Temple University Japan:

The Place of Extensive Reading and Listening in an EFL Curriculum

Date: Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Rob Waring (Notre Dame Seishin University, Japan)

Pre-sign up (or course registration for those who are taking this seminar for credit) is required for anybody attending the public session on Saturday, January 23 from 14:00 to 17:00. The sign-up process must be completed through "Distinguished Lecturer Series Seminar Sign-Up Form" that is available on TUJ Grad Ed website. The sign-up deadline is Friday, January 22 at 12:00. The public session Zoom link will be provided to those people who completed the sign-up (or course registration) process between 13:00-13:50 on Saturday, January 23.

This session will first outline what a typical EFL curriculum should cover at various ability levels and ages. The lecturer then will investigate how typical courses structure learning tasks and material to attempt to achieve these goals and will reflect on how they often may be underserving the learners. The lecturer then will build up a picture of how extensive reading (ER) and extensive listening (EL) help fill in many gaps in EFL curricula by providing the much-needed input, repetition and recycling needed to deepen and consolidate learning. This review will also look at what needs to be done to prepare learners to read and listen extensively. The lecturer also will discuss the limits of an ER approach particularly for more specialist topics, and at the more advanced levels and suggest approaches and strategies to ensure effective learning. The session will then review the state-of-the-art of ER and EL research in order to understand the current state of play. Participants will be invited to discuss what the lecturer and they still need to find out by composing a research agenda. The lecturer then look at some examples of ER and EL research to highlight commonly-made pitfalls in research design. Participants will come up with some principles of how to effectively design ER and EL research so as to avoid as many pitfalls as possible. Participants will then select several research questions and propose how these may be examined experimentally, present these to fellow classmates, and submit a paper describing and justifying their proposal.

Organization: Temple University Japan

Cost: Free

Venue: Online via Zoom: Register here

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