Title:  The Feasibility of Using Cooperative Task-based Learning to Teach Pronunciation
Speaker: Kayvon Havaei-Ahary

Part of a short action research project that he conducted at his school, Havaei-Ahary's presentation began by highlighting the importance of pronunciation and the unfortunate lack of pronunciation practice in Japanese high schools. After presenting a brief background of his research, Havaei-Ahary asked attendees to discuss their own classes and the role pronunciation plays in them. Following a brief discussion among Gunma JALT members, Havaei-Ahary explained that the pronunciation training methods used in his research were brought about by the course of study reforms suggested by MEXT in 2009. As proposed by MEXT, Havaei-Ahary's method is 1) learner centered and 2) promotes learner autonomy and 3) communicative competence. After a short break, attendees looked at the details of Havaei-Ahary's research and its conclusions. The clarity and completeness of Havaei-Ahary's presentation showed the pains and care he has taken in his research into the future of teaching pronunciation. 

Kayvon Havaei-Ahary comes from England. He has been teaching English for 3 years at a Japanese senior high school on the JET (Japanese Exchange and Teaching) Programme and is currently studying for his masters in TESOL at Nottingham University via distance learning. He is particularly interested in task-based learning and developing creative ways in which language can be taught in the EFL classroom.

Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College

Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Building 3, 3rd Floor, Room 3101
(a leisurely 15 minute walk from Komagata Station)
1154-4 Koyaharamachi
Maebashi, Gunma 379-2121

Time: Sunday, March 1st, 2PM to 4:30PM

Members, students and first time attendees: FREE
One-day Members: ¥1,000
Gunma JALT,
Mar 3, 2015, 4:27 PM