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17:00 Mon

Literature in Language Teaching as Community #265

In this forum, presenters will introduce ways in which literature and approaches to it can be used by students and educators to understand, contribute to, and participate in, various notions of community. Audience members will then be invited to discuss the effect and effectiveness of literature and teaching/learning methodologies in both defining, and existing in, a greater whole. Please join us in an exchange of ideas and a sharing of experiences.

In this forum, presenters will introduce ways in which literature and approaches to it can be used by students and educators to understand, contribute to, and participate in, various notions of community. Audience members will then be invited to discuss the effect and effectiveness of literature and teaching/learning methodologies in both defining, and existing in, a greater whole. Please join us in an exchange of ideas and a sharing of experiences.

18:00 Tue

Perception of Flipgrid Among University Students #776

This presentation is about a mix-method study that aims to provide a better understanding of students’ perception of usefulness and ease of use of an interactive online platform, Flipgrid, in freshman English discussion classes in Tokyo, Japan and to investigate how Flipgrid can benefit students’ speaking ability and enhance their learning experience and confidence. The data collected from two questionnaires and students’ videos will be analyzed and the results will be presented.

This presentation is about a mix-method study that aims to provide a better understanding of students’ perception of usefulness and ease of use of an interactive online platform, Flipgrid, in freshman English discussion classes in Tokyo, Japan and to investigate how Flipgrid can benefit students’ speaking ability and enhance their learning experience and confidence. The data collected from two questionnaires and students’ videos will be analyzed and the results will be presented.

18:00 Wed

Raising Awareness Through Discussion #818

Wed, Nov 18, 18:00-19:15 JST

The Code of Conduct (CoC) and Diversity and Equity Practices (DEP) Committees aim to broaden JALT’s appeal to a wider community of participants. They will host a roundtable where participants are invited to share experiences in topics including native-speakerism in Japanese ELT; professional development assistance for working mothers and single parents; enhancing solidarity among teachers across employment, gender, and ethnicity; and developing effective classroom activities to teach issues within the contexts of diversity and conduct.

The Code of Conduct (CoC) and Diversity and Equity Practices (DEP) Committees aim to broaden JALT’s appeal to a wider community of participants. They will host a roundtable where participants are invited to share experiences in topics including native-speakerism in Japanese ELT; professional development assistance for working mothers and single parents; enhancing solidarity among teachers across employment, gender, and ethnicity; and developing effective classroom activities to teach issues within the contexts of diversity and conduct.

15:00 Thu

Engaging Learners Online and Offline #270

In this forum the presenters will evaluate their experiences with the use of online learning platforms for their classes and with teaching vocabulary to beginners. Presenter 1 talks about the use of Zoom and Moodle at a technical university. Presenter 2 explains some tricks when using Zoom for German classes. Presenter 3 shares the experiences with an online practice room for Thai, and presenter 4 focuses on Thai vocabulary teaching beyond the textbook.

In this forum the presenters will evaluate their experiences with the use of online learning platforms for their classes and with teaching vocabulary to beginners. Presenter 1 talks about the use of Zoom and Moodle at a technical university. Presenter 2 explains some tricks when using Zoom for German classes. Presenter 3 shares the experiences with an online practice room for Thai, and presenter 4 focuses on Thai vocabulary teaching beyond the textbook.

18:15 Thu

Business Communication SIG AGM #829

Thu, Nov 19, 18:15-19:00 JST

The Business Communication SIG will provide membership, treasury, program and publication reports and hold an election for officer roles. This is a period of transition for the SIG, but we have built a stable platform and legacy from which to take the SIG forward, so please come along to listen, offer your opinions and help to create a new vision for the future!

The Business Communication SIG will provide membership, treasury, program and publication reports and hold an election for officer roles. This is a period of transition for the SIG, but we have built a stable platform and legacy from which to take the SIG forward, so please come along to listen, offer your opinions and help to create a new vision for the future!

18:00 Fri

Bilingualism SIG Forum #278

The Bilingualism SIG is proud to be celebrating 30 years of continuous support for individuals and groups who are regularly using more than one language and who consequently have some claim to multiple cultures. This year’s forum will consist of a series of speakers sharing bilingual (and multilingual) stories from around the world, both global and local, past and present; as they reflect back upon some of the highlights of their language learning journeys.

