Tokai FLC / JALT Professional Development Symposium 2010

by Mike Lidgley
(Kanagawa, Japan)

Tokai FLC / JALT Professional Development Symposium 2010

Helping Learners Build Multiple Skills by Setting Clear Goals, Developing Effective Methodologies,
and Creating Appropriate Materials

Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Tokai University, Shonan Campus, Building 14, 2nd Floor
(4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292)

Tokai Shonan Campus Map


FLC- Foreign Language Centre - Tokai University

Sponsoring Organizations:

- West Tokyo JALT - Tokyo JALT - JALT Shizuoka - JALT Gunma - Ibaraki
JALT - JACET (Kanto Chapter)


500 yen (Free to members of sponsoring organizations -- so, Tokyo JALT
members, you do not have to pay admission)


A boxed lunch will be provided to all participants who pre-register on
or before Friday, October 15 compliments of Pearson Education.

Please be sure to pre-register at the following link.

Speakers and Schedule

Keynote Speaker: Alastair Graham-Marr

Keynote Address: Language Output, Grammar, Learning the Language System

Language is both a knowledge set and a skill set. Consequently the
process of learning a language is not linear. If learners are to
realistically develop the "skill" of language, they must have many
opportunities to use the language. Grammar is obviously important and is
best taught reactively through correction and other awareness-raising
activities. Vocabulary can be taught more pro-actively with activities
that both re-cycle students back through their words and also lead to an
understanding of how these words are used. Additionally teachers must
guide students along a path of self-study. Teaches have many
responsibilities. This talk will look at some practical ideas to help
teachers in the classroom, and help guide their students to language
learning success.

About the Keynote Speaker
Alastair Graham-Marr has his M.A. in Applied Linguistics. His research
interests have included a focus on output, the role of explicit teaching
in second language acquisition and second language listening. He has
been teaching in Japan for 21 years. He is an active conference
participant and presenter in Japan. He has run workshops in many
countries around the world, including Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, the
U.A.E., the U.S., Brazil, Canada and the U.K.

Plenary Speaker: David Barker

Plenary Address: Getting Back to Basics in ELT

The history of English Language Teaching has been characterized by a
stream of ever-changing fashions and trends. In most cases, proponents
of new methodologies have urged teachers and learners to abandon all
their old tools and techniques and embrace the new dogma, and all too
often teachers have been willing to follow unquestioningly. One example
of this is the way that many highly effective teaching methodologies
have fallen out of favor in recent years because they are no longer
deemed to be sufficiently 'communicative'. This is often in spite of
the fact that a wealth of research evidence exists to show that many of
them are, in fact, highly beneficial for learners.

In this presentation, I will discuss a number of what I consider to be
'basic principles' of language learning and argue for a renewed look at
what our students are actually able to do with their English. Feedback
from participants will be invited.

About the Plenary Speaker
David Barker is from North Wales in the United Kingdom. He has been
teaching English for 18 years, and he has taught in the UK, Singapore,
New Zealand, and Japan. He has an RSA Diploma in TEFLA, an MA in Applied
Linguistics, and a PhD in English Language Education. He has worked full-
time at three Japanese universities, and part-time at three more, and he
has also taught in several Japanese junior high and high schools. He is
the author of seven books and various magazine and newspaper columns for
Japanese learners of English.

There are three sessions with concurrent presentations/workshops.

Session One Presenters:
Remarkable Note Taking, Simply Organized
Richard McMahon

Culturally Targeted Oral Task Learning Goals
Nathan Ducker

Google Forms as a Teaching And Learning Tool In Multi-Skills Courses
Germain Mesureur & Mark Firth

Session Two Presenters:
What to Do with Learning Goals Once You Have Them: Integrating Learning
Goals with Course Practices
Eric Setoguchi

The Countless Possibilities of Mind Mapping
Cecelia Ikeguchi

A Focus on Fluency in the L/S Classroom
Lori Parish
Tokai University

Session Three Presenters:
Listening and Shadowing Using Graded-Reader CDs
Jean Ware & Miyuki Yonezawa

Multi-skills, Task-based Activities in Interpersonal/Intercultural
Junko Imai

Getting Classes in GEAR
Charles Kowalski

There will also be poster presentations from 3:05 to 3:45 (after Session
Three, before the Plenary Session)

For details and abstracts, please see the Symposium website.

Mike Lidgley
Foreign Language Centre
Tokai University
4-1-1 Kitakaname

0463 58 1211 ext. 4587

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Oct 08, 2010
by: Anonymous

I went last year and it was well worth it. A great day and a beautiful campus! Improve your
teaching skills and network with like-minded teachers.

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