Sessions / Practice-Oriented Long Workshop

Productive Activities in an Online Classroom #873


Mon, Nov 16, 16:45-17:45 JST | Zoom 4

Technology will not make you a better teacher, but it can help you to teach better online. In this workshop, I will demonstrate how to easily transfer activities such as gap fill or matching practice to an online classroom and how to swiftly prepare writing and speaking activities. Teachers can quickly learn and apply these tools online, and they will help them to integrate their students and make their online classroom more interactive.

Writers’ PSG: Improving Writing for Publication #390


Mon, Nov 16, 18:00-19:00 JST | Zoom 1

The presenters will detail the training and services currently available to JALT members through the Writers’ Peer Support Group (PSG), which pairs writers aiming for publication with volunteer peer readers. Current PSG members, those interested in becoming PSG members or more effective peer readers/reviewers, novices writing for publication, and researchers interested in peer-to-peer models would benefit from this session. Our annual general meeting follows immediately, and is open to anyone who is interested.

Introduction to New Interactions - English for Academic Purposes #889

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Tue, Nov 17, 14:00-15:00 JST

New Interactions is a fully revised and enhanced version of the most trusted name in English for Academic Purposes. It is a five-level program that focuses on developing the academic language and skills that students will need for higher education. New Interactions is a blended delivery program that is built on the Connect platform, which is an innovative tool that allows for personalized learning that can be delivered remotely or face to face. It also features remote proctoring ability. In this presentation, we will look at the academic program as well as conduct a walk-through of the platform.

International Exchange Activities After COVID-19 #403


Tue, Nov 17, 19:00-20:00 JST | Zoom 2

The spread of COVID-19 has made it difficult for students to study abroad and has brought major changes into universities' international exchanges. In response to these changes, presenters implemented online technologies into their international exchange activities on campus and with overseas partner institutions. In this workshop, in addition to presenters explaining their activities, participants will be invited to share their experiences/ideas and discuss further possibilities of international exchanges under the circumstances of COVID-19.

Adapting Can Do Descriptors to Remote Teaching #405


Tue, Nov 17, 19:30-20:30 JST | Zoom 3

Can do descriptors are an important tool to make learning outcome transparent to learners and stakeholders. The extended version of the CEFR, the CEFR Companion Volume (Council of Europe 2018), offers Can do descriptors for telecommunication. This workshop will examine a range of related descriptors, discuss their applicability, including an online oral assessment using CEFR as a rubric base, and give hints to adapt the descriptors to various contexts of emergency remote teaching and learning.

Yukie Saito / Engel L.P. Villareal / Maria Gabriela Schmidt /

Digital Tools for Kindergarten and Young Learners for Remote and Classroom Teaching – MidiEnglish, MidiPhonics and Moo-O #891

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Wed, Nov 18, 14:00-15:00 JST

As more schools turn to remote learning, the need for digital products for all ages increases. In this presentation, we will look at three tools that can be used effectively for face-to-face and remote teaching to very young learners. MidiEnglish is a blended holistic tool for learning English that is based around the idea that learning should be fun and meaningful for learners. It includes music, games and physical activities that students can do in groups or individually. We have recently updated it to include remote capabilities that allows students to interact with the program even from home. MidiPhonics is an extension of the Midi family that focuses on phonics. Moo-O is an interactive story-telling program in which learners can join the story to act out the parts.

Introduction to New Interactions – English for Academic Purposes #890

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Thu, Nov 19, 14:00-15:00 JST

New Interactions is a fully revised and enhanced version of the most trusted name in English for Academic Purposes. It is a five-level program that focuses on developing the academic language and skills that students will need for higher education. New Interactions is a blended delivery program that is built on the Connect platform, which is an innovative tool that allows for personalized learning that can be delivered remotely or face to face. It also features remote proctoring ability. In this presentation, we will look at the academic program as well as conduct a walk-through of the platform.

