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Featured Speaker Announcement

posted Apr 7, 2015, 5:58 AM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 5:58 AM ]
Featured Speaker Announcement
We have finalised our featured speakers and are excited to present their presentation abstracts and bios below.

Featured Speaker One:  Listening comprehension – Approaching listening with a wider scope

Gabriela Schmidt
Tsukuba University

The scope for listening in classroom instruction is often narrowed to intensive listening used to catch every single sound, while neglecting the wider scope of listening for more general purposes. Extensive Listening’s focus is on natural input of oral utterances in various contexts. The goal is to get students used to the sound and rhythm of the language and help them to grasp the overall meaning of a text without listening to every single word. The benefits of sound and rhythm training have been backed up by results from brain research and studies on prosodic patterns in phonetics. This presentation will outline these results and give some ideas for activities in- and outside the classroom that can be used to develop comprehension of natural, fluent speech of the target language.

Gabriela Schmidt teaches German at Tsukuba University. Her key interests include comparative linguistics, phonetics and phonology, intercultural communication and applying the CEFR to teaching. Gabriela has a PhD in comparative linguistics and has worked for over 20 years teaching German at the tertiary level in both South Korea and Japan.

Featured Speaker Two: Listening with small devices - Distributing listening materials for use in class and outside

William Pellowe
Kinki University (Fukuoka Campus)

It is not uncommon to see large audio players on the teachers’ desks in foreign-language classrooms. Teachers use these during various types of listening activities. We’ve all seen this and we’ve probably all used them. However, picture a classroom in which each student has a mobile device (such as an iPod Touch or their own mobile phone) with the same listening materials preinstalled. One advantage is that the students can listen with their own earphones, allowing all of the students to hear equally clearly, regardless of where they’re sitting in the room. Another advantage is that students can pause the listening when they want to, and repeat the parts that they want to hear again.

But how do we get the listening material onto these mobile devices? In this talk, I will outline various solutions, from class sets of iPod touch devices, to using podcast technology to deliver materials onto your students’ mobile devices, either in preparation for BYOD (“bring your own device”) classes or as out-of-class tasks.

Bill Pellowe teaches at Kinki University’s Fukuoka campus. He has been using technology with students for many years. He has led pre-conference workshops in technology at the JALT National Conference, and has given many workshops and presentations around Japan and internationally.