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ELT Calendar of Conferences on Second Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition in Japan This page shows upcoming conferences, book fairs and other large-scale events of professional interest to language teachers in Japan. For past conferences, see the archive of past conferences. If you're interested in giving a workshop or presentation at one of these events, please see the calls for papers. February 2016 Kansai ETJ EXPO Date: February 14th (Sunday), 2016 Organization: ETJ Osaka (English Teachers in Japan) Location: Kyoto International School 2nd Joint International Methodology Research Colloquium Dates: February 16th (Tuesday) - February 17th (Wednesday), 2016 Organization: Okinawa Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching Location: Tenbusu Naha, on Hokusai Dori, Naha, Okinawa

Teaching Village Hi! I’m Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto. I’m an English teacher currently living in Kitakyushu, Japan. I’ve taught English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) for a little more than 20 years, and in those years I have taught all ages in many different environments–private language schools, public schools, businesses, community centers, my home, and even a university extension class or two. procedural knowledge vs. declarative knowledge Procedural knowledge is, in a nutshell, knowing how to do something. It contrasts with declarative knowledge, which is knowledge about something. For example, I may read about the importance of perfect arm strokes and coordination while swimming and yet drown like a stone when inside the pool. This may sound obvious, I know, but as far as language learning goes, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

A journée in language. Julie’s story: ELT Freelancing in France for over 30 years This past week I met Julie Cummings-Debrot, a freelancer with her own company here in Paris – for a cup of coffee and a chat about teaching in France, corporate training and how she’s incorporating blended learning into her courses. We met at La Défense, the swanky financial district of Paris just after one of her lessons. We had a nice lil’ chat and afterwards I rode my lil’ folding bike back home to write up some notes to share Julie’s rich experience with us all here!

copy & paste IPA symbols by Tomasz P. Szynalski © Tomasz P. Szynalski, ELT CONFERENCES 2015 I’ve decided to make a few tiny, tweeny-weeny changes to this year’s Conference Calendar! Yes, that image is the first one – heck…if Warren Buffett can say something outrageous about the States (and 1776), I thought I’d just borrow his words a wee bit (and apply them to our conferences here in canım Türkiyem)! “Bizim konferanslar”, here in Turkey, have been getting a pretty good reputation over the last few years…and this year is shaping up to be the same! The second change is that I am not kicking off with the International “big boys” this time around. Yani, those conferences that are far too far away (and too expensive for most of us to get to) …unless we work for an EDUorganisation that sends all its TEACHers on an “international jolly” (while all the administrators / managers stay back at home to look after the “shop”)!

for teachers by teachers by David Dodgson “But you only teach six lessons a day and you have a guaranteed summer holiday…” Ah, the common misconception that being a teacher is somehow an “easy” job! We all know the truth, however. Recycling Language in a Dogme Classroom – chiasuanchong I have often have teachers asking me, ‘If language just emerges, how do you ensure learning takes place? How do you recycle the langauge?’ Many of you have read, or written blogposts on the same subject, but I thought I’d share my favourite ways of recycling language (which I’ve, of course, stolen and adapted from all the wonderful teachers and colleagues around me).

Dogmeinaction -3 survivors are holding up in an old EFL language school but slowly running out of supplies. Survivor 1: I hear noises outside. Survivor 2: Goddamn zombie students I bet. Survivor 3; Damn! Can’t they leave us alone? Survivor 2: They’re zombies, they are on automatic pilot. TEXT to Phonemic Paste English text here: Phonetic transcription of English text (IPA phonetic alphabet): No English text submitted Difficult students It means that in every class of 25, we have 3-4 problem students. Children are their parents’ mirrors, as well as our own; students often copy their teachers’ behaviour. J.K. Rowling brilliantly showed it with Harry Potter and Dumbledore on the one hand, and Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape on the other hand. She has also taught us that things are often not what they seem: human beings are more complex. Opposites attract; they also vie with each other, often in the same person.

The Rapid eLearning Blog - Practical, real-world tips for e-learning success. Creating great interactive learning experiences requires a few core building blocks: relevant content, pull versus push, and real-world decisions. With those building blocks you're able to structure effective learning scenarios that are meaningful to the learner and helps meet the objectives of the course. One of those building blocks in creating relevant content or content that is placed in a meaningful context. Essentially, you want to recreate the types of scenarios that are similar to the ones the learner has in real life. This allows them to see the content in ... Read the full article

An A-Z of ELT – an encyclopedia-dictionary of terminology relating to English language and English language teaching. by charquis May 13

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