Tokyo JALT:

CANCELLED: Effective Teaching Techniques for L2 Speaking and Conversations

Date: Monday, March 16th, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Speaker: Eli Hinkel

This event has been cancelled.



Learning to understand and produce spoken (or written) language means being able to understand how language components combine and interact to produce meaning and discourse. To communicate in a foreign language (FL), learners need to become skilled users of grammar, vocabulary, and pragmatic constructions that are contextually-suitable and relatively idiomatic. FL speaking and comprehension require an extraordinary range of communicative skills in a myriad of functional contexts. In addition to being able to use the language appropriately and in context, learners need to be able to comprehend what is said and grasp a speaker's purpose. If the interactional function is not identified correctly, then the communicative goal of an interaction may not be achieved.

To these ends, learners need to build their linguistic repertoire in order to participate in spoken or written communications, formal and casual alike (Hinkel, 2014, 2017, 2019). Spoken and conversational exchanges are highly structured and progress along predictable and culturally-determined patterns, with participants adapting, adjusting and readjusting, and tailoring what they are saying -- or going to say -- depending on the social setting and communicative objectives. Effective and fluent language production has to remain reasonably grammatically and lexically intelligible, culturally structured and organized (e.g. turn-taking), cohesive, well-paced (e.g. openings, introductions, and closings), socially and contextually pertinent, and appropriately worded (e.g. politeness). In speaking and conversations, language sequences can be utilized with an astounding number of functions in a virtually unlimited array of communicative and social purposes. This presentation offers highly practical suggestions for teaching language units and phrasal expressions that are constructive, expeditious, and down-to-earth. These suggestions target language components to maximize learning gains by employing a few shortcuts that can be productive in practically any teaching context and at practically any level of FL proficiency.

Tokyo JALT would like to thank Temple University Japan for working with us to make this event happen. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop, please visit their site.

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

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Atomi University, Bunkyo Campus map 1-5-2 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8687

Location: Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan


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