The Bilingualism SIG is proud to be celebrating 30 years of continuous support for individuals and groups who are regularly using more than one language and who consequently have some claim to multiple cultures. This year’s forum will consist of a series of speakers sharing bilingual (and multilingual) stories from around the world, both global and local, past and present; as they reflect back upon some of the highlights of their language learning journeys.

19:45 Fri

Aligning CEFR to Practices: Action Research Steps #262

The CEFR & Language Portfolio (LP) SIG Forum will discuss how to align the CEFR to current practices for identifying needs of learners and teachers in the classroom by using an action research cycle. We will explain the outline of our new JSPS kaken research project which explicitly includes the SIG. We are looking for case studies in relation to the CEFR using action research. The CEFR & LP SIG AGM will be held after the Forum.

The CEFR & Language Portfolio (LP) SIG Forum will discuss how to align the CEFR to current practices for identifying needs of learners and teachers in the classroom by using an action research cycle. We will explain the outline of our new JSPS kaken research project which explicitly includes the SIG. We are looking for case studies in relation to the CEFR using action research. The CEFR & LP SIG AGM will be held after the Forum.

10:45 Sat

Online Teaching Communities Fostering EFL Learning #643

Experiences of implementing early virtual practicum for online language learning are scarce. A case study with an experiential component, aimed at fostering a preservice language teacher’s pedagogical knowledge for online language learning. Information derived from a community of experts in online learning contributed to the implementation of a specific instructional design type in an in-service/preservice teacher collaboration model. Both the benefits of this practice and some aspects to be improved will be discussed.

Experiences of implementing early virtual practicum for online language learning are scarce. A case study with an experiential component, aimed at fostering a preservice language teacher’s pedagogical knowledge for online language learning. Information derived from a community of experts in online learning contributed to the implementation of a specific instructional design type in an in-service/preservice teacher collaboration model. Both the benefits of this practice and some aspects to be improved will be discussed.

11:20 Sat

Learner Attitudes Towards Digital Game-Based Tasks #584

While a growing body of research shows that digital games may facilitate SLA in various ways, game-based language pedagogy is still generally viewed as a fringe approach. A study was carried out to gauge learners’ beliefs and attitudes towards games for language learning and also to see if first-hand experience with this approach may affect their perceptions. The results of the initial study suggest that exposure to game-based learning results in more positive learner attitudes.

While a growing body of research shows that digital games may facilitate SLA in various ways, game-based language pedagogy is still generally viewed as a fringe approach. A study was carried out to gauge learners’ beliefs and attitudes towards games for language learning and also to see if first-hand experience with this approach may affect their perceptions. The results of the initial study suggest that exposure to game-based learning results in more positive learner attitudes.

11:55 Sat

Nearly Paperless: Nine Years of iPads for All #666

This presentation reports on nine years of iPad use at a university in western Japan. Results from two surveys (2013 and 2020) and interviews of students regarding iPad use will be reported and compared. The uses of iPads in language education will be discussed and the changes in how iPads and other mobile devices have been used and are being used for language education will be shared.

This presentation reports on nine years of iPad use at a university in western Japan. Results from two surveys (2013 and 2020) and interviews of students regarding iPad use will be reported and compared. The uses of iPads in language education will be discussed and the changes in how iPads and other mobile devices have been used and are being used for language education will be shared.

12:50 Sat

Creating Digital Gamebooks Using Google Slides #428

This presentation reports findings from a case study exploring a collaborative creative writing project aimed at increasing writing motivation and task engagement. In small groups, students created gamebooks (approx. 1000-1500 words) in the Choose Your Own Adventure style using Google Slides. Results showed increased motivation and engagement with the writing task while also attaining the language learning targets of a first-year EFL writing course. Educators will learn practical steps for creating gamebooks using Google Slides.

This presentation reports findings from a case study exploring a collaborative creative writing project aimed at increasing writing motivation and task engagement. In small groups, students created gamebooks (approx. 1000-1500 words) in the Choose Your Own Adventure style using Google Slides. Results showed increased motivation and engagement with the writing task while also attaining the language learning targets of a first-year EFL writing course. Educators will learn practical steps for creating gamebooks using Google Slides.

