On Sunday 12th February Omiya JALT held its February meeting. Two SCE members presented:
Brad Semans (SCE, JALT)
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.
John Finucane (SCE, JALT)
Teaching Critical Thinking Skills: 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 discuss what kinds of language are required for critical thinking and debate. We will learn some simple classroom exercises for introducing debate. We will do some activities created specifically to teach critical thinking skills.
The Japan Association of Language Teaching (JALT) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally. JALT has nearly 3,000 members, with 35 chapters and 26 special interest groups. Omiya JALT is a JALT Chapter.