ALTTO (ALT Training Online):

ALT Agora 5

Date: Thursday, June 17th, 2021 Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: Robert J. Lowe (Tokyo Kasei University), Jose Domingo Cruz (Kitakyushu University), Gretchen Clark (Kyoto Notre Dame University), Rishma Hansil (Tokyo JET Prefectural Advisor)

Description:
Join us for the fifth ALT Agorà, the monthly free professional development event for ALTs. Come watch June's spotlight speaker and choose your themed breakout room to engage with other ALTs in a professional and friendly environment. As always, the event is free and open to all! This month join us to talk about the following topics!

  • SPOTLIGHT: Native-speakerism and English as a Lingua Franca (Part 1)
    Robert J. Lowe (Tokyo Kasei University)
    Native-speakerism is an ideology that impacts all language teachers, and is strongly connected to the models of English we teach, and the skills we focus on in class. In this session, the speaker will first give some background on native-speakerism, before sketching an alternative way of doing things through teaching English as a Lingua Franca. Teachers will then be invited to share their experiences of the former, and discuss ideas of how they could introduce the latter in their classrooms.
  • Room 1: Native-speakerism and English as a Lingua Franca (Part 2)
    Speaker: Robert J. Lowe (Tokyo Kasei University)
    Native-speakerism is an ideology that impacts all language teachers, and is strongly connected to the models of English we teach, and the skills we focus on in class. In this session, the speaker will first give some background on native-speakerism, before sketching an alternative way of doing things through teaching English as a Lingua Franca. Teachers will then be invited to share their experiences of the former, and discuss ideas of how they could introduce the latter in their classrooms.
  • Room 2: Fluency in the Classroom
    Speaker: Josť Domingo Cruz (Kitakyushu University)
    All teachers want their students to achieve higher levels of fluency, but how to teach it, and which classroom methods actually work? Cruz will provide some food for thought on this topic, and then will be happy to discuss any ideas and questions in the Breakout Room.
  • Room 3: Part 2: Textbook + Creativity = Happy Students!
    Speaker: Gretchen Clark (Kyoto Notre Dame University)
    In this follow-up session, the presenter will draw on the four principles outlined in Part 1 (timing, groupings, movement, and teacher role), add a fifth, personalization, to facilitate a workshop about how to re-envision textbook topics and lessons for maximum student engagement. Attendees are encouraged to bring the textbooks they are currently using and presenter and attendees will discuss options for fun supplementary activities.
  • Room 4: Design Thinking in the Classroom - Part 2
    Speaker: Rishma Hansil (Tokyo JET Prefectural Advisor)
    If you missed part 1, don't worry. Design thinking focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to lesson planning and activity design. We'll continue our discussion on designing lessons around empathy and intercultural communication.

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Organization: ALTTO (ALT Training Online)

Cost: free

Venue: Zoom: forms.gle/eB7p2hs1MwY4FceS9

Location: Online, Online Events, Online Event

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