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Date and Time: 28 September, 2013 - 9:30 ~ 17:30
Location: Otemae University, Itami, Hyogo


THOMAS ROBB: Considerations for the Effective Use of Technology for Language Learning

Learner autonomy is an attribute that we should attempt to foster in all of our students. When, however, we are faced with a large number of students who wish that they didn't have to take our required English course, what are we to do? This presentation will focus on ways to deal with the non-autonomous learner so that they can and will learn despite their own low motivation to do so. This, in fact, is one of the greatest benefits of technology allowing the teacher to provide extra work for students and then to be able to view electronically whether they have done it or not and with what success. We will first focus on how the use of MReader  site for Extensive Reading has achieved this goal for many teachers and schools in Japan. We will then focus on our specific teaching environments and how technology can help foster better learning for our own students. 


Thomas Robb has taught at Kyoto Sangyo University for over 30 years and is Chair of the Department of English as well as coordinator of their computer literacy program. He is a past president of JALT and Pacific CALL and a past Executive Board member of TESOL. He is currently organizing the GLoCALL 2013 conference in Da Nang, Vietnam, and is on the steering committee of the Extensive Reading Foundation and TESOL's CALL Interest Section. He has been Co-Editor of TESL-EJ, the first electronic journal for ELT, since it was founded in 1994.

Osaka JALT,
Sep 28, 2013, 7:43 PM