as showing interest in others.

In this workshop the presenter will demonstrate and discuss the Multicultural Me activities, grounding in intercultural communication theory, methodology, and ESL pedagogy. The presenter will provide opportunities to experiment with ideas and activities in a workshop format while demonstrating how activities can be adjusted for learning stage appropriateness. Participants will be able to incorporate the ideas and activities from this workshop into their classes, and immediately apply them to their lessons.

Jon Dujmovich is currently an Assistant Professor in the Contemporary International English Department at Aichi University (Toyohashi campus). In 2008 Jon was awarded a grant to design and implement an English language intercultural communications pilot course for third year J.H.S. students in Shizuoka prefecture. The aim of the course was to prepare students for transition to "international classes" at H.S. and increased intercultural contact. Prior to that project Jon worked in the corporate world as an intercultural trainer and language instructor for Matsushita National/Panasonic Overseas Training Center and Excel International.

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

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

Venue: Seinan Community Center, 2F meeting room, Nishijin, Fukuoka City (map)

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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Website: www.fukuokajalt.org

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