We are fortunate to have a number of lecturers from Meikai University joining us to present on a wide variety of topics. Below you will find the abstracts for each presentation, which will be about 25 minutes in length including time for questions.
Will Simpson presents "Ascriptions of Native Speaker Identity"
This study qualitatively investigates how 11 in-service ELT teaching staff perceive and ascribe "native speaker of English" identities, the native/non-native speaker of English distinction in relation to English language teaching. The findings of this study suggest that there is a significant variety with which native speaker of English identities are perceived and ascribed, and that the native/non-native speaker of English teacher distinction was paradoxically seen as both meaningful and meaningless.
Roy Morris presents "The Classroom as a Stage"
This presentation discusses the benefits of treating not only large-scale tasks but also small-scale language performance as a mode of dramatic performance using examples of theatre practitioners such as Johnstone (1979) and Stanislavsky (2008) as a rationale. Three examples of small-scale dramatic tasks that can be applied to a classroom will be introduced.
Patrizia Hayashi, Sarah Holland (Toyo University), and Tyson Rode present "Transforming Students’ Experience of Language Learning Through Podcast Projects"
In this presentation, three university educators will explain how implementing a task-based learning framework in an intensive English program has transformed the learning experience for students and has brought the program to life. The focus of this presentation will be on one task-based project in particular, student created podcasts - a multi-faceted, yet relatively simple project to engage students in their own language learning.
*After the event, we will have a social gathering at a nearby location (TBD). We would love for all presenters and attendees to join us, so if you can set some time aside for food and drinks following the event, please plan to do so.