Category: Language Learning

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Numeratives in Japanese: How speakers perceive things when they count

In this ACSS2020 Keynote Presentation, Dr Asako Iida will show the cognitive frameworks which are filtering the morphological application of numeratives in Japanese, and consider the cultural backgrounds affecting them.

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Language and Power in Interfaith Dialogue: Inclusion, Exclusion and Essentialism

Speaking at ACL2020, Dr Stephen E. Gregg discusses the particular importance of language and power discourse in the projection of religious identities which seek to both embrace and highlight difference.

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The Ups and Downs of Language Learning

In this talk at ACL2020, Dr Christina Gkonou examines “the constructs of emotion and anxiety – which is the most frequently studied emotion within second language acquisition – and how they impact on learners’ classroom experiences”.

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“Beyond our common and often tepid proclamation of respect for “diversity”, it is imperative that we promote and defend the inherently generative effect of the “unsettledness” that terrifies so many of our fellow citizens.”

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Dr Charles Allen Brown, Hokkaido University, Japan

Is the untrained NS teacher worth even less than we thought?: NS teacher endorsement of folk beliefs in EFL education

In this presentation, Dr Charles Allen Brown discusses how his own multi-year ethnographic fieldwork examining ground-level practices of English education in Japan and Taiwan indicates that the untrained NS teacher may be even less valuable than is commonly assumed.

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Kotoba Miners James York, Tokyo Denki University, Computer Assisted Language Learning

Kotoba Miners – Gaming and Language Learning

James York discusses his Kotoba Miners project which brings together English-language and Japanese-language learners in a cooperative virtual language learning environment.

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Professor Christine Coombe ELT TESOL Arabia Dubai

Best Practice in ELT: 10 Traits of a Highly Effective Teacher

Dr Christine Coombe of Dubai Men’s College explores the 10 characteristics that she finds essential for success in the classroom and in educational institutions.

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Dr Richmond Stroupe JALT Learner Autonomy Language Learning

JALT, International Programs and Learner Autonomy

IAFOR International Director of Programme for Language Learning, Professor Steve Cornwell interviews Dr Richmond Stroupe about his work with JALT and Learner Autonomy.

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Professor Stephen Ryan Language Learning JALT

Connections between Psychology and Instruction

In this interview, Professor Stephen Ryan describes his personal experiences in the classroom and the relationship he sees between the hard sciences and natural sciences.

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IAFOR International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary

IAFOR – International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary

The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) brings together influential academics and decision-makers from around the globe who have one thing in common: a desire to make a difference.

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Motivation in Language Learning Professor Kay Irie

Motivation in Language Learning

In this interview, Professor Ted O’Neill speaks with Professor Kay Irie about the effects of applying motivation strategies to language learning environments.

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Professor Kuniko Miyanaga Globalization, Culture and the Individual

Globalisation, Culture and the Individual

Professor Kuniko Miyanaga of the Human Potential Institute discusses ‘Globalisation, Culture and the Individual’ at The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2014 in Osaka, Japan.

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The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and Interdisciplinarity

IAFOR & Interdisciplinarity

Learn how IAFOR’s conferences and publications encourage interdisciplinary activity and its expansion in academia.

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Language and Identity with Professor Kuniko Miyanaga

Language and Identity

How does our identity and personality change when learning a new language? Professor Kuniko Miyanaga speaks with Dr Joseph Haldane on this subject following her Keynote Presentation at The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2014.

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Professor Roger Palmer on Language Learning

Helping Language Learners Build Knowledge

Professor Roger Palmer of Konan University discusses ways to help learners build knowledge as they learn second or foreign languages, enabling them to join the target language community.

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IAFOR Conference Highlights

Why join an IAFOR conference?

A look into the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary world of an IAFOR conference and why you should attend. Featuring footage shot at our conferences and interviews with leading academics.

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Ken Wilson is a teacher trainer, and an author of a large amount of ELT materials, and has published with OUP, Cengage and Macmillan. Photography by Thaddeus Pope

Language Learning, Technology & Motivation

What is essential when learning a new language? Perhaps, it’s motivation, having curiosity and wanting to learn. Or is it being immersed in a culture where that language is dominant? And should your teacher be a native speaker of the language you want to learn or not?

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Motivating the Unmotivated - 10 Ways to Get Your Students to DO Something by Ken Wilson.

Motivating the Unmotivated – 10 Ways to Get Your Students to DO Something

ELT author and trainer, Ken Wilson introduces a variety of techniques to help language teachers better motivate their students, and suggests ten ways teachers can engage their students’ interest and access their knowledge.

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First and Second Language Acquisition with Marjo Mitsutomi & Minna Kirjavainen

First and Second Language Acquisition

Marjo Mitsutomi and Minna Kirjavainen look at the process of first and second language acquisition and introduce some of their latest research findings.