The Language Teacher - Issue 38.2; March 2014

Volume: 38
Issue No. 2
Date of publication: March 2014
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In this month’s issue . . .

CoverAs many of you may already know, Kevin Cleary, JALT President, passed away on January 15th having suffered a sudden cardiac arrest 5 days earlier. Kevin was an inspiration to all of us—totally dedicated to both JALT and teaching. We have lost a leader, a teacher, and a genuinely nice man. In this issue we pay tribute to Kevin, with his friends and fellow JALT members sharing their thoughts and memories.

It seems fitting that this issue of TLT is a My Share Special Issue. It showcases the work of JALT members and educators across Japan and shows the amazing organisation that Kevin gave so much to. 

David Marsh & Carol Begg, TLT Editors


すでにご存じの方も多いかと思いますが、JALT会長のKevin Cleary氏が突発性心不全を起こし、その5日後の1月15日に逝去されました。


このTLT号がMy Shareの特別号であるのはそれにふさわしいと思います。日本中のJALT会員および教育関係者の仕事の成果を紹介し、Kevinが多くを捧げてくれた協会が素晴らしいものであることを示しています。

David Marsh & Carol Begg, TLT Editors


While a chill lingers in the mornings and evenings, the advent of spring promises warmer days and verdant surroundings to come. This season also brings us to the beginning of a new academic year and all the preparations that accompany it. There is no need to fret over a lack of inspiration for lessons, however, because this month is the annual My Share special issue. We have assembled a large selection of activities for you to take with you into the new school year.

We start off our hit parade with warmers. Jamie Lesley forwards an activity that takes a hint from knowledge of the brain to raise classroom energy levels and help students focus while Adrian Leis works on increasing students’ fluency in the first few minutes of class. Next up, Peter Quinn shares a professional tip to help save you time and hassle in taking attendance, and John C. Herbert provides a framework for coaching students in a reflective revision of their speech manuscripts. Then, Alexey Kukharuk provides an activity for using corpus analysis to fine-tune student writing. Shaun Iwasawa combines pair speaking practice with a short speaking test to provide students with rapid feedback. Robert J. Lowe and Matthew W. Turner offer a fun and engaging way to provide students with practicing paraphrases through the use of comic strips. Hiroaki Umehara harnesses the power of TED Talks to provide structured listening practice aimed at helping students appreciate the content and message of the listening material. Jacob Schnickel details a writing activity that has students thinking about their personal learning goals and sending messages to their future selves. Meanwhile, Matthew Michaud has students getting creative with recipes. Anthony Young utilizes technology to prompt students to review their own output and make repairs. Charles McLarty demonstrates how to use the game of baseball to provide students quick, fun practice. Sean Toland has a role-playing activity to encourage spirited exchanges in the classroom. Finally, Lance Stilp rounds out the activity parade with a job interview simulation to help students review grammar. This year’s My Share Special certainly offers the lion’s share of great activities and helpful hints. We hope it will provide you with all the inspiration you need to welcome the spring with a smile.

Donny Anderson & Chris Wharton,  My Share Editors


朝晩はまだ冷え込みますが、春の訪れが暖かい日々と新緑を約束してくれています。また、この季節は私たちに新学期の始まりと、そのための準備を予感させます。しかし、授業に対するわくわくするような着想が湧かないことを心配する必要はありません。というのも、今月号は毎年恒例のMy Share特別号です。皆さんが新しい学年に向けて授業で使えそうなアクティビティをたくさん集めてみました。

まずは、教室の雰囲気を温めるものからご紹介します。Jamie Lesleyは、教室の活力レベルを上げて学生が集中するのを助けるために、脳の知識からヒントを得た授業内活動を紹介します。また、Adrian Leisは、授業の最初の数分間を使って学生の流暢さを高める取り組みを紹介しています。次にPeter Quinnが、出席をとる時間と手間を省くための素晴らしいアイデアを披露し、John C. Herbertは学生がスピーチ原稿を考察し改訂するための指導の枠組みを提供しています。そして、Alexey Kukharukはコーパスを使った分析法を使用して学生のライティングを手直しする授業内活動を紹介します。Shaun Iwasawaはペアで取り組むスピーキングの練習と短いスピーキングテストを組み合わせ、学生にすぐに評価・感想を与える方法を示します。Robert J. LoweとMatthew W. Turnerは、学生が漫画のコマを使用してパラフレーズする練習ができる、楽しく魅力ある方法を紹介しています。Hiroaki UmeharaはTED Talksのパワーを生かして、学生が教材の内容と伝達事項を正しく理解するのを助けるための体系的なリスニング練習法を提供してくれます。Jacob Schnickelは学生に自分自身の学習目標を考えさせ、将来の自分にメッセージを送らせるライティング活動の詳細を述べます。また、Matthew Michaudは創造的な調理法を学生に作らせています。 Anthony Youngは、学生が自分自身のアウトプットを見直し、修正するためにテクノロジーを利用します。Charles Mclaryは、学生に早くて楽しい練習を提供するために、野球を利用することを教えています。Sean Tolandは、教室で活発な意見交換を促進するためのロールプレイを示してくれます。最後にLance Stilpが、学生が文法の見直しをするための、就職面接を想定した授業内活動で、これまでご紹介した様々な授業内活動を締めくくります。

今年のMy Share特別号は、大変意義あるアクティビティと役に立つ手がかりを豊富に提供してくれています。これが皆さんに必要なインスピレーションを与え、春の訪れを笑顔で迎えてくださることを願っています。

Donny Anderson & Chris Wharton, My Share Editors


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Second language writing, genre, and identity: An interview with Ken Hyland
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Book Reviews

World in Focus
by Brendan Van Deusen, Nagasaki International University

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - March 2014

JALT Focus

JALT Officer Elections, new AMs

Career Development Corner

Is there a doctor in the house?
by Richard Miller

My Share

Left brain, right brain: The 123 game
by Jamie Lesley, Chiba University

Every minute counts: A warm-up speaking and listening activity to build fluency
by Adrian Leis, Miyagi University of Education

How to take attendance in classes with low motivation
by Peter Quinn, Takushoku University

Helping speech contestants to help themselves
by John C. Herbert, Akashi National College of Technology

Polishing writing skills: Corpora analysis in class
by Alexey Kukharuk

Pair speaking test and presentation in one
by Shaun Iwasawa, Kaichi Gakuen

Collaboratively adapting graded readers into comic strips
by Robert James Lowe, Matthew W. Turner, Rikkyo University

TED: Helping students realize the power of the English language
by Hiroaki Umehara, Rikkyo University

Letters to the future: Tanabata and learning goals
by Jacob Schnickel, Jissen Women’s University

Using recipe production to teach group creativity
by Matthew Michaud, Kyoto Seika University

Transcribing poster talks to foster reflective learning
by Anthony Young, Aichi University

English baseball: A game that gets students’ competitive juices flowing
by Charles McLarty, Hokkaido University of Information Science

The superhero speed dating game: Using role-playing to spark authentic communication
by Sean H. Toland, Ritsumeikan University

Reviewing grammar through round-robin interviews
by Lance Stilp, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

SIG Focus

SIG News - March 2014

TLT Wired

The transition to tablets
by Dubhgan Hinchey, John Blake; Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

The paperless classroom: Pros and cons
by Arthur Rutson-Griffiths, Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University

Grassroots Outreach

Teaching Pronunciation in Japan
by Robert Smith, University Central Lancashire

Showcase & Member's Profile

Malcolm Swanson & Steve Paton

Outside the Box

Discourse analysis and beyond
by Michael Tasseron

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