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Ibaraki JALT December Meeting Saturday, December 12th 13:00 – 17:00 Co-sponsor : Ibaraki University 1. Featured Speaker Presentation ( 13:30~ 14:30)        English Pronunciation Instruction:   Considering Phonological Differences between English and Japanese     Abstract: Intelligibility is considered an important goal of L2 pronunciation. However, many second/foreign language learners find it difficult to acquire intelligible pronunciation. This presentation focuses on phonological differences between English and Japanese. I will discuss the pronunciation problems faced by Japanese learners of English and factors contributing to the problems. I will also introduce teaching materials designed especially for Japanese students learning English pronunciation. by Yuko Koike    ( Ibaraki University)  (University Education Center/The College of Humanities) Yuko Koike teaches English as a part-time instructor at Ibaraki University. She received her MA in education with a concentration in TE
The Japan Association for Language Teaching   全国語学教育学会 Next Meeting:  Saturday, September 12th, 2015, 09:30 – 17:00 Tsukuba Gakuin Daigaku Morning Presenters:   Mayu SHINTANI (University of Tsukuba)  Image Schema-Based Instructions on English Grammar (10:00 ~10:50): Cognitive linguistics has been devoting to reveal the very nature of language since the last few decades. One of their most fruitful results is the abstraction of the general patterns, the “image schemata,” underlying the grammatical entities. In this presentation, we will propose the grammar teaching method adopting the image-schema theory and show its strong potential in language teaching areas. As the instruction is more visible to learners than the ordinary character-based ones, it could offer them a clearer (and probably less boring) way to understand the grammar. We will also give the data collected in the experiment with native Japanese speaking students at several universities to prove the effectiveness of our metho
The Japan Association for Language Teaching 全国語学教育学会 Next Meeting  Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 10:00 – 17:00             Featured Morning Speaker: Joyce Cunningham Tokiwa University Professor (Ibaraki University Professor Emerita) Morning presentation (10:30 - 11:45): Anne of Green Gables in the Language Classroom You will be invited to participate in a short introduction to the much-loved novel,  Anne of Green Gables.  Most Japanese students seem to enjoy this story and engage in the activities with enthusiasm.  Eastern Canada will be described and you will gain an initial understanding of the people, attitudes and values that form this part of Canada.  Above all, we will focus on Prince Edward Island and the story of its popular heroine, Anne.  A few key scenes in the movie will be viewed and accompanied by worksheets for classroom use.  You will also become acquainted with the author, L. M. Montgomery, and learn more about the details of the story that is now so well-known throughout