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Education Day for ELT Teachers

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Last Sunday was englishbooks.jp’s second annual Education Day for ELT Teachers in Nagoya. I usually give very low-tech presentations, but this time I presented on using my Atama-ii multipath graded reader, Backstage Pass, using XReading.

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We made groups and the participants read their story path using their smartphone or a tablet. After each group finished their story, groups talked to each other about how their story ended and their opinion of it. Everyone could see how they could use these stories to generate class discussion.

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At the end of the day, I was on a panel discussion with the other presenters. We had a lot of participation from the audience and discussed issues such as working with the parents to make sure homework gets done, to getting junior high students to speak in class. There seems to be a lot of speculation and anxiety about what is going to happen in 2020 when English will officially become a subject in Japanese public elementary schools. One thing I do know is that “let’s play in English” types of schools that don’t develop students’ English skills will get left behind. Nobody really knows the details of the curriculum changes in 2020, but I feel confident that my BIG BOW students will be prepared.

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LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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