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Stop Telling Your Students To “Pay attention!”

See on Scoop.itFluency development in Foreign Languages

First, stop expecting kids to pay attention. They don’t owe you anything. They’re only in school because it’s the law and their friends are there. There are two solution types. The first is a workaround. Here are some examples of short-term solutions for attention-building…

See on www.jensenlearning.com

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The “March” of Time….. and a new academic year “Springs” into action!

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.

Post presentation thoughts and thanks

Sunday evening, finished the presentation. Thank you Anne for working with me on this. I appreciate it a lot! It is much easier to present as a pair than alone. Ibaraki JALT is a fine group of people! Thank you for your support and warm-heartedness.  Tom and Yasue’s presentation was excellent too! Thank you for doing this with us!

Now, I am just going to vegetate for a bit. Put the books and the papers away! Tomorrow’s another day. Tomorrow’s a work day. Tomorrow never knows…..

Workshop at JALT CALL 2010, and you can join the fun too!

Hello everybody,

Just wanted to give you notice that I will be giving a workshop at the JALT CALL 2010. (Thats the Japan Association of Language Teachers Computer Assisted Language Learning conference in case you don’t live in Japan)

The title of this workshop is devoted to one internet tool Wordle, created by Johnathan Feinberg.   I am offering this here make teachers in Japan aware of its potential. We will create some word clouds in the lab and group brainstorm ideas on applying them in the classroom.

You too can witness the action because I am presenting this via Google Docs Presentation software, which can allow users to see the presentation online!

here is the link to the presentation.

I will be giving this on Sunday, May 30th at from 9:30 am to 11 am Japan time.  I look forward to your participation.

Poster Presentation at JALT-CALL

I will be giving a poster presentation at the Jalt-Call conference at Toyo Gakuen- Hongo Campus, Tokyo Japan . My poster will be on June 7th 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in room 4503

The title of this poster is:

In Just One Year: An Electronic Corpus of Junior High Learners for Vocabulary Learning and Teaching

here is the link to the event.

http://jaltcall.org/content/course/view.php?id=16

and a link to the presenters where you can read my abstract.

http://jaltcall.org/content/mod/resource/view.php?id=375

Also of note about my is the fact there will be a “high frequency word list raffle” in which conference attendees can guess the top five most frequent words for a writing assignment executed by Japanese junior high students. I think activities like this would be a stimulating way to encourage such students to think about how they use their productive vocabulary in writing. If you try this with your students, please let me know your results.

See you at the conference.