Okayama JALT:

Great Group of Local Presenters

Date: Saturday, February 9th, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Susan Meiki, Naomi Fujishima, Luc Gougeon, and Akio Niiya

Description:
Susan Meiki and Naomi Fujishima (Okayama University):
Teaching Local to be Global: Strategies for Lifelong Language Learning
This presentation focuses on a course called Independent Study, originally developed by Garold Murray (2009), to promote learner autonomy through self-reflection, planning of learning methods, and self-assessment. We will outline the steps involved in refining this course from years of experience and will provide handouts for interested participants.

Luc Gougeon (International Pacific University)
Teaching Practical English by Using Tangible Programming
I will describe introducing programming skills and concepts in computational thinking to university students in a CLIL environment to see how programming skills can be transferred to language acquisition. I hope to apply these ideas to elementary school children for my doctoral research. I report on my research on constructionism and how to playfully introduce essential computer literacy skills while getting students to learn practical English. This presentation will be partly a theory discussion and a show-and-tell of the different technologies for use in the classroom.

Akio Niiya (graduate student at Okayama University)
Adjusting Linguistic Difficulty of Reading Texts for Japanese Junior High School Students through the Use of Simplification and Elaboration
My thesis sought to measure how input modification (i.e., simplification and elaboration) affects comprehension of reading texts. Junior high school students in three groups were given two texts in one of three versions: baseline, simplified, or elaborated. Each group included both high and low proficiency readers. Comprehension of the texts was measured, and results found that: a) simplification may facilitate comprehension more than elaboration, especially for lower readers; b) contrary to indications by previous research, elaboration did not contribute to comprehension improvement at either level.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen (first time visitors free)

Venue: Notre Dame Seishin University, Room 630ND 2-16-9 Ifukucho, Kita-ku Okayama, Okayama (map)

Location: Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan

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