Category Archives: language acquisition

Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Language Learning April 17-20 2014 in Osaka, references and graditude!

Hello all,

First I want to thank Steve Cornwell and all of the staff, guest speakers, and all the wonderful people I met at the Osaka ACLL/ACTC 2014! I look forward to next years event and I strongly recommend this conference in order to get a broader view of languge teaching practice and research across Asia!

Regarding my presentation,  if you would like references to the literature I mentioned please click here.

Also since there has been a lot of interest in what we do with our writing program… here is the pdf of my powerpoint. Enjoy!

In addition, there will be a video coming up soon on how to make an example-driven style of feedback for writing, so please stay tuned….

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My students say the absolute minimum

This is great adivce to the language teacher! I certainly agree with everything here but I am a little weary of giving stickers unless it is given sparingly. My answer to the forth point is to tell jokes in class if you are the teacher, particulary jokes that involve both L1 and L2 words. It could help students remember certian vocabulary if it is presented in a pun. But don’t overdo it though. My colleauges can attest to this!

Oxford University Press

Solutions Speaking ChallengeZarina Subhan, an experienced teacher and teacher trainer, tackles the second of our Solutions Speaking Challenges: “My students say the absolute minimum”.

I find myself in the classroom in an unfamiliar position. It’s not the fact that I’ve given up teaching that makes this a new experience for me. It is the fact that I’m a student again. I’m learning Spanish and am sitting behind the desk, no longer the decision-maker who tells the learners what to do, but the student awaiting instructions and wondering if I understood them.

I’m rediscovering how uncertain, vulnerable and anxious it can feel to be a language student. Most of the reading, writing, listening, speaking and (most importantly) thinking in the target language (TL) happens in the classroom. I know I am there to improve my language; my motivation as an adult learner is high, yet I have to admit I could speak…

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Presentation at JALT 2013 in Kobe!

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Hello all,

Just wanted to add that coming up this month I and my colleauges of the English teacher training division for the Kanagawa Institute of Language and Culture Studies (神奈川県国際言語文化アカデミアの外国語にかかる教員研修事業.  will be giving a forum on our Advanced Leader Teacher program at this coming JALT conference at the Kobe Convention Center, Portopia, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan October 25th – 28th, 2013

The title of the presentation: A Voyage of Reflective Teaching

The Advanced program gathers 20 English teachers who teach in high schools in Kanagawa, supporting them in action research and professional development in order to create “leader teachers” who will be the hub of change and professional development in their schools.

This program has entered its third year and we will present the changes we have noticed in our participants and the process in promoting that change.

Our presentation will be on Monday October 28th, 10:10-11:40 in room 407 at the convention.

For more information:

The presentation abstract:http://jalt.org/2013/abstract.php?p=71

Jalt2013 information (in English and Japanese) http://jalt.org/conference

Our institute (in Japanese) :http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f7807/

Our program (in Japanese) http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f440038/

(in English) http://group14teachers.renshuishere.com/

A lovely blog

Hello everybody,
A fellow blogger Chelsea Brown sent me this award a while back, and since I was taken by this simple gesture, I figured I would pass this along. I know it took me a while to get this together, but here it is.

Now according to these rules, I need to describe seven things about myself.
Well, here we go,

  1. I live in Japan.
  2. I love my son, and he is the most precious thing in my life right now.
  3. I teach people, and people teach me. It`s not an easy job, but I think this is a choice that I feel good about. Of all the occupations I considered, this one can let me sleep at night.
  4. I teach English and at the moment I am training teachers in Japan on how to be better English teachers for their students, schools, communities.
  5. I am an artist, and I try to approach the challenges, and problems in my work and life in an intuitive manner.
  6. Also I am a researcher in applied linguistics and corpus linguistics. The concept of data driven learning is very appealing but also very challenging to apply in the classroom.
  7. The one quote that I live by: “In the beginner`s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert`s mind there are few”- Shunryu Suzuki.

