Story-Centric Teaching at Charlie ZEMI

What if we applied a theory of story-centric teaching, using a clear definition of story to every strand of English teaching? What if we applied story principles to every language teaching method, such as task-based teaching, content-based teaching, even audiolingualism and grammar translation? Can the power of story revive old and tried up methods with deeper meaning? General research about story suggests, “Yes.” And in this talk, I show how we can use story to energize language teaching, where story works as an appetizer, an essential spice, or even the main dish in every lesson we teach.

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Using Nudges to Boost Big Reading

Nudges encourage behaviors without mandating them. Using nudge theory, teachers can create a “choice architecture” to encourage students to read more and more honestly. Presenters compare nudges versus mandates in ER. We give numerous examples of ER nudges and suggest ways to research nudge theory to promote extensive reading.

A Paper Presented at The Fifth World Congress on Extensive Reading, Feng Chia University August 9-12, 2019. By Joseph Poulshock, Senshu University; Douglas Forster, Japan Women’s University

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Using AI for Extensive Listening

AI may solve problems we face when doing extensive listening. The cloud service Amazon Polly “converts text into life-like speech.” We show how teachers can use Amazon Polly, and we summarize a pilot research project that compares student responses to a human voice and Amazon Polly’s AI voice.

A Paper Presented at The Fifth World Congress on Extensive Reading, Feng Chia University August 9-12, 2019. By Joseph Poulshock, Senshu University; Douglas Forster, Japan Women’s University

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English Immersion through Online ER

We gave a brief panel talk about ReadOasis at the The Sixth Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland University, Japan. It’s a great conference! We enjoyed the presentations by the other panel members: Mark Feeley, from Lakeland University, gave a talk entitled “Improving Academic Literacy.” And Christopher Tempest, from Sojo University, talked about: “Implementing Quizlet in a Japanese EFL University.” We also enjoyed the atmosphere at Lakeland — very friendly and pleasant!

We wish to thank everyone who attended our talk. — Joseph Poulshock & Douglas Forster

Unifying Theory and Practice at Charlie Zemi

Thank you Charles Browne and your Zemi students for inviting me to your Summer Zemi this year. It was an honor and a pleasure to participate and to witness your joy and enthusiasm for life and learning!

After my presentation, I made some changes based on our interactions. This is includes a reference list for relevant academic works and an algorithmic gamification of the Find Someone Who activity, which is now “Bingo Talk.”

All the best to you and “carpe diem!”

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