Friday, November 11, 2005

What's New? (11/11)

Our Seminar
The semester is progressing and students' theses are due in two and a-half-months. Bonsai, Hope, and YuS have now started to put more time into their papers. You can go to their blogs and see how they are progressing. Bonsai is writing about the roles that ALTs and JTEs should take in elementary schools. Hope is investigating how elementary schools and junior high schools can work together to coordinate their English programs. YuS is investigating why so many jr. and senior high school students lose interest in English and how to remedy this problem.
The juniors (Ayu, Cube, Eri, and Gami) and I are working on our own investigation. We will be conducting our own survey and will post it on the blog hopefully next week.
Speaking of the juniors, Eri and Ayu wrote about their experience doing teaching practice at a nursery school. Both their posts were very interesting. At their nursery schools children learn through play and children arguing with each other is seen as a good thing because they learn how to deal with conflict.
Other Blogs
I have been a little too busy to read many other blogs, but I did read an interesting post on in class discussion topics by AJ Hoge. Read the entry and tell me how you would like to participate in such a class.

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