Okayama JALT:

(1) Psychotherapy and Communication; (2) Prepping for Study Abroad

Date: Saturday, January 20th, 2018 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: (1) Eric Des Marais; (2) Chris Creighton

Psychotherapy and Communication
Like foreign language education, the field of psychotherapy recognizes the importance of communicative processes. By examining communication from the perspective of a different profession, it is possible to gain new insights into how to help students develop their communicative abilities. This presentation will broaden language teachers' perspective on communicative practices through an examination of psychotherapeutic approaches to communication. Three points will be addressed: a) An examination of how psychotherapists approach learning and communication; b) Practical examples of techniques from psychotherapy that might be useful in a language learning classroom; c) A discussion of ethical considerations from the perspective of psychotherapy for language teachers interested in discussing difficult topics or engaging in psychosocial activities in a classroom setting.

Prepping for Study Abroad
The expectations for overseas English study trips by high school students are often very low or unrealistic. The expectation by providers is that exposure to English and English culture will benefit students but in unexplained ways. Having planned, organised, carried out, and assessed an overseas study trip by 14 Japanese high school students, the presenter will share his observations.

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

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

Venue: Notre Dame Seishin University, 630ND Tower Building

Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan


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