Gunma JALT:

Developing a Writing Program in the High School and Junior High School Context

Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2017 Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Stephen Howes

There is a growing demand for high school students to possess not only adequate skills in the receptive skills of reading and listening, but also the productive skills of speaking and writing. Various assessment instruments that are pertinent to the students' academic progress, such as the upper levels of EIKEN and university entrance exams, are requiring students to display the ability to express their opinions more succinctly. This case study aims to share the method, tools and goals of one high school in northern Saitama to manage the situation, in particular writing skills. A volunteer writing program, capitalizing on the motivation of students who studied abroad, and the value of an explicit writing unit for 2nd year high school students will be discussed. Students showed improvement in their writing organization and fluency, and more importantly their motivation to write showed significant development. As the author teaches in the junior high school, senior high school and integrated junior and senior high school (chuukou ikkan kou) contexts, this case study will appeal to a wide audience.

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

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

Venue: Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College, 1154-4 Koyaharamachi, Maebashi, Gunma 379-2121 Building 3, 3rd Floor, Room 3101

Location: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan


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