The presentation went well, learned a lot and for those who saw please have a look here, presentation posting on the way!
Via: Voxy Blog
English is full of traps, even for native speakers. Fall into one of them, and most people won’t notice or care if it is spoken English. In writing though, especially when you sit for exams, things are more complicated.
See on www.teachers-corner.co.uk
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,
- I live in Japan.
- I love my son, and he is the most precious thing in my life right now.
- 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.
- 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.
- I am an artist, and I try to approach the challenges, and problems in my work and life in an intuitive manner.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
3 Another WordPress page which is devoted to 21st century applications for learning with a particular focus on young learners is
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.
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.
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.
An excellent guide to Infographics: a blend of data and design to presnet information in a visual form. This appoach is a more accesable way to communicate because, as Mark Smiciklas, author of the book The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audiences, states; vision accounts for 50% of the brains functions.
What I like about this article is the discussion about its applications for education with some links to how to apply it in your classroom.
See on edudemic.com
Work and employment is one topic of discussion. But one way to present the topic in a CALL environment would be to have students use this handy post I discovered on the BBC news site comparing work hours. One idea here would be to have students enter the number of days they work if they have a job, or if they don’t work they could enter the data of someone they know (parent, friend, etc.) or maybe their “ideal” work hours. Then they could talk about their work situation, make comparisons with other countries and/or other students situations. You can also access the related article about Who gets the most time off? for more discussion material.
I recommend giving this a try yourself!
But would this be appropriate in some cultures to talk about their occupation with others? For North Americans is fine but for other countries it might be taboo. What do you think?
Literature reviews can be a complex process, and with the plethora of data out there to consume, (journals, books, the Internet) the University Of Sheffield posted this handy guide for those who need a little more structure to their research. To see the whole tutorial, click here or the image.
If you want to look at another way to approach a literature review, look at this
For those who live outside of Japan, one thing I would like you to know is that we start the new year in the Spring. In fact not only school but anyone starting a new job usually gets under way from April 1st. Everyone’s life seems to restart in April, just in time for the cherry blossoms…..There is talk about changing over to starting in September like the rest of the world, but if we did that the symbolism would be lost…
So much for poetry…. on with the nitty gritty…
I will be moving on from Rikkyo University to be to serve as a trainer for teacher development in Kanagawa prefecture to teach elementary, junior high and high school teachers language teaching techniques and cultural awareness.
It is a fresh start for me, and one that has a lot of potential and a lot of challenges too. Where can I take my research from here?
At Rikkyo the concepts of fluency development, vocabulary and syntactic priming, vocabulary development, and using data visualisation became part of my research and teaching practice. Even though we had a very specific teaching approach, I felt Rikkyo supported me in my research interests and will always feel a great deal of gratitude for the Discussion Center and the staff there. There is a real community of teachers, and I really felt supported. If you get a chance to teach there by all means take advantage of it.
With Kanagawa I will hope to bring what I have learned to public school teachers, but also I hope to be an example of someone who can be enthusiastic about teaching. Interesting things are falling into place and I hope I can make a worthwhile contribution.