SOFLA-Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach #404


Fri, Nov 20, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 3

Best practices in online teaching should include the eight steps of the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA), a distance learning model which most closely replicates actual classroom teaching. SOFLA includes structured, interactive, multimodal activities, both asynchronous and synchronous, that create fertile spaces for teaching and learning online. Participants will learn how to implement each step, and will receive digital resources to guide them in using SOFLA. In the spirit of flipped learning, there is pre-work for this session – brief, engaging and fun! Link: https://forms.gle/siKR1A6fs8J56oU87

Doing Broad Positive Discourse Analysis #421


Fri, Nov 20, 12:00-13:00 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

Positive discourse analysis (PDA) is an approach where we look at successful projects and things in order to understand what makes them work. In this workshop, I will share some tools and examples of how people carry out PDA in real world settings. In doing so, we will learn how we can use PDA for both analysis of projects as well as creating our own projects with the aim of harmonising our communities and eco-systems.

Virtual Field Trips: PBL Workshop Creation #402


Fri, Nov 20, 19:15-20:15 JST | Zoom 3

Virtual field trips allow students to explore essential questions, discover answers, and deliver unique projects through PBL netquests. Savvy teachers like you create virtual field trips to shift online, with models I show to create yours so your students develop skills in accessing information from the virtual world and hone collaboration skills with other students on projects. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to create virtual field trips for your students.

Differentiated Instruction in the ELT Classroom #370


Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 1

Every student brings to class a unique set of skills, experiences, and learning preferences, which can be overlooked with a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching, planning, and assessment. Differentiated instruction is one way to address this. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the concept of differentiation and then share ideas of how it can be utilized in a university ELT classroom with a diverse range of student abilities.

Initiating a CEFR Alignment Project #382


Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 13

This presentation reports on the process of aligning an existing freshman English communication course with the common European framework of reference for languages (CEFR). The presenters detail their bottom-up approach, highlighting pitfalls and successes of including instructor and student voices in the alignment process. Actual examples of the new curriculum, input and feedback from instructors, and results of a needs analysis conducted among students will be shared.

Getting Students to Share Stories #386

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Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 4

From ancient times to now, stories have been a means to share our experiences and develop our communities. But, how can we bring storytelling into the language classroom? This presentation will describe how the textbook, Discover Conversation, can help learners to share and react to each other’s stories. It will demonstrate ways to scaffold the learning process so that learners can be exposed to and engage in more authentic L2 storytelling.

Creating Interactive Slide Presentations #398


Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 16

With the sudden rush to move classes online, many teachers have to adapt to presenting content in new ways. This presentation will look at some freemium tools, such as Nearpod and Peardeck, that help teachers create interactive slide presentations that enhance learning and students engagement. Teachers will learn how to create, design and deploy interactive slide presentations both synchronously and asynchronously.

A Five-Step Roadmap for A Growth Mindset Culture #408


Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 22

This practice-oriented presentation will demonstrate a five-step process in creating a growth mindset culture in an online course Purposive Communication. The first part shares the research of Carol Dweck on the impact of mindset on student achievement, wellbeing, motivation, and engagement. It will also build the case of establishing a growth mindset culture in remote learning environments. The second part will demonstrate the actual process of creating a growth mindset culture.

Easy and Kind Communication: Bridging the Gap #359


Sat, Nov 21, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 14

This session will present the core theories behind Easy & Kind Communication (or Yasashii Communication) and how it can bridge the divide between language learners. Native speakers - whether they lead a classroom or work in an office - have an important role to play in making communication successful. Learn how communicating in an easy & kind way can benefit you and everyone in your organization.

Seeing Your Lesson From the Students’ Side #366

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Sat, Nov 21, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 18

Teachers of young learners are often focused on getting through their daily lesson plan, but how often do they think about how their students see the lesson? If teachers scaffold the lesson to pique students’ natural curiosity, personalize the content to aid understanding, and not only model what to do, but also show the students that they can accomplish language tasks, the classes will go more smoothly, leaving the teacher and students feeling more satisfied.

(Un)awareness in Intercultural Communication #379


Sat, Nov 21, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 8

Developing intercultural competence requires not only the right set of attitudes but also a certain set of abilities, and most agree that one component is self- and/or cultural- awareness. However, few discuss the importance of recognizing the intercultural unawareness that hinders communication in intercultural settings. The presenter will argue the importance of raising intercultural awareness, as in allowing students to realize their (un)awareness of certain aspects both in their culture and other cultures.

