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ALT Agorà – May 22, 2024 – Register Now!

Spring has sprung, and it’s the perfect time to refresh and invigorate your teaching methods! This month, we’re thrilled to welcome back Andy Lankshear, a seasoned educator who will share his dynamic approach to teaching English. His presentation on “ActionSpeak” showcases an enjoyable teaching method that uses stories and physical gestures to help students grasp and remember essential English phrases through fun and interactive learning. Whether you’re looking to boost your students’ confidence or add some energetic flair to your lessons, this session is sure to improve your classroom experience. So, get ready to move, learn, and laugh — and don’t forget to register!! See you there!

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2024, @7:30 pm JST

How to join: you will receive the link the day before the event (or on the same day!).
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ActionSpeak: Using gestures, story, and rhythm to teach a set of phrases to young (or young-at-heart) learners.
Speaker: Andy Lankshear

This presentation will introduce you to a novel and fun method of teaching a set of phrases using story, gestures, and rhythm.  Your presenter, Andy Lankshear, has been using this method as a warm up for over twenty years. He has consistently found it gives beginning learners a confident start to learning a lot of useful English phrases in a short time all the while having immense fun doing it.

There are two methods – Story-based ActionSpeak and Phrasal ActionSpeak, with the latter using gestures to support the learning of the vocabulary and syntax to ask common questions and to reply correctly. Please join if you want to liven up your class by getting your students moving and remembering! 

*This session is interactive and will involve moving. Participants are encouraged to use speakers/wireless headphones as well as ensuring they have space to move.

This month’s speaker:

Andy Lankshear

Andrew Lankshear has lived and taught in Fukushima, Japan since 1998, mostly within elementary schools. He is currently head English teacher at Koriyama Xaverio Gakuen Elementary School. Andrew has a master’s in education from Massey University, New Zealand. He has provided teacher training seminars, co-authored both a 5-leveled skills book series for young learners published by Pearson Japan entitled English Language Booster, and a teacher training book for teachers of young learners published by 4C Publishing, Japan. Andrew’s interests include using gestures in the classroom for younger learners, activity design, and a good story or yarn, preferably written or shared over a coffee.