Osaka JALT:

Transforming Our Professional Identities and Classroom Practices: Innovations that Have Changed ELT

Date: Sunday, July 15th, 2018 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Donna M. Brinton (private educational consultant based in Beverly Hills, CA, USA)

Reflective practice mandates that we in the English language teaching (ELT) profession make "tacit beliefs and practical knowledge explicit" (Crandall, 2000) and that we recall, consider, and evaluate our experiences (Ferrell, 1998). Over the course of our professional lives, as we amass classroom experiences, we are exposed to research results, methodological innovations, and changes in our teaching contexts that significantly impact how we conduct our practice. We may also conduct classroom research that enables us to "investigate the teaching and learning processes in our classrooms" (Bailey, 2014). In this manner, we strive to learn more about our practices with the ultimate goal of becoming more effective teachers. In her talk, Donna Brinton reflects on her ELT career and considers the ten innovations that have had the most impact on her own teaching. She concludes with a discussion of predicted trends in the future of ELT, contemplating the types of innovations that may arise as a response to these trends.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (500 yen for students)

Venue: Osaka Municipal Lifelong Learning Center, Ekimae Dai-2 Building 5F, Room 6 Kita-ku, Umeda 1-2-2-500 (access)

Location: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan


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