Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of French Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Date 2018/03/26
Presentation Theme “Finding and sharing new activities and experiences to learn and teach more actively in a better way.”
Conference 32nd RPK OSAKA, Japan
Promoters RPK Rencontres Pédagogiques du Kansai
Conference Type Workshop/Symposium
Presentation Type Panelist at Symposium/Workshop (Applied)
Contribution Type Individual
Venue Osaka, JAPAN
Details At the start of every class, there are many variables to deal with. At first, we have the physical logistics to consider, for example the number of students in a class, as well as the size and shape of our classroom. Then we must also evaluate the various expectations for this class, from the formal academic expectations to the ideas and desires of the students. As a teacher, we dream of responsive, energetic students. However, we often can be heard complaining about unmotivated and lazy students. Most of our students want to attend fun and easy lessons, only to come away complaining about boring classes and teachers.

In effective language learning, both students and teachers need to be truly motivated. Students need to be open and excited to learn and the teacher needs to incorporate a variety of opportunities for learning in unique ways that will stimulate their students’ learning. Therefore, educators are challenged with adapting and revamping activities as well as initiating new activities to keep their students motivated. Enthused students make for a fantastic atmosphere in the class which promotes a positive, pleasant and easier environment for learning for all the participants of the class.

In this workshop, the participants introduced and experimented (or observed) new and adapted activities with other members to be used in those special classes. Then we share other suggestions to encourage active participation by students and recommendations that would influence our own teaching to become more inspirational and active.