Nara JALT continues its exploration of the 2019 JALT International Conference theme with this September event focusing on “Teacher Efficacy, Learner Agency” at the local level and from the perspective of both established and early-career educators.
Presentation 1: Robert Maran (Osaka Shoin Women’s University)
Presentation 2: Sayaka Ishimizu (National Institute of Technology, Nara College)
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Venue: Nara Women’s University
Fee: Free for JALT members. ¥1,000 for non-members.
Promoting Collective Teacher Efficacy and Learner Agency in an EFL program
Robert Maran: Osaka Shoin Women’s University
This presentation, while citing key background events that affected the required EFL program at the former Osaka Shoin Women’s Junior College and at the current Osaka Shoin Women’s University, will introduce some of the key changes, tweaks and innovations that were made to the required EFL program in successive attempts to promote collective teacher efficacyand learner agency. These include such elements as curriculum design rationale, classroom management, teacher management, teaching methodology, common syllabi/ teaching materials, proficiency testing, and e-learning. The presentation will introduce and discuss these chronologically as they appeared in the program, citing the pluses and minuses, successes and failures. It is hoped that participants will get a sense of the challenges an institution faces when attempting to implement and maintain collective teacher efficacyand learner agency, as well as perhaps taking away some ideas that they may incorporate or adapt to their own EFL programs.
Robert Maran’s Bio:
Robert Maran retired in 2019 and was made Professor Emeritus and a Study Abroad Advisor at Osaka Shoin Women’s University. He has been teaching in the Japanese university system for more than 35 years. His main research interests while focusing on Study Abroad and e-learning have also included curriculum development.
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Sayaka Ishimizu: National Institute of Technology (Kosen), Nara College
TBA: The presentation abstract and speaker’s bio will be posted soon.