Building Intercultural Competence Through CLIL #358


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 1

This workshop will first offer a brief rational situating CLIL as an appropriate theoretical framework for developing students’ intercultural and linguistic competencies. Next, participants will experience several practical classroom-tested activities, which can potentially benefit their own students, for developing more effective intercultural attitudes, knowledge, skills, and awareness. Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of how to more effectively merge cultural content and language learning that can benefit a variety of learners.

Academic Writing and Mediation: CEFR-Informed #365


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 13

After the explanation of the key (academic) writing concepts in context of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and the concept of (language) “Mediation” (from the 2018 CEFR Companion volume, a download from the Internet is recommended) the workshop gives participants the opportunity to mediate concepts themselves or (in another group) to evaluate texts from students in order to familiarize teachers with mediation strategies.

Eight Shortcuts for Understanding Tense and Aspect #384


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST CANCELLED

Mastering the English tense-aspect system remains challenging for university EFL learners, namely given their writing needs in academic English and, eventually, for work-related purposes. We developed eight shortcuts that reflect the shared conceptualizations of the main tense-aspect grammar rules, based on ontological structures of time and happenings. These shortcuts have allowed students to efficiently understand the main workings of the entire system and facilitated their appropriate use of English tenses.

Widgets Inc.: Task-Based Workplace English Course #387

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Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 14

This workshop demonstrates important principles in “strong” task-based and project-based instruction, using content from the 2019 ELTons award-winning course, Widgets Inc. 2nd Edition (Atama-ii Books). Teachers interested in TBLT, action-oriented approach, task-based syllabus design, task-outcome assessment, the communicative approach, a task complexity syllabus, and themed instruction will benefit. Get practical and pedagogically-sound ideas on how to target creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving through group discussions, presentations, interviews, self- and peer-evaluation. Presented by the author.

Making Speaking Happen (Online and Off) #417

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Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 4

Although speaking is often regarded as the essential language skill, learners often feel frustrated that their ability to speak is still inadequate despite years of study. This talk will look at insights, old and new, about what the skill of speaking is and how to help learners improve their spoken ability. We will also look at why and how to incorporate “time to speak” in lessons and courses, whether delivered face-to-face or online.

Getting Published in JALT Publications #419


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 20

This presentation provides clear and practical information on publishing in one of the JALT Publications journals, which include The Language Teacher, JALT Journal, and the Postconference Publication. Editors from each journal will cover their journal’s remit and submission guidelines, describe the various peer-reviewed and not peer-reviewed publication opportunities available, and answer questions. First-time authors and those wishing to publish in Japanese are especially welcome.

Community via Authentic Content Language Immersion #394

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Sat, Nov 21, 13:25-14:25 JST | Zoom 5

If Teacher/Learner communication is to go beyond top-down instruction and evolve into an engaging, interactive exchange building language competence, a common ground of current subject matter to stimulate language use must be established. Utilising authentic video from the worlds of entertainment, news and factual programming, Lingua Attack provides this common ground, thus creating a true community of interest and relevance between teachers and learners ideal for flipped classroom teaching and similar pedagogical approaches.

Teaching Digitally and Remotely Feedback of 2020 #385

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Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 2

This practical session will consider the remote and virtual teaching that has been imposed on us this year from the point of view of teaching tools and materials. The functionality of and access to, content needs to be in place for a successful class and this workshop-style consultative session, will practically share valuable feedback from the delegates and presenters, so everyone leaves with actual practical ideas to implement immediately.

Building Community Through Learner Engagement #388

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Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 4

Nurturing community is critical for fully engaging students in learning. This presentation will explore how building community reduces psychological resistance and encourages student engagement. It discusses how to encourage an engaged learner community by building trust, making communicative activities more meaningful, and by focusing on learners’ personal point of view. A questionnaire to measure student resistance and engagement will be introduced. The focus will be hands-on and practical.

Supplements and Methods to Maximize Your Textbook #418

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Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 9

Textbooks allow teachers to introduce topics, activities, and practice, but they are not always perfect for your situation. This presentation will share activities related to the Cambridge University Press Unlock series to help push students further into higher order thinking and critical thinking skills. Attendees will leave with ideas and links to prints of materials to expand their textbook into a better, more complete, student experience.

