Graham Finch (ETJ Saitama)
Tic Tac Toe
In this presentation the audience will see how the presenter piques students' interest into creating a Tic Tac Toe game and then gets them to drill without realizing they are drilling.
Graham has been teaching for more years than he cares to remember. He teaches at his own language school in Saitama. He is also the ALT at an elementary school in Saitama and at a school for children with special needs in Tokyo.
Coco Okuno (ETJ Saitama)
How to plan the Easter event
Last year, the presenter held Easter and Halloween events in collaboration with Patricia Daly Oe, a picture book writer and English teacher. In this presentation, she’ll show what they did at the Easter event, share the ideas of the songs and games for the different age groups.
They’ll have another Easter event this year too.
Coco Okuno majored in Education at an university in Japan. She took the ESL course at Tulane University in New Orleans. She worked for a famous langage school after graduation, and became a director of one of the branch school in Saitama. She quit her job as she had her first child, then she started her own school at home when her second child was 1 year old. She’s been teaching there for 18 years.
Allison Imamura (Saitama JALT)
This presentation will explore the idea of transforming student presentations into a communicative activity. We will discuss the meaning of “communicative”, introduce the article, A Framework for Assessing the Communicative Potential of Language Learning Activities, which provides guidelines for assessing and transforming activities into communicative activities and finally introduce an example presentation which meets those criteria.
Florence Valderama (Saitama JALT)
A learner's motivation is the primary factor influencing both test performance and success in school. If your students are not motivated, they are not going to learn. The repetition of the word "yes" also helps to create a cooperative and friendly atmosphere in the classroom. In this activity, we use a physical passing activity with the phrase, "Yes, and..." to promote inclusion and idea development.
Samuel Flens (Guest of Saitama JALT)
Inclusive learning for young students
I will present strategies for keeping young learners engaged and involved in English conversation lessons, using picture books, and interactive games. This workshop will feature the beloved classic, "The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar."
Bryan Darr (Saitama JALT)
Effective Writing Feedback: Beyond Red Xs and Os
This presentation explains why oral and written grammar correction is at best ineffective, and at worst discouraging, and provides three solutions to aid teachers from JHS to University in their writing units, all usable tomorrow: a praise-centered key for both form and content comments, peer-review writing processes, and a framework for student-teacher conferencing.
Teigan Babcock (AJET, Saitama JALT)
UNESCO Heritage Sites & Presentation Scavenger Hunts
Reflecting on the needs to find realia and relevance for the globally minded classroom, Teigan Babcock will provide a case for using UNESCO world heritage sites for your student's next group report. Widely accessible to the point of existing in some book form at each school sampled, these presentations provide a link to the larger world around us through recognized places in Japan. Oh, and how might we better train our students to pay attention to their peers' work? Let's try a scavenger hunt!
Tyson Rode and Matt Shannon (Saitama JALT)
Live-Coding a teacher's website with Weebly
Using the freemium page developer Weebly, we will make a custom website appropriate for a teacher. Everything in this workshop will be free, immediately available to use, and will feature a public website, an easy domain address, photo hosting, page navigation, and contact forms. As stated, this event will be a live-coding event, in which all of the site building is done live with the participation of the audience.