Error Analysis of High School Student Essays
“Writing” has always been beyond the affordable time range in Japanese high school curriculum despite the fact that the Ministry of Education places an emphasis on writing to be mastered as an important productive skill. To what extent can high school students “write” essays in English? This presentation focused on the errors and problems in high school students’ essays written in an annual writing contest in Saitama, with a view to explore the ways of teaching and learning writing.
Asako Kato is a full-time high school English teacher in Saitama. She has been teaching at four Prefectural high schools with different academic levels within twenty-three years. She involves herself in organizing the annual high school writing contests as a member of Saitama High School English Teachers Research and Study Association. Her research interests include teaching writing and learning strategies and autonomy.
Almost Zero Prep Activities
Mr. Matsumoto presented fun and easy warm-ups, games and activities that require very little preparation or materials; Most of them adaptable to use from elementary age students to adults. At the end, participants shared their own ideas in small groups.