This presentation will briefly introduce two free programs that can help improve reading comprehension and enjoyability among students. The first program, LLEX, helps students locate and study unknown vocabulary in a text before they read it. The second program, ClipRead, re-formats texts to increase comprehension and reduce eye-strain. The presenter will discuss how he is putting these technologies to use in his teaching context and looks forward to feedback and further ideas from the audience.
Applying Principles of Social Psychology for Better Classroom Management
Whether or not your context is management-intensive, as an educator, you know there are times when it is crucial to help your students make certain choices about their learning. This presentation introduces several principles from social psychology which can help you help your students make the right choices about how they spend their time in your class. During the presentation, you may find that you have already effectively applied some of these principles in your classes without even being aware of it. Becoming more aware of these principles will help you employ them to even greater effect. After introducing each principle, we will share our experiences and ideas on how we have applied it or hope to apply it in our contexts.
Leander Hughes is an assistant professor at the Saitama University Center for English Education and Development. He is interested in quantitative language research methods and in applying findings in current social psychology to the language learning context. His other interests include computer assisted language learning, learner autonomy, and communicative task effectiveness.