Nara JALT:

English for High School Education: Professional Development through Teaching Practice

Date: Sunday, February 28th, 2016 Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Masayuki Nakano, Angela Wren, Rachel Stuart, Kazuhiro Iguchi and Adelia Falk

Description:
How did your university students study in HS? What will your JHS students be studying when they get there? What is happening in HS classrooms at present? What is in store for the future? We very much look forward to seeing you at the event to join the conversation.

Presentation 1: Introduction to English for High School Education
Masayuki Takano (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)
Recently, Japan's educational policy has seen an increasing emphasis on preparing its youth for the global economy. As a result, there have been significant changes in its university entrance exam requirements, which in turn impacted Japanís high school English education. The Ministry of Education also began to place more emphasis on cultivating global citizens who, while remaining rooted to their Japanese heritage, are able to succeed in the global economy. This presentation discusses the changing expectations for high school English teachers, while touching upon its connection with Japanís university English education.

Presentation 2: A Step by Step Introduction to Debate
Angela Wren & Rachel Stuart (Nara Prefectural Horyuji Kokusai High School)
This is a 10 lesson debate unit that takes students from simply giving their opinion to fully participating in a full team debate. In the first half of the unit, the concept of debate is introduced, such as, disagreeing and giving strong reasons. In the second half, the students learn about the structure of debate and prepare for their final debate. To build confidence in the students, interactive games are used throughout the unit. This debate unit is suitable for all high school level students, even those with no previous experience with debate.

Presentation 3: TBA
Kazuhiro Iguchi (Kansai Soka High School)

Presentation 4: Textbook Discussions - A "Four-skills" Approach To Studying High School English Textbooks
Adelia Falk (Nara Prefectural Nishinokyo High School)
It can be difficult to integrate classroom communicative activities and textbook lessons. Therefore, an approach to teaching textbook lessons that is based on a discussion model will be introduced. Using discussion projects as a means of understanding the textbook promotes cooperative learning and speaking in English. In this presentation, discussion-based lessons will be introduced, including how discussion groups are structured and the roles performed by each student before and during the discussion. Exercises based on each of these roles can also be used separately, outside of a discussion project. The roles are designed to teach skills students may find useful for future language learning.

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

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

Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (map)

Location: Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan

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