Speaker: Etsuko Shimo, Kinki University, Faculty of Applied Sociology
Date: Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Time: 10:00 ~ 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Yamato Conference Hall (やまと会議室）. Less than 100m from Kintestsu Nara Stn.
Fee: Free for JALT members, and 1.000 yen for non-members
**Optional lunch at a nearby restaurant to follow the event**
Have you ever felt that English L1 teachers (ETs) and Japanese L1 teachers (JTs) have different opinions of their Japanese students? In many university-level English learning programs in Japan, ETs and JTs work together for shared curriculum goals. However, they are often assigned different teaching roles and may have different expectations towards their students. The presenter will discuss the results of a teacher belief survey which explored Japanese university English teachers’ perceptions about their students’ characteristics (e.g, personalities and attitudes towards learning English). The presenter will also share implications and suggestions for classroom pedagogy and curricular designs based on the study findings.
Etsuko Shimo (Ed.M. in TESOL), associate professor in the Faculty of Applied Sociology, Kinki University, teaches English and other related courses in their undergraduate programs. Her research interests include student and teacher beliefs, can-do based curriculum development, learner autonomy, and collaborative learning activities in language learning and teaching.