Andy Boon Double-Header:
1. Writing for fluency or accuracy—A Catch 22?
2. Negotiated syllabuses: Do you want to?

Date: May 28th, Sunday
Time
: 14:00 - 17:00.
Venue:
Sendai War Memorial Hall 4F, Meeting Room 3 (Map)
Fee: Free for members, ¥1000 for non-members, ¥500 for students
and first-time visitors. (See "first time free" coupon on homepage.)

Abstract:
1] Writing for Fluency or Accuracy—A Catch 22?
Often in an EFL writing class, we face a catch-22 situation. If students focus on accuracy, they may write very little. If they focus on fluency, they may write a lot, but with many mistakes. This presentation will describe a new writing coursebook that blends extensive writing and noticing tasks to encourage students to get writing first and focus on accuracy later. It will also provide a number of practical activities for the writing classroom.

2] Negotiated syllabuses: Do you want to?
It has been said that negotiated syllabuses can increase student motivation and involvement in the learning process. And yet, learner and teacher reservations towards gaining or relinquishing control of syllabus design decisions can often mean that negotiated syllabuses are difficult to implement. This presentation will look at three different teaching contexts in which negotiated syllabuses (or certain elements of negotiation) have been implemented (business courses, extension center courses, and university courses). It will describe the results of a qualitative research study into whether teachers and students really want to negotiate syllabuses. Finally, the audience will be invited to share their own experiences by answering the questions; have you and do you want to?

Speaker Bio: Andy Boon is a professor in the faculty of Global Communications at Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo. He has been teaching in Japan for over 19 years. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Aston University. He has been an active member of JALT since 2004, has presented at numerous conferences, and has published several articles on teacher development, motivation, and methodology. He is also co-author of Inspire (Cengage Learning, 2013-14) and author of Writing for Fluency and Accuracy (Cengage Learning, 2017).

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Chiyuki Yanase & Sean Reid:  Focus on Young Learners

Date: June 25, Sunday
Time
: 13:00 - 17:00 (note early start time).
Venue:
Miyagi University of Education (MUE), Bldg 2, 3F - Room 220. (Map)
           (Brown building straight ahead from the front gate. Please follow the signs).
Fee: Free for JALTmembers and MUE students and aliumni. ¥1000 for non-members, ¥500 for students and first-time visitors. (See "first time free" coupon on homepage.)

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Abstract: In her session Chiyuki Yanase will discuss what Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) is and why it can be an effective approach in EFL classes for young learners. She will also explore how CLIL can be integrated in order to develop young learners’ literacy skills in a EFL story-based class. Participants will be invited to experience CLIL activities, based on a story. It is hoped that participants go back to their classrooms with engaging CLIL activities which motivate literacy development and language learning of young learners.

Sean Reid's workshop will begin with a brief explanation of what a CLT-based approach to teaching is, followed by a discussion of how the implementation of such an approach can benefit our students and ourselves as teachers. The speaker will lead the class through the process of designing a CLT-based unit.  Elements, including materials and resources, communicative activities, the teaching of communication strategies, student-centeredness and assessment will be demonstrated while the attendees actively participate in the role of students to experience and evaluate their effectiveness first hand. The attendees will then share their impression of the activities and we will discuss ways of modifying, adapting and improving these elements to our particular teaching environments.

Speaker Bios: Chiyuki Yanase is a language school owner and a lecturer at several universities in Tokyo. She has been teaching English for young learners for over 20 years and holds M.Sc. in Teaching English to Young Learners from Aston University. Her research interests focus on collaborative learning and the development of young learners’ literacy. She has presented at numerous conferences, and published several articles on team-teaching, learner autonomy and collaborative learning.

Sean Reid has a Master’s degree in TESOL from the Nagoya University of Foreign Studies and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has taught at Taki Gakuen Junior and Senior High School in Aichi and he currently works at Teikyo Daigaku Kani Shogako in Gifu, where he has been in charge of the school`s English program since the school`s opening in 2012.  At Teikyo, he has developed a completely original curriculum with all original materials for each grade level.  This curriculum has been well received throughout Japan. He has given several presentations and workshops focusing on the effects of a Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)-based approach and communication strategy instruction on young learners.

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