Now my five favorite blogs:

1   corp. ling.stats|Statistics for corpus linguistics= If you want to learn how to use stats this blogger is quite thorough.

http://www3.nufs.ac.jp/~yoshi/teaching.html

2  One page I really enjoy is on Scoop it. and that is by a fellow colleague Marcel at the Kanagawa Institute called Internet Resources for Paper Based EFL which functions as a site for teachers to access tools for creating worksheets, games and other time-saving tips for the language teacher.

Internet Resources for Paper Based EFL

3 Another WordPress page which is devoted to 21st century applications for learning with a particular focus on young learners is

IGameMom.com 

4 If you are interested in criminal justice, CrimeDime is the source. I haven`t seen many posts lately but I hope to read more soon. The info you read about crime, law enforcement, and the prison industrial system in the US, this can be quite an eye opener.

http://crimedime.com/about/

5 And finally I have to give some Linux love to A Psycho Path who writes some excellent advice for those who use Ubuntu like myself. Check out this when you have a chance.

http://sosaysharis.wordpress.com/

So according to the rules those of you who I mentioned try to pass the favor by talking about yourself, and choosing 5 of your favorite blogs. I know we are all (myself included) busy so no pressure here.

Thank you Chelsea for awarding me with this and for everyone`s support.

Michael Stout’s Blog-For students and teachers: Vocabulary Flashcards

See on Scoop.itvocabulary learning

Michael Stouts online resource for his own students using a flaschard app. Perfect example of a teacher using blogging for delivering class material.

See on mrstoutsblog.blogspot.fr

How Knowing a Foreign Language Can Improve Your Decisions: Scientific American

See on Scoop.itFluency development in Foreign Languages

Thinking in another language changes how people weigh their options…

After reading this it seems that:

You will think more logically in your foreign language rather than in your native one. The idea is that your native tounge will have more emotional resonance rather than your foreign one, which may influnce your decisions and act illogically.

One side that was not considered is the poficiency of the speakers L2. While my Japanese is ok, I wouldn’t be confident to make life-or -death decisions based on this. Maybe that is a logical decision.

See on www.scientificamerican.com

Confusion Helps Us Learn: Scientific American Podcast

See on Scoop.itComputer Aided Language Learning

Really interesting article that challenges our assumptions about learning.

See on www.scientificamerican.com

The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs Competition | Foreign …

See on Scoop.itComputer Aided Language Learning

Interesting post here, there is a top 100  Language Learning Blog Competition, and this is one of the nominees.

Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century has been nominated in in this year’s Lexophile/bab.la Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition again. Thank you, whovever is ‘responsible’ 🙂 for this. Please click on this …

See on juergenkurtz.wordpress.com

Art, Drawing : Art-technique online flashcards from SwipeStudy

See on Scoop.itTeaching and Researching Language Learning

A really user friendly application for personal and classroom vocabulary practice.

http://www.swipestudy.com/

I was actually able to make some kanji cards in a matter of minutes. Probably one of the easiest I’ve encountered for making flashcards.

Below is a sample account that you can try.

Art%2C+Drawing, spelling+%26+vocabulary+%3Cbr%2F%3E SwipeStudy Online Flashcard web-app study tool (helping someone study Art, Drawing – spelling & vocabulary
#flashcards #learning #studytips http://t.co/fZbfulzM...)…

Enjoy,

See on www.swipestudy.com

Presentation in Ibaraki!

I will be giving a presentation on techniques to improve spoken fluency with Anne Takata on February 19, 2012 for the Ibaraki JALT chapter in Japan. For more information here is the link to the Ibaraki JALT. Hope to see you there.

Date: February 19th
Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Room no: Sho-kouzashitsu #2 (Small-sized Room #2)
Place: Ibaraki Kennan Gakushu Center (in Urara Building, 5th Floor)
2:40 – 4:00 (1 hour to talk and 20 for QA)

Peter Parise and Anne Takata

Abstract

Fluency? Fluency. Fluency!: Practical and theoretical approaches to fluency development.

Armed with a firm background in grammar and lexis, Japanese EFL students are well primed for fluency development. This presentation will demonstrate a simple and effective fluency activity that is suitable for a wide range of levels and class contexts. Both theoretical and practical uses will be discussed.

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For a PDF of the power point  and reference list go here

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