Pre-reading activities for university students with low proficiency
Warm up activities play an important role in activating students’ schemata. Well-prepared lessons and easy-to-follow steps enhance students learning. This workshop will explain (1) lesson procedures, (2) pre-reading activities, and (3) students’ responses. Active participation as well as feedback of attendees is most appreciated.
Masa Tsuneyasu is a lecturer at Utsunomiya University. She received her B.A. and M.A. with TESOL at the University of Utah and is currently a doctoral candidate. Her research interests include the relationships between individual differences, willingness to communicate, and proficiency
Using YouTube in the Classroom
YouTube can be an incredibly powerful method of engaging students. This talk aims to make it easier to use YouTube videos in your lessons, and addresses some of the practical issues teachers might have.
Alexander Procter has over 11 years of EFL teaching experience in Japan. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and is therefore qualified to teach in schools in England and Wales. He currently teaches at Kasukabe Kyoei Junior High School. His interests include collaborative learning and CALL.
Organic Apples to Apples
This talk will explain how high school students can use the English vocabulary they have already acquired to make their own games. The two games that will be covered are, “The Picture Game,” and, “Apples to Apples.”
Michelle Martinie is a second-year JET Programme participant who enjoys learning about languages and making art. She teaches at Kasukabe East High School and Miyashiro High School.
How to Pen to a Pen Pal.
Writing a letter in English can be a scary prospect for Japanese High School students. This presentation and proposed project aims to break down the daunting task. Taking things right back to letter structuring, and simply asking ‘what should I write about?’ The intention here is to encourage a style of writing from the students that is rarely practiced: free writing. Breaking away from the strict grammar based style of English teaching that dominates 90% of the curriculum, writing letters can be a fun and harmless way to give writing a makeover, turn it into an enjoyable task, and perhaps allow the students to make some friends in a land far from their own.
Rebecca Ros is a Drama and Theatre Arts graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London, now working as an Assistant Language Teacher for JET at Koshigaya Nishi High School and Koshigaya Kita High School, with occasional, but incredibly rewarding, visits to Koshigaya Tokubetsushien Gakkou.
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John Finucane is an EFL Professional. He is the President and co-founder of さいたま市教育家会 (SCE). He edits the Journal of Saitama City Educators (JSCE). His interests are writing, teacher training, event planning, debate, critical thinking and LEGO. Find out more at John-Finucane.com
In this short workshop a continuum of ways in which teachers hold students attention will be presented and briefly discussed. Participants will then profile their own teaching and share this profile with the group.
Brad Semans has more than 10 years of experience teaching in a wide variety of situations here in Japan. For the last three years he has worked as Saitama City’s Head ALT Instructor, leading a team of ALT Instructors to develop curricula, train teachers, and improve language education in the City. His research interests include application of SLA theory to teaching young ELLs, effective teacher development, and teacher accountability.