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10:45 Sat

Orientation Session for JALT2020 Participants #824

Is this your first time attending the JALT International Conference? Or is it your first online event? Do you have questions about our conference? If so, please consider attending this orientation. The purpose is to give an overview of JALT2020 and provide tips for making the most of the conference. There will be opportunities to meet members of the conference team, ask questions, find out about the resources available at JALT2020, and connect with other first-timers.

Is this your first time attending the JALT International Conference? Or is it your first online event? Do you have questions about our conference? If so, please consider attending this orientation. The purpose is to give an overview of JALT2020 and provide tips for making the most of the conference. There will be opportunities to meet members of the conference team, ask questions, find out about the resources available at JALT2020, and connect with other first-timers.

11:20 Sat

Union Women in a Community of Practice #748

Teachers’ unions have yet to achieve gender parity. This gap widens further in the leadership. Therefore, unions should encourage women to participate in union activities. Lave and Wenger’s (1991) community of practice (CoP) framework is one way of explaining how female foreign language teachers participate in their union. Newcomers become more experienced and become core members. In this presentation, I will share preliminary data on how women participate in their CoP in their labor union.

Teachers’ unions have yet to achieve gender parity. This gap widens further in the leadership. Therefore, unions should encourage women to participate in union activities. Lave and Wenger’s (1991) community of practice (CoP) framework is one way of explaining how female foreign language teachers participate in their union. Newcomers become more experienced and become core members. In this presentation, I will share preliminary data on how women participate in their CoP in their labor union.

12:50 Sat

Peer Feedback Training Through Mobile Technology #432

Peer feedback is a popular method for involving students in the formative assessment process, yet students often struggle to provide adequate feedback for their partner(s). One reason for this is that generating feedback is a skill requiring training and practice to improve. This workshop will demonstrate how the web-based application Pear Deck can be used to train students to generate productive feedback for their partner(s) and improve the pedagogical benefit of the activity.

Peer feedback is a popular method for involving students in the formative assessment process, yet students often struggle to provide adequate feedback for their partner(s). One reason for this is that generating feedback is a skill requiring training and practice to improve. This workshop will demonstrate how the web-based application Pear Deck can be used to train students to generate productive feedback for their partner(s) and improve the pedagogical benefit of the activity.

13:25 Sat

Latest Information on the TOEFL Test #779

TOEFL®テストは米国ETSが1964年に運用開始以降、世界中で3500万人が受験した、もっとも実績あるアカデミックテストです。本年は新型コロナウイルス感染の広がる中、TOEFL®テストは従来の形式を超えた様々な取り組みを行いました。活用状況等を含め、TOEFL®テストの最新情報をご紹介します。

TOEFL®テストは米国ETSが1964年に運用開始以降、世界中で3500万人が受験した、もっとも実績あるアカデミックテストです。本年は新型コロナウイルス感染の広がる中、TOEFL®テストは従来の形式を超えた様々な取り組みを行いました。活用状況等を含め、TOEFL®テストの最新情報をご紹介します。

14:00 Sat

How to Become an IELTS/TEAP Examiner #529

This presentation aims to provide information on the speaking part of the IELTS/TEAP test, and on how you can become an examiner of these English proficiency tests. This year, Eiken Foundation of Japan is operating the TEAP test in 23 cities in Japan, and IELTS in 16 cities. As the number of test candidates/venues is rapidly growing every year, we are seeking new examiners all over Japan.

This presentation aims to provide information on the speaking part of the IELTS/TEAP test, and on how you can become an examiner of these English proficiency tests. This year, Eiken Foundation of Japan is operating the TEAP test in 23 cities in Japan, and IELTS in 16 cities. As the number of test candidates/venues is rapidly growing every year, we are seeking new examiners all over Japan.

14:35 Sat

Principles for Classroom Assessment #479

In this presentation we first consider the role of assessment in the context of an educational curriculum. We then consider principles that can guide classroom assessment, including assessing learners in ways that achieve greater fairness, using assessment results to guide future learning, involving learners in the assessment process, and relating assessment to student motivation. Finally, we provide an example of how the principles can be applied to a second language university reading course.

In this presentation we first consider the role of assessment in the context of an educational curriculum. We then consider principles that can guide classroom assessment, including assessing learners in ways that achieve greater fairness, using assessment results to guide future learning, involving learners in the assessment process, and relating assessment to student motivation. Finally, we provide an example of how the principles can be applied to a second language university reading course.

17:20 Sat

Perceptions of Peer Assessment of Presentations #647

The findings of a one-year study will be presented in an attempt to discover how Japanese university EFL students feel about peer assessing their classmates’ oral presentations. Data was obtained through a survey that was administered at the end of the first semester as well as at the conclusion of the one-year course to determine student perceptions of this important form of formative assessment.

The findings of a one-year study will be presented in an attempt to discover how Japanese university EFL students feel about peer assessing their classmates’ oral presentations. Data was obtained through a survey that was administered at the end of the first semester as well as at the conclusion of the one-year course to determine student perceptions of this important form of formative assessment.

17:55 Sat

Perspectives on English Learner Corpora #552

The presentation highlights innovative graduate research on learner corpora. The topics include: studying complexity through word class frequency; a perspective on language development as both loss and growth; considerations of what learners do not say; using a Pattern Dictionary to assess learner writing; and an influential approach to assessing correctness in learner writing. The presentation concludes with a discussion of what the learner corpus studies can contribute to the broader field of Corpus Linguistics.

The presentation highlights innovative graduate research on learner corpora. The topics include: studying complexity through word class frequency; a perspective on language development as both loss and growth; considerations of what learners do not say; using a Pattern Dictionary to assess learner writing; and an influential approach to assessing correctness in learner writing. The presentation concludes with a discussion of what the learner corpus studies can contribute to the broader field of Corpus Linguistics.

09:30 Sun

A Multimodal, Longitudinal Corpus Project #717

This talk introduces a project to create a multimodal, longitudinal learner corpus to be made available to researchers both in and outside the creators’ university setting. The corpus design includes two years of longitudinal learner data from a university English language program including three modes of communication: discussion, presentation, and academic writing. This type of data can be used to conduct cross-modal studies, investigate longitudinal trends or, in combination with other corpora, contrastive interlanguage analysis.

This talk introduces a project to create a multimodal, longitudinal learner corpus to be made available to researchers both in and outside the creators’ university setting. The corpus design includes two years of longitudinal learner data from a university English language program including three modes of communication: discussion, presentation, and academic writing. This type of data can be used to conduct cross-modal studies, investigate longitudinal trends or, in combination with other corpora, contrastive interlanguage analysis.

10:05 Sun

Using a Corpus in the Language Classroom: SkELL #427

Sketch Engine for Language Learning (SkELL) is a word search tool which can be accessed for free and without registration online. Due to its simplicity compared with other corpora, it is well suited to use in the language classroom. This workshop will include explanations of how SkELL works and how it might be utilized in lessons, while there will be a chance to try the application for yourself.

Sketch Engine for Language Learning (SkELL) is a word search tool which can be accessed for free and without registration online. Due to its simplicity compared with other corpora, it is well suited to use in the language classroom. This workshop will include explanations of how SkELL works and how it might be utilized in lessons, while there will be a chance to try the application for yourself.

10:45 Sun

Lexical Phrases in a Longitudinal Learner Corpus #539

This presentation summarizes the findings of a research project tracing lexical phrases (n-grams used for metadiscoursal and signposting functions) used in learner academic writing over a two-year English for academic purposes program. It focuses on how the number, range and accuracy of lexical phrase use changed. Particular aspects of the methodology and curriculum that may have influenced these changes will be discussed as well as the implications of this study for future work.

This presentation summarizes the findings of a research project tracing lexical phrases (n-grams used for metadiscoursal and signposting functions) used in learner academic writing over a two-year English for academic purposes program. It focuses on how the number, range and accuracy of lexical phrase use changed. Particular aspects of the methodology and curriculum that may have influenced these changes will be discussed as well as the implications of this study for future work.

11:55 Sun

Developing a Multimodal Learner Corpus #716

This pilot study looks at the extent learners’ L2 vocabulary affects lexical diversity across academic writing, academic presentation (written for speaking), and academic discussions. This was done by examining the relationship between students’ (n=46) L2 vocabulary size, as measured by Webb, Sasao, and Ballance’s (2017) updated vocabulary levels test (uVLT), and the lexical diversity of their texts over the three modes of production as measured by McCarthy’s (2005) measure of textual lexical diversity (MTLD).

This pilot study looks at the extent learners’ L2 vocabulary affects lexical diversity across academic writing, academic presentation (written for speaking), and academic discussions. This was done by examining the relationship between students’ (n=46) L2 vocabulary size, as measured by Webb, Sasao, and Ballance’s (2017) updated vocabulary levels test (uVLT), and the lexical diversity of their texts over the three modes of production as measured by McCarthy’s (2005) measure of textual lexical diversity (MTLD).

13:25 Sun

A Multimodal Approach to Enhancing EFL Reading #639

This study explores how linking text and image modalities in language learning may support reading comprehension and richer meanings to be generated among EFL sophomore students. The experimental group resorted more to Collocate (i.e., ideas that naturally co-occur) and Antonym (i.e., making contrast), other than Repetition, in interpreting the images and so presented richer meanings than the control group.

This study explores how linking text and image modalities in language learning may support reading comprehension and richer meanings to be generated among EFL sophomore students. The experimental group resorted more to Collocate (i.e., ideas that naturally co-occur) and Antonym (i.e., making contrast), other than Repetition, in interpreting the images and so presented richer meanings than the control group.

14:00 Sun

9 Principles for Rubric Design in EFL #377

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.

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.

16:45 Sun

The Role of Vocabulary Use in EFL Essay Writing #682

This presentation will deal with the role of vocabulary in EFL essay writing. When assessing vocabulary in learners’ essays, raters and the instructors should take into consideration the relation between passive and active vocabulary knowledge. Based on the result of data analyses, the presentation will discuss the construct reflecting the continuum of these two types of vocabulary knowledge and the possibility to convert vocabulary use from passive to active.

This presentation will deal with the role of vocabulary in EFL essay writing. When assessing vocabulary in learners’ essays, raters and the instructors should take into consideration the relation between passive and active vocabulary knowledge. Based on the result of data analyses, the presentation will discuss the construct reflecting the continuum of these two types of vocabulary knowledge and the possibility to convert vocabulary use from passive to active.

17:55 Sun

Forming a Research Community in the Workplace #733

The presenters will describe a research project they undertook with four classes of students at a university in Japan. Although the hypothesis was not supported by the results, separate analyses for each class showed that there were opposing outcomes between classes. The presenters will discuss what they learned from the collaboration, how working together improved the quality of the research, and share advice for other teachers who wish to conduct research with their colleagues.

The presenters will describe a research project they undertook with four classes of students at a university in Japan. Although the hypothesis was not supported by the results, separate analyses for each class showed that there were opposing outcomes between classes. The presenters will discuss what they learned from the collaboration, how working together improved the quality of the research, and share advice for other teachers who wish to conduct research with their colleagues.

09:30 Mon

Classroom Pilot Study on Semi-Repeated Reading #537

A classroom pilot study with university students in Japan was conducted using “choose your own adventure” style graded readers that allow for some repeated and new reading content in each session. Quantitative data on reading speed and vocabulary; and qualitative data on reading motivation was collected. Reading speeds increased and unknown vocabulary decreased with each session; however, recognition was not entirely retained on post-tests. Reading anxiety decreased while desire to read more increased.

A classroom pilot study with university students in Japan was conducted using “choose your own adventure” style graded readers that allow for some repeated and new reading content in each session. Quantitative data on reading speed and vocabulary; and qualitative data on reading motivation was collected. Reading speeds increased and unknown vocabulary decreased with each session; however, recognition was not entirely retained on post-tests. Reading anxiety decreased while desire to read more increased.

10:45 Mon

Leading Change Through Design-Based Research #611

This presentation uses principles of design-based research to explain the development of a course titled “Presentation & Debate” at a midsize university. Working with the students, the researcher answered key pedagogic decisions including the scheduling and selection of captains, teams, debate topics, and evaluation criteria. Through cycles of iteration, this led to the design of a guide for students to develop and articulate their ideas in a formal debate.

This presentation uses principles of design-based research to explain the development of a course titled “Presentation & Debate” at a midsize university. Working with the students, the researcher answered key pedagogic decisions including the scheduling and selection of captains, teams, debate topics, and evaluation criteria. Through cycles of iteration, this led to the design of a guide for students to develop and articulate their ideas in a formal debate.

11:20 Mon

A Medical Improv Workshop #364

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.

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.