Introductory Workshop on Q-Methodology #420


Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

Q-methodology is an underused research method to identify subjective views within a community about a particular topic. It includes both elements of quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate people’s opinions without breaking them into a limited number of variables. In this workshop, I will give an overview of the method, take the audience through the basic steps, and consider its application. The workshop will include hands-on experiences and information on various software applications.

IELTS Writing Task 1: Handling a 2-Diagram Task #413

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Sat, Nov 21, 16:45-17:45 JST | Zoom 6

For some test takers IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, describing data, is an unfamiliar exercise. Some of us are slightly uncomfortable with graphs and charts, so tasks that have 2 diagrams can be challenging. In this workshop we will work through some activities designed to help test takers develop techniques to deal with this task type.

Sarah Philpot / Louisa Dunne /

Cuisenaire Rods: A Powerful Tool for the Classroom #357


Sat, Nov 21, 17:20-18:20 JST | Zoom 1

The Cuisenaire rods are colored rods between one and ten cm long. They are excellent tools for classroom use. Rods can represent people, buildings, streets, cars, etc., as well as grammar structures like clauses in a sentence. Standing a blue rod beside a green one, for example, we can elicit, “Mr. Blue is taller than Mr. Green.” I’ll share several different ways to use the rods and explain why they are effective for language learning.

Teaching Wellbeing in Context #392

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Sat, Nov 21, 17:20-18:20 JST | Zoom 3

Teacher wellbeing is not an optional extra element but the foundation of good practice. In this talk, we will explore the factors that contribute to positive teacher wellbeing focusing on aspects of the contexts and communities that can hinder or inhibit professional growth and job satisfaction. The talk will include practical suggestions for individuals and institutions to reflect upon including relationships, communication, autonomy, self-efficacy, and boundaries.

How Do You Know Learning Is Taking Place? #409

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Sat, Nov 21, 17:55-18:55 JST | Zoom 14

One of the challenges facing teachers who have had to move their teaching online is how to ensure that learning is still taking place. Traditional ways of assessing students’ progress are no longer applicable – so how do we move assessment online too? This presentation looks at two new online tests that can be used to place students at the correct level, monitor their progress across all four skills and be administered remotely.

Speaking English With Preschoolers #380


Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-10:30 JST | Zoom 19

Language is not only a tool for communication, but also a framework for mental activity. Increased use of language in specific ways with preschoolers helps them develop this framework upon which higher mental skills can be built. Several techniques to verbally engage preschoolers in using English to develop their mental skills will be demonstrated through selected activities. Finally, a discussion on how these activities can be adapted for participants’ classrooms will be held.

Virtual Exchange With Google Slides #400


Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-10:30 JST | Zoom 16

Would your students be interested in meeting and exchanging work with another class? In this session see how small groups of students from classes in Oregon and California used Google Slides to exchange weekly writing assignments. This project is easy to plan and maintain. The students were highly motivated and improved both their writing and computer skills. This project is student led and adaptable for students of all ages, elementary school through adults.

Exciting, Practical Language Activities for Peacebuilding #415


Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-10:30 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

Rebecca Oxford and Matilde Olivero invite language educators to see themselves and their students as potential peacebuilders. The workshop involves short, dynamic activities that enhance language and peace competencies simultaneously. These activities are related to the Language of Peace Approach, positive psychology, social and emotional learning (SEL), and “21st Century Skills,” such as communication, collaboration, creativity, cultural understanding, critical thinking, and commitment. Participants receive a link to abundant materials, information, and contacts for possible collaboration.

Promoting Curiosity in the Japanese EFL Classroom #396

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Sun, Nov 22, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 13

As teachers of English working in a Japanese context a fundamental challenge we face is how to jump start student’s natural intrinsic motivation and help guide them on a path to become independent, autonomous learners. This presentation will discuss motivational benefits of encouraging curiosity in the language classroom while focusing on practical strategies to encourage English learners to actively engage in seeking information and knowledge. Featuring content from Smart Choice 4th edition (Oxford University Press).

