Nakasendo English Conference 2011

The Nakasendo English Conference is an ever-expanding, multi-organizational English conference based on mutual support and collaboration. It is an annual event inaugurated in 2008.  Nine SCE members presented:

Arnold AragonesJohn Finucane and Nicholas Pelletier: ESL Learners as EFL Teachers [poster session]

Carl Bloomfield and John Finucane: Graphic Design and Education [poster session]

Ivan Botev and Tyson Rode: A Topic All Students Hunger For

Ryan Jude: Immediate and Reflective Dictionary Use in Language Learning

Mahdi Katsumata Sha: How do Mom and Dad Fell About This? Involving the Parents by Teaching Them

Matthew Shannon: Game/ Show/ Tell

Abstracts:

Carl Bloomfield and John Finucane: Find out how teaching has made designers of us all.

Ivan Botev and Tyson Rode:  There is one thing that all junior high school students hunger for-school lunch.  Two activities will be presented that show how to make English communication class more delicious by collaborating with the school nutritionist.

Arnold Aragones, John Finucane and Nicholas Pelletier: A showcase of non-native speakers of English and their work as EFL professionals.

Ryan Jude: This presentation compared different types of reading in relation to past studies with an aim towards making learners more independent.  It introduced a study that concluded referencing a dictionary in reflection after reading a text compared to while reading contributes more to vocabulary acquisition and faster reading.

Mahdi Katsumata Sha: Do parents of students understand and even appreciate what you are doing at school?  Does it matter?  Though most foreign English teachers are not required to interact with parents and students’ communities in their schools, it is my belief that it is highly beneficial to do so.  By involving the parents the teacher can get better understanding and support from families of students and this is also a way to understand the community in which the teacher serves.  It will make a good impression on the management staff of the school where you work.  It may also possibly help galvanize the school and the surrounding community.  I will discuss how I came up with idea of holding a lesson for the parents, how I made the lesson plan and how I communicated with the staff around me to make it happen.

Matthew Shannon: In this experiential lesson, game-show style quizzes are explored and reassembled for the benefit of teachers in this lesson.  Drawing from experiences across seven school grades, attendants will be asked to participate in a session that covers planning, support, and feedback systems which provide teachers with the means to use such lessons as a means to approach new or previously learned topics alike.

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