Bringing Model United Nations to Your Classroom
Date: Saturday, September 4th, 2021 Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Speaker: Todd Thorpe
What is Model United Nations?
Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an academic simulation of the United Nations. Participants, referred to as delegates, adopt the persona of designated country ambassadors during simulated discussions. Delegates must research their countries' position on a predetermined global issue and represent the country accordingly. Model United Nations conferences are an effective educational tool in which students must work with other peers and create practical and innovative solutions to complex real-world issues.
Why should students participate in Model UN conferences?
Participating in Model UN is an excellent way for students to gain a multitude of 21st century skills that are not often practiced in a traditional classroom setting. Some of these skills include intercultural communication, cooperation, collaboration, public speaking, negotiation, and advanced critical thinking. Discussions at Model UN conferences are demanding and solutions-oriented with the ultimate goal of creating a proposal that a majority of the delegates can agree upon. Through this intense process, participants gain further knowledge of the global issue they are discussing, deeper understanding about the countries which are being represented, heightened communication skills, and new reflections on the world and their own position.
Delegates also gain invaluable leadership experience as they work with international teams forming solutions to important global problems. In today's era of rapid globalization, the 21st century skills that delegates develop at an MUN conference will be useful for any career they take on.
JEMUN's Unique Approach to Model UN
Over the past 16 years, the presenter has developed a unique and powerful Model UN approach that is being used successfully at the annual Japan English Model United Nations (JEMUN) conference. If you are an educator interested in learning how to add this Model UN approach to your teaching repertoire, join us on September 4th for an afternoon of online learning.
About the speaker:
Todd Thorpe has over twenty years of secondary and post-secondary teaching experience in Japan. His teaching and research interests include experiential learning, CALL, critical thinking, problem-solving and curriculum development. He is the founder of the annual Japan English Model United Nations (JEMUN) conference and is a certified LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator.
Organization: Kyoto Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kyoto JALT)
Venue: Zoom (https://bit.ly/kyotojaltjemun)
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