The Ibaraki Chapter of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) has regular seminars open to the public in which various aspects of teaching a foreign language. This month's presentation will be held at the Kijo Plaza in Tsuchiura beginning at 2 pm. Andy Barfield, an English teacher at Tsukuba University, will be making a presentation entitled "English Through Drama for You and Your Learners". It will be a hands-on workshop of practical English through drama activities which can be used at different levels of language proficiency and with learners of different ages. The first part of the workshop involves going through a whole range of different types of English through drama exercises and tasks, both verbal and non-verbal, involving pairs and small groups. The second part deals with sequencing series of drama tasks towards helping learners create their own plays through both scripted work and improvisation. English through drama is fun, learner-centered, active, creative and reflective, all of which is ideal for making the language class communicative in more ways than one.
Following the workshop, the annual general meeting and chapter elections will take place at 3:35, followed by the Christmas party at 5 pm. While no reservations or advanced notice are required for the workshop, if you are interested in joining the party (even if you can't come to the workshop or annual meeting), please call Andy Barfield at 0298-55-7783 or Neil Parry at 02948-36-4900 for information as to location.
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