The Language of Shakespeare

Speaker:Ben Crystal
Date and time: Monday, June 18 – 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Kochi University of Technology, Eikokuji Campus, Room A-108
Co-sponsor: Literature in Language Teaching SIG (LiLT)

Abstract: Ben Crystal builds upon themes raised in his 2017 ‘Speaking the Bright and Beautiful English of Shakespeare’ lecture for East Shikoku JALT by guiding participants in workshop format towards a more detailed understanding of the language of Shakespeare. The inventor of over 1,000 words still in use today, and one of the greatest players with our language, Shakespeare’s English often makes little sense until it’s spoken out-loud. Ben will focus on the language that Shakespeare uses to suspend disbelief, and how he creates mystery and excitement in the Elizabethan mind. This workshop will be of interest to Shakespeare enthusiasts, teachers who use literature in language teaching, and anyone interested in the history of the English language. Continue reading

Creative Writing in the ESL Classroom

Speakers: Wendy Jones Nakanishi, Shikoku Gakuin University;
Gareth Perkins, Kagawa University

Date: 05-20-2018
Time: 14:00-16:00
Place: English Café, Kagawa University

Abstract:  The use of creative writing exercises in the English-language classroom can develop students’ interest and confidence in writing in English. There are many different kinds of exercises the teacher can use to get the students to write both poetry and prose. Wendy will talk about a range of creative writing ideas focusing on students’ own lives which can help them develop a desire for writing. Gareth will describe an activity to teach relative pronouns in a fun way as well as to encourage goal motivated study. Continue reading