Managing Discussions in Online Classes #401


Sun, Nov 22, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 16

Teaching discussion online requires considerations including securing maximum student-student interaction time, teachers’ effective monitoring, and students’ self-monitoring. In this workshop, the audience will first learn how some teachers have overcome the above challenges posed by the pandemic. Then, they will experience a discussion lesson from students’ and teachers’ points of view, monitoring use of discussion skills in small-group interactions. Recommended especially for teachers with less experience teaching discussion in university and high school settings.

Adaptive Tools for Remote and Face-to-Face Classes #411

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Sun, Nov 22, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 12

Adaptive learning delivers personalized content to students based on their performance in a series of tasks that are unique to them. In this presentation, we will look at LearnSmart Achieve (LSA), an adaptive learning program aligned with the New Interactions series. LSA is a skills-based program for Academic English. We will examine its practical applications by looking at how it can be used to complement ongoing English language courses in face-to-face and remote learning situations.

Less is More: Academic Poster Design That Works #367


Sun, Nov 22, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 1

This presentation offers practical advice from the fields of infographics and visual design to help teachers produce more successful academic posters. Most of the principles are equally applicable to creating effective presentation slides. Topics covered include use of language and text, colour and shape, and high-impact graphs and charts. In addition, the presentation offers suggestions on software and online design tools and resources. The presenter was a winner of a Best Poster award at JALT 2018.

Xreading: What’s New and What’s Next #389

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Sun, Nov 22, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 7

A completely new version of Xreading, the digital library of graded readers, was launched this year. In this presentation, the founder of Xreading will explain the new features and functionality that has been added and what is planned for the future. Current users of the system are encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions based on their experience.

Your Remote Academic Writing Teaching Assistant #395

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Sun, Nov 22, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 6

How do you teach skills like essay writing remotely? How can you provide writing guidance and assistance to students in a structured way when you’re not sitting next to them? How can you make sure they’re practicing what they learned in online classes? Learn how EssayJack smart writing templates work and how to customise them to fit your lesson plans to teach and guide students’ writing from anywhere.

What, How, and Why: Online Intercultural Exchange #362


Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 18

This workshop first demonstrates how to set up and manage an online intercultural exchange (OIE) project for young learners. It also reports on a case study that examines how an OIE project creates a space for children to develop learner agency. In the Q&A session, the participants will have an opportunity to explore the practicality and transferability of such projects in their own contexts.

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Pattern Building: Implementing Fluency Activities #375


Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 8

This workshop will introduce a teaching method informed by skills acquisition theory designed to help students develop speaking fluency in a series of scaffolded steps that lead them from simple question/answer drills to the goal of being able to engage in an unrehearsed conversation for several minutes. The length of the conversation and level of abstraction of topics is relative to students’ initial level.

Shape Your Habits, Sharpen Your Memory #381


Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 7

The inconsistent nature of motivation and willpower are often unreliable sources for successfully attaining goals. Learning outcomes are influenced by significant factors relating to study skills, memory processes and biological aspects of learning. This workshop aims to highlight these factors alongside current habit theories and approaches applicable for making necessary behavioral changes. It is anticipated that creatures of habit change, the participants, successfully engage and apply this knowledge to their teaching contexts and specific needs.

Teaching With Digital Books and VR and LMSs #391

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Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 2

This practical discussion-based workshop will address trends and needs in digital teaching and learning. It will use examples of digital books and Learner Management System (LMS) platforms and newly developed Virtual Reality (VR) content, to help delegates identify and solve challenges in the digital teaching environment. The presenter will offer practical ideas to teachers involved in digital teaching, both remotely and in regular classes, and delegates can share experiences and advice with each other.

Intercultural Communications Flipped Course Design #406


Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 16

Providing interactive communication opportunities to EFL learners with a native English speaking teacher (NEST) has been difficult in many areas throughout Asia until the recent migration to online learning has presented greater opportunities for interactive communication. This presentation provides the framework and results of a course for developing intercultural communications conducted during the COVID-19 lockdown and discusses how the NEST guided students to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings on various conversational topics.

