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The 5th JALT Joint Tokyo Conference - October 31st, 2010
"Research that inspires: Where theory meets practice"
Toyo Gakuen University, Phoenix Hall, Building 1, Hongo Campus, Tokyo
10.15-11.00 Yusa Koizumi - Collaborative writing: What happens when students write together
Theorists argue that collaborative writing could promote second language acquisition because it provides learners opportunities to attend to linguistic form and notice the gap between the target language and their interlanguage. The presentation first reviews Storch (2005), which offered evidence for such a claim by investigating student interaction in a pair writing task and analyzed the compositions they produced. The presentation then provides examples of collaborative writing activities using student interactional data and written products and concludes with a discussion of the benefits and difficulties of implementing these activities in actual classrooms.
Yusa Koizumi is a lecturer at Rikkyo University and teaches a variety of EFL courses. She is also engaged in doctoral studies at Temple University. Her research interests include second language writing, learner interaction, and focus on form.
11.15-12.00 Steven Kirk - Revisiting memorization and repetition in the language classroom
This presentation will look at the problems of developing what Pawley and Syder famously called “nativelike fluency” and “nativelike selection”. This entails revisiting memorization and repetition-based techniques that have generally been rejected by Communicative Language Teaching. The presenter will also show how a rich and realistic text can be used to create activities that help to build both fluency and accuracy, and discuss how to do this within a CLT framework.
Steven Kirk is a lecturer in the English Communication Department of Toyo University, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham. He has been teaching in Japan since 1996, and currently lives in Chiba.
13.15-14.00 Alastair Graham-Marr - Language output: It ought to be more obvious
A paper that has strongly influenced my work is Izumi et al's 1999 paper, "Testing the output hypothesis: Effects of output on noticing and second language acquisition". The researchers failed to find an empirical effect for output, yet maintained that their hypothesis was nonetheless correct. I totally agreed and loved the chutzpah. This difficulty in finding empirical evidence for something so seemingly obvious has spurred me on to research this aspect of language acquisition.
Alastair Graham-Marr has been teaching in Japan for twenty one years. He is an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Science. His research interests include language output, explicit teaching, communication strategies and listening. He has run teacher training workshops in many countries around the world including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, the U.A.E., the U.S and Canada.
14.15-15.00 Kip Cates - Global education: Inspiration for the classroom
Global education aims at enabling students to effectively acquire a foreign language while promoting socially responsible citizenship in a multicultural world. Research in the field ranges from global awareness surveys to content analyses of global themes in EFL textbooks. My involvement in this area has been inspired by the work of key global educators such as Kniep (1985) and Pike & Selby (1988). Join me to discuss how “global ed” can help to promote international understanding!
Kip A. Cates is a professor at Tottori University and coordinator of JALT’s "Global Issues" Special Interest Group. He publishes a quarterly "Global Issues in Language Education Newsletter" and is a founder of the “Asian Youth Forum".
15.15-16.00 Brenda Bushell - Teaching reflective research practices in the writing classroom to avo