Neil Cowie will speak about Reading and the hidden curriculum

East Shikoku JALT will be holding its final meeting on December 18th at Kochi Women’s University. Neil Cowie, from Okayama University, will be giving a talk on ‘Reading and the Hidden Curriculum.’ This will be Neil’s second presentation to ESJALT and I am sure it will be as interesting as his first. We hope you can find time to come and attend our final meeting for 2010.
Date: December 18th
Time: 4:30 – 6:30
Place: Kochi Women’s University, Meeting Room 1 (Ground/1st floor)
Speaker: Neil Cowie
Title: Reading and the hidden curriculum
In the first half of the presentation the speaker will present an example of a typical reading lesson and encourage participants to discuss how this compares with their own teaching or learning experiences. The reading lesson is aimed at first year university students and combines elements of intensive and extensive reading as well as various strategies for improving reading skills. It could be adapted and used at different ability levels. In the second half the lesson will be examined from a critical pedagogy perspective in terms of the hidden curriculum that it might expose students to. These hidden messages relate to materials choice, cultural influences, and classroom management amongst others. Participants will be asked to reflect on how they might approach similar issues in their own teaching.