March 2000 JALT Event in Fukuoka



A Crash Course in Teaching Public Speaking


Dennis Woolbright


Sunday, March 19, 2000


2:00 to 5:00


Aso Foreign Language Travel College
Hakataekiminami 2-12-24
(10 minutes from Hakata Station on foot
- see the map in English or see the map in Japanese for details)


Free for JALT members.
Non members may become "one day members" by paying a fee of 1000 yen. (If you are interested in becoming a regular JALT member, you can join at the meeting. Check out the benefits of JALT membership by reading our "joining JALT" page.)


Bill Pellowe,, 092-883-3688 (t/f) or J. Lake,

Apart from insecurity regarding their language skills, speaking in front of people is the biggest fear of Japanese students in an English Public Speaking Class. Most Japanese students reach college without any prior experience in public speaking even in their native language. This dynamic presenter has over the past eighteen years developed a method or process for helping Japanese college students develop their English public speaking skills. He will demonstrate this process which allows for student autonomy while integrating the teaching of listening, speaking, reading and writing. At the same time the process includes teaching emotion, rhythm, gestures, intonation, stress enunciation and a chance for the students to do research and yet express their own original ideas. The real challenge of course, is that there is so much to teach in a public speaking class and it all must be taught if students are to become successful public speakers of English. This practical presentation includes video and cassette recordings demonstrating students successfully using this process.

Dennis Woolbright ( is an associate professor at Seinan Jo Junior college where he teaches Public Speaking, Drama and Oral English. He has served as President of Fukuoka JALT, Kitakyushu JALT as well as JALT National Publicity Chair. He now serves as Chapter Liaison for Kitakyushu as well as Editor of JALT 2000 Column for the Language Teacher magazine. He has acted as speech judge and coached many students for speech contest in Japan over the last 18 years. His students have won many local as well as national speech contests. He was recognized in the Best of JALT presentation ceremony at the Omyia JALT 99 convention for his presentation "Teaching Three Minute Speeches"

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