MyShare Mountain Retreat

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Date: November 1st, 2014
Time: 12:00 noon for lunch. Sessions will begin at 13:00.
Location: Maikawa, Konan, Kochi, in the old schoolhouse. Maikawa pin here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zYyGqNZwwKEU.k7g4WthvKefg

Speakers:

  • Gerard Marchesseau, Integrating meaning with form to practice pronunciation
  • Maiko Ogasawara, Making Audience-friendly 
  • Paul Daniels, Implementing an ESP Project-based learning curriculum
  • Michael Sharpe, Science Challenge – a novel language-learning project
  • Von Holt, Language learning activities for children
  • Takahiro Ioroi, Using a Flip Instruction Model in Japan

Abstracts

Gerard Marchesseau, Naruto University of Education
Integrating meaning with form to practice pronunciation
Many teachers might address pronunciation issues by focusing on the form in isolation, with little regard to meaning.  For example, to teach /l/ and /r/, teachers might provide explicit instruction or minimal pairs practice.  From the standpoint of Communicative Language Teaching, however, focusing on meaning (providing meaningful content or otherwise requiring students to communicate in class) is an important condition for Second Language Acquisition.  In this presentation I suggest ways to focus on meaning while addressing very specific elements form.

Maiko Ogasawara, University of Tokushima
Making Audience-friendly Presentations
When a listener’s English level is lower than the speaker’s, if the listener does not understand what the speaker says, the listener seems to think it is his or her fault because of their low English ability. However, it is the speaker’s responsibility to make themselves understood. When a student gives a presentation, their classmates fill out a form that shows how much they understand the presentation. This encourages the presenter to use props and strategies to make it more audience-friendly.

Paul Daniels, Kochi University of Technology
Implementing an ESP Project-based learning curriculum
Group projects can be an effective strategy for increasing learner engagement, particularly with non-English majors in science and technology fields. This presentation will offer suggestions on implementing successful project-based activities for language learners. The presenter will demonstrate sample activities that promote collaborative responsibility, integrate active and passive tasks, and effectively make use of classroom time.

Michael Sharpe, Kochi National College of Technology & Kochi University of Technology
Science Challenge – a novel language-learning project at Kochi National College of Technology
This presentation will describe an ongoing effort by the presenter in cooperation with the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Kochi National College of Technology to design and implement a practical, science-based, language-learning project for 1st year junior engineers. The presentation outlines the course rationales and language-learning objectives, practicalities, implementation and outcomes.

Von Holt, Kochi University of Technology & Noichi kindergarten teacher
Encouraging imagination in young language learners.
This presentation will introduce several activities that encourage young learners to tap into their innate imaginativeness. By allowing students to express their unique personalities and interests, a more energetic and engaging classroom atmosphere is created. Audience participation is encouraged!

Takahiro Ioroi, University of Kochi
Using a Flip Instruction Model in Japan
The Flip Instruction Model (FI) appeared around 2000 in the US. It has been drawing increased attention in recent years, especially within the university education context in Japan. One method of implementing FI can be through the use of Moodle, a popular open source course management system. Increased knowledge of FI will lead us to an extended use of Moodle beyond ELT.

Additional information

The poster sessions will be followed dinner & refreshments. For those wanting to stay the night I have booked  a cabin or you can bring a tent. Family members welcome!

Bring a bento & drinks. There is no food/drink service.*Saturday dinner & drinks will be provided (cost will be about 500yen/person).

Bring a sleeping bag & breakfast if staying the night.

Here are some photos from the web of the cabins and schoolhouse: http://freett.com/mytoy3/maekawa_kyanpu/main.htm

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