Why Teaching Listening is Vital
Learners coming from syllable-timed or mora-timed languages (i.e. Japanese) often lack an understanding of how English is actually spoken, impeding comprehension. Japanese learners are often unable to hear words that they know and this seriously hinders learning! Presented is a look at how listening should be taught.
Flipping the Class Through Literature Circles
Flipping the classroom through literature circles is an effective mechanism for maximizing student talking time and giving your students effective study time at home. This presentation reports on a second year required course in a university in Japan that used literature circles with short stories read outside of class to facilitate language development in class. This presentation reviews the procedures of the class and how flipping the class might optimize learning.