Date and Time: Sunday, 12 October 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Speaker: Cory Koby
A survey of past research in this field, beginning with Browne and Wada's foundational 1998 study, will help set the backdrop for Cory's own current research which investigates the relationship between English education policy and practice within Japan.
After an opportunity to reflect upon and discuss the issues raised, attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the challenges that Japanese high school teachers of English (JTEs) face in their transition from traditional grammar-translation methodology to truly communicative language education.
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Cory is from Canada - Law Undergraduate - previously he owned a business. Came to Japan in 2007 and worked at an Eikaiwa school at first. Now he is working at a private Junior/Senior high school in Sendai. He is also the president of JALT Sendai.
Now he’s doing a master’s degree in London University of East London.
Using English in the Classroom - Cory reports that less than 50% of JTEs use English in the classroom.
|Cory Koby presenting|
The impressive point of this increase is that for the first time in 30 years, that number has been increased. It stayed at 2,200 for over 30 years.
Number of hours to study English per week for students hasn't changed overall; the maximum number of hours is 21. The minimum number hours is just 2 hours.
2009a - See Cory's slide for translation. This represents the translation of the MEXT requirements for English in the classroom. 2009b shows a clarification made later on by MEXT, but teachers reported it wasn't much clearer.
MEXT EFL Learning Objective - To develop students’ communication abilities. (Mext Course of Study (1999, 2009)
Communicative Competence - The objective shared by all three major areas concerned.
|Nagasaki JALT members and guests|
Teachers’ Union influence
Ashikawa Achievement Test Case (1976)
Teachers don’t have to follow the government requirements.
Effect on Communicative Competence (See slides)
- Learners must show deference and respect
- Bad manners if you “show off”
- Knowledge is transferred from teachers to learners
- Egalitarian approach - all students continued equal.
- Belief that proficiency can be acquired by effort
- Hierarchy of learners and of teachers
Native Speaker - see slide on issues with Native speakers recruited for teaching.
Issues with “all-English lessons” - see slide on these issues.
Then Cory showed us a video from MEXT showing a demonstration lesson with some promise.
Guests: 5 (3 first-time guests)
Location: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejimamachi, Nagasaki
Fee for JALT members: Free
Fee for one-day members: 1,000 yen, free for students
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