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Next Ibaraki JALT Meeting Saturday, February 14th, 2015, 09:30 – 17:00 at Tsukuba Gakuin Daigaku  Azuma 3-1, Tsukuba The Japan Association for Language Teaching          全国語学教育学会         (Ibaraki Chapter) Featured Morning Speaker: Maria Gabriela SCHMIDT  University of Tsukuba--Associate Professor Morning presentation (10:00 - 11:45): Listening and Pronunciation - Keep an eye on the mother tongue Maria Gabriela Schmidt To combine listening and pronunciation in language teaching is not that simple. Each belong to the opposite side of the sound, but listening is mostly invisible to us, and pronunciation is on the surface. When a student cannot understand the listening part, we will not be aware immediately, but if the sound of spoken language does not fit, it is obvious. - The approach will begin with the influence of L1 our mother tongue and then will switch to listening and pronunciation in the classroom and what we should consider important for the exercises.  Bio: Since Sept. 201
     The Japan Association for Language Teaching  -JALT-   Sunday, Sep, 28th, 13:30 – 17:00   Presentations:   1. Popular Songs in the Language Learning Classroom   (13:30-14:15) by Robert Betts (Tokiwa University)   This workshop demonstrates the use of popular songs in the classroom to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the language classroom. The use of songs in the practice of language teaching is well documented in foreign language learning research. Songs selected from popular music motivates learners to explore language outside the normal structure for language learning activities in the classroom. In addition, the use of popular songs encourages students to listen to and sing songs in the target language.  The criteria for selecting popular songs are based on the following ideas: a) purpose – the purpose for using a song in the classroom (learn vocabulary/practice skills/content or message), b) length – the time allocated for the activity (long
Previous Meeting - Saturday, May 17 全国語学教育学会      The Japan Association for Language Teaching  -JALT-  Co-sponsor : Ibaraki University 
 1. Featured Speaker Presentation (14:30~ 16:00) Vocabulary and textbooks: What textbooks do, what they don't, and what you can do by Dale Brown (Osaka University) The commonsense view of vocabulary learning is that learning a word means learning its meaning. Vocabulary researchers, however, have established that there is a lot more to learning a word than this. Full 
mastery of a word includes, among other things, knowing its spoken and written form, knowing the concepts it can refer to and what other words it is related to, and knowing the grammatical and collocational patterns 
it occurs in. Classroom observation studies appear to show that teachers, for the most part, take the commonsense view and focus on word meaning. This presentation will begin by reporting on a study which 
aimed to find out whether the same is true of textb