A workshop about the importance of teaching critical thinking skills to students as EFL learners, how to get started, and how to practice. We will discuss what skills are needed for critical thinking and debate. We will learn some simple classroom exercises for introducing debate. We will do some activities create specifically to teach critical thinking skills.
From Phonics to Literacy
Methodologies for teaching EFL students reading have advanced a lot in Japan over the last 20 years. However, there is an expansive gap between texts and programs aimed at teaching the basics (phonics/word recognition) and those aimed at managing and manipulating content (reading for specific information/summarizing a passage). In this presentation a teaching style developed to remedy this will be presented, discussed, and tried.