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ALT Agorà – October 11, 2022 – Register Now!

Fall is now truly upon us, and with the change in climate, colors and Starbucks beverages – we hope this month’s topic can also change your prespective on teaching listening in the English classroom:

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, @7:30 pm JST


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This month join us to talk about the following topics!

Room 1: Getting Students Involved in Listening: A PASTEL Approach to Develop Curiosity and Transferable Skill.
Speaker: Daniel Pearce (Shitennoji University – Faculty of Education)

As ALTs (and for JTEs, too!), it’s almost a given to say many of our students struggle with listening tasks – and this isn’t by any means unreasonable, as much listening tied to textbook activities is, quite frankly, boring. In this breakout, I will introduce listening tasks rooted in a PASTEL (Plurilingualism, Arts, Science, Technology, and Literacies) approach that foster genuine, curious engagement with listening tasks. Examples will be given, and participants will actively engage in the tasks themselves. Hopefully, participants (both ALTs and JTEs) will come away with a new outlook on listening tasks in the classroom that can make use of their full expertise (linguistically, culturally, and otherwise), and rejuvenate students’ engagement with listening.

The speaker that will join us for this event are:

Daniel Pearce (Shitennoji University – Faculty of Education)
My name is Daniel Pearce, and I am currently working as a teacher-researcher at Shitennoji University, Faculty of Education. I was an ALT in several high schools in the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture between 2008 and 2013. Since I moved to Kyoto, I have undertaken the JTE licensing program at Kyoto University, and now collaborate on several research/teacher training programs from the elementary to the senior high school level. My research interests include team teaching and plurilingual/pluricultural competence.

Nicholas J. Wilson is an elementary and junior high school English teacher and curriculum developer fostering students’ digital literacy through foreign language education. He is a Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator and Level 1 Adobe Creative Educator in charge of supporting the professional development of English and Japanese teachers as a mentor, area leader, and member of the local board of education’s Digital Transformation Committee. His current research focuses on exploring the potential of the metaverse as a learning environment. He is also an active JALT officer involved in planning, promoting, and coordinating regional events and national conferences, and the founder and organizer of ALT Agorà, a series of monthly webinars designed for assistant language teachers, part of the ALT Training Online grassroots initiative.