WordEngine High-Frequency Vocabulary App #412

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Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 15

This workshop explores the features and benefits of WordEngine, an application that teaches high-frequency vocabulary for general English and special-purpose domains such as TOEFL, TOEIC, CEFR, and IELTS. Students study with smartphones, tablets, and computers, and it costs ¥215 per month. Progress reports for teachers are free, as are the exciting cooperative learning tournaments designed to motivate entire classrooms. Find out how WordEngine makes learning vocabulary simple, effective, and yes, even fun.

The Neuroscience of Language Learning #356


Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 7

Learning and using language are key processes of the brain, so every language teacher needs to know the basics of how the brain does both. Four key concepts will be explained: a) network thinking and embodied simulation; b) why that boy who “doesn’t get it” might be the smartest; c) how emotion is at the root of everything; d) and how predictive processing is giving us a completely different picture of how the brain works.

Classroom Challenges: Your Hard-to-Reach Students #371


Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 6

How do students actually experience your classes? Your hard-to-reach students may be among the over 10.8 million Japanese people with hidden neurodiverse learning differences that they, their teachers, and family may not even be aware of. In this workshop, you’ll get to experience these barriers first hand. What experiences have you had with these kinds of students? Come and share your ideas, and learn some best practice techniques to help these students achieve.

9 Principles for Rubric Design in EFL #377


Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 11

Developing assessment methods in EFL is a daunting task, but in this workshop, an explanatory and integrative set of nine principles for rubric design will be described. They are: exhaustiveness, deterrence, representativeness, customizability/adaptability, preemptive normalization, justifiability, transparency/communicability, accountability and formative feedback. Using as an example a set of rubrics that were custom-designed for speaking tests, these principles will be explained to assist language teachers in the design/customization of assessment criteria.

Working Hard, Teaching Smart: A Holistic Approach #393

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Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 8

We all work hard to teach, but are we teaching smart? Teaching smart helps students take greater care and control of their learning, online or face-to-face. We’ll discuss some reasons how and why we should teach smart from creating intentional spaces to utilizing technology better. Using examples from National Geographic Learning’s digital support materials, we’ll look at a range of intentional spaces where learners can holistically acquire better communication skills for fluency and confidence.

Teaching Online and After: What We Will Keep #410

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Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 1

The past few months challenged us all. We’ve now got firsthand experience. We’ve learned and adapted. In some ways we’re better. What will we be bringing back to face-to-face classes (other than a few extra kilos around the waist)? What did we learn? What do we want to keep? English Firsthand authors will share some of what they have been doing. We’d love for participants to share what you are doing, learning, discarding, and keeping.

A Universal Rubric for Task Outcome Assessment #363


Sun, Nov 22, 16:45-17:45 JST | Zoom 5

This workshop introduces a universal assessment rubric for teachers to easily grade speaking, writing, or mixed-skills task performance in the classroom. The tool conforms to TBLT assessment principles, has high validity and inter-rater reliability, and allows for instructional feedback. It is compatible with all language descriptor systems, and can be applied to a wide range of communicative tasks at any level. Participants will receive a copy of the tool and practical training in its use.

Online Interaction in New CEFR in Time of Crisis #407


Sun, Nov 22, 16:45-17:45 JST | Zoom 16

Have you considered using the New CEFR Revisions in developing and accessing your students’ listening and speaking skills especially in time of crisis? What are the new adjustments added to its descriptors? How can teachers use them through online teaching in time of crisis? Join us to learn more about this through different practical applicable activities.

Activities and Activism for the Anthropocene #416

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Sun, Nov 22, 16:45-17:45 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

This is a workshop looking at ways in which we can use real-world experiences and environmental activities to help young learners deal with anxiety and a feeling of powerlessness in an age of crises. How can teachers and communities build and participate in projects that empower children and enable them to play their part in protecting the natural environment around them?

Principles of Word Learning: A Roadmap to Success #383

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Sun, Nov 22, 17:20-18:20 JST | Zoom 9

Teachers should understand the different aspects of word learning and what that entails at the form-meaning level and for the more complex deeper aspects of vocabulary knowledge such as collocation and colligational knowledge, register, politeness, lexical domain, polysemy and so on which cannot be directly taught or learnt. Rather they need to be “felt” or “sensed”. The presentation will put forward a roadmap for teachers and students to follow.

