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Time: 20/May/2017: 12:00pm-2:00pm · Location: D-105

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Expanding Your Research Interests: Teachers as Researchers

A. Boon

Toyo Gakuen University, Japan

Our teaching context is the pedagogic world we inhabit and seek to understand. However, in the hectic activity of teaching, opportunities to gain valuable insights into our practice can be lost. Action research (AR) offers us a self-reflective, systematic approach to exploring our teaching in order to bring about positive change (Burns, 2010). This presentation provides an overview of the presenter’s AR projects to date, explains how AR can be implemented, and encourages audience members to plan their own AR classroom investigations.

Time: 20/May/2017: 2:45pm-4:45pm · Location: B101

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Helping Students Discover Conversation

A. Boon

Conversation is the foundation of human communication. The new textbook, Discover Conversation, gets students involved in analyzing near-authentic spoken discourse. First, essential scaffolding is provided as students are introduced to and practice the moves that make up typical conversations. The students then listen to, analyze, and code the moves for a near-authentic conversation. They then undertake their own similar conversations in class. Finally, students transcribe their best dialogs providing a record of their conversational development.

Time: 21/May/2017: 9:00am-12:00pm · Location: D-103

10:00am - 10:30am

Getting Students Researching and Writing

A. Boon


Project work can be a powerful means of empowering students to take their learning beyond the borders of the classroom to examine and research the world outside. This presentation will discuss how to go about equipping students with basic qualitative research skills so they can begin to develop research questions, collect and analyze data, write up their findings, and then share their research with their classmates. Examples from the classroom will be provided. The presentation will also provide an overview of the Macmillan textbook, "Research & Write."

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