West Tokyo JALT:

Four Corners Tour - Jane Spiro

Date: Friday, November 13th, 2015 Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Speaker: Jane Spiro (Oxford Brookes University)


  • 18:30 - Registration opens
  • 19:00 - First presentation
  • 19:50 - Break
  • 20:00 - Second presentation
  • 21:00 - End

Pinning down the butterfly: assessing creativity
This paper explores the process of arriving at an assessment of creativity. Examples of assessment activities are shared, along with assessor and student reflections. Several questions are confronted: are creativity and assessment not contradictory to one another? How can assessment be assured of transparency, objectivity and meaningfulness to the learner? A number of key principles are offered as tentative answers to these questions, with practical examples of what these might mean for the language teacher. Writing to create: story for developing writing fluency This talk will show how the features and ingredients of story can be used as building blocks for developing writing fluency. The talk will explore how and why story production can feed into other writing skills and functions. Participants will have the opportunity to trial activities for themselves, to consider examples of student writing, and to analyse the characteristics of writing fluency, such as attention to audience and appropriacy to text type.

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

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

Venue: Tokyo Keizai University. Building #6 (the big light blue building), Room F414 (map)

Location: Kokubunji City, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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