JALT 2014 (JALT's 40th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning)

Creative Variations for Textbook Conversations
Pellowe, W. (November 22, 2014, 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM)

Most English textbooks contain model dialogs and conversations for students to practice. In this workshop, the presenter will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques and approaches for using these textbook dialogs in the prelistening, listening, practice and postpractice stages. This aims to be a practical and useful workshop on adapting and extending these traditional activities.

Measuring Gains in a Reading Program
Holster, T. A., J. W. Lake, W. Pellowe (November 24, 2014, 9:15 AM - 9:40 AM)

This study was conducted in a program combining intensive and extensive reading. Gains were measured through tests of lexicogrammar, reading speed, and student perception of text difficulty. Substantive gains in perceived reading ability were only observed after reading 40 or more books; and classes with clearly-focused intensive reading instruction completed more extensive reading homework and showed larger gains on lexicogrammar tests. This supports the view that reading programs should incorporate both intensive and extensive reading.