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Time: 20/May/2017: 10:30am-11:30am · Location: B101

10:30am - 11:00am

In My Life: Empowering, Motivating, and Effective

D. Kluge


In My Life, a communication textbook (conversation and presentations), is empowering because the content of the book is the life of each student in class—the student knows what the teacher does not know, thus empowering the student. It is motivating in that the main homework activity is to create a scrapbook page for each of the 12 units to communicate about his or her life. It is effective because it teaches important conversation strategies (both verbal and non-verbal), and recycles the strategies throughout the book. This presenter will guide participants through a unit to show the book’s strong points.

SDD/Vocab 3
Time: 21/May/2017: 9:00am-12:00pm · Location: B104

9:00am - 9:30am

Democratic Debate: Organizing a Debate Festival for All Students

D. E. Kluge

Nanzan University, Japan

Debate is considered an elite activity that produces many benefits such as improving communication skills and enhancing critical thinking (Bellon, 2000). Since these two skills are often mentioned in many university language curricula, it makes sense to include debate in the curriculum so all students can benefit, making it a democratic activity. This presentation introduces a 7-week debate festival project for approximately 140 second year students at a junior college. The project was challenging, yet rewarding for many students, indicating it should be attempted elsewhere. The presenter will give an overview of the project and will show the handouts used.

SDD/Vocab 3
Time: 21/May/2017: 9:00am-12:00pm · Location: B104

10:00am - 11:30am

Speech, Drama and Debate SIG Forum

G. Rees1, D. Kluge2, V. Bussinguer-Khavari3, Y. Saiki4, J. White5

1Yokkaichi University; 2Nanzan University; 3Kwansei Gakuin University; 4Tokai University; 5Osaka Gakuin University

The Speech, Drama and Debate SIG Forum will provide a venue to share ideas on how teachers are "expanding their interests" in the classroom through the use of oral interpretation/reader's theater, speech, drama, and debate. Presentations will be given in the Japanese "kamishibai" format. "Kamishibai" is a form of Japanese street theater and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930's and through the post-war period until television became widespread. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Lastly, we will break into discussion groups based on participants' interest, each group with a specific theme of speech, drama or debate.

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