ETJ Fukuoka:

Non-Competitive Games

Date: Saturday, October 14th, 2017 Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: ETJ Fukuoka Committee

We'll examine the differences and similarities between competitive and noncompetitive (cooperative) games in the EFL classroom. Alfie Kohn describes competition as "mutually exclusive goal attainment" where one person can succeed only if others fail. He goes further to say that "children succeed in spite of competition, not because of it."

Let's think about how our games are structured around competition or cooperation and the effects that can have on our students. Topics for thought and discussion (feel free to bring your own, too!):

  • What are noncompetitive (or cooperative) games?
  • Are cooperative games as fun as competitive games?
  • Are there disadvantages to competitive games? How about noncompetitive games?
  • Is it possible to turn a competitive game into a cooperative one?
  • Are cooperative or competitive games more effective for our teaching aims?
  • Cooperative classrooms vs competitive society
  • Bring your best cooperative game ideas.

Officer Selection and Expo Help
We'll select officers for ETJ Fukuoka positions at the meeting. We're a 100 per cent volunteer grassroots organization, so this is your chance to make ETJ even better! Positions are to be held for 1 year. Think about a position you'd like to hold or someone you'd like to nominate for a position. Positions include:

  • Coordinator
  • Scheduler
  • Promotion Chief
  • Webmaster
  • Treasurer
  • Expo Volunteers:
    • Expo Coordinator,
    • Recruiting for Presenters,
    • Recruiting for Volunteers,
    • Promotion,
    • Venue Organizer,
    • Venue Liason,
    • Tech Master,
    • Reception Head,
    • Chef,
    • General Volunteers

After Party: Enjoy drinks and dinner in Nishijin after the meeting! It will be a great chance to focus on teaching, exchange ideas, and network with other teachers in the Fukuoka community.

Organization: ETJ Fukuoka (English Teachers in Japan) (ETJ Fukuoka)

Cost: ETJ Members: 500 yen
Non-members: 1,000 yen (membership is free at the door)

Venue: Seinan Gakuin University Community Center (map)

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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