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JALT Meeting: EFL In Japan In The Past 25 Years

Author:Author unknown, Issue: December 2002, Topic: Speeches

EFL (English as a Foreign Language) in Japan in the Past 25 Years by Charles Adamson, Ph.D., Professor and Deputy Director of the Language Center, Miyagi University

Our presenter has been teaching English in Japan since 1976. He was one of the founders of JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) and has published and spoke widely on a variety of subjects including methodologies, CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), testing, and complexity theory. Over the last 25 years, EFL has been altered almost beyond recognition.

Methods have come and gone. This presentation will give an overview of what has happened, including the LL (Language Laboratory) boom, Suggestopedia, Community Language Learning, Silent Way, eclecticism, CALL, and more. The speaker will do this by relating his own experiences during his 25 years of teaching EFL, concentrating on what he has used, what he is now using, especially how he got from there to here. A continuing theme throughout will be "needs analysis" in the original meaning of determining what the students need, not just what they want. A continuing question throughout will be "Why?" Paralleling this personal growth, the speaker will also discuss changes in the profession and in JALT.

Sunday, December 8th, 13:30-17:00 (Bonenkai will follow); Kijo Plaza (10-minute walk from Tsuchiura Station, across from Kijo Park); one-day members 500 yen.

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