April JALT Event in Fukuoka
|Teaching an Internet Course
|Sunday, April 18, 1999
|2:00 to 5:00
|Aso Foreign Language Travel College
(10 minutes from Hakata Station on foot
- see the map in English or see the
map in Japanese for details)
|Free for JALT members. 1000 yen for non-JALT members.
|Kevin O'Leary, phone: 0942-32-0101, 0942-22-2221 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org
This practical workshop is mainly intended for teachers who plan to use or teach
the Internet in their English classes. It may also be useful for teachers who themselves
would like an introduction to the Internet. The 3 hour afternoon will be divided
into three parts.
- (1) How do we introduce students to using the Internet?
- Participants will have the opportunity to use several of the on-line Internet
tutorial materials which the presenter has created to introduce his students to the
Internet. The focus of the materials is on learning through experience. Step by step,
students are guided by illustrations and simple English to learn the basics of using
the Internet. Each "chapter" of instruction is followed by a practical
exercise which provides additional practice and experience. Portions of these materials
have been used by other teachers in courses and workshops in Japan, Korea, North
America, and Australia, and they have been highlighted (by others) at teacher conventions
and in journal articles. This section of the workshop may also appeal to teachers
who have little to no experience using the Internet.
- (2) Internet-based Activities and Projects
- This section of the workshop is a demonstration and explanation of one type of
project activity which the presenter's students carry out. These projects follow
"search and report" cycles which involve the students in first finding
information about some specific topics, and later reporting on the topics. Details
will be provided on three different "search and report" projects. Short
video clips will be shown of the students delivering oral presentations on the results
of their projects.
- (3) Internet-based Resources
- There is an increasing number of Internet sites either targeted directly at EFL
students or suitable for EFL students. In this part of the workshop, the presenter
will highlight some of the Internet sites which his students have found to be useful,
fun or simply interesting. This will include English "quiz" activity sites,
as well as places where students have had good luck in finding key-pals (e-mail pen
pals). Participants in the workshop will visit these sites and do some of the activities
to get an idea of how their students would respond to these sites.
We will conclude the workshop with an opportunity for a question and
answer session on using the Internet with English language students.
- What's not included?
- This workshop is based on the presenter's three years of experience in teaching
an Internet course which covers a single academic year. The instructor's situation
may be very different from your own; his students (females age 18-19) meet in an
Internet-connected computer lab for 5 hours a week. As a result, a lot of what the
presenter does in his classes will not be included. For example, e-mail will most
likely not be discussed in detail, and chat sites will most likely not be demonstrated.
Also, teachers without Internet access at home or school will not find answers on
how to connect to the Internet. However, if you have ever used or wanted to use the
Internet with your students, then this workshop should provide you with plenty of
ideas and resources.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Bill Pellowe has been teaching in Japan since 1990. He received his MA
in TEFL with distinction from the University of Birmingham. He is the chapter president
of Fukuoka JALT.
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