14:00 Sat

Teaching Digitally and Remotely Feedback of 2020 #385

Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-15:00 JST

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.

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.

17:55 Sat

Language Apps: Engagement, Results, and ROI #637

In this presentation, three language learning apps (Duolingo, Word Engine, and English Central) will be compared for test improvement (TOEIC and TOEFL), with three classes over 15 weeks with a daily 10-minute usage target. Cost and time invested as well as students’ engagement and impressions will be assessed to see if the apps can be beneficial and worthwhile for students with low motivation.

In this presentation, three language learning apps (Duolingo, Word Engine, and English Central) will be compared for test improvement (TOEIC and TOEFL), with three classes over 15 weeks with a daily 10-minute usage target. Cost and time invested as well as students’ engagement and impressions will be assessed to see if the apps can be beneficial and worthwhile for students with low motivation.

18:30 Sat

Blended-Learning Model With Task-Based Learning #685

The ultimate goal of this research aims to improve speaking ability of Thai undergraduate students by implementing task-based learning in blended learning course. Blended learning provides face-to-face and online learning environments. The students in the online course need to access Google Classroom for completing the exercises and uploading their role-play videos. They can practice speaking with their partners through video call before submiting by selecting the best video and review teacher's online feedback for revision.

The ultimate goal of this research aims to improve speaking ability of Thai undergraduate students by implementing task-based learning in blended learning course. Blended learning provides face-to-face and online learning environments. The students in the online course need to access Google Classroom for completing the exercises and uploading their role-play videos. They can practice speaking with their partners through video call before submiting by selecting the best video and review teacher's online feedback for revision.

10:45 Sun

Using AI and VR to Improve EFL Skills of Japanese #546

Artificial Intelligence (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have succeeded in transforming learning methodologies. This presentation focuses on the use of AI technologies such as smart speakers and VR applications in improving the English proficiency of native Japanese undergraduates, students’ overall impressions of using AI and VR to study English, as well as the potentialities and pitfalls of these emerging technologies.

Artificial Intelligence (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies have succeeded in transforming learning methodologies. This presentation focuses on the use of AI technologies such as smart speakers and VR applications in improving the English proficiency of native Japanese undergraduates, students’ overall impressions of using AI and VR to study English, as well as the potentialities and pitfalls of these emerging technologies.

12:50 Sun

Teaching With Digital Books and VR and LMSs #391

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.

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.

14:00 Sun

Game-Based Language Teaching and Learner Identity #740

This presentation will introduce three contexts where gamified online quizzes such as Kahoot!, and games such as Spaceteam ESL and Don’t get Fired were used to scaffold English language teaching. Identity in relation to the games became evident and learner investment in learning English increased. Thus, using such activities was found to have a positive impact on the classroom. Implications and full details of the pedagogical intervention will be discussed.

This presentation will introduce three contexts where gamified online quizzes such as Kahoot!, and games such as Spaceteam ESL and Don’t get Fired were used to scaffold English language teaching. Identity in relation to the games became evident and learner investment in learning English increased. Thus, using such activities was found to have a positive impact on the classroom. Implications and full details of the pedagogical intervention will be discussed.

16:45 Sun

Developing Visual Literacy Through Film Projects #765

This presentation looks at the notion of visual literacy and its relevance to English teaching and learning. It reports on a filmmaking project carried out in a Japanese university EFL class in which learners used mobile devices to create “how to” films explaining aspects of Japanese culture. The project not only increased awareness of what it means to be visually literate, but also helped students develop linguistic, collaborative, and decision-making skills.

This presentation looks at the notion of visual literacy and its relevance to English teaching and learning. It reports on a filmmaking project carried out in a Japanese university EFL class in which learners used mobile devices to create “how to” films explaining aspects of Japanese culture. The project not only increased awareness of what it means to be visually literate, but also helped students develop linguistic, collaborative, and decision-making skills.

