Living with texts Peter Mickan University of Adelaide JALT Roundtable DiscussionUniversity of Tokushima, Japan Friday February 19 2011
Language teaching The privilege: Centrality of language in life Language use is natural Language as discourse, as text Language use embedded in social contexts How do we use language in lessons?
The reality of language We are able to observe and document language use We record natural language We analyse language use to study language teaching & learning How can we use documentation for the study of language?
Enjoyment of language Our experiences with language Our students’ experiences with the language of instruction How can we share our enjoyment with our students?
Language in schools Learning through language Learning about language How can we take advantage of lessons as contexts for authentic language experiences?
Reflections Language and context: Lessons as natural events rich in language; Teaching with texts: Language as functional; Explicitness about the language of texts: Grammatical choices and language learning.
Discussion Opportunities for action? Circumstances for investigation? Social networking for collaboration?