Okayama JALT:

(1) Listening Skills; (2) Lit Circles

Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2016 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Alastair Graham-Marr (Abax)

Description:
1. Underdeveloped Listening Skills & Lost Learning Opportunities
Undeveloped listening skills can seriously hamper one’s ability to learn a foreign language. It is commonly observed that students who spend time listening to English outside the class, for example watching videos on youtube or listening to music, give themselves more chances to learn a foreign language successfully. However, many Asian-based learners struggle to comprehend naturally spoken English, due to the large phonological differences between English and many Asian languages. This presentation will focus on ways to teach listening more effectively to Asian based learners and look at ways to maximize student learning opportunities outside of class.

Keywords: listening, SLA, autonomous learning

2. Taking a Lit Circles Approach to Academic English
Literature Circles (LC), an activity framework for classroom discussion, has been adapted for EFL classes to help students engage more deeply with reading texts. In this approach, students read texts outside of class, and discuss the texts in class, using a specified discussion framework. However, many adaptions of this approach have used fiction as source material. Feeling pressure to match course content with the labour market needs of our contemporary global society, English departments are increasingly being asked to include more academic content in their classes. This presentation reports on a class that used academic non-fiction as source material.

Keywords: Reading, Literature Circles, SLA

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 500 yen

Venue: Ai Plaza, Meeting room 2

Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

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