Pragmatics for in and out of the classroom
Date: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Speaker: Jim Ronald (Hiroshima Shudo University)
Pragmatics is an essential, but often neglected, part of language teaching. For many teachers, compared to vocabulary or grammar, pragmatics may seem irrelevant, overly academic, or just fuzzy: hard to understand and hard to teach. The goal of this presentation, in two parts, is to challenge these perceptions and to demonstrate ways in which pragmatics does have a place in the language classroom.
Part One will start with an introduction to pragmatics: the study - and practice - of language used in interaction, in relationships, in various contexts and cultures, for a range of purposes. We will then consider some aspects or areas of pragmatics that language teachers and learners need, both in the classroom, and in the world outside. Part Two will take the form of a workshop: we will consider and try out various pragmatics activities for the classroom.
Bio: Jim Ronald has been teaching English in the Department of English of Hiroshima Shudo University for over twenty years. His main academic interest for the first ten years was vocabulary acquisition, and he gained a Ph.D. in this field at Swansea University. Since then, he has become increasingly interested in pragmatics, and specifically in developing and using classroom pragmatics activities. In 2012, he co-edited a collection of these activities for the JALT Pragmatics SIG, and is working towards co-editing a new collection of activities, this time with a greater focus on learning and evaluation.
Please note: We'll start the presentation at 7:15 PM, because another group has booked the venue until 7 PM.
Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen
Venue: Seinan Community Center, near Nishijin Station (Airport Line), Fukuoka (map)
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