The 16th Annual Autumn Workshop for Teaching Oral Communication in Japan, will be held on Saturday, November 10th at Doshisha University in Kyoto.
Alma is proud to sponsor the Autumn Workshop. We are thankful for the support of the Kansai JALT chapters, who kindly helped promote the event.
During this year’s workshop, we will cover:
- The effects of culture on language teaching, from the point of view of class management (Bruno Vannieu, Kobe University) and the pragmatics of conversation (John Campbell-Larsen, Kyoto Women’s University).
- How to conduct speaking tests for lower-level oral communication classes (Jerry Talandis, University of Toyama; Paul Tanner, Shiga University).
- How to adapt teaching materials to your teaching context (Cameron Romney, Doshisha University).
- An alternative for motivated high school students to the “conversations about students’ real lives” strategy: training for various real-world interactions (Harmony Martin, Kyoto Tachibana High School).
In the morning, Bruno Vannieu will talk about the origins of the “Immediate Method” (IM), an innovative, Japan-based approach for managing oral communication classes, especially in large, low-level classes with poorly motivated students. In short, the IM prioritizes:
- Immediately usable linguistic content so that students can quickly dive into oral practice;
- A task-based approach to practicing new material in different ways, moving from highly scaffolded output to free conversation;
- Conducting in-class testing on a regular basis, from the beginning of the course. Tests are a powerful motivator and can have a huge positive washback effect if handled properly.
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