Workshop for Asian-Pacific Teachers of English
WORKSHOP COURSE DESCRIPTION

1. Developing a Philosophy of Language Teaching

Graham Crookes

2. Readers Theater

Richard Day

3. Culture and English as an International Language

Sandra McKay

4. Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Sandra McKay

5. Approaches to Teaching Writing

Sandra McKay

6. Developing Interactive Competence for EFL Learners

Hanh Thi Nguyen

 
 

1. Developing a Philosophy of Language Teaching
by Graham Crookes

Increasingly, teachers of all kinds are being asked to specify their philosophy of teaching. Identifying key values and beliefs, as well as their practical implications, is a useful way for language teachers to develop. This presentation will present some central historical trends that feed into language teaching, from the point of view of their values and central concepts, and also identify other main features of a philosophy of teaching, such as "aims." This presentation will be followed by a discussion period in which participants will begin to explore this important topic, while simultaneously extending their command of advanced professional English.

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2. Readers Theater
by Richard Day

This workshop introduces the activity of Readers Theater as a way to help EFL students gain confidence in their speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Teachers will learn how to introduce the activity and help their students in giving an oral presentation of a story using feelings, emotions and other techniques of oral interpretation to make the presentation entertaining and meaningful. Instructions and practice activities will provide demonstrations of how the Readers Theater can be used to guide student performance.

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3. Culture and English as an International Language
by Sandra McKay

This seminar will explore the role of culture in the teaching of an international language in an Asian context. The seminar will begin by describing the characteristics of English as an international language. Then we will discuss how culture plays an important role in language teaching in the teaching of vocabulary and language appropriateness, the development of language materials, and the choice of teaching methodology.

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4. Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary
by Sandra McKay

This seminar will explore various ways of presenting new vocabulary in both beginning and intermediate level English language classes. We will begin by discussing what it means to know a word. Then we will examine various ways of introducing and using vocabulary items including semantic mapping, lexical phrases, and vocabulary notebooks.

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5. Approaches to Teaching Writings
by Sandra McKay

This workshop begins by introducing four major approaches to the teaching of composition. It then describes various strategies for promoting writing in the language classroom. The last part of the workshop presents various principles for responding to students’ essays.

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6. Developing Interactive Competence for EFL Learners
by Hanh Thi Nguyen

In this lecture, participants learn about how social interaction is organized and how interactive competence can be developed. Through theoretical concepts and concrete examples from research, the lecturer discusses how teachers can help students develop interactional competence in an EFL context.

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