Omiya JALT Workshop

 

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.

SCE Féis: JET Teacher Training Event

The International Division, Department of Public Services Saitama Prefectural Government, welcomed nearly 60 new participants in the JET Programme this year. SCE held a free teacher training event for JETs who wished to participate. Four SCE members were involved:

Workshops:

Bryan Darr (SCE, AJET) and John Finucane (SCE, JALT):

  • Elementary School Workshop – Don’t Tell, Show: Communicative models in the classroom

Brad Semans (SCE):

  • Junior High School Workshop – Classroom Management and Discipline

John Finucane (SCE, JALT) and Alana Schramm (SCE, AJET):

  • High School Workshop – Planning Communicative Team-Teaching Lessons for High School

 

The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.  The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET) is a group set up by and administered by participants in the JET program.  The primary purpose of AJET is to facilitate a successful working relationship between JET Programme sponsors and participants.

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.


JET Program, Saitama Orientation 2011

Brad Semans (SCE) was invited as a guest speaker, by the International Division, Department of Public Services Saitama Prefectural Government, to this year’s JET Programme Saitama Orientation. The audience was made up of new entrants to the JET Program.

Abstract:

About the speaker:

The JET Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.  The JET Programme aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.

Resume Workshop, 20th February 2011

Speaker:
Leander Hughes (SCE, JALT), Assistant Professor, Saitama University

Abstract:

About the speakerLeander Hughes is an Assistant Professor of English Education at the Saitama University Center for English Education and Development (CEED).  He is interested in applying findings in social psychology and other outside fields to the language learning context.  Additional research interests include learner autonomy, computer assisted language learning, and communicative task effectiveness.

For a short time Leander’s presentation and CV materials will be available for download at: http://www.saitama-u.ac.jp/ceed/chaos&tefl/