ICTE teachers present at Japan Association for Language Teaching Annual Conference

 

ICTE has been privileged in having two of its teachers accepted as Speakers at JALT 2018

Over four days in November 2018, Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) will hold its annual conference. Language educators will meet to discuss new ideas, network and learn from speakers. 

The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), or 特定非営利活動法人全国語学教育学会 (“Specified Nonprofit Corporation – Zenkoku Gogaku Kyoiku Gakkai”) in Japanese, is a non-profit professional organisation for foreign language teachers in Japan. It is Japan's largest convocation of language educators and has around 2,800 members.

ICTE presenter topics include:

1. Topic: 'Diverse and inclusive communities of practice'

In this presentation, Ceara McManus will be presenting alongside ICTE EMTP past participant, Akira Shiraishi (TMBoE cohort 2017). Akira is a teacher with Tokyo Metropolitan Kohoku Senior High School.
 
For teachers, communities of practice (CoP) offer powerful opportunities for professional growth and learning—in face-to-face and online environments. This practical session focuses on the creation of a CoP by Japanese English language teachers from the high school sector, undertaking an in-service training program in Brisbane, Australia. The session highlights the benefits for the teachers from participating in the CoP and how their practice has continued to develop through ongoing sharing of ideas and insights.

 

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2. Topic: 'Bringing text books to life'

In this presentation, Ceara McManus will be presenting alongside ICTE EMTP past participant, Yuriko Wada (TMBoE cohort 2018). Yuriko is a teacher with Tokyo Metropolitan Minaminakano Junior High School.
 
As teachers, we often struggle with textbooks which neither excite nor motivate our learners. Yet, using some simple frameworks and varying the approaches to lesson design, textbook tasks can be adapted, supplemented, reordered or deleted to counter students' lack of enthusiasm. This poster presentation will showcase textbook adaptations made by Japanese English language teachers from the high school sector to enhance their learners' interest and motivation in the lesson thereby increasing interaction and inclusivity.

 

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3. Topic: 'It's a musical language'

In this presentation, Vicki Bos will be presenting on this workshop.
 
The workshop will explore the benefits of group singing in language learning and encourage diversification of approaches to teaching and learning. The format will be a combination of presentation and experiential learning. Participants will learn about research into the effects of group singing on productive skills. In order to fully demonstrate the effectiveness of the methodologies involved, participants will be conducted through learning a song together. No talent or experience is necessary.

 

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