Fukuoka JALT:

How Listening Skills Can Drive or Inhibit Motivation and SLA

Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Alastair Graham-Marr

Feelings of inadequacy quite obviously negatively impact our students' decisions to engage with English, both in and out of the classroom. And when students chose not to engage with the language, learning opportunities are lost or kicked down the road. A majority of our students feel that their L2 listening comprehension skills are insufficient, leading to feelings of anxiety, which in turn negatively impact the desire to willingly engage with the language, which if unchecked will continue in a negative cycle. The cause of these L2 listening comprehension difficulties can be found in the huge phonological differences between Japanese and English. Students need to be actively coached and taught these differences, and be encouraged to keep on with a regime of listening practice, that might be quite different from how we might approach, say, extensive reading. This talk will look at both pedagogical approaches and recent research in SLA. Participants are also welcome to contribute to the discussion.

After-meeting hangout: Crafty Bear (map)
812-0018 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Hakata Ward, Sumiyoshi 1-1-9 (east of Canal City)
Our after-meeting hangouts are informal and not official Fukuoka JALT events, but are just a good chance to hang out with and get to know other teachers over a meal or a drink. We don't organize any set menus, no RSVPs, just whoever wants to come along can do so and order whatever they like. We'll choose a place each time that allows for your preferred food and/or drinks. Anyone is welcome, even if you don't come to the meeting.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: free (sponsored by ABAX

Venue: Tenjin, Fukuoka City: Kurume University Satellite Campus (ELGALA, room 601-2, see Google map)

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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Website: www.fukuokajalt.org

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