17:55 Sun

An Excuse to Act: Language Exchanges as Theater #640

Sun, Nov 22, 17:55-18:20 JST

This session presents a case study of an undergraduate seminar using video in an online language exchange as a kind of live and interactive theater situated in various locations. A semiotic reading of the videos, qualitative and quantitative assessments of the project, and actionable advice to assist those interested in any such similar project will be discussed.

This session presents a case study of an undergraduate seminar using video in an online language exchange as a kind of live and interactive theater situated in various locations. A semiotic reading of the videos, qualitative and quantitative assessments of the project, and actionable advice to assist those interested in any such similar project will be discussed.

18:30 Sun

Raising Consciousness About Machine Translations #439

This presentation describes some activities designed to raise awareness about the use and misuse of machine translations within a task-based learning framework. Inspired by Sharwood Smith's 2001 notion of "consciousness-raising" and Johns' 1991 notion of data-driven learning, it outlines five activities that highlight the benefits and problems of automatic computer translations. The presentation concludes by echoing Stuart's 2003 description of translation as a "fifth macroskill" and a discussion of peer translation resources.

This presentation describes some activities designed to raise awareness about the use and misuse of machine translations within a task-based learning framework. Inspired by Sharwood Smith's 2001 notion of "consciousness-raising" and Johns' 1991 notion of data-driven learning, it outlines five activities that highlight the benefits and problems of automatic computer translations. The presentation concludes by echoing Stuart's 2003 description of translation as a "fifth macroskill" and a discussion of peer translation resources.

10:05 Mon

Is Duolingo Useful for University Students? #624

Language learning smartphone apps are in wide use around the world. With over 300 million users, Duolingo is the most popular, and past studies have claimed that the app can deliver the equivalent of a semester’s worth of learning in around 30 hours. This study investigates how well Duolingo works for Japanese university students’ scores on a popular standardized test of English, the TOEIC Bridge Test.

Language learning smartphone apps are in wide use around the world. With over 300 million users, Duolingo is the most popular, and past studies have claimed that the app can deliver the equivalent of a semester’s worth of learning in around 30 hours. This study investigates how well Duolingo works for Japanese university students’ scores on a popular standardized test of English, the TOEIC Bridge Test.

10:45 Mon

Social Annotation in the Writing Classroom #447

Social annotation allows students and instructors to turn online texts into contexts for interaction, collaboration, and community building. In this practice-oriented workshop, the presenter will introduce a social annotation tool within the context of a reading for a writing assignment used in two writing courses at the university level. Come explore social annotation and how it might benefit your teaching and learning contexts.

Social annotation allows students and instructors to turn online texts into contexts for interaction, collaboration, and community building. In this practice-oriented workshop, the presenter will introduce a social annotation tool within the context of a reading for a writing assignment used in two writing courses at the university level. Come explore social annotation and how it might benefit your teaching and learning contexts.

11:20 Mon

Teaching Writing From Sources With Grammarly #736

This pilot study explores the use of a web-based text-matching tool, Grammarly (a premium version), as an instructional tool to teach and facilitate writing from sources in an L2 university classroom. Participants (N=38) at a Japanese university used this tool to learn and practice paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing skills. The results show that Grammarly was not successful in detecting cases of poor citation practices, but students did make some overall improvements in writing.

This pilot study explores the use of a web-based text-matching tool, Grammarly (a premium version), as an instructional tool to teach and facilitate writing from sources in an L2 university classroom. Participants (N=38) at a Japanese university used this tool to learn and practice paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing skills. The results show that Grammarly was not successful in detecting cases of poor citation practices, but students did make some overall improvements in writing.

11:55 Mon

Use of Duolingo to Aid Language Learning #648

This presentation will share the results of a small-scale study designed to research the effectiveness and the experience of using the mobile-learning application ‘Duolingo’ as a learning aid in a Japanese university context. It will examine the impact of the regular use of this application on student language learning through pre- and post-tests and investigate student attitudes through survey and interview results.

This presentation will share the results of a small-scale study designed to research the effectiveness and the experience of using the mobile-learning application ‘Duolingo’ as a learning aid in a Japanese university context. It will examine the impact of the regular use of this application on student language learning through pre- and post-tests and investigate student attitudes through survey and interview results.