Give Support in Class, Online, and Asynchronously #397

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Sun, Nov 22, 17:20-18:20 JST | Zoom 4

Non-classroom teaching is the new norm and teachers are now familiar with the challenges and (occasional) joys of working remotely with students. It’s essential that materials support teachers in these new realities, offering classroom teaching ideas but recognising that we may not be meeting students face to face regularly. This presentation will highlight aspects of Smart Choice 4th edition which can help inside and outside the classroom and autonomous features that support students working alone.

Reading is the Headway to Mastering L2 #378


Sun, Nov 22, 17:55-18:55 JST | Video Playback 18

Reading plays a vital role in acquiring a language extensively; especially, where the scope of being exposed to L2 is limited. Reading helps to know the content and the culture better. Reading strengthens the foundation of the lexical, morphological, grammatical and semantic ability of the students. We, the educators need to guide them properly. The more the students read, the more they master a language. We can say that reading is headway to mastering L2.

Using Creative Writing as a Language Learning Tool #374


Mon, Nov 23, 09:30-10:30 JST | Zoom 6

This hands-on session focuses on the cognitive and emotional value of using creative writing genres and techniques as practical, logical, and natural tools to strengthen our English language learners’ academic writing skills. Participants will engage in dynamic creative writing activities that will develop and enhance their English language learners’ comfort, control, and confidence in academic writing. In addition, these techniques will also strengthen the teachers’ own teaching methods in a refreshing and effective way.

Research-Based Pronunciation Teaching: How and Why #368


Mon, Nov 23, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 10

This workshop focuses on five pedagogical responsibilities of all pronunciation teachers: (1) selecting the pronunciation features to be taught; (2) implementing a pronunciation diagnostic; (3) teaching age-appropriate knowledge about phonetics, including phonetic symbols; (4) using pronunciation activities throughout all language classes; and (5) supporting learners’ pronunciation strategies and skills outside of class. The presenter will summarize current research and suggest ways to fulfill each responsibility efficiently and confidently. Participants will share challenges in pronunciation teaching.

Stepping Up to Be a Teacher Trainer #369


Mon, Nov 23, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 3

Are you ready to be a teacher trainer? Is teacher training simply just teaching others how to teach, sharing your knowledge and experience? Have you been asked to train other teachers simply because you have been teaching longer than others? Good trainers are good teachers in the classroom, but not all good teachers can be good trainers. This is an interactive workshop focusing on andragogy for current and future English teacher trainers.

Group Communication Using Conversation Cards #373


Mon, Nov 23, 10:45-11:45 JST | Video Playback 4

Cultivating communicative English skills has become a priority at all levels of English education. However, teachers often have difficulty finding ways to successfully facilitate communication among groups of students. Conversation cards offer a solution. Cards serve as a tactile reminder to participate in group conversations and provide a useful framework in which to participate. This workshop introduces practical ways to use conversation cards as well as sample conversations, evaluation methods, and card templates.

Teaching Against Prejudice: Human Rights and EFL #376


Mon, Nov 23, 10:45-11:45 JST | Video Playback 5

Foreign language teachers have a unique role to play in reducing hate, bias, and stereotypes. Ideas from the field of human rights education can help us to achieve this important goal. Join this hands-on workshop to learn creative ways to include human rights in content-based language lessons and to experience classroom activities that raise awareness of prejudice, empower students to stand up against discrimination, and promote the tolerance so badly needed in our multicultural world.

Practical Steps to Empower Diverse Identities #414


Mon, Nov 23, 10:45-11:45 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

This workshop follows in a practical way from the plenary address. I will describe how my philosophy on the personal / professional divide shifted due to one student’s bravery. I will discuss my decision to come out to my students and outline the positive knock-on effects, including what I learnt about the power of any form of self-disclosure and how it can be engineered to build openness, curiosity and trusting learning environments.

A Medical Improv Workshop #364


Mon, Nov 23, 11:20-12:20 JST | Zoom 11

English skills have become essential for medical professionals across the world. The presenter will first describe a series of courses for medical staff at a university hospital in Japan which focused on developing English communicative competence. Participants will then be introduced to the concept of Medical Improv and experience several exercises in pairs and groups. These exercises have applications for both English for specific purposes and general English courses at the university level.