West Tokyo JALT:

The four corners tour: Part II.

Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 Time: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Speaker: Kalyan Chattopadhyay (Four Corners Speaker) and James Dunn (OUP Speaker)

JALT's West Tokyo Chapter and OUP are pleased to host three presentations by two well-known speakers in the field. This is a great opportunity for all ELT professionals who seek to expand their knowledge and gain useful insights which may well assist them with their teaching practice in the English language classroom. All are welcome!

13:00 - Doors Open

13:30-14:30 - A Cognition Skills-based Reading Comprehension Method (James Dunn)
This presentation introduces a Cognition skills-based Reading Comprehension Method, the science behind it, and results of implementation. This metacognition and cognitive skills infused methodology helps students improve their score on high-stakes tests like the TOEIC or TOEFL. It also helps them to develop critical thinking skills and intellectual traits that higher order thinking supports. Research shows that integrating systematic thinking-skills training in an English course improves test scores by an average of thirty percent.

14:40-15:40 - Assessing Speaking of Young Learners and Teens: Revisiting Principles and Tasks (Kalyan Chattopadhyay)
Assessing speaking skills of young learners and teens is often considered one of the most challenging tasks for the English language teachers. In this workshop, participants will first explore principles and task design of some of the traditional methods of assessing speaking. They will also be given opportunities to examine principles and task design of some of the alternative methods of assessing the speaking. Based on these inputs participants will develop criteria for assessing speaking in different contexts combining different methods.

15:50-16:50 - How to Give Effective Feedback on Students' Writing (Kalyan Chattopadhyay)
In this workshop, I will begin by exploring what steps and strategies the teachers follow to provide feedback on their students? writing. Participants of this workshop will then work on examples categories and types of feedback, relate them to their current feedback writing practices. They will be asked to identify and discuss a range of feedback strategies that they may use for students? writing skill development.

17:00-18:00 - Pizza Party (Courtesy of OUP)

Presenter biodata:
Kalyan Chattopadhyay works as lecturer, teacher trainer, researcher, author, and advisor in a range of contexts. A University of Leeds and Hornby Trust alumnus, he is presently Associate Professor and Director, English Language Centre at Bankim Sardar College, University of Calcutta. He has given plenary on language skills development, and the use of new technologies in language teaching in Cambodia, China, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam. He is the immediate past Coordinator of IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers SIG (UK), and the current Vice President of AsiaCALL. He is a Cambridge University Press author and an IELTS research awardee.

James Dunn is a Junior Associate Professor at Tokai University. His research interests are in Critical Thinking skills and their impact on brain function. Currently he is measuring higher-order thinking skills training emotional response in English activities. His educational goal is to help students understand that they are capable of more than they might expect from themselves and to help them broaden their horizons with critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills training. He can be reached at jdunn-tokai@outlook.jp for inquiries.

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

Cost: free

Venue: Tokyo Keizai University, Room F415. (On the JR Chuo Line, a 10-15 minute walk East from Kokubunji Station.)

Location: Kokubunji City, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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