January 20, 2011

February Meeting

Time - Location
Sunday, February 20th, 13:00 – 17:00 at the Urala Building in Tsuchiura
Room Small Lecture Theatre I 中講座室 I
(Doors open from 12:45 p.m. No pre-registration required!)
JALT Members: Free Non-Members: ¥500 Students: Free

JALT Ibaraki chapter meetings are open to all interested in learning and teaching languages. Abstracts for the presentations and access information for the venue, as well as further information for future events are available on the chapter home page.


Program I 13:00 - 14:00 - Featured Speaker Presentation
Charles Browne Meiji Gakuen University


A Brief Introduction to Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition
This session will introduce participants to the basic "facts" and statistics of second language vocabulary acquisition including the importance of learning high frequency vocabulary, research on the specific problems Japanese learners of English face with regard to vocabulary learning and its relation to reading skills development.

Program II 14:15 - 15:15 - Featured Speaker Presentation
Clair Taylor Toyo Gakuen University


Building vocabulary study habits with unmotivated students
L1 – L2 flashcard applications designed to manage vocabulary learning and review are extremely powerful tools for language learners (Nation, 2001; Spiri, 2008; Nakata, 2008). However, without support from their teacher, students may not take advantage of these resources. This paper will report on an action research project, which aimed to encourage students at a private Japanese university to study vocabulary regularly outside of class using the free Web 2.0 application Smart.fm.

Program III 15:30 - 16:30 - Featured Speaker Presentation
Charles Browne Meiji Gakuen University


An Even Briefer Introduction to Online Resources for Vocab and Reading
This session will quickly introduce participants to a wide range of online resources which can be used for analyzing, researching, teaching and creating classroom materials related to vocabulary acquisition, including several that were developed by the presenter.

Just across from Tsuchiura JR Station!


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