Using Nisei (second generation Japanese-American) Literature as an EFL Reading Material
Date: Saturday, July 3rd, 2004 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Charlie Canning
In the presentation, Charlie Canning discusses the benefits of using Nisei literature as an EFL reading material to bridge the gap between authentic materials written in English and material related to Japan. Canning begins the talk by reviewing some of the principal research on the subject of second language acquisition reading theory before presenting what Suzuki says in "Nihonjin wa Naze Eigo ga Dekinai Ka?" ("Why Can't Japanese Speak English?"). Then he will share his own classroom experiences using autobiography and short stories from Nisei authors in Hawaii, Seattle, and California. Canning briefly introduces some representative works from three authors and also shows video clips from two films. Canning will distribute a short bibliography of the texts and films discussed.
Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Okayama JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen; students 500 yen
Venue: Okayama Sankaku building near Omotecho in Okayama city
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