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Update on the latest presentations added to the programme

posted Apr 7, 2015, 5:59 AM by NanKyu JALT   [ updated Apr 7, 2015, 5:59 AM ]
Extensive Listening through Storytelling
Dave Bollen and Ryan Pain
This presentation will outline the implementation and development of a storytelling program designed to provide extensive listening opportunities to university students. The presenters will briefly discuss the benefits of extensive listening through storytelling, the practicalities of establishing a program of this nature, and how the program serves as a model for student presentations based on personal stories. The presentation will combine theoretical discussion of extensive listening with practical advice and sample materials.

Computer-Assisted Approaches to Improving Listening Skills
Elton LaClare
Listening is one of the least understood and least taught skills in the field of EFL/ESL. Despite the importance of listening skills development in acquiring second language proficiency, educators are often baffled as to how to nurture this ability in learners. Electronic platforms offer numerous possibilities for enhancing the listening skills of already competent listeners and supporting those for whom listening poses a challenge. This presentation will highlight a number of computer assisted task types that target lower-order skills such as phoneme or word decoding and higher-order skills such as comprehension and syntactic processing.

Technophobes Guide to Setting up and Using an Audio Recording Station
Hana Craig and Sarah Faherty
A significant barrier for teachers who want to make their own listening materials is learning how to use the technology. This hands-on workshop will introduce the simple recording station set up within the SILC, outline its technical requirements (hardware and software), costs and how it is used. Participants will be able to test out the station by creating and editing a short recording during the workshop.

Measuring Improvement in Decoding Skills
Jon Rowberry and Ryan Pain
This presentation examines the efficacy of a 12 week dictation program focusing on students’ ability to decode spoken English, administered online as part of a compulsory communicative English course. Students' performances in pre- and post- tests were compared using a correlated samples T-test. The results of the study were encouraging suggesting that intensive listening is an important element of an English Communication program at least with elementary level learners.

Yoga in the Classroom
Levy Solomon
Using yoga in the classroom is a great way to connect sounds to movement, and movement to emotions. Our students enter our classrooms with a variety of emotions and stresses. Through active use of the target language, students listen, watch, and move while their yoga poses prompt grounding, deep focus, centering, or even excitement. Learn how yoga in the ESL classroom can be a useful tool to reduce the affective filter and prime students to learn with a calm frame of mind, all while improving their listening skills through this authentic total physical response